I just discovered an online resource that archives old versions of websites. I’ve had a website at www.anamchara.com since 1996, and yes, the archives go back almost that far. It’s not by any means perfect — lots of broken links — but some of the archived versions are pretty much complete, and for me it was quite a trip down memory lane to look at the evolution of my website, from the amateurish page at the beginning that was essentially an infomercial for my one published book, to the blog that I am lovingly nurturing at the present.
Follow this link to see www.anamchara.com as archived on May 22, 1997. At that time I called the site “The House of Breathings: A Virtual Sanctuary for the Contemplative Way.” I was still an Episcopalian (although with marked pagan leanings), had a ponytail, no beard, and barely any grey hair. My first book had literally just been published, my second one wouldn’t appear for another two and a half years. I was only 36 years old. Yes, the site looks like something a 5th grader could do today, but give me a break: this was 1997!