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I have already stated on my homepage that this site is my personal pizza slice of the Internet! Basically, that means I can put whatever I want in it, according to my tastes and interests. Head over to the About page on the Navigation bar if you so want to learn more about my interests.
This site has these primary functions, as:
- My own little space on the Internet
- A voicebank distribution site for my UTAUs
- A database for my OCs
- My gallery for my own works, such as art, music, and literature
You can view my site's profile here if you want.
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Oh you want to know how this site started out? Well, to put it all in one sentence, I'll say this:
I AM SO FUCKING INDECISIVE WITH SITE BUILDERS OH MY GOD, BUT THEN NEOCITIES SAVED MY WEEPING ASS FROM THE DEPTHS OF HELL
So yeah that's basically the gist of it
IN ALL SERIOUSNESS THOUGH the full story is just down below. Have fun reading fellas
As a noob, I was always inspired by the UTAU sites I came by around that time, and I wanted to know how these lads came up with them. "How did they make these sites?" was the question that I was so curious about.
Turns out that you didn't need to know a lot of HTML to make a site. One day, when I was visiting a ton of UTAU sites, I stumbled on this one site (this one in particular), and 11 year-old me said, "Wow! I wonder how she made her site to look this good!"
Took me 0.5 seconds to realize that site was made with Weebly, a very popular drag-and-drop website builder.
And so, I decided to make a website for my UTAU voicebanks, so little 11 year-old me, who didn't know the fuck how HTML and CSS worked in general, decided to rely on the good old Weebly website builder. I picked up a really ugly template to start out, but hey! It wouldn't be so bad.
This pretty much marked the start of my website building adventures.
2015 ~ 2018
I say 2015 ~ 2018 because the struggle lasted That Long
I still used Weebly for hosting my site, but then I started to grow dissatisfied with the premade templates provided. So, I thought to myself, "Hey, let's move to Tumblr for more template freedom!"
So I made the move to Tumblr (which I don't use anymore) for getting better templates. Of course they had better templates than what Weebly provided, so I used Tumblr for a good chunk of time.
And that's when my indecisiveness of "What site builder should I use?" started to come around. It was a BIG problem.
I kept switching back to Weebly and then Tumblr because of this tomfoolery, never satisfied with either site builder. Just in case, I stuck to Weebly because that site builder provided enough neccessities for me... for a while. Aside from that, I tried using Wix, but the entire interface was to CONFUSING FOR ME TO BEAR. Other site builders I tried were Wordpress, Moonfruit, FC2, and so on. None of them provided what I wanted.
Later on, I made a Neocities site in May 13, 2017. But 14 year-old me never touched for almost two years because Fuck no! I ain't touching HTML and shit
The suffering went on and on, until 2019 came around...
It was February 2019. The second semester of Grade 11 came in with a Bang, and I had Web Design as one of my classes. Little did I know that I would appreciate this course so much...
Looking back at my abandoned Neocities site, I wondered how much I could do with it if I learned a decent amount of HTML and CSS. I decided to use the Web Design course to my advantage, just so that I can develop my site bit by bit. Maybe with a bit of guidance, I could build the site of my dreams!
A few weeks into the course, I LOVED coding websites. I loved it so much to the point that I could pretty much do any I wanted with HTML and CSS! I even wasted time in class just to code my site, because it was so fun doing so.
And that was when I ended my friendship with Weebly. It's a good five years using it.
Welp, aza, how did your site first look like? *COUGHS* At first, it obviously looked like any Neocities site when they were first created, but after a little bit of fiddling with templates I found online, I incorparated it into my site and viola!
This was the very first iteration of this site, but then I quickly grew too bored of it... It looked pretty bland, so I looked for more cute templates I could get my hands on.
I did find a cute looking template, but unfortunately, I don't have any saved screenshots of what it looked like. I did use the former template from here, so that's the closest you can get to how it looked like, I guess.
Then, I grew dissatisfied with the site's look, as usual. But I also thought, instead of scavenging for more templates, why not modify the current template I had in hand?
A few days later, after much grueling hours to modify the site code, this was the result:
Not too shabby at the very least! It also had a really cool-looking marquee to it. I was really proud of the layout too.
This design in particular stayed for a good two months, and during that time, I barely touched the site at all. Considering that I was too satisfied with the look, yeah...
It was June. In my Web Design course, we were assigned a project to code our own site using blank templates. And I was here like, "Fuck no, I'm not gonna look for another site template and revamp my Neocities site with that shit", but that was not the case, sadly enough.
I literally dug for good blank site templates without myself knowing, and hoo boi, I was in for another site renovation.
So what do you see here? It's the current look the site, in which I am TOTALLY satisfied with after all these grueling months. With all this fancy cursors and different backgrounds each page all within this site, I think I did a swell job at it! Hopefully I'll maintain the look of this site for a long while... as long as I don't go off looking for more site templates.
So yeah! That's pretty much how this site came to be. Were it not for the Web Design course I attended, I think this site would've been empty by now.