Personal website's are so new to us that most people haven't even thought about ever having one, so the idea about how to structure one is wide open; and in a few years when everyone has one there will be lots of different kinds of personal web sites.
2 Purposes of Personal Websites:
1) Help in self discovery.
2) Express yourself and your ideas to the world.
In the beginning personal website's, PW's I'll call them, will just be photo albums, but as people become less afraid to put their thoughts up on the world wide web, they will become places for us to express and exchange our opinions first about political issues, and then about religious issues and everything else. Everybody will have a site that has their opinions about the most important topics of discussion with a message board attached to each article, and when we surf the web and stumble across other PW's we will just paste our own articles onto the message boards of the articles we read. After a while we won't even have to waste our time writing it all out, we will be able to attach videos of ourselves talking about the various issues.
Once enough people have PW's, search robots like Google will scowl the web for the various topics of discussion and map out the graphs and percentages of what people about all of the main subjects of conversation, so we will know where we all stand.
My PW is a prototype because I have never found a PW like it. So far all I have seen are photo albums with blog's that include ideas but not in an organized way as to be able to find out exactly what the person believes about every subject.
My site will have more to do with the prolific expression of ideas connected to each other with links within the site. Although I will be very interested in flash graphics and cartoons and photo albums, what really interests me is how one can navigate from thought to thought instantaneously by the click of a link. Links within articles will revolutionize the way we communicate because every statement can be backed up by an example on another page through a link, and every claim can be proved by a link to another site that verifies it. Once links to examples and proofs become the norm, people will start talking with examples and proofs ready in their minds to reference when they need to; so that we will be much more credible and transparent to each other, thus, better communicators.
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Personal Websites are the answer to all the worlds problems
All we need to do to fix all of the problems in the world is for everybody to have a PWS. The logic is quite simple and is explained linearly:
1) The main problem - The main problem in the world, whether people realize it or not, is that we are killing our planet. Because of all the deforestation and pollution and threat of nuclear holocaust we have to change if we are going to survive. I believe it is possible to make a smooth transition to a sustainable lifestyle because we have always managed to do it in the past. For example: Just when the industrial revolution was getting out of control with pollution and pestilence, we decided to make the switch from coal to oil, put the cables underground, make child labor laws and stuff like that.
2) Fix the world by learning to Communicate - The destruction of the world is too difficult for any one government or company to control. To give a simple example, Brazilian deforestation is mainly caused by poor people trying to make a life for themselves by going out and cutting down the forest and putting up a farm. The only thing the Brazilian government could do is try to distribute the wealth some more, but at the end of the day the people with the true power are the individuals.
It will take individuals to fix the problems of the world because of the way multinational corporations are set up. I know that sounds like an oxymoron, and maybe it is; I don't know much about economics. I could be wrong. The way I see it is that individuals buy into public corporations, so if it's the individuals who feed the corporations with their investments, and individuals who feed corporations with their business; it seems to me that these multinational coorporations that a lot of people like to see as being the ultimate evil are in fact the ultimate democracy. My point is that the problems with the world begin and end with the individual and not the corporation. I think the problems most people have with corporations are how laws are designed to boost the corporations and hurt the small businesses. But laws are made by politicians and not corporate leaders, so instead of going after the corporations we need to be keeping a closer eye on the politicians who are elected by the individual citizens. My point is that in order to have a healthy society all we need are responsible individuals. It always comes back to the individual.
My Personal Website's design
My philosophy about my own personal website is multi-faceted. It is to be a tool for me to organize my memories from my life first and foremost, so when I am old I can look at it and relive all of my experiences. Secondly, it is for me to organize my opinions about everything in an organized way. I won't be embarrassed writing my opinions about a subject that I don't know much about because opinions are the primordial soup that make the world go around and can be expressed by anyone. Firstly it doesn't make sense to compare yourself to otheres, but even if it did, I know there isn't a person alive who knows everything about everything so why should I try to compare myself with someone who doesn't exist? Once I know more about a subject I will add it to my PWS.
The second purpose of my PWS is to show others about my life, like some sort of reality web log show, and more interestingly, express what I believe to the whole world. When I write my opinions in a place that the whole world can see, I make double sure to say things that I will never have to apologize for, or take back. So it really makes me think about what I really do think. I don't understand the concept of keeping a journal that is for your eyes only. Wanting to keep a journal private strikes me as being ashamed of oneself, or having some kind of supersticious fear of something that doesn't exist. It's fine to have secrets, but we shouldn't be keeping our beleifs secret.
I don't want to be ashamed of myself or be afraid of the boogy man. I want to be an active neuron in this gigantic brain we have created. We are all one, but we are all such artistically varied variations on that one prototype that it seems to me a waste to not share the various flavors of our colorful world with each other so we can all take part in the celebration of waking up upon ourselves by way of sharing ourselves.
Peace out. Ode to the living brain called planet Earth.