If you haven't heard – Geocities is officially shutting down October 26th. This kinda saddens me, and somewhat closes the very first chapter of my internetting life. Geocities helped host some of my very first websites, and with out it I would probably not be where I am now. Many Geocities sites introduced to me to my now favorite interests (Comic books, Illustration/Animation, Costuming, etc…). Plus, it allowed people to meet others who shared similar interests – which was really neat for a nerdy illustrator gal to have growing up! I understand why its being shut down, and its good to move forward and learn new things… but I would like to take this moment to say
Me and my illustrator buddy Angela goofing off on the internet in 1998.
We were most likely browsing Sailor Moon fan pages made on GeoCities!
On that note – I scanned some old prints of one of my many early websites in 1997. Yes, I know its weird I printed out my website – but I was really proud of it at 14 and I wanted to show it to my friends who didn't have the internet. Gasp! Internet not being common – can you remember those days? 😉
This is kinda humorous to look back on. I was afraid to use my real name on the internet, so I pretended my name was Jillian Smith! sneaky sneaky. I was also super into Sailor Moon (if its not obvious already) – and oh noooo I'm using Comic Sans! Oh man. The little "who is your favorite scout" thing at the top was a POLL! I thought those were real cool, not sure why it doesn't show the blanks though. My "Jukebox" was links to MIDI files, which I was very proud of… I was also super proud of my ICQ "pager". Oh and check out that Unicorn visitor counter – how ridiculous is that thing?! I like how I included my signature at the bottom of the page to personalize it… its nice to see some things haven't changed about myself. 🙂
Well that's enough of my embarrassing show and tell!
Do you remember your first website? Or better yet, is it still online??