SpiceNews.com has an interesting history. The original web page that would eventually become SpiceNews.com was created in January of 1998 by Anna-Karin as a way for the regulars of #spicegirls on the undernet to post some new interesting news relating to the Spice Girls, which we all loved dearly! The regulars used a web-form to update the page thanks to Anna-Karin's CGI programming skills. The page was basically for ourselves to keep up on the latest happenings of the Spice Girls between each other instead of constantly repeating news on IRC. The only link to the small news page was from Anna-Karin's Trixie Firecracker web site.|
As time went on the site got the url http://spicegirlsnews.home.ml.org which was a bit easier to remember and attracted a slightly larger audience as people discovered that these Spice Fans really knew their stuff and had it updated first. The news page wasn't anything graphical at all, just pure straight up news, and fast news. With the downfall of #spicegirls in May of 1998, many people that had updated the site lost interest. By the middle of June 1998 almost all of the posts being made to the news page were by "Jozzy Spice". It had become an addicting hobby of his to post the news, he liked the feeling of informing others for the first time about something. Soon he became the only person that continued to post news to the page. As time passed he kept posting through the web-form which was a very tedious way of updating a web page that basically only he did. He was thinking of moving the page to his own server. He was slow in doing this but was forced into it when he realized that Monolith Systems would soon stop providing their home.ml.org domain names for free. At this point he moved the web page to drh.net, which was his homepage server. Anna-Karin was nice enough to supply a redirection link to Joz's server from the old page that http://spicegirlsnews.home.ml.org pointed to.
Since he now had the web page in his possesion he could do whatever he wanted with it! Once again he was slow in changing it's layout, although it badly needed it, as the news from way back in January 1998 was still on the same page as the 1999 news! Finally in April of 1999 the site was renovated completely to look like an actual website rather then just one page (Picture). In the same month Joz acquired www.spicenews.com and soon moved the website to a faster server. The site continued with this design for a year and a half, until Joz's friend anon98 came up with the current design, which was much more modern & professional looking.
In January of 2001 Joz decided that he no longer wanted to constantly be thinking "when was the last time I updated SpiceNews, gotta update it before tomorrow definitely, people are waiting for the news, damn it I didn't update it for two days, etc". He wanted to take a bit of the worry off and be able to update the site leisurely and not have the news-posting depend solely on him. He asked renound spice girls mailing list news poster Luke Peterson if he would like to help. Luke accepted and SpiceNews became a team once again. In the announcement Joz said: "This site originally was updated by a team of between 5-10 people. After I gained complete control over it, it was down to just me updating it. Thats how it has been for the past two years. As we go into the fourth year of SpiceNews, things are starting to come around full circle. I've decided to move SpiceNews into a more open format, with multiple people updating the site..." In accordance with the statement, Schnickers & Mike were added to the roster in March, and Angie Hung in April, making the SpiceNews team a total of 5. Five turned into four(hmmm) at almost the same time: Joz announced his retirement from SpiceNews in that April of 2001. The Spice Girls had already ended by this time, though they refused to confirm this until March of 2002, when Victoria said that the girls don't see a future together. This brought an end to SpiceNews, with a seperate spin-off project, SoloSpiceNews, continuing to cover the girls' solo careers.
The Spice Girls reunited in June of 2007, at which point SpiceNews began updating again. Getting the website updating again was a very sudden ordeal, and Joz, who still owned the site, brought it back to life. The Spice Girls reunion could not have come at a worst time, however, for Joz, who was just shifting into a new job that required hours of commuting per day along with other adult commitments that did not exist before, leaving little time for the website. Previous site posters were contacted, with some having interest in returning, though Joz wanted to modernize the website so that posting stories could be easy and practical. Unfortunately with these circumstances, Joz remained the only updater, and with his limited time and an out-of-date website, SpiceNews was not as up to date as it had been in the Spice Girls' heyday. All the news was still posted, but often times stories would show up a couple days late.
In January of 2008, Melanie B revealed (when asked on a talk show) with no explanation that the Spice Girls would not be going to half of the countries they committed to in their reunion tour. The Spice Girls had been seemingly trying to quietly not show up at any of the countries they had announced dates for. SpiceNews posted it's final story, a criticism of the Spice Girls for abandoning hundreds of thousands of their fans in a tour that they themselves declared to be "global", and "for the fans". The post caused much distress in the Spice Girls community. The day after this SpiceNews post, the girls released a statement on their official site confirming that they are indeed not going to all those countries, followed by an insincere attempt at an apology in a video they posted a couple days later. SpiceNews announced in its final story that it would be dropping support for the Spice Girls based on their decision, and ceased to update news at that point, blacking out the last month of the Spice Girls reunion.
This site now remains as a repository and archive of Spice Girls news, minus the protested final month of the Spice Girls reunion.