Eleven to fifteen years ago, I read a short essay on a sci-fi community site I used to visit occasionally. The site's name was not something generic, but had a proper name. It was mostly used as a way for amateur writers and enthusiasts to post their essays and discuss sci-fi concepts, develop ideas, etc.
I especially remember a particular essay about a group of interstellar slower-than-light AI ships that had been sent from earth to look for (iirc) habitable star systems. The author was not published. The story was told from the perspective of a single AI ship. She described her sister ships on their own paths, and wondered how they were faring. At the end she (again, iirc) found nothing in our galaxy and as she continued on into intergalactic space, was contemplating the millennia it would take to reach another galaxy. The story struck me as beautiful, sad and contemplative. The writing included a good deal of reference to the large times and distances traversed and did a good job of helping to visualize these larger-than-human scales of time and distance.
Anyone here have any clue what the community site might have been, or better the essay I'm remembering? My web searches have been fruitless.