Yeah, they definitely weren't on Pixiv at that point. I assume most of this stuff is just lost forever outside of random personal collections, which is very frustrating. My old bookmarks don't go back this far so I have nothing I can plug into archive.org
, and trying to manually go through "The Matt x Mello Webring" or whatever to try to confirm a blog no longer exists would be enormously masochistic. And that presumes the webrings themselves still exist, which they probably don't.