It has been over a week since my last post.
My creative focus has been elsewhere… I admit, on another site, a site reminiscent of olden times.
You see, I watched a Youtube video about how the web was back in the 90s. And I was remembering all; my first PC, dialup internet, chat rooms, webcams and long-distance relationships.
In that video the website hosting service Neocities was mentioned.
Neocities (a portmanteau of the prefix neo- and GeoCities) is a free web hosting service. Offering 1 GB of storage space and no server-side scripting, the service’s expressed goal is to revive the support of “creativity and free expression” provided by GeoCities before its shutdown in the United States of America and Japan in 2009 and 2019, respectively. – Wikipedia
It is indeed somewhat akin the the old Geocities which is where I first started my online adventures in website creation, that was until I filled up my allotted space with gawdy wallpaper designs and moved to FortuneCity and others, in much need of 100MB. Geocities, later taken over by Yahoo! was finally taken offline; sad times.
Neocities, in this modern age, provides a massive 1GB of free space (which seems bonkers to think of while I’m reminiscing) and a blank page from which to start work on. Not that I really needed it, I still have a version of my old website still up and running elsewhere although I’ve been on WordPress far more since creating my blog here many moons ago, but I wanted to taste that world again.
WordPress, I find, is great for sharing those longer and wordy posts (but ideally not too long that no one ever reads to the end), it neatly categorises my posts for me, something I could never manage with HTML, and of course there is the community spirit, the reading of others’ stuff and liking and following etc.
Neocities feels like it has a fair amount of that too, but it has something besides; it has what my blog has always lacked, that thing I’ve never really been able to put my finger on entirely, let alone recreate, but largely it’s the ready-made template vs. that do-what-you-will blank page that works well with my creative urges.
I dived straight in with my “old”/original website theme and within a week even had a webcam page back online showing views of the garden and occasionally the cat. I’ve had late nights beavering away, a head filled with ideas. It has been like the first few weeks I was in my tent in the garden the the videos I created as part of that time. I’ve been creating buttons and gifs, I’ve deployed counters and a guestbooks, and visited a mass of other websites, liked and followed too, leaving my mark here and there in the guestbooks of others. Ahhh, it’s just like old times! Now for a webring to join…