So, it was the 27th of October, 2016. I was on the train, on the way home from school, or work, whatever you can call that place.
Bored, I took my iPhone 3GS out of my pocket and tapped on the Safari icon. I waited for it to load. It takes roughly 30 seconds just to load the app. Once I saw it loaded, I entered some URLs and browsed through different forums.
As I was on the forums, I noticed that many people had signatures that had what you can call "embed"s. Their steam profile, Minecraft achievements, pictures that led you to their YouTube channels, etc. And then, I noticed. No one, not even the people who had MAL accounts, had "embed"s that were linked to their MyAnimeList profile.
I decided at the second, to start a simple project to allow people to embed their MAL profile as a picture. I then started thinking; it would show the profile image, the list counts, the name.... Because it's an image, it can be posted anywhere on the internet....
I pressed my home button which was surprisingly still working, and opened the Notes app. I wanted to note down my ideas before I lost them. Just when I was about to type the first word, the train stopped, and I was pushed out onto the platform.
...and then it took some time for me to realize that I had missed the station, and that I had to take the opposite train back.
Anyway. I went home, opened up my code editor, and started working on my project. Originally, I planned to finish it in a few hours, because this was supposed to be just for my personal use. However, the more and more I developed, I really wanted to share it with the rest of the world. So I posted it on the MAL forums. And received some feedback. And because I wanted to make everyone happy, I wanted to fix the mistakes and bugs.
Then. My website went offline. I had forgotten to renew the domain. However, the domain that was once free was now not, and I didn't want to use up my pocket money. After more than half a year however, I couldn't wait any longer. I got a different domain, and relaunched the project. The project still hasn't finished, and is developing step by step.
I called the project MALembed, and here it is currently, hosted on a free server, but still available for everyone to use.
The image is cached for 4 hours after a visit on the server. After those 240 minutes, the cache file is deleted, and so, the image will have to be re-generated. This also means that even if you update your list, the image will not change for another couple of hours.