My first personal website was one about my family genealogy. I never really had an interest in that until I heard about a book that was written about my family. When I couldn't find any copies for sale since the publisher ran out, I decided to track down the author. He turned out to be a 90+ year old guy, a very distant cousin of mine. He and I quickly became close friends. I built the website to help him get the content of his book up online since he ran out of hard copies. Now that site gets dozens of hits a month from around the world from people looking for information about their own family roots. Every time I get an email or guestbook entry on that site, it makes my day knowing I helped someone.
Now in the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit I built that site using a competitor because I had not yet heard of Freewebs. To be nice, I won't mention their name, but I have to admit it is the ugliest and hardest-to-update site I have. One of these days, I am going to transition it to Freewebs.
Fast forward a year or two. I had figured out I wanted to build a few more websites on things of interest to me. One was a business idea I had been kicking around for a while. One was a site to publish my photos. A third was a site to share the lessons I learned by making "this is your life" movies for both my mom and dad and encouraging others to do the same. I figured I would just use software on my PC and go from there. I even shelled out $100+ on some Dreamweaver knock-off. Then I heard about Freewebs and played around with it. It was soooooo much easier than the software route that I took to it right away. I tossed out the 200 page manual to my software kit and never looked back.