From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:
Main Entry: af·fec·ta·tion
1 a : the act of taking on or displaying an attitude or mode of behavior not natural to oneself or not genuinely felt b : speech or conduct not natural to oneself : ARTIFICIALITY
2 obsolete : a striving after
synonym see POSE
Why would I choose this as my site's name? I just like the term. Also, it reminds me of that New Yorker cartoon, the one with the punchline "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."
I first started making sites in the summer of 1996, because I couldn't go to camp, and it beat watching TV all day. I kept with it because it was fun, and Webmonkey was entertaining to read. In these early days I toyed with enormous image maps, background music, and even, dear God, blinking text. Yes, I'm ashamed. I used to keep my collections of quotes and lyrics on my site, but when I went to college, I stopped maintaining them, and eventually removed them entirely.
Near the beginning of sophomore year, I had a strange and detailed dream, which for some reason I wanted to tell everyone about. But I didn't want to have to tell everyone individually. So I wiped my site out, and just posted the dream there. The next day, I posted something else; it snowballed into a blog, though I hate that term. I've always been proud of only using blog management systems of my own creation, but it isn't really that big of a deal, considering how little effort went into writing said systems.
Nowadays I mostly make sites out of boredom, but generally these don't get seen by many people, since I only post them when I get sick enough of my old one to overcome my lethargy.
This site is hosted by Advanced Network Hosting. Previous hosts were WPI [my college webspace] and Geocities [way back in the day].
This particular incarnation was created in late October, 2004. Its version number is... more than ten, but I'm not exactly sure, because I don't have the really old copies of my site to count.