These days it’s commonplace to do everything online, from designing the layout of your kitchen to locating a stranger prepared to kill and eat you for mutual sexual gratification.
I'm currently a student studying abroad in Japan. I seem to get along best with middle-aged housewives. The best compliment I've received is "I think of you every time I pop a devastating ass pimple." My username is from a friend saying "I've been in pain for a while now" later used as a ringtone. Going through neocities is adorable, I wish there were other ways of this sort of personal self-expression. Everyone on reddit and tumblr are faceless and discord is infested with people who would stab each another if given the opportunity. Every other mainstream service has a cultivated, transient experience that feels deeply impersonal. Neocities is great. My time here now easily rivals the other sanity debuffs I click through.
I've always been curious about the circles people choose to gravitate toward: the art they enjoy, music they listen to, hobbies they invest in. Tumblr was a great example of a carefully cultivated environment: An endless feed of media that expands upon your existing interests depending on who you follow. Expand your scope and more diverse stuff comes your way. Archives of Geocities and by extension, Neocities grants me that perspective through demonstrations of self-expression in open-ended personal sites. Each one is wildly different in content and charm, it illicits something in me that I don't feel with feeds of algorithmically selected posts.
Above all, I'm interested in the mentalities people adhere to. Their outlook on life, how they structure their day-to-day and reflect about their past. I've had a rather contentious relationship with both, and it's refreshing to see some different approaches.
A .txt file used to occupy my thoughts, but it was too 2D to be a helpful reference. Neocities allows me to catalog my thoughts in a concise manner and include pictures. Best part is I feel compelled to distill down my emotions into something succinct, a plate of palpable regurgitations.
This site is a good exercise for me to have my interests laid out and periodically updated. I was the kinda kid to bring their favorite toys everywhere. That mentality has stuck with me. Hopefully you'll find some personal intersections in my writings. Sorry if you're a neo-nazi or something.
questions? suggestions? death threats? take a gander at the guestbook or firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm just a normal guy and I'd love to hear your thoughts about anything. I'm very impressionable and I will join your extremist organization
Written: March 6th, 2019
Site created: July 8th, 2018
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