Just for the sake of hanging on to things, I have archived a few things from the original run of NuAngel.net. I genuinely don’t recall when I first registered my domain, but I believe it may have been as early as 1999, but possibly 2000. Over its initial run, one “web counter” I had used back then estimated my total number of visitors at around 57,000 from whenever I initially put the counter on the website to about 2005. It doesn’t seem like a lot, and it’s true – it really isn’t. But for the time, and for some random teenager from rural Pennsylvania – it was a big deal for me.
NuAngel.net/archive now holds a semi-functional version of the site as it was in 2001. I have also archived a 2000-2001 version of the front page, along with 2003, a 2004 version versions, and the “nearing goodbye” version, from August 2nd, 2005. There is an index from the 9/5/05 “Final Hours” post which I may also put up, some day. One of the updates in the gaming section even mentions Halo, circa 2001!
For a stroll down memory lane, just remember that the website ripped of the design from 3dfxgamers.com, but it was totally an award winning website!
Yes, back in 2002 and 2003, I actually proudly flew banners of the Junior Web Awards, the Golden Web Awards, and the Diamond Web Awards. The Diamond Web Awards was actually a voted on award and you had to receive a certain number of votes to “level up” the award. You were otherwise simply considered a participant. I ended up with enough votes to at least achieve “LEVEL 1” recognition. I don’t remember what that required. But I was excited about it at the time!
Or what about when link exchanges were the hot new thing?