I joined Geocities way back when it was called Geopages. This was in 1995, when it was organized into "neighbourhoods" (this was pre-Google, so the web had to be organized into hierarchies of links or you couldn't find anything), and I moved into one of the original 'hoods: Hollywood. I still have my address memorized: http://www.geocities.com/hollywood/1714/. It's still there as of 10:00 a.m. today, so go laugh at my awkward teenage writing while you can.
Actually, I've barely changed. Here's an excerpt from my "about me" page:
"My name is Mike, but I'm known as Phronk on the Internet (as well as to some people in real life.) I'm a 21 year old straight white male. At the moment I live in London, Ontario, and I go to The University of Western Ontario. There, now you have enough info to stalk me. Enjoy. If you want to talk to me, I have ICQ running most of the time. My UIN is 252842, but I'm probably the only Phronk there so you can just search for me. If you have IRC, I can occasionally be found on Asylumnet (irc.asylumnet.org)."
If you update the age, substitute MSN for ICQ, and Twitter for IRC, then nothing's changed. I still go to the same university, and I'm still straight and white.
I had a "web presence" before 1996, but even Archive.org doesn't keep records of the web from before then. If I recall correctly, it had lots of under-construction GIFs, web portal links, , and shout-outs to the 5 other people with web pages.1
I sometimes claim to have invented blogging. While perhaps a slight exaggeration, sometime in the mid-90s I realized that static web pages were boring and there was potential for web sites that would show people new content every time they visited. So I started my "Thing of the Day," in which I'd update my web site (by going in and editing index.html by hand) with a new thing — a link, a picture, an opinion, or some personal anecdote about my life — every day. It was only later that the term "blog" was coined to describe this concept.
I was also involved in the ultra-geeky Quake community that is credited with developing blogging in Wikipedia's history of blogging article. I recall chatting with John Carmack a few times on IRC and reading his finger updates (ew?), which were totally the original Twitter.
Anyway, RIP Geocities. You're the grandaddy of this blog. Maybe the grandaddy of all web content created by regular people. You'll be missed, but will live on in our memories (and Archive.org, and Google's cache).
1 Actually, it looked a lot like xkcd's current tribute to Geocities.