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A trip on the Wayback Machine

If you’ve been a blogger for a long time, there must be a time when you’ve wanted to take a trip down memory lane and be able to see how you your blogged looked or how you wrote back then. The Wayback Machine is perfect for this. You can insert an url and access any captures throughout the years. Most of the times, you’ll be able to see the most of the website, but it’s more likely to see broken images here and there, especially if it’s content from years ago.

I was wondering the other day about my first blog: and entered the URL on the Wayback Machine to see all the different layouts I had and such. I remember I used to follow “design” trends like crazy back then. The blends, over-use of brushes, celebrity images/psds, they were all the rage back then.

I was able to find this image from 2005, this was one of my favorite layouts I had made back then.

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Looking at it now, I’m amazed at how much things have changed, and I’m so glad it has. Things are more simple now. Back then, I changed my layout every week and it was definitely exhausting. Now it’s more about the writing, you don’t need to have “goodies” for visitors (brushes, textures, etc.) and you don’t need to apply for affiliates/siblings. I’m glad things have evolved in the blogging world to what they are now.

Have you ever searched for any of your old sites on the Wayback Machine? I’d love to see some of your captures if you’re willing to share!

  1. Haha, oh my gosh – I remember when those layouts with “celebrity blends” were all the rage! I had a lot of fun making those, but I’m happy they’re not a thing any more these days. Websites look so much cleaner now, and I too prefer being able to focus on content, and not have to worry about making a new layout every other week or so.

    I tried looking up my old websites on the Wayback Machine, but unfortunately not one webpage had some css or images saved so it’s really not worth sharing. :(

  2. I actually have been on Wayback Machine, a few times, actully :) I used to own the web site and yeah… embarassing to say the least. Just a little. I was one of those Palace Doll people… and I’m so thankful that fad has died down completely, I believe. I had fun, I learned a lot about other people, but I’m glad to say that I have evolved since then.

    I actually don’t mind the looks of that old layout you made back in 2005, I miss that look to layouts, just not the bright and flashy stuff that actually drives my eyeballs wild nowadays.

  3. Oh my goodness! That’s such a cool site! I checked my oldest blog, and actually found a page. I can’t believe how dull it looked, just a plain built-in untouched theme… hahaha, and so much crap I wrote about.
    Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to do some more browsing there…

  4. The funny thing is, I actually do still come across blogs with those type of layouts. Usually they are run by teens, but they do still exist. Although I admit, most of them are Anime related now, not celeb related. LOL

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