Tomorrow, Geocities is closing. If you were around the web in the mid to late ’90’s, you are familiar with the bold, multiform, free-for-all that was the Geocities community. It was the “free web hosting” site to be on, and you could find practically anything you could imagine there. That included my very first pages.
Let’s see, there was a home “link-page” that was my very first effort, written on Netscape Composer, as most of my first pages were. Follow that with my online resume, a page devoted to the Amiga computer, a page that showcased my artwork, a page for the University of Missouri’s Special Education class of ’98, a kid’s homework help link page, a site I wrote for students who wanted to participate in (or even run) their own IEP meetings (that one was featured in the newsletter for the Center for Innovation in Special Education, or CISE), and probably my most popular splash at the time, a website written in honor of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, as depicted by Alexandra Tydings on the TV shows Hercules: The Legendary Adventures and Xena: Warrior Princess. That last one was an experiment in writing something with popular appeal, and it succeeded for its time; it was visited several hundreds of times daily at the height of its popularity.
It was a different era, I guess, when regular people felt free to put up a simple page featuring their eclectic interests. Now, it’s all done through MySpace or Facebook. Though I have archives of my old sites (and they will soon be linked to my main page at Todd’s Webspace), I will miss that colorful community. Goodbye, Geocities!