A few years later, I wrote some code that allowed me to hit a keyboard shortcut when visiting evhead.com — I believe it was the letter ‘n’ — which would bring up a modal textarea. When I typed into that and hit submit, that text would show up at the top of this very web site. It felt like magic.
In ~2004 I had a website hosted on a friend’s server. Several times per week I would manually update the homepage with my latest thoughts and observations. It wasn’t too difficult: edit a text file, upload via FTP, refresh. I thought of it as a web-based AOL Instant Messenger away message. I tried to simplify this process similar to what Ev describes in his recent blog post. I guess it was a good idea.