When I started out on the Internet in 1995, I benefitted
greatly from Seattle Community Network, free writing workshops, free
online tutorials, free web graphics all of the creative effort,
volunteered freely by generous people, that make the World Wide Web
a true community. A globalism of individuals, instead of a globalism
I have used the Net myself for activism, education, and
as my filing cabinet for anything I learn or write or create.
Sometimes it seems that dot coms and yahoos and popup
advertising and porn entrepeneurs and spam artists are taking over the
Net. At the same time, the individuals committed to the free and independent
spirit of the World Wide Web are coming together in their own communities.
Angels is one such community: a group of women committed to help
and compassion, from answering HTML questions to coming together in
support in a family loss and having fun, too. I joined this group
as part of their HTML Help Committee.
Immediately after I joined, my guestbook was flooded
with hellos and graphics. I truly felt welcomed!