In my high school days, and the first couple years of college, I maintained a pretty sensationalized version of my life at a site I called The Realm. It used to be known as “The Realm of Jared Smith” before I snipped the “of Jared Smith” off just before version 1.0 was unleashed in October of 1999. I featured updates on my personal life, my futile quests to obtain various girls that I codenamed for “security reasons,” song parodies, and Special Reports, where I basically over-sensationalized various events in my daily life in a way that would make FOX News jealous. The Realm went through four major and one minor revision during the four and a half years it was commissioned. Over the years it gradually became less of a song parody showcase and indeed became more personal. A unique feature of The Realm was the message board, which lived on until I shut down the first version of jaredwsmith.com earlier this year. (I’m debating whether to keep the message board as-is or totally realign the content with the blog.) Every Realm revision contained some sort of gaudy, useless special effect until version 4.5, where I reworked the site to be less flashy and more consistent with Web standards.
I’ve had a few inquiries in the last few days asking about the whereabouts of the old stuff. Because I’m a nostalgic freak, I’ve archived every design since version 1.0 in varying locations on my Web server. I have yet to reinstate version 4.5, but I’ll get that back online one day.
So what are you waiting for? Dive in and enjoy.