Often when I talk to people I mention something I did in the past and I want to refer them to a paper I published.  Since I no longer had a research web page, whenever this happened last year, I had to look for the paper on my computer and send a pointer by email.  I got finally tired of this and I created a web page which lists my most interesting publications.  Now I will be able to simply say: look it up on my web page!  I have also created a stub of a page describing my research interests but I've had no time yet to put any content there.