Man, I try to do interviews, but this is really good!
OL: Why and why in Heartland neighborhoods?
SS: Well, when I was thinking about putting a page on GeoCities there were
various neighborhoods that were about specific things, and I didn’t really see
it as being about anything, And Heartland seemed like sort of a friendly
catch-all one, they called it the family neighborhood I think. So that seemed
the best place for me.
I think there’s a temptation to call it ‘about nothing’ if it’s a page that’s
not ‘about anything’. I love finding pages that just meander with no particular
aim. Though it’s harder to name pages that are like that in the present.
OL: Let’s go though your home page. When I saw it for the first time it
immediately attracted my attention, because you stroked through the Welcome to
My Home Page
Welcome to My Page
Here’s the Page
In the next sentence you explained that you strike it through because
“One of the books I looked at on how to code HTML said “Don’t put ‘Welcome to my
page’ on your page”, because people already know they’re welcome, so I tried to
think how to start this without putting that on first, and really, it seems sort
of stark without some kind of greeting. So my second idea was just to say
“Here’s the page”, as an homage to my seven-year-old son, who has started saying
“Bon appetit” at mealtimes, and I discovered that he thought it meant “Here’s
This is such a sweet thing—and it reminds me that this sort of thing is still
alive when people share the things kids say or fragments of overheard
conversation and there is no stigma around those things. But I think there was
some backlash against LiveJournal and the initial ‘meaningless’ Twitter status
updates—but perhaps Susan was able to do this artfully. (I genuinely think her
page is still great to read. It reminds me of a blog called
Murrmurrs that I came across recently that
I have been enjoying for similar reasons.)