It's a sad day in Bilerico history; Yahoo announced today that one of the original free site hosting services, Geocities, will shut down later this year.
I was one of the original users to sign up for a Geocities account and build a homepage. It was, of course, awful. Animated .gifs, midi files that played as soon as you loaded the page, the whole works. I had a page about fantasy author Mercedes Lackey (her first fan site on the web), a page in memorial to a lover who had passed away, a page on my tattoos, and a page on gay Indiana.
When Jerame and I first met, I still used Geocities. Two days after we had our first date was my birthday and I was given my own URL based on my AIM and Geocities username - bilerico.com. At the time there weren't many stand alone URLs and buying the domain cost a small fortune. I quickly built a new homepage and Jerame helped me polish it up. (Hey, you had to code all that HTML yourself back then!) I ditched most of the pages when I made the switch to my new domain, but the gay Indiana section of the Geocities site still got quite a bit of traffic. And out of that, the Indiana LGBT blog was born a few years later.
Goodbye, Geocities. I'll always remember you fondly.
(The picture at right is from my original landing page from ten years ago.)