I just got word that my fanfiction site is being moved to a different parent domain next month. Now, I haven't updated that poor thing in probably two years, due mainly to moving to a laptop and away from my nice WYSIWYG site-building software. But I'm still writing fic (really. I am).
I have no idea if this move will break all the links on my pages. If so, fixing them all is cause to shudder; HttM alone has forty chapter pages, with about forty-five links per page (so my HTML skills are minimal. Bite me).
The site does get a few readers every month. I'm sure lots of people have old links and bookmarks from the CSI/GSR heyday.
As it is, I'm gradually copying fic over from FF.net to AO3, partly because it's an easier site to use, partly because it offers the downloading option, which is very handy; partly because FF.net is just kind of annoying. But I haven't been copying everything. Some of it doesn't seem worth the effort, due to age or quality or length or context.*
Up until I stopped updating my site, it was the complete public collection, minus a few bits that were only posted on LJ. There's something to be said for having everything in one place, yet not cluttering up public feeds.^
I considered, briefly, renting server space somewhere and designing my own site. But that's outside my budget and considerably outside my coding skills, not to mention my visual imagination. cincoflex has very generously offered to host my stuff on her site, but I'm not sure that's the answer either.
Are individual fic sites still a thing? Is it possible to post stories on, say, WordPress, and still make it easy to search and access? I kind of want something that's under my control, but I don't think I have the ability to make it happen.
I suppose I'll have to redesign the whole thing, and I am very bad at visual design. *grumble* And it's a project that'll take months, no matter how I go about it.
Y'know, if I'd been just a year or two younger, I might have gotten into computer programming. But when I was in high school that sort of thing was for the magnet students, not us regular plebes, and I don't think my college offered courses like that.† I suppose I could take a course on site building now, but see above statement about $.
*It's a sliding scale anyway. Most of these fandoms are pretty dead. They get a few hits on AO3, but it may just be curiosity.
^I assume that someone rummaging around on my site is interested at least marginally in my writing. Nobody wants to have to pick through little irrelevant bits while searching for a particular topic.†This was still the early days of the personal computer. I think HS had Apple IIs or some such, and college was very proud to own some of the first NeXTs. My own PC was pre-Windows.