Ten Years of Ghosts of North Dakota
GhostsofNorthDakota.com celebrates its 10th birthday as a website in the spring of 2014, and boy how things have changed! We could never have imagined it would come this far, considering our humble beginnings. Here’s your evidence… a screenshot, the first archive snapshot ever taken of our site as it appeared on May 28th, 2004 (click to enlarge):
Wow! Look at that basic webpage! Kids in grade school are writing better website code these days. Excuse me for tooting my own horn, but I did teach myself to write html code by hand in order to build that website. I could have done better than the cheesy Agathon “This alone is denied to God…” quote as a tagline for a website though. And what the heck was I doing with the moon theme? We didn’t photograph at night, we didn’t have anything to do with ghosts… it’s no wonder some people got the wrong impression.
The site went through a couple of redesigns in the subsequent years, but it wasn’t until 2006 that the site became visually familiar to the site you see today. The Opp House in Lincoln Valley as our icon, the Pristina font, white on a black background.
This might be a good place to say publicly that the most important change this site has undergone in the last decade happened in 2009 when I moved the website from an html website format to the blog format you see today. That change allowed you to comment on the stories and photos we post. A cursory glance through even a few of our galleries makes the case quite clear — the living history that has grown out of the comments section is clearly the most important part of the sentimental history being written here with our photos as simple dinner music.
From the bottom of our hearts… Thank you for ten incredible years, and here’s to ten more.