disassociated (usually all lowercase, sometimes all uppercase) sates a 1997 high-school like fascination with web design, and, for better or worse, has been transmitting from the east coast of Australia ever since. On and off, and in different formats, but it all kicked off in 1997.
If you’re up for it, check out the earliest, still existing, iteration of disassociated, here on the Wayback Machine. This is a capture made in February 1998, not long after I launched in 1997. The images are long gone, but their placeholders remain, so you’ll still be able to navigate around.
John. Jay. J. Whatever. I started out as a web designer in the late 1990’s. I was a founding member of the Australian Infront, a community of design creatives. In 2001 I was described as one of the first Australian designers online in the June edition of the sadly defunct Desktop Magazine.
I also did a little magazine and newspaper writing. But I wanted to do my own thing. To write and curate. To self-publish. To have my own masthead. I was in luck. By 2007 blogging’s star was rising. It might have been graffiti with punctuation to some, but neither I, nor countless other independent online publishers, saw it that way.
What’s in a name? The question comes up now and again. The word disassociated has a number of meanings, but in this context it means to do my own thing, to go my own way, to have my own gig, to be independent. The name somehow seemed a little more poignant when I took it back in the late 1990’s, when people were coupling their identities to all manner of domain names.
Some of my posts, and the links I’ve featured, have been referenced by the likes of Wired, Gizmodo, MetaFilter, ZDNet, VSAUCE, Web Urbanist, Reddit, and Wikipedia. One or two also reached Digg’s front page back in the day.
I’ve even made it into print, with American author Mark Briggs referencing my article about revenue streams for independent online publishers, in his 2011 book, Entrepreneurial Journalism.
disassociated is my online notepad, a place where I (electronically) jot down my thoughts on numerous topics. Hence the simple, minimalist, single column format, notepad-like feel. Hence the anything goes subject matter of my posts and articles. I did try niche blogging back in the day, but it wasn’t for me. So random-ish notepad jottings it is. It gets me noticed from time to time.
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