Blog of’s Founder & Webmaster Celebrating our Literary Legacy #readingblack

Troy's Rants has changed a lot over the last 13 years.

Sometimes I’m amazed at how an experiment started 13 years ago turned into my livelihood today.  While will not likely a publicly traded company or become a household name like Facebook or Google.  It is special to me and a lot of other people.

I used to code web sites, by hand, writing HTML.  After Microsoft released the web development application called FrontPage in 1996; I started a business, building web pages for others.  In October of 1997 I decided to build my own website.  The screen shot of the “Under Construction” homepage is below: Homepage October 23, 1997

In 2006 Microsoft discontinued FrontPage.  However I continued using it until 2009 when it became obvious I needed to rebuild the site to eliminate the dependency on FrontPage and take advantage of newer technologies.  The changes were actually quite extensive; though the casual visitor would probably not notice as most of the changes were “under the hood”.  A recent screen shot is shown below: Homepage January 26, 2010 is constantly under going changes while constantly growing.  This is the most challenging part of maintaining the website.  While I hope I make it took easy, I assure you it is not 🙂


Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.