Skewed 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.

Dean Browell