A part of my history is closing up, and I have to admit that I’m a little sad. GeoCities is closing up shop later this year.

This was where I got my start of doing web development on my own. I had learned HTML in high school to help with the school’s website (at the prodding of a dear friend, now my husband). But I didn’t know if HTML would really captivate me. Could I have as much fun with HTML as I did with Visual Basic (version 3 at the time) and Access? Why would I want to build my own website? I didn’t think I had a reason to continue with web development after the high school site.

Then I remembered that I really enjoyed the Inward Bound project at Habitat for Humanity. I had spent one week of 3 of my high school summers volunteering with that project. Hammers, power tools, building a foundation, raising and lowering trusses, demolishing a garage… just some of the many things I was exposed to while there. I wanted to share my experience with others, and what better way than a website!

One of the Habitat for Humanity houses that I worked on

So my very first website on my own was a GeoCities site with my Inward Bound experiences. Unfortunately, the site isn’t there anymore, but I remember it and its horrible bright yellow background. I remember the images I used and how bad their quality was back then (but yet how unnoticeable it was to me then). I’ve come a long way since then, as I no longer have an awful bright yellow background and I no longer host through GeoCities.

I guess it was only a matter of a time before this legacy ended. So long, GeoCities, and thanks for all the fish!