Last week, I wrote a guest post for Complete Organizing Solutions about 5 essential tools for memory keepers. In this article, I discussed how your system of capturing and sharing stories has to fit your lifestyle and preferences.
For some, going digital was a huge leap out of your comfort zone. Others of you have been uploading to Flickr for years now. This post covers a variety of ways you can tell your story to the world and invite interaction with others. It is this dialogue that makes us feel part of something larger, of perhaps a community of kindred spirits.
What can you say in 140 characters? As it turns out, a lot. Use Twitter as a personal record of your highs and lows, of your finds and fun times. Focus on the conversation, but think about what your tweets say about you and your life. Twitter is real time and real life.
This popular social network is the one you’re probably most familiar with. It is where you connect (and reconnect) with family and friends for your past and present. Use Facebook’s photo albums as the easiest way for your photos to reach the most people in your network.
I like to think of Whrrl as a web-based PowerPoint for daily life. Document individual stories from your real world with words and photos. Check in with your friends to share brief snippets of where you are and what’s shakin’. (Whrrl used to be more focused on the storytelling/memory-keeping aspects… but recently switched focus to personal, local relationships. The tool itself is still the same.)
Tumblr is the original “lifestream” blog tool. It is a great way to aggregate your tweets, bookmarks, blog posts and other reactions in one place for friends and family to track your online happenings. If your web-based storytelling is scattered, a tumblelog might be just the solution.
Whether you’re doing Project 365, Project 10×12 or Project Whatever, your personal blog is a perfect way to document the longer stories. You can even think of your blog posts as rough drafts or templates for your scrapping. The photos and journaling are all ready to go!
We used to set up the camcorder with a big tape and hit record. Now, with a flick of a button, many of your computers can document you and yours 100% live. Create a video to catch up family afar and tell your story in a natural one-to-one way.
For only $25 a year, you can access unlimited storage of your photos and permanent archiving. Custom tags, descriptions and titles allow you to wrap your images in all the data you need for future scrapbooking. You can even upload your layouts to Flickr and share them in the Digital Scrapbooking Inspiration group.
These favorite social avenues for storytelling are #s 8-14 on our 21 ways to tell your story list! Outside of your scrapbook layouts, do you share your memories on the web?