Happy (belated) 10th Anniversary, GrungeZombie.net!

The holidays were so busy that I totally forgot to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of GrungeZombie.net! Shame on me. It should have been November 6, 2012, as grungezombie.net was officially registered back in 2002 (you know, before every imaginable domain name was troll-bot-registered).

To make up for my tardiness, here’s a BLAST FROM THE PAST:

GrungeZombie.net Version 12 (2003)

Ah, yes, Version 12, featuring Kurt Cobain, circa 2003, from my long-forgotten layout archives (why I still have them on the server, I have no idea; can’t bring myself to get rid of them). Back when I had endless hours to redesign the site every couple of months — before I went all mommy-crazy (and long before I went all crafty-crazy).

I notice the scroll-bar transparency no longer works. MAN, I used that A LOT. The annoying bouncy marquee still works in my Firefox browser, though! Woo-hoo! Retro! This was cutting edge stuff on the “personal website” scene, at the time. Considering I started online journaling in ’97 with a free Tripod account (bambi_dear_333, hells yeah) — back when the norm was ComicSans and sTiCkY cApS and neon text on black background and vampire GIFs and pages dedicated solely to that annoying dancing hamster (you know the one).

Well, I’m no longer obsessed with Nirvana as I was in my younger days. Barely even listen to them anymore (got a bit burnt out, as you can imagine) unless they come up on shuffle. Then I get all nostalgic — and if-needs-be skip the track, lest my children be forever warped by “Floyd the Barber”.

It has been a bit of bumpy road, especially at first… filled with hackers, and some wonderful “hostees” (who still hold a special place in my heart); a non-renewal that almost lost it forever (my precious!) because a defunct tech-startup company went belly-up and decided not to inform their customers (dicks.); and various service outages and changing of blogging platforms. I’ve been with GoDaddy now for the majority of these years, and they’ve been nothing but wonderful. Stellar rating, all the way. They helped me regain my domain registration when everything exploded (without costing hundreds of dollars), and they even call to offer discounts when my renewal is up. Couldn’t be happier with their services.

I’m still very attached to this name, even though I’ve grown and matured, and the website content and direction of the blog has changed dramatically from when I started. I thought about changing-it-up, getting something different, now that I’m a mom and a housewife and craft for a living. But then I slapped my silly head and said, “FUCK THAT! GRUNGEZOMBIE FOREVER!” — I don’t care if I’m a 60-year-old grandma, begging my grandkids to check the compatibility of a new layout on their psycho-kinetic holographic virtual-displays.

This is where I belong.heart

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2 thoughts on “Happy (belated) 10th Anniversary, GrungeZombie.net!

  1. Anna says:

    I remember using transparent scrollbars, too! And colored scrollbars, where one could change the colors of the arrows, shadow, and other parts. Not sure if that one still works, either. To think that 12 and 13 year old kids today might never experience creating a free website on Tripod or Geocities, or spend hours learning the ins-and-outs of HTML and CSS from scratch as a “fun” hobby in order to make countless websites about who-knows-what. It’s all social media, now. Social isn’t bad (hell, it plays a major role in what I do for a living), it’s just… very different, and easy. One can create a Tumblr blog in two seconds, but the pages are restricted to certain parts that can be customized so all pages still have a somewhat uniform look and the brand’s integrity is preserved (read: you’ll never, ever see custom scrollbars here, even if the code still worked).

    Ahh. Now I’m feeling nostalgic about the good ol’ days. It was a “simpler time”… *cue old time-y music* I better stop, or I will write a novel!

  2. Iva says:

    I remember how your site looked like ten years ago. :)

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