When I was around 13, I found a website called Clear Black Lines. CBL is a fansite dedicated to The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, Pocahontas and The Swan Princess and I fell in love.
I loved the detail she had put into her site, I loved how cool it was and that I could find out more about a few films I loved. And then I delved deeper and found that it wasn’t the only one! There were LOADS of websites dedicated to Disney films and other animated films, filled with graphics for you to use (like avatars and banners for forums, desktop wallpapers and more all for free), information and trivia about your favourite films – even games! And it didn’t stop with Disney, there were beauty websites, celebrity fansites… it was a big thing!
Well. I had to be part of it. So I started a Piczo version (remember Piczo?!) and started my own Disney fansite. It wasn’t very good, but it was mine and I loved it. Then I started to learn more about HTML and CSS and branched out. I bought a domain and website hosting and Disney Promises was born. (No, I still don’t understand why I used Disney Promises as a name either.)
So why don’t I have the fansite anymore? Well, I think that honestly I would have grown out of it anyway, but actually I was hacked and I lost everything. I had over 500 pages of information and facts that I had carefully collated for Disney fans, I had games and puzzles that I had created and so much more and it was all gone because I’d never actually thought to back it up.
But luckily, I’ve still got a few pictures of the website as you can see in this post and it’s a lovely memory to have.
Why am I sharing this with you guys? I don’t know, I just felt like it was time to remember the geeky Sian I used to be and it’s a nice memory to share with you guys. I just wish my memory of HTML and CSS was better!
So for all the “geeky” hobbies we had when we were little, let’s take time to remember how much we enjoyed them and what they taught us.
What hobbies did you have when you were younger? Did you ever know about Disney fansites? Sadly, most of them have gone now but I’d love to know if you were aware of them!
Probably just worth mentioning that all the characters and films in the above images are the property of the Walt Disney Company and I have no affiliation to them in anyway. Just a big fan!