I like Folaji.com.
I like it because this is probably the first site that I’ve ever created for myself, and after a year and a half online, I find nothing more relaxing than sitting back and looking at my site, which I built the way I wanted to, without the constant input from some external party about advertising revenues and traffic statistics.
Its not that I hate developing sites for other, I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember, and I don’t see any reason why I would stop. But there is something liberating about creating a site that is yours and yours alone, a site where you have final say on content, look and feel, and overall organization.
And that’s what Folaji.com is for me: a place I can escape to and be myself, where I can publish ideas, stories, and videos that had once only been a sentence on a piece of paper in an old binder. A place where others can come and read those stories, discuss them, and share their own if they would like. (Ok, maybe the Folaji.com community isn’t big enough for that yet, but hey, I can dream, can’t I?)
Alright, so why am I writing all this? Well, I came to the realization a few days ago that none of this would be possible if not for the array of wonderful free web tools available online. When you look at this site, you should understand that the look and feel, the blog engine, the different tools showing up on the side bar, were all developed by a large online community of bloggers and developers that offer their products for free. If it weren’t for these people and their willingness to share their tools with the online community, then Folaji.com would only be a shadow of its current self.
So I decided that, as a thank you for everyone’s efforts, I would take the time over the coming months to review each widget, plugin and tool I use on Folaji.com. This would be my way of thanking the community for such great work, and for allowing me to create this site, and hopefully will encourage others to do the same.