It's cold and sunny outside. I love this weather. There's something comforting about wearing warm clothes and stepping out. Halloween is right around the corner, and we're headed to the winter season slowly but surely.

For the last few weeks, I've been working on a new project, ichi.city [1]. If you know NeoCities, it's that, just smaller and with less features. It's a tiny community that offers free 10 MB hosting for people to create their homepages, which are listed on Ichi's index, allowing everyone to explore, discover, and engage with one another.

Today's web has a lot of problems. Bloated sites, privacy concerns, using javascript for everything, overly complicated browsers, centralization and much, much more. But if there's one upside that still makes me optimistic, it's the web's expressivity power. We can add colors, images, fonts, music, custom cursors, text that scroll automatically. Should we do it? Surely not if it's an application that will be used by many. Even by few. But what happens when all websites look similar? When every layout is the same, every color is the same, where is the personality? When did the web stop being fun? In a world that can often feel colorless, I'm happy when I see quirky pages, who's only purpose is to have fun and show the world from the author's point of view.

So that's what ichi is! A quirky little place with quirky homepages. I hope you like it!

[1] ichi.city


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