I started my site (humaneguitarist.org) around 1996 after I thought it would be a good idea to share what I learned with regard to classical guitar posture.
After some major surgery in 1995, I tried to resume my studies with Christopher Berg at the University of South Carolina but I was simply too weak to do it. The telling moment came when I was in a practice room and dropped some sheet music. When I bent my knees to get down to pick the papers up, I was barely able to get back up.
On top of that, my back started to hurt like hell from practicing. I was using a footstool at the time because I found the A-Frame guitar support – widely used within our guitar program at the time – to be far too unstable for my tastes. The combination of a footstool and not being physically up to the task made for the perfect combination for a bad back. I'd wake up each morning feeling somewhat OK, but after a couple hours of practicing the pain became too great to continue.
Being too young to drink, I hit the books instead of the bottle.
And that's when the research that gave birth to this website began.
After some 17 years, I finally updated the HTML code … I don't even think CSS was around when I first created the site.
Now, of course it still looks the same but the code is much cleaner and easier to read. Mostly, it's not as annoying to me personally to know that it was messy under the hood.
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Happy New Year.
Update, later in the day: Actually, thinking back the "humaneguitarist.org" domain probably goes back to only 1999. The main content has been online since about 1996 using America Online, GeoCities, tripod.com and whatever else until I got sick of changing URLs and finally started using my own domain name.--------------