Skewed Perspective.com was one of
the first internet periodicals as the internet turned a corner and
the boom went bust. As major sites struggled with revenue and gave
way to ads, the idea of an ad-free art-space on the internet was
weirdly unique. Skewed flourished with hundreds of thousands
of unique visitors per month and millions-unique totals per year
in the heyday of 2000 to 2004. It garnered media and
creative attention with its combination of original fiction
(including plays, novellas, and short stories), music reviews,
music, photography, software reviews, political commentary,
animation, illustration, and more.
It had high points such as: recognition from the family
of John Lee Hooker on his death, a poignant eye-witness account of
9/11 chronicled immediately after the tragedy, and the debut of
exclusive music, plays, and serialized novels (!) before that was
even a thing.
It had low points like: server outages because we had no
idea what kind of attention it would get and accidental deletions
of content because we had no idea what we were doing.
No matter what, the experiment was a success in its one major
goal, which was to provide a space for friends and strangers to
collaborate and create.
It's gone now, but it was pretty cool while it lasted.
But there might be something on the horizon.