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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time (or as my uncle Lyle would say: "Once a-punce a time"), I had a website for New Avenue Crew. I started it on Geocities, and then I made a full-fledged website at my own domain: Newavenuecrew.com. Neither site was fancy, but I created them in HTML all by myself.

After a few years, I found that it was hard to afford the monthly fee for my domain and the web hosting, so I had to let them lapse. Unbeknownst to me, the domain was then quickly snatched and a high price set for anyone who dared try to buy it. (I told the story before, and a little more, on the first post on this blog.) I was so sad when I discovered I would not be able to get Newavenuecrew.com back, and I still regret it. And then, a couple of years ago, Geocities ceased operation. My sites were gone for good.

But then I did a search for Debora Hoffmann on Google today,* and I found this:

New Avenue Crew's Geocities site

It is my old New Avenue Crew Geocities site, recovered by Reocities!

I had no idea that Reocities was working to recover Geocities sites, but I am thrilled that they are and that I found my site so I can share it with you. It looks like I last worked on the site in 2008. I am unable to make any changes to it now, so it is a marker in New Avenue Crew's history.

I hope you will visit and enjoy looking around. Please let me know what you think. It was fun for me to take a walk down memory lane and see what my bears and I were doing once a-punce a time.


*My search was prompted by my curiosity after reading this blog post by Tami Eveslage, an artist whose work (in many media) I admire.

14 comments:

  1. WONDERFUL DEB..so happy for you :)

    big bear hugs, Doreen

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    1. Thank you, Doreen! :o) Bear hugs to you!

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  2. It's so great to see your site again! I remember it when I met the New Avenue Crew.
    So please, don't forget to share with us news and pictures. Your teddies are so beautiful Debora. I really love Juniper and Sebring!
    Bear Hugs
    Agnes

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    1. Oh, wow, Agnes--I didn't realize you had seen my website when you first found New Avenue Crew. That is so neat.

      I will continue sharing news and pictures. I need to take more pictures soon! And I'm working on a bear with appliqued feet...it is taking me a long time.

      Thank you for your sweet comments! I am so glad you love Juniper and Sebring. :o)

      Bear hugs to you!

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  3. Love the kitties Debora, I did not know you made cats. They are so handsome. Great looking site.

    You know you can move it all over to blogger, that is what I did. Copy and pasted pretty much my whole website over here.

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    1. I'm tickled that you like my cats, Joanne! It has been probably 10 years since I made one, but I would like to tweak the pattern and make another someday...when I can grab the time, of course. :o)

      I was thinking of sharing some of the Fun Fur Facts from my website here on the blog. And other little tidbits too.

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  4. Heh, Tami's post prompted me to do a bit of a hunt too lol How fun for you to have found this again :o)

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    1. I love that Tami has inspired us, ha-ha!

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  5. I remember that website! I didn't know you had web "speculators" steal your domain? I did too! It was SOOOO frustrating... and my seemed like a personal attack because mine was my own name! I got it back though, so I hope you can too!

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    1. I'm glad you remember my site! Ugh...someone stole your personal domain name--your actual name? That is just not right. Mine will take a couple thousand dollars to get back; I just don't have that. Would love to hear how you got yours back. I have ideas of other domains for New Avenue Crew...but they're just not the same as Newavenuecrew.com.

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  6. WONDERFUL news, I'm thrilled you were able to see it again, but what a lot of heartache! Hugs, Catherine x

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    1. I'm very glad to have found the site. Letting my domain go has been something I've regretted ever since I realized it had been grabbed and had such a high price on it. Hugs!

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  7. How fun, Debora! I enjoyed seeing your bears from the past as I wasn't familiar with your work in 2008! It prompted me to do a google on my name and Booh Bears, too, just to see what happened! Very interesting! Hugs, Janice

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    1. It's definitely a snapshot in time. Glad you enjoyed my website! It is certainly interesting to see what happens in a Google search of our name and business name. I found places I wasn't aware I was mentioned. Hugs to you!

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We love getting comments here in the Crew studio. Thank you for taking a peek at New Avenue Crew and leaving us your calling card. Blessings and bear hugs to you!