Getting Back on Track

Since my focus has recently been on my regular job, this blog has unfortunately found its way to a low spot on my priority list. I resolve this year to bring it back.

I realized recently how much I love making the digital stories. I still have lots of tales to tell my family, and I also believe digital media is an effective way to share this type of information.

I’ve also had some reasons to begin to consider making old fashioned paper printouts and books for the children in my life, and the number one reason for that is the recently disabled rootsweb website. Many people parked their family information on rootsweb and shared in the spirit of goodwill. Now security issues and possibly other business decisions have taken this resource offline, at least for now.

I had quite a bit of storytelling on rootsweb, and I am glad I kept a back up copy of my stories. I will be migrating them to this blog, and also producing paper copies of the stories for future safekeeping.

Hope you aren’t too affected by the rootsweb outage.

One Photo One Voice: Telling the stories behind the photos

I just added an article about simple digital video stories on the main site. The blog has a couple of these already, with more in progress. I plan to eventually group related videos together and see if they’ll make a nice digital photo album or scrapbook.

There is so much information rattling around in my head when I look at our family photos. It’s important to me to get that information out in whatever format gets a response. I like the “one photo, one voice” format because it’s me, telling the story in my own voice. Many people hate the sound of their own voice when they do recordings, but think of what a gift this is for the intended audience. How many of us would love to have grandma back again, sitting beside us, telling us about the photos in the photo album? It is exciting to be able to preserve that experience at least somewhat by recording little narrations to go with the photos.

If you haven’t considered making little videos like this, think about it a bit. I wrote the article about the process using two free programs. The only cost is your time, especially if you’ve already scanned the photos into your computer.