Less than a month ago, I posted about my first webhome closing. Now that it’s gone, I have quite a few more broken bookmarks that I thought I would now – old “virtual friends” whose early webhomes had been enshrined and, for the most part, untouched since the 1990’s. I’ll miss those “colorful” (in more ways than one) sites.
History seems to continue closing up behind me as I just discovered that my second webhome, and first “bloghome”, is now shutting its doors.
Radio UserLand service closing
UserLand has decided to close the Radio UserLand and Salon Radio services as of December 31, 2009.
You can continue to use your Radio weblog hosted with UserLand until the end of the year.
Radio UserLand was as much a program as it was a host. Nowadays, most blogging platforms use server-side magic to generate pages on the fly from your database of content and style templates. Radio UserLand operated on your local computer, pre-generating all your pages and saving them to your own computer, uploading them to the server as static HTML pages.
I have long since imported the content of that site to this blog.
I’m feeling kind of old now, and I guess I am, in web-years.
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!
This will be my last post at http://radio.weblogs.com/0131531/. Please meet up with me again at my own domain: http://www.toddswebspace.com.
Though there hasn’t been much apparent activity on the weblog in a couple of months, a lot has been going on under the hood. I’ve been planning to jazz up the site a little bit. A few things have been broken on the weblog side, so I’m moving the whole shebang to my own server to better control how the different pieces fit with one another. The appearance of the site will hopefully be a little less bland as I introduce a new concept into the design: color. I hope to fix those things that have broken in the past year or two as well.
Any techies out there might also be interested that I’m rewriting the code of my weblog from the ground up to have a table-less three column main page achieved through cascading style sheets. The entire process could take me up to around Christmastime as I chip away at it. Continue reading See you at the new clubhouse!
And welcome to my new webspace. In the late ’90’s, a personal webpage was a fun background, a few graphics, and your favorite links. You got to dress up a little corner of the web. For me, the hobby grew to include resumes, galleries of art, and categorized link pages. Then, for fun, I took on the challenge of creating something original, a page with wide appeal, something that would cause Geocities to shut you down for a period every month because your visitors have exceeded your free bandwidth allowance.
Fun, prestige, sharing favorite links, and the challenge of generating lots of traffic. I’ve played with all of those things. Now, with my friends and family spread across the country, I envision this webspace as a dynamic vehicle to keep in touch with your close friends. A way to interact. So don’t be shy about posting comments to entries that speak to you. Please feel free to drop me a “Shout Out.” Friends, keep in touch. Visitors, enjoy the “sites”!
Dr. Seuss. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” [Quotes of the Day]