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  Guest Article: January 14th, 2000

It's the Trend of the World As We Know It

By: Danielle (formally known as sailorgrub)

I've been away from the so-called 'Sailormoon Online Community' for quite a while now and just recently found my way back. A lot of things happened while I was away that I feel I have to make some comments on.

The first thing that I noticed after coming back was a big debate over people closing down their sites. This struck home as I abandoned my site (Reflections) earlier this year - left it up but untouched. There are a lot of reasons that happened - not a single one of them was a loss of interest in the manga or any pettiness within the SMC. I've been around on this planet long enough to have figured out that people are people no matter where they are. Firstly, I hated it. I got to the point where all the ideas I had for it weren't working. My page was staring me in the face telling me to please, please just let it die. Or at least go into a coma for a while. I had html block, a lack of vision... and a life. School, work, greencards, not to mention getting married, all were much higher priorities to me than my site. So I left it to wither and burn. To say that the closing of sites was a 'trendy' thing to do is... insane for lack of a better word. Personally, I strongly believe that each and every person who closed their site or chooses not to update is doing everyone a favor- most of all themselves. Once you start to hate your site, it goes downhill pretty fast. Better to kill it and put it out of its misery.

Sort of following along the same lines, I can't help but notice a lot of complaining going on about 'trends'. Isn't that what life is really all about? In a nutshell, humans are pretty much prewired to follow trends. The infamous 'they' say what's cool, and everyone blindly follows. Trends and trendy things bother the hell out of me- I can't stand seeing people wearing ugly clothes just because everyone else is wearing them. It makes me wonder what would happen if I walked up to someone and told them their clothes were ugly. But my thoughts wander. Trends online can lead to people who can't get away from the <H1> tag to making something quite eye pleasing. Tables were one of the best things to ever hit the SMC as far as I'm concerned. Still, it's time for new trendsetters to step forward and take things even further. Don't be afraid to try something different with your site. Even if it doesn't work, at least it was something you came up with yourself. Find out what went wrong and make it right.

I was gone a long time, but things really havn't changed that much. There are still good sites, and they are outnumbed by the bad sites. My site was a bad site when it first went up, so there's still hope. I don't feel so much hatred towards my site as I did when I left it to die back in June. I've even dragged out my scanner, and I'm ready for some serious updating.

Comments on this article can be sent to: Danielle.

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