I didn't spend a day making that pixel-art donut for nothing, you know. I'm going to get back to work on this ting. Neocities is still alive, and that warms my heart. Warms my heart as though I was enjoying a joint and a glass of red wine as I lean against my lover and stare into the fireplace, its gentle crackling embedded in an eternal moment.
I was a teenager in the year 2000, and that's when I got my first PC. I spent the vast majority of my time by wasting it in the most beautiful way I knew back then: by browsing the internet aimlessly.
Back then, the internet was, of course, extremely different to what it has now become. Social networking was a blip on the radar and — while newsboard-based websites were quite popular — "blogging" itself did not exist.
Services like Twitter, Facebook, Wordpress, and Tumblr are great, but there was something exciting about the creative free-reign and flexibility of hand-coded websites. We made websites without any concern for the design principals of professional web developers, and fed them with content that we loved. It might not have been well-written, or even proofread, but we shared what we were passionate about with little concern for getting on the front page of Google (or Yahoo!, which was the primary search engine at the time I guess).
So, it goes without saying that I'm extremely excited to see a service like Neocities exist in today's world. I mean, it doesn't just exist - it's actually creating quite a buzz. Kids are learning how to use HTML and CSS, and some of the older folk (while still arguably kids at heart) are putting together their own impressive spaces on the web.
I thought I'd create a place where newbies could see exactly how to pull off certain designs that they may stumble across elsewhere. I'd like to help make coding as unexclusive as possible, so that even those who only wish to learn the basics can throw together their own sites. Besides, once you get the basics down, the possibilities are already pretty open-ended.
All of my tutorials will be using free software, so you can jump in at any time. If you have any queries, just hit me up!