My attempt at making a better profile

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On day 17 of the 31 days to better genealogy course they suggest interviewing yourself. in order to do this I created a freespace profile called Interview, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Interview and copied the questions found here https://familysearch.org/blog/en/52-questions-52-weeks/ into it. I am now taking at least one question every day and transferring it to a Working Notes section at the bottom of my profile where I answer the question. After that I take my answer and move it up to the appropriate place in the narrative and change it into the third person format so that it would make more sense in the profile.  My profile is set so that you should be able to view the biography section so check it out and let me know what you think.  This is a work in progress so I am nowhere near done yet but this part should take less than 2 months.
WikiTree profile: Dale Byers
asked Oct 18, 2016 in The Tree House by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1,015,860 points)
I would really like to know why someone thinks this question deserves a down vote. That is if they are not afraid to actually express their thoughts.
It wasn't me. :-)

But I have to admit I was wondering why you thought this made a "better" Wikitree profile.
It makes the profile better because it helps others understand my life. The whole purpose of genealogy is to understand where you came from and how that affects your life. My profile does not help me with that but rather helps my grandchildren and their children understand me better. I constantly hear and express myself that I wish I could ask my grandparents some more questions about their life.

A quote from the course "We spend so much time trying to document our ancestors that we sometimes forget to document ourselves. That could be a big problem for our descendants. How will they really know about us, besides the basic facts that they might discover in the records? 

One thing we can do is to interview ourselves. That might seem a bit strange at first, but consider all of the things you wish you knew about your grandparents, especially things that you won't find in a record somewhere. Those are things that people could someday wonder about you. "

Agreed!  There will come a time when one of your descendants will be go greatful to have this information that you took the time to collect for them.  Besides, who knows you better than you! :)
Your free-space looks to be very useful, Dale!! Thanks for adding it.

I plan to use many of the questions to help flesh out the biographies for ALL the profiles I manage at WikiTree.

Pat yourself on the back, Dale; I gave your free-space a "place of honor" on my Nav Home Page Scratch Pad.
Thank You Lindy, but I just copied the questions form another place
True. That's why I didn't call you their creator.

But now, I (and my fellow profile managers) don't have to look elsewhere to find the questions - they are now a part of WikiTree!

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