I’ve built a lot of different niche web directories over the years. Frankly there are some that I have forgotten about. But here are some highlights.
A little directory of personal directories—sweet!
Ok, this is seriously insane! What a ton of work. Serious respect for your past lives in directory building!
How much fanfic did you read while building these? I guess I’m wondering how much of this job bordered on literary critique or editing.
Scifimatter refers to ‘HipRank’ in the links—what was that? It seems that you used this to order the links.
You say on Scifimatter that you want to help ‘the surfer’, the ‘amateur and semipro websites’ and—most importantly, perhaps—to ‘encourage fans of SF/F to start their own website’—did this play out? (These are definitely my goals, too—I wonder how to accomplish them.)
Also, I’m a pretty big Godzilla (and monster movie, Kaiju, Biollante) fan, so I loved looking through those links on the Planets Doom. Also, I have to say: it’s impressive that many of the outgoing links in the directory STILL work thanks to the thoroughness of the Wayback Machine! Another benefit of static HTML—even if these directories are static versions of the original dynamic ones.