All Things Freewebs

Victor's Little Corner of the Freewebs World

Hello there.  Thanks for stopping by my little corner of Freewebs.  Since I actually work for Freewebs, I am going to make this my place to demonstrate some of the things you can do on Freewebs.

A quick story about me to give you a sense of why I work at Freewebs.  I have been working in the internet space for several years.  Most of that time was for a big bank.  Keeping their web strategy humming was more fun than most things to do at a bank, but it was still not as fun as building websites on much more interesting topics.  That is what I did in my spare time for fun.

My First Website

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.

Later Websites

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.

Joining Freewebs

That experience made me think that Freewebs was just the greatest thing.  Since they happened to be headquartered in my town, I decided to talk to them about a job.  After five years working for a bank, I was ready for something more inspiring.  I immediately knew I was going to like the place when I met Haroon and everyone here.  I also knew I would really enjoy working for a place that, at its core, is all about helping people tell their stories.  I fundamentally believe that everyone has got something interesting to say ... sometimes they just need help saying it.  Now I am in a job where I can help them say it.  It's not just a job ... it's a calling.