Things You Didn’t Know: Beauty Blogger Edition

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Dear Christine,

Except for a slight two-year hiatus in college, I’ve been blogging in some form or another since 1998. First, it was Xanga. Then I started building my own websites on Angelfire.

It’s a common misconception that I started out as a personal style blogger.

My first top-level domain blog was a beauty blog called All In The Name of Beauty. I don’t remember how I did it, but I somehow got the domain name for free. I was 12 or 13 when it launched.

All In The Name of Beauty had exactly three files. It was a single page website and each post had to be typed directly into the index.html file.

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Back then, I wrote in HTML and CSS. I also created tons of useless features (glitter mouse trails, anyone?) in JavaScript. I think I had falling snow script during the winter, too.

Ahh the bad old days. Sometimes my older classmates and I reminisce about the time when the internet used to be like the wild wild west.

I frequently seem to go in circles. I was a beauty blogger in the 90s, and then I came back around to it in 2012. I made websites in the 90s and came back around to it in 2013. Wonder what I’ll be doing in 2020? Back to figure skating? Equestrian?

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The last Things You Didn’t Know was quite a while ago– I talked about winter! What’s a fun fact I don’t know about you?


  1. says

    Is the website still there? lol I worked at Xanga so I can relate. Even in the 5 years of having my blog, I’ve seen blogging/the internet change so much. Would love to see you ice skating!

  2. says

    Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
    I also didn’t know you had a beauty blog before! (That golden pigment looks amazing, by the way!)

    Have the best weekend ever,

  3. says

    I feel nostalgic about those web 1.0 blogs. They were design and animation rich albeit some problems. I am already bored of these clean and minimalist web 2.0 designs. Started blogging in 90’s itself? That’s great.

  4. says

    I am so impressed by yoiur technical abilities, and your writing as well. I can’t believe you created a website at age 12.. Did I read that correctly? I truly am in awe of someone who has masterd so much of what I see as an esoteric field .But this is all new to me..
    Things you don’t know.. I had an off price buying office in the eighties, with my dad and sister, so I was professional ( bargain ) buyer for many years. I have a twin. I make jewelery, can paint a little, and did mosaic work for many years. I also like to write poetry.
    There, those are six things ..I guess you can say, I am a good sharer, so now that is 7…
    Happy week dear Alex.
    XX, Elle

    • says

      Back in the day making a website was fairly simple and I am sure you could learn how to do it now if you need a new hobby! There are a lot of free resources like Treehouse, Codecademy, etc.

      I can believe you were a professional bargain buyer! You’re an amazing shopper and have such a well-defined sense of style.