For a number of years, I've maintained my own website on the side. Another developer and I purchased the domain and found a hosting company. The idea was to have it for a possible side consulting business and a portfolio of sorts. The other guy dropped out, but I took over the payments and the maintenance. After thinking about it for a while, I've decided to shutter the site.
I think the portfolio idea was a good one at the time, but I have a feeling none of my prospective employers ever checked it out. The site quickly became a playground for me. I was bored one day and wrote my own blog software in a single afternoon. I messed around with stylesheets as I learned CSS. The last thing I did was add some of the things I learned in JQuery. That was over a year ago.
My domain registration runs out in September and my hosting contract ends in early October. Unless someone provides a compelling case as to why I should keep the site open, I plan to let both lapse.
I've backed up the database and copied all my files from the server. I plan on going through some of the old blog posts (going back to 2004) and posting some of them here.
It was fun while it lasted.