Way back in 2001, armed with a copy of Microsoft FrontPage, the software choice in those days of people who were clueless at all things HTML and web-related, I set about creating the first BJC web site. In my anxiety to give the club an online presence as soon as possible, I threw the thing together quite quickly and published it on Angelfire (one of the few free hosts back then), fully intending it to be a stopgap until I could spare the time to design something better. Or even find someone not quite so clueless to help me out.
Well, time flies. And eleven years later my temporary site is still sitting online: admittedly a little fuller with Japan-related content but also positively bloated with Angelfire's relentless pop-ups and advertising banners. Worse still, Angelfire started to flaunt its capricious side by randomly refusing to let me in to edit the site, sometimes for weeks on end. As a result, dead links and out of date information have sadly become features of the old site and it is looking decidedly tired.
Time for a brand new BJC web site then: just the basics to begin with but I'll be adding more content over time. As for the blog, I'm looking forward to sharing some news and thoughts about things Japanese. And if you'd like to join in with an occasional comment, so much the better!