Monday, November 7, 2011

Babbler celebrates 13 years on the Internet by remembering the ‘lost years’

By Chris Olson
Publisher of The Babbler

In 1998, an aspiring webmaster posted the first Bolingbrook Babbler article on the web.  Though modest by today’s standards, it was a pioneering move by Bolingbrook oldest publication.

In 2001, I wanted to have a more dramatic web experience.  It wasn’t acceptable to present a hand-coded web page to the world.  My webmaster said the technology wasn’t ready for what I wanted.  I said, stop adding stories and focus on developing the web site I want.

I didn’t expect it would take until 2007 to develop the web site I wanted.  While I am pleased with the result, and the subsequent redesign after that, I now realize that many of our Internet fans have never read the great stories that were published during the so-called “lost years.”

As we celebrate 13 years on the Internet, my staff suggested that we post one story from each of the “lost years.”  I agreed.  From Tuesday through Sunday, we will post one story from each “lost year.”  I hope our Internet fans will enjoy discovering these stories, and that residents of Bolingbrook will enjoy remembering where they were when they saw the headlines.

If you want to read more articles, you can always go to the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook.  I think they finally got around to unpacking them after moving to the new building.

Oh, some people have asked why we are celebrating 13 years, when the website wasn’t always updated during those years.  Since the website was never taken down, I can honestly say it has on the Internet for 13 years.

Now that the Internet is a part of every resident’s life, I promise you that there will be no more lost years.  As long as the Web is relevant, there will be a Bolingbrook Babbler to bring you the unbelievable truth.  Sorry, Bolingbrook Patch.

I hope you will enjoy these stories as much as we have.  Please feel free to leave any reasonable comments.  My staff and I look forward to hearing from you.

Please note: All articles on this site are works of fiction.

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