December 17, 2008
|David has always been in awe of computers. Ever since he saw his first one “way back when” and then finding the Internet - Whoa. He just had to create a website.|
Many years ago before David began working on his first and still primary site, the Internet was either a limited resource for those who created it or just a fancy toy for those who could afford computers. The first purchased chameleon, gave him much knowledge on the subject and he purchased the only magazine and book that he could find. Shortly after that chameleon died due to bad advice given by the pet store, David searched out the subject on the Internet and found a few sites with conflicting information and lots of opinion based advice. Back then you really had to know how to search and where to go.
David's websites purpose has slightly shifted because there are many great websites on the subject. He has pages and pages of care and general information about chameleons, but now wanted to focus on displaying their beauty and grace through photo contributions by chameleon owners, which will leave you in awe as most who come into contact with these creatures are. To date his site's visitors have come from over 85 countries which demonstrates the appeal of chameleons and the reach of the Internet.
David has met many great people through the Internet, from the very accomplished individuals who have written the best books on chameleon care to some of the most experienced chameleon keepers in the world. People so diverse in background and lifestyle; people who probably would have very little to say to each other if they were to meet elsewhere - all because of the Internet my Internet friends who have published many popular reptile books, friends with Ph. D's in animal sciences, friends with chameleon species named in their honor for their work in the field, and friends who have done nothing more than keep chameleons and seek advice. Much needed information has been passed along, and many hours spent (or wasted) on line which according to David is both a blessing and a curse.
David first viewed awards as a way to generate traffic to his website. He applied and easily "won" many unrated awards. Then one day he found the Award Sites! Website and learned that most unrated awards were just banner exchanges with no real criteria and no standard. He quickly saw the value of true award programs. Now he finds himself "evaluating" every site visited now using much of the criteria established by AS!. David has made many suggested improvements to his site through applying for awards and in giving awards. Operating an award program is now a big part of his site.
|The Brothers Grinn|
(Denny Lancaster and Bernie Howe)