I get excited when I find new personal websites. I remember early on when I joined the IndieWeb community I thought the IndieWeb webring was one of the best sites on the web. Until I had seen most of the sites on the webring, every time I clicked I found something new. Interesting blogs to follow, browse, and explore. With every site I saw, I got more excited. There are many people out there maintaining personal websites, from written blogs to photo blogs to single-page profiles.
There are four places I recommend going to explore new personal websites:
- The IndieWeb webring ^1: A network of personal websites, many of whom are owned by members of the IndieWeb community. If I recall correctly, there are over 100 sites on the webring.
- The omg.lol community: I am continually fascinated by omg.lol, a community of personal websites. omg.lol is quickly branching out to offer features like fully-fledged web logs ^2, short personal status updates ^3, document verification ^4, and more. Last night, I spent a while going through the proven.lol page -- their document verification solution -- and clicking on dozens of links, finding many creative personal websites along the way. I'd recommend going through proven.lol and clicking around the links!
- Neocities ^5: Neocities is a free platform on which you can make your own personal website. You can upload HTML web pages to the platform under your own neocities.org subdomain. There is a community feature on the neocities.org page that lets you find new websites on the platform. According to their homepage, there are over 573,000 websites on the platform ^5 . That's amazing!
- Micro.blog Discover: The Discover page on micro.blog lets you find blog posts curated around particular topics. I enjoy the coffee page ^6.
As I looked through sites in the omg.lol community yesterday, I got that same feeling of excitement I did when I explored the IndieWeb webring for the first time. I love how many personal websites there are out there. What's even more amazing is that there are so many more personal sites that aren't part of communities of personal sites like the ones aforementioned. The web is a vast place. If you have a website, please do reach out to me! I love seeing new personal websites.
Ironically, under a minute after I finished this blog post, I got an email from blogroll.org, a newsletter that curates new blogs the site owner finds. I have found numerous blogs through the site. I'd recommend going there to explore new blogs, too!
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