Over time, I re-organized the FAQ several times, putting things in categories so users could drill down from the index page. This was inspired by the yahoo layout which was famous for it's day, and was later the foil for googles simple search interface.
Near the start, I wrote the code to allow users to post questions on the FAQ or share what they wanted. It was a wiki years before wiki's and many years before wikipedia.
Eventually, company growth lead to indiscriminate hiring and I became dissatisfied working with jerks. Or what I felt were jerks. I quickly found another small business (just me and the boss again) and I demanded a raise or bail. The boss let me go. Still not sure who the jerk was there... me, them, or the boss. Probably all of us.
The new boss was very accomodating and let me put up my web site on his static IP address. Believe it or not, that was running on Personal Web Server (predecessor of IIS) on a Windows 98 machine. And it was never hacked.
At that point, I registered MassMind.org (it had only be reachable via IP address before that) and started selling myself to google adsense for a bit of side income. As I expanded out the FAQ, putting everything I learned into it, the site grew, and for a few years, it was bringing in $800 a month in add revenue.
It doesn't reach a tenth of the use it used to. Where at one time, my top page was an extensive section on raising, diagnosing and treating Tilapia, stepper motor systems, and code generators for embedded controllers, now my top page is one on the old pager codes. LOL. How useless. If it were still being used to show a lot of people the amazing things they can do to improve their lives, with food, automation, or programming, then I would want to keep it up. It's not.
Now, it's still of use to me, so I'll be keeping the server (local) and continuing to update it as I learn, but it will only be accessible to me. Sadface.
I'm open to other ideas, but again: Not spending a bunch of money each month just to keep an ego project alive. I'd rather use the money to go kayaking.
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