What do you do, in 2015, with a website that was never intended to make it

I registered consistent.org in 1999.  As strange as it must now seem to the
generation who came of age in the world of Gmail and Amazon Web Services, in
those days getting a domain was simply what you did if you wanted to continue
participating on the internet after graduating from college.  You found a
friend who was willing to host a DNS secondary (because you had to have two
separate servers), then you set up BIND, Sendmail, and Apache, and you wrote a
few web pages with static HTML or CGI scripts in Perl.

The first big shift was Gmail, in 2004.  Previously, web based email
services had been seen as a distant 2nd choice among the technologically
inclined.  Gmail changed all that by being sufficiently usable - and perhaps
just as importantly, being seen to be cool by the correct crowd - that it
become OK, for the first time, to use a 3rd party email service with neither
constant frustration nor social stigma.

The second big shift was the transfer of content hosting to large,
centralized services such as Facebook, which ultimately obviated most of the
purpose of having a "personal web page" unless one was processing transactions
of some kind.

I chose not to spend my life in my basement running my PDP11 and ham radio,
pining for the good old days.  Instead I contributed my expertise to some of
the big winners: Google, TripAdvisor, and more recently Jobcase.  It was a
phenomenally rewarding experience and also led directly to my retirement at the
age of 34.  I got a very good deal.  While there are certain turns that sadden
me - in particular, Google's post-monopolist abandonment of RSS and XMPP in
favor of proprietary solutions with more lockin, and the gouging surcharges
that ISPs now routinely add for static IP addresses - the broad progress of the
internet has been a clear boon to almost all participants.

Nonetheless, the unfortunate reality is that it no longer matters very much
what I write here, because almost no-one will ever see it or read it.  Even
Google now penalizes small domains in the rankings; if you search for my name,
you will find information about me on popular, scalable, sites like Linkedin
ranked more highly than my own domain.

It would not do to simply shut it off, because the core service, email, still
remains one of the few open standards where multiple providers interoperate.
All of my friends and acquaintances have my email address at consistent.org,
and losing touch with them simply to save the $15/year registration fee would
be rather shortsighted, to put it mildly.  So I now manage the services here
rather like the city of Detroit - the question is not where new development
should go, but when each neighborhood will become so deserted that it is time
to abandon it and retreat further.

So if you happened to find your way here, please make yourself at home.
Don't mind the tumbleweeds; there's plenty of space, and the locals are
friendly, provided you don't need much by way of services.