Is Thanksgiving Eve a thing? I’m making it a thing. And on this Thanksgiving Eve, I’m giving thanks to all the wonderful, inspirational Hanson fans I’ve met through this website. Some of you I’ve gone on to meet in person (even a few of you from other hemispheres!), and some of you still remain online friends only, but the friendships all mean so, so much to me.
So, to say thank you, I’ve started some much needed updates to the site! I know the boys have been coy, even downright dismissive, about the idea of a new album next year, but I’m not giving up hope yet. If there is a new album, that means new and returning fans discovering this site. And that means I need to get PTH in its best possible shape, starting now.
First up is the guestbook, which I had lost the password to. I’ve recovered that, made the layout match the rest of the site and deleted all the spam. It’s looking pretty lonely now, so be a dear and sign it? 😉
Secondly, I’ve added nearly a hundred new and old links to the directory. You may spot a few mirrors of sites already present, but if there’s anything working on this directory has taught me, it’s that the web is really, really ephemeral. Sites are vanishing everyday despite my best efforts to save them. There are still a few broken and/or malfunctioning links that I hope will be sorted out soon, so please overlook those and enjoy the new, old and downright odd links I’ve added.
And of course, happy Thanksgiving to all!
If you guys have been paying attention, you’ll notice things have been in flux on PTH for the past few weeks. I don’t want to say too much about it, but suffice it to say, I’ve taken steps to make the site MUCH more secure.
All of that pushed me to finally do some fiddling with the site’s sections as well, so you may notice that the layouts look a little bit (or in two cases a lot) different. I’ve also done some big updates to the directory today, bringing it up to a whopping 3783 links. Wow!
Stay tuned in a few days for the December spotlights and, following that, the December reviews. I may also have a few little Christmas surprises planned…
I know I’m a little late, but happy new year, fansons!
2013 is going to be a big year for us, I think. Interest in hanfic always seems to wane at the end of an album cycle, and this one has been no exception. I had huge, high hopes for Shout It Out, and while hanfic did pick up during that summer and fall, we’ve hit some lows lately. That said, there are still new authors cropping up and the community, small though it may be, is still great to be part of. I don’t expect this new album (which we will hopefully know the title of soon) to cause any big explosion of popularity, but I have a feeling it will still be a good year for us all.
It’s a new month, too, which means new content for you guys. First, the somewhat delayed (as usual, it seems) monthly spotlights! They are as follows:
Read on to see what elese I’ve got new for you guys this month.
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I had to look at my old posts on LiveJournal to be sure of this, but as I suspected, today is the three year anniversary of PTH! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but it has.
I bought this domain on a whim way back in 2009. I owned a “personal” domain that hosted my hanfic and graphics and things, but I wanted something more Hansony. I’d tried to start another site with an acquaintance and it hadn’t worked out. When I saw that Hansonfiction.com was going offline and I couldn’t reach the owner to purchase it for myself, I knew I had to quickly buy that Hanson domain I’d been dreaming of. Within a matter of about three days, PTH.net was mine and I’d thrown together a layout for it.
It’s been through a lot of incarnations since then, bringing it to the site you see today. There’s still plenty of changes I could make and have planned to make, but I’m happy with how far I’ve come. I hope that you guys will always enjoy the site and everything I put into it to always keep improving it.
Technically, my addition for December, which I have finally added today, isn’t new. In fact, it’s really pretty old.
What the hell does that mean, you ask?
Well, I’ve been collecting lots of pdfs of old hanfics for a few years, and I decided it wasn’t fair to keep them to myself. I’ve uploaded them before, to Megaupload, before it ceased to exist, and I’ve emailed them to people who asked for specific stories. But I thought it would be a good service to you guys to provide them right here on the site. Hopefully it doesn’t tax my Mediafire account too much and they will stay available. You can find them over there to the right under “Story Archives.”
So that’s the news for today. I’ll be back in a week or so with my reviews for the month, and let me tell you — so far, they are very good!