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Ten years ago this month on August 1st, 1997, I launched AikiWeb.com out into the world. That means that AikiWeb is now celebrating its tenth anniversary!
Ten years is a pretty long time in World Wide Web years. Looking back at some websites that were around back then in 1997 (eg Microsoft (http://web.archive.org/web/19981205060735/http://microsoft.com/), Apple (http://web.archive.org/web/19970715124703/http://www.apple.com/), Sun (http://web.archive.org/web/19970803112025/http://www.sun.com/), CNet (http://web.archive.org/web/19970802193401/http://www.cnet.com/), Intel (http://web.archive.org/web/19970420034006/http://www1.intel.com/)) reveals that the world wide web was still in its infancy. Web design and functionality sure has evolved since those days, huh? I still look back at my first design of the AikiWeb website (back in 1998) (http://web.archive.org/web/19980502234558/http://www.aikiweb.com/) and feel a certain fondness for it even today, though.
I started out on AikiWeb by collecting articles on aikido (many from the venerable Aikido-L mailing list) that I personally thought were pertinent to the art in general. From there, I started adding features to the site. In December of 1997, I inherited the FTP aikido dojo directory lists from Cindy Paloma and, using the data from those lists, created the AikiWeb Dojo Search Engine (http://www.aikiweb.com/search) -- now the largest and most widely used aikido dojo database in the world. I opened up the AikiWeb forums in June, 2000, with the very first forum thread (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3) being posted on June 5th, 2000. Since then, over 12,000 threads and over 180,000 posts have been posted in the AikiWeb Forums making this the busiest aikido discussion board in the world. The site now hosts many other collections of aikido information such as the Seminars Database (http://www.aikiweb.com/seminars/), the Book, Video, DVD, and Equipment Reviews (http://www.aikiweb.com/reviews), the Image Gallery (http://www.aikiweb.com/gallery/), and the Links Directory (http://www.aikiweb.com/links/) as well.
But, back in 1997 when I started AikiWeb, aikido websites weren't all that common, much less a site that served the general aikido population. I wanted to create a place where the worldwide aikido community, regardless of style, organization, or experience level, could gather to share their (your!) thoughts and experiences in this art of aikido. I thought that no matter how much experience any single one of us could have about aikido, the more we could freely and respectfully share amongst each other, the richer all of our experiences could become.
Sure, it's been a lot of work running the site. From programming the back-end code to handle all of the databases, administering the wonderfully busy forums, processing the queues of the dojo/seminar/news submissions, optimizing Apache and MySQL settings, and installing/replacing hardware components within the AikiWeb server, I really can say the number of hours I've put into the site and the community has been countless; but, then again, so are the number of moments of pleasure that I've received from having created and maintained this site.
Offline for me personally, I feel so fortunate as to have met so many people whom I personally would not have met had this site not existed. The two AikiWeb Workshops that were held in North Carolina and Florida proved to be wonderful experiences to connect with many different people. In the many dojo and seminars all over the world that I've had the pleasure of attending, I felt touched when people mentioned to me that they've enjoyed visiting the site.
I'm excited to say that I still have new ideas up my sleeve that I'm looking forward to implementing on AikiWeb including more ways to help out and give back to the aikido community. Of course, if you have any suggestions, thoughts, or ideas, please let me know (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/sendmessage.php)!
I hope you'll all join me in continuing to make AikiWeb an important part of the aikido world by being a part of and supporting its ever-expanding community. Please help out by joining in the discussions (http://www.aikiweb.com/forums), by posting news items (http://www.aikiweb.com/news/submit.html) and seminar information (http://www.aikiweb.com/seminars/submit.html), updating the dojo database (http://www.aikiweb.com/search/submit.html), asking your dojo webmaster to include a link to AikiWeb (http://www.aikiweb.com/about/button.html), and letting people know about the AikiWeb site.
Looking back at these ten years of my running AikiWeb only makes me look forward to the next ten years (and hopefully more!).
I want to thank all of you who have been a part of the AikiWeb community. Without all of your thoughts, feedback, participation, and support, the website would not be the place it is now. Thank you, everyone!
08-27-2007, 12:53 AM
Congratulations on a successful website, Jun. It's certainly been an honor to have been a tiny part of the site and I hope that it's here for a long time to come!
08-27-2007, 02:59 AM
Happy birthday to Aikiweb and hooray to Jun for all the good work!
08-27-2007, 03:21 AM
Thanks for making an ecommunity that is worth being a member of.
08-27-2007, 04:08 AM
Omedeto Gozaimasu! Ten thousand years more!
08-27-2007, 04:24 AM
Congratulations! Good Job. I hope that this site continues to thrive. It has been a big help to the Aikido family in many ways.
08-27-2007, 05:09 AM
congratulations for the excellent work :)
08-27-2007, 09:50 AM
08-27-2007, 09:54 AM
Thank you Jun and A Happy 10th Anniversary to everyone.
jennifer paige smith
08-27-2007, 10:56 AM
"Thank you" is hardly enough. But thank you, Jun.
08-27-2007, 11:20 AM
Congrats, and thank you.
08-27-2007, 12:41 PM
Big congrats on the 10th anniversary Jun :)
Marie Noelle Fequiere
08-27-2007, 01:19 PM
Happy 10th anniversary, Jun, and our best wishes for many more years to come,:D
08-27-2007, 04:11 PM
Thanks for all of the years of hard work Jun,
08-27-2007, 04:37 PM
Jun, congratulations on the anniversary. I know it has taken tremendous dedication and resources on your part to bring this invaluable service to the Aikido world community, and I'd like to thank you for the great job. Now get back to work... :D
08-27-2007, 06:53 PM
Congratulations, Jun, and thanks.
08-27-2007, 08:46 PM
Congratulations, おめでとう, and thanks for all your efforts, Jun.
08-27-2007, 09:08 PM
Woo Hoo!!!! Congratulations, Jun! And thank you! :)
08-27-2007, 10:09 PM
Man do I feel old :-)
congrats, and a big hug, Jun.
08-27-2007, 10:16 PM
No hug, but have a friendly yonkyo....
Thank you....this is a special place.
08-27-2007, 10:32 PM
Congrats on the 10th Anniversary, Jun...
And a BIG thank you!!
08-28-2007, 01:15 AM
I've only been here for a fraction of it's time on the net, but happy 10th to Aikiweb regardless! Keep up the wonderful work Jun!
08-28-2007, 02:33 AM
congrats good wrk
08-28-2007, 07:05 PM
I love pioneers!
Congratulations on 10 years of success, and many more.
You've done a great job Jun!!
08-28-2007, 09:42 PM
08-29-2007, 03:05 PM
I don't know how you do it, but you do it well. This site has served the aikido community well.
I appreciate all of the well wishes I've received for the recent tenth anniversary of AikiWeb.com. All of your thoughts touch me deeply, folks. I'm glad to feel that this website has brought some difference in your aikido experience in one way or another.
08-30-2007, 06:47 PM
10 years young. Too cool.
Deepest compliments, appreciations, and respect.
08-31-2007, 04:57 AM
Happy birthday Aiki Web and thank you Jun.
08-31-2007, 12:36 PM
Glad to have met you at the Aikiweb seminar in FL. Thank you for putting that, and this site, together. Your work has brought me a lot of fun!:)
09-01-2007, 04:19 AM
A ten year anniversary gives us an idea of how long ten years is!
09-05-2007, 05:13 AM
COngratulations. This is my favorite and Aikido web site. You are doing a wonderful job and I belive that it is not an easy job.
Please keep up the good work and I hope that we meet some day.
Israeli Aikido Association
09-08-2007, 09:42 AM
Congratulations Jun! It's a really wonderful space you've created and sustained for so long. Thank you very much.
09-10-2007, 06:51 PM
This website is very weak. It still has not resolved the question:
"IS AIKIDO TRULY EFFECTIVE?"
Just joking. I heart aikiweb.
09-11-2007, 04:03 PM
Congratulations Jun! I believe Aikiweb is such an invaluable tool for learning and exchanging information. My hat's off to you for dedicating so much to the Aikido community and our knowledge base.
As a matter of fact, every time I move (here I go on another move) I always check Aikiweb's "dojo search" feature to find a dojo to train at. So my wife already knows the routine: I check for a) house, b) dojos and c) restaurants. If she sees me scratching my bald head over where to go train whenever I go away on business she gives me a "well, duh" look and says "did you forget there's Aikiweb?":cool:
Thanks again for a great website and service.
Congratulations and many more!!
09-18-2007, 07:30 AM
Thank you Jun. I absolutely love this site. Keep up the great work.
09-19-2007, 06:46 AM
You should feel very proud.
09-19-2007, 09:44 AM
Wow! ...It's been 10 years already Jun?!?!?!
...I guess it's like the old saying: "Time flies when you're having fun!"
Congrats & best wishes for another 10 years!
Jun, your website is what got me interested in Aikido in the first place, back in 1999. My spirit is so much more reinforced and cultivated thanks to this site. I love you.
09-25-2007, 05:09 PM
Sadly, I only just know found this thread.
So, a belated Happy Anniversary to Aikiweb and congratulations to Jun.
09-27-2007, 05:25 AM
Thank you for providing us a place "out of the rain"!!
09-28-2007, 10:34 AM
Sorry for being so late, but still:
It's a nice verbal dojo you have created here, and I learn a lot at keiko in it :)
09-28-2007, 10:58 AM
09-28-2007, 05:32 PM
Congrats And Thanks. I Look Forward To The Next 10 Yrs Here!
10-03-2007, 10:26 PM
Thanks for bringing together a community.
10-09-2007, 05:00 PM
Jun makes space in web;
Aiki connects the whole world.
Autumn's not in sight.
10-10-2007, 11:19 AM
I am really sorry to miss the post about Aikiweb anniversary. :blush:
I know this post is really really...really late, but I still want to wish Aikiweb happy anniversary...
I also want to say 'thank you', thank you for all the effort to keep Aikiweb excellent, thank you for your passion for this web that has been an inspiration for me (and maybe many others...) to keep training and improve.
It's been an honour to know you and this webpages even only through my monitor screen. :rolleyes: (hope I can meet you someday...)
12-13-2007, 01:59 PM
Here's to another 10 and beyond.
02-20-2008, 06:53 PM
Tenth Dan website - cool !
Congrats. A wonderful effort which we all share.
02-24-2008, 09:59 AM
Congratulations! I hope this is just the beginning of your AikiWeb site. Omedeto Gozaimasu!
02-25-2008, 03:47 AM
Belated but sincere congratulations! Great site Jun!
06-04-2008, 01:47 AM
Great Job... Jun. You're providing a marvellous service to internet aikidoka everywhere. Happy 10th Anniversary. I am looking forward to another 10.
:D Peter Kang
06-14-2008, 07:46 AM
Its, almost August again :)
Jun, Aikiweb is THE online authority on Aikido. There only a handful of other Aikido related sites that are as comprehensive.
I as a lover of the art, would like to express my appreciation for all that was done to get this site up, and also for maintaining this long. Congrats of course, and more power to Aikiweb!
Mabuhay! (translation: Long live [Aikiweb])
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