Anchorhold

Back around 2000-2001 when I was in college, I had gotten to know an Irish nun, Sister Clare Julian, who later became Sister Julianna Johanna. She had a pretty simple website, but the person who set it up for her was no longer able to maintain it. As a person who was involved in both the church and technology, I offered to help her with it. I managed to maintain it through many years and different hosts. I think the first one was Angelfire – that brings back some wild memories of all the amateur days of html.

I had always considered her website a sort of sacred space. Peaceful and personal, it was full of stories and memories that evoked feelings. It was simple and majestic.

The last time we spoke was in 2017. I lost touch of her after that. Sometime after January of 2020 the last webhost took the site down. I haven’t been able to reach her or find her since. All of her email accounts are closed. I decided to re-host her website as sort of a tribute to her legacy.

The Anchorhold Website (best viewed in Internet Explorer (embedded midi music), many external links are broken)

Why I left social media

Originally I got on Myspace/Facebook/Twitter somewhere around 2007-2009. It was nice and I met a few new people, found some people I already knew. Back in the early years it was pretty simple to use and really not all that intrusive.

Several years ago I had to fight it off as an addiction. Everyone I knew was on it, and I was on it all the time. I had stopped for a period of time altogether, and then after that I determined to use it only sparsely.

As I scroll through the Facebook news feed these days, all I see is clickbait, games, and advertisements. Nearly 1 out of every 3 “posts” on there was an advertisement. What’s worse is that all I see anyone share anymore is the same clickbait, games, and advertisements. Sometimes I see people post about their life, and that’s great, but it’s becoming the exception.

Too much negativity and arguments dominate the conversation. This is largely just a side effect of being on the web and the social-news that everyone consumes. To further this, there are algorithms in place which prioritize some content over other content. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but not something I care for.

So now, I’m starting my own platform, on my own terms. If you’re interested in what I’m interested in feel free to follow me here. I don’t want to advertise, I don’t want to unleash anything that I’m not about. This is going to be very clean and uncomplicated.