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Making Your Own Private Wilderness

These sites represent a mere fraction of the vast and sprawling wilderness available on the Web. Time does not permit me to extol the virtues of superbad.com, day-dream.com, and the brilliant 8081.com. So much chaos, so little time.

Don't be content to merely surf the wilds. I encourage you to make your own wilderness. K10K's Toke Nygaard refers to these wilderness areas as "playgrounds," safe places of play and experimentation, free from outside censure and nagging self-doubt. He proposes that each commercial Web designer establish his own playground. I agree. I even suggest purchasing an entirely separate domain name for your playground (mine's at playdamage.org). You need not even link to it from your main site. (No reason to scare off clients, right?) Kubla Kahn had his Xanadu, Alice had her Wonderland, Willy Wonka had his Chocolate Factory, and now you, too, can have your very own wilderness.org. Because, as Willy Wonka so prophetically observed, "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of the dreams."

This concludes our brief tour of the Wild, Wild Web. Please exercise caution when opening overhead bins, as some items may have shifted during flight. As always, thank you for flying informit.com, and we hope you have a pleasant stay in back-to-work.com, or wherever your final destination lies.

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