It may be hard to fathom now, but back a decade or so ago, when this here internet was still shiny and new, the free web space that GeoCities was as important to fandom as… Well, blogs and forums and wikis and Livejournal are now. It was the place where people were driven by their passion for whatever random bit of… whatever… made sites dedicated to their foci. Sure, it looks goofy now. (To quote Heidi MacDonald: “If you want to see the Web as it existed ten years ago just find any webpage hosted on GeoCities.”) It’s certainly not where fandom – even internet fandom – began, but it’s an important touchstone. And soon it’ll be gone.
Here are a few sites where you can get a feel for the internets of fandom past:
The Star Wars wiki has expanded into the world of blogging with Wookieepedia Newsnet, a companion to the main site. Spearheaded by CJ reader Graestan, the blog will let those of us who maybe don’t log into our accounts for months weeks at a time keep up with community goings-on.