Also known as Indiewebring
The webring started back in the 1990s.
A webring (or web ring) is a collection of websites linked together in a circular structure, and usually organized around a specific theme, often educational or social. They were popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, particularly among amateur websites.
To be a part of the webring, each site has a common navigation bar; it contains links to the previous and next site. By selecting next (or previous) repeatedly, the user will eventually reach the site they started at; this is the origin of the term webring. However, the select-through route around the ring is usually supplemented by a central site with links to all member sites; this prevents the ring from breaking completely if a member site goes offline. A webring is managed from one website which is able to omit the websites that have dropped out or are no longer reachable. The advantage of a webring is that if the user is interested in the topic on one website, they can quickly connect to another website on the same topic.
The webring was method that was used to discover new personal websites back in the 1990s and early aughts.
A couple of my older posts:
Back in 2018, the IndieWeb launched a webring.
Indiewebring is part of the great rebirth of of webrings powered by #IndieWeb technology that made 2018 the year of the webring and not the year of the microsub reader. Webrings allow ringbearers to create a network of blogs around a shared goal where readers can choose the next, previous, and random blog in the ring.
At IndieWeb Summit 2018, Marty McGuire built the IndieWebRing which is available on Glitch at https://xn--sr8hvo.ws/ or https://.ws.
A directory of members of the webring can be found at https://xn--sr8hvo.ws/directory. It only includes those who have directly consented to being added to the directory and who have set up representative h-cards.
From my webring post, mentioned above:
In the summer or fall of 2018, I joined that [IndieWeb] webring, via IndieAuth, and I added the webring code to the bottom of my home page. I have discovered many interesting personal websites because of the IndieWeb webring.
When I peruse through the IndieWeb webring or indiewebring, I mostly find personal websites that continue the webring chain. These sites contain the indiewebring links. Occasionally, I find a site that does not the indiewebring links, which means that site broke the chain. That's okay. I click someone else's indiewebring link, or I click the indiewebring link at the bottom of my homepage to continue on.
I have discovered many interesting personal websites by following the chain. I love seeing the many different personal website designs, but of course, the main attraction is the content.
I spent a brief time this afternoon moving through the chain, and I found these personal websites fascinating. Some are updated often while others are updated infrequently. I need to surf the indiewebring chain more often, like at least once a week and note the sites that I discover.
In the past, I have added many personal websites to my bookmarks page that I found by surfing the indiewebring.