My “cuorhome.net” — from the very beginnings until the present day 14 November 2005Posted by Elisa in Uncategorized.
The name of my website is “cuorhome.net” — as you probably know “cuore” means “heart” in Italian, so my site is “the home of the heart”!
All began for a joke: when I first set up my personal page, I chose a bright pink heart background. (I always liked collecting images of hearts, so I had got some from the web.)
All my friends complained about that, pretending it was a bit _too_ sweet, so I took the heart background away. The very same day I got an email from some Roberto guy I didn’t even know — he complained because I had taken “his hearts” away! I exchanged some messages with him, and then set up another page with the heart background, “dedicated to Roberto”. He was happy with that.
Some days later, I got another email from some other guy. He told me he collected images of hearts too and sent me some animated gif’s. My new collection had started!
I put these gifs on “Roberto’s page” with the ones I already had got. The more I put, the more I receved in my email (“donations”? ;-)) — most of them from people I didn’t even know!
Little by little, the “heart page” grew bigger than my website, so I decided to give a new identity to it and its (her!) own address.
At the same time I set up my first mailing list and started designing my own clipart and backgrounds.
Then I discovered e-cards! That was the real breakout of my “CuorHome” page. I started making my own images of hearts and set them to be sent as e-cards…. the visitors grew day by day, it seemed to be kind of contageous!
I spent Valentine’s day 2000 reloading my counter to see the number of visitors growing and growing — I had more than 3.000 hits on that day!!!
Now I have found cafepress, and FTP-ed some of my images back to my (new) laptop. I made some images to put on gifts, Christmas stuff and merchandise, just for a try… and I found the inspiration to start working on cuorhome.net again!
(By the way: cuorhome.net is bi-lingual — English and Italian — because Italian is my mother tongue and I actually do live in Italy! That’s why my English isn’t so good…)
Straignt fom a a post on EzBoard, dating back to nov2002!