I first surfed the web in December 1993 and had a page up by January 1994.
When I first discovered the web I was very excited by the tremendous amounts of information. I surfed the web far and wide in them early days, and I kept a log, of sorts. I learned a lot from the early web - the web gave me some big ideas about the future of civilization and stuff. Kind folks who visited my site early on responded well to my writing, so I started posting poems and short stories. Then, I started posting stories about my life; context for the rest of the content. That part of my site grew to be the most involving and perhaps engaging.
After hosting that page at Swarthmore for some time, I moved out to San Francisco to work with professional web sites. All those folks I worked with and partied with definitely had an influence on me.
Bianca, they were from Chicago, as I was, but I didn't get to meet them until we were both trying to find ourselves a place as web lovers in a professional new media world. Where I was a lone traveller on the web, they hosted a rowdy pub.
I went to a Wired Anniversary Party where I spent a lot of time talking to these two black-clad degenerates, Carl and Joey from the website Suck. That was in 1996 - I felt very inspired by the potential of the internet to free ordinary writers from the shakles of professional conduct - they were excited to create a brand by the seat of their pants and make money and earn fame by selling out to a bigger brand. It was eye-opening for me to meet that mindset, and it left scars - that night they goaded me into updating the front page daily, which I had been doing sorta, but now I kept things more vibrant up front, until my hands broke.
At some point my excited rhetoric about web potential caught up with me, and I travelled across America by bus to stay with other web folks and teach people how to do basic HTML and site building. That was a wild eye-opener; I learned a lot about human nature and I learned that the web isn't going to help broke people very much.
This guy Doug Block decided I was an interesting internet specimen and decided to follow me with a camera. Accordingly, some of that footage ended up in his documentary on personal web page making called "Home Page."
I've been pretty crotchety in my time about the importance of the web as a medium for text more than pictures; I wrote about David Siegel and his High Five awards in that light.
A lot of stuff has come online since I was first poking around - a lot of businesses especially. I did some thinking about the growth of the web a few years down the road.
I went to a ZDhoo! party in January '96.
As the web became a commercial phenomenon, I was invited to provide standup digital culture insight, mostly in Scandinavia.
I worked talking about the web on TV for ZDTV, then they had to de-affiliate because my site was too mature.
In 1994, I registered the domain bud.com because I was a big pot smoker. Then in 1998, I finally started using it for regularly updated content: Bud.com - continuing the collection of luscious links in conjunction with other talented surfers and friends.
In 1999 I worked for a commercial web site about games. They wanted to be a "portal" which meant "everything to everyone" so it was a nice chance to be a generalist and study in the field of games broadly.
I was asked to be a judge for the Webbies two years, I went to the Webby event/party the second of those, in 2001.