I taught myself how to code in 2002 in the process of running a blog. Back in the day the options for blogs basically meant that you needed to code your own layout, so I found what tutorials existed at the time and figured out what I could of HTML and CSS. From there, it wasn't long before I was making websites of my own.
At the time I was mostly focused on making art and other original projects, but a few years later I opened my first fansite, a huge website for the Pokémon games, which helped me learn a lot about coding. Soon after I discovered fanlistings and JRPGs, and the two have played a big role in my webdesign career ever since. While I briefly had a domain back in 2002, it wasn't until 2007 that I secured my own hosting and started running this collective.
redcrown.net was registered in 2009, but it wasn't until the spring of 2013 that I started using it as my collective. I originally registered this domain for the purpose of hosting my Ivalice-related websites, but when I realized ivalice.org was available, I swapped them out. The name "red crown" comes from the theme song of Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Cosmos/Chaos/The Messenger, but it's generic enough to work on its own, which is why I kept it. (The summary here is that I am a huge nerd for Final Fantasy, if my collective hasn't tipped you off already. Also, there is nothing more "me" than an obscure reference to FF music.)
I use Larissa as my handle, and you can contact me here.
This layout, version six, marks a shift in focus for me on a personal level. Over the past several months, I've been getting back into anime. I grew up watching it; Sailor Moon is the reason I started using the internet in the 90's, and I've been in many anime fandoms over the years. About five years ago, though, I started to drift away from it, mostly because I was really getting into video games. I knew I'd be back eventually, and, well, here we are.
As part of my return to anime, I've been watching anything and everything I can. One of those things is films; there are a lot of anime films I've never seen. The artwork in this layout is from the film Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words), directed by Makoto Shinkai. To say it's a beautiful film is a massive understatement — every frame is a work of art, but it's the animation that's jaw-dropping. The film itself features frequent sequences of rain, and it's breathtaking. Honestly, you should watch the film for those sequences alone. (Take a look at the trailer to see what I mean.)
What I don't recommend watching the film for is the plot; I found it rather lackluster compared to the visuals. (Then again, that seems to be how I feel about most of Makoto Shinkai's work, so.) Still, the other aspects are well worth the time.
This version also marks a technical milestone; it's my first layout designed and coded in SASS, which I've wanted to start doing for a long time. It made coding the different themes for each section a breeze, and I'm looking forward to doing a lot more with it in the future.
Resources used in the layout are by FEEL (defunct) and subtlepatterns.