Posted on March 23, 2012
I just came across two early Connected Traveler web pages from 1995, when everything was new but not so shiny (one-column with a gray background). We put up our first “home page” in 1994 on The Well, the domain of early networkers, SRI nerds and deadheads and it immediately became a Cool Site of the Day, which was then like winning an Academy Award.
It received hundreds of thousands of hits, garnered a bunch of Best of Web awards and was featured on broadcast networks and in publications around the world. This was all so new that I got writers like Jan Morris, Pico Iyer and Peter Mayle to contribute. If I could only afford them today. An early edition featured an interview I did with Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka and, through the miracle of web audio, a recording of Inuit throat singing my old friend writer Georgia Hesse made on her way to the North Pole (we now have a 24×7 streaming radio station). Later we also posted some fuzzy videos in the new Real Video format. For a guy who grew up in broadcasting, this was exciting: DIY media. It is actually more fun today, as we and others who dare the hazardous straits of online publishing have new creative tools, like high definition video that looks better than TV. And we can flap our wings in new direction through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and…are we done yet? One thing that thankfully has not changed: good writing. Stuff like “@suchandsuch #travel http://bit.ly/ignoxxx wassup Doc” does not fall into that category.