Back in the good old days when the internet was accessed by computers that made scratchy sounds down telephone lines, personal websites were relatively rare, and most of them featured guestbooks. Way back in 1999 I had a free geocities website which consisted of a single page of colourful, centered text on a black background. On it were rants about how much I disliked the Microsoft Windows operating system, and a few photos of inline speed skating (scanned from film photos, remember them?). Oh, how things have changed.
With modern day database-organized content management systems that generate pages on the fly using PHP, commenting systems and contact forms have made guestbooks obsolete… or have they?
This page is more of a curious social experiment than anything else. This website is visited by over 200 people every day. A very small number of these people ever leave comments on posts, and an even smaller number contact me using the contact form. According to the stats, most people visit for a couple of minutes (enough to read the first few paragraphs of an article) then leave. About a fifth of all visitors click onto another page.
If you wish… leave a comment below in the way that you would normally sign a guestbook. Tell me your name, where you’re from, how you found the site, what you think of it, and any comments or suggestions you like. Obviously you don’t have to tell the truth, but if you do wish to make something up, please try to be creative and a little bit humorous.