The “Ballermann Syndicates” site was the first website I ever published. It was first hosted at snafu.de which was my ISP in 1995 and moved to the famous xoom.com hosting. It started like most private webpages do today: As a site with nearly no content, a lot of animated gifs and no concept (I wish I had a screenshot of the beginning)
But with the time there came content and slightly more compatibility. In 1997 I started to write short stories and poems. I also did some paintings later. Nothing great but not too bad at all. I started to publish my writings, learned how to do the “marketing” for a site (like URL submitting to searchengines and stuff) and redesigned my site every three months . I also used real-audio to bring some of my poems alive. Well, at least the few people that visited my site seemed to like it - and that was a little success for me.
I stopped maintaining the site shortly after finishing school in 1999. Meanwhile I had started my RAF-Infosite, where I tried to avoid all the mistakes I made at “Ballermann Syndicates” from the beginning…
Luckily I still have a copy of the 99's version available. Visit bms.splitbrain.org if you understand German.