Why a website?
The power of a website is that you can put all your materials together in one place and make the links and connections between people and families that are so important to represent. I also enjoy being able to share the materials I have collected and discoveries I have made. Another great thing about a website is that you can continue to expand and grow. As we continue our research we gather more and more materials and these can be simply added to the website whenever we're ready. I also have several other ideas for future projects and story-telling, so I can add context to the data that I've collected. These stories will help my family understand their ancestors in their own worlds. Once I start creating these stories, I can just simply create another page for the website and voila! there it is.
I have also discovered many new things and come across old things I've forgotten, simply by organizing and posting materials to the website. Being able to compare, contrast, and link documents allows for a whole new perspective. I have also been able to connect with many other researchers out in the world through my blog and website. We are truly living in a global society and the internet is our passport.
Is it hard to build a blog or website?
The quick answer is....NO! I have not programming or coding background and when I decided to do the site, I was searching for an easy and free website building program. That is how I came across Weebly. Weebly, like I said, is a free and easy website builder. Just pick a theme, drag and drop, and start creating! I have built several sites using Weebly and can genuinely say it has been quite easy and fun.
If you're looking for a way to organize your digital files and tell your family's story. I encourage you to start experimenting with building a website. You'll not only discover, how simple it can be, but perhaps you'll make some discoveries in your family history along the way.