Here’s why we should capture all Life Stories

People wait, people procrastinate, people make excuses but most of all people don’t take the time to really consider the stories in the lives of those around them. It’s only once you start asking the stories start to come out.

Christian & His Gran

Try not to feel inspired and a little touched by this story.

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It’s been a great experience but time to move on.

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It’s now been 2.5 years since I started Create Your Life Story but really the story goes back to 2006 when  I discovered podcasting and spent the next couple of years learning how to produce my other podcast at Your Story. Very soon I realised I needed to find a business model to continue, so I learnt from the internet & content marketers all about finding a niche and selling to it.

In order to pull that off I had to find something in sync with my passion and ethics, which is where recording my uncle’s Life Story gave me the idea of teaching the same to others with Create Your Life Story. It was a great mix as it satisfies my interests and I know I’m doing good for the community and maybe I can make some income if I produce a quality product.

It’s been a great ride.

Over the course of the last 2.5 years I’ve produced:

  • 200 posts of educational content somewhere in excess of 100,000 words or equalivant to 3 novels
  • 72 podcast episodes – Close to 40 hours of audio
  • 2.5 hours of instructional video
  • 3 self-published E-books

This is still the best content on the internet to help people know how to produce a personal (audio) biography of yourself or someone else. There is nothing that even comes close but that doesn’t mean I’ve been a commercial success.

It’s about community.

Old media feeds the public information and entertainment as incitements in order to sell You as the product, to the advertisers. There is no need to communicate with the old media producer other than an occasional letter to the editor as really your not at all important to them, the advertisers are!

I’m not the old media, and neither are all the hard working new media producers out there on the internet.  I’m someone you know or yourself, working from home, wanting to help and make a difference, but without feedback it’s like working in a vacuum and screaming into the void and only possible for a period of time without some return of energy. Now, I didn’t expect a huge interaction with the greater world and I knew things wouldn’t happen overnight but it’s only possible to keep up the enthusiasm needed to create quality content for so long before it feels like no one is listening. [click to continue…]

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A Social Voice for your Community.

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Now with the modern digital age it’s even easier for people around the world to keep the stories of a lifetime alive long into the future for others to hear, read and see. One person I’ve meet through producing Create Your Life Story is Kevin Farkis of The Social Voice Project. With a long interest in personal stories starting with capturing those of his relatives and moving onto gathering the quickly disappearing stories of returned Veterans of his community, Kevin is now working with others on Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh.All of the archived content from the Social Voice Project is available for you to listen to is here on Archive.org. Take some time to listen to some great stories and understand the subtle nuances of his story telling style to draw the best out of the people he records.

Kevin Farkas

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The best method to remember what you’ve forgotten.

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A LifeStory, memoir, biography or autobiography is agreed by everyone as a great idea but a moment later when someone starts to make it happen they’re challenged with where to start and, “What would I talk about?”

I constantly hear requests for Prompts and Topics on  the survey associated to the download of your free copy of Recording Life Stories, so I’ve created a new approach to an old problem.

The traditional method of long lists of questions to prompt the conversations was both boring and generic and simply didn’t work. It missed the personal and didn’t promote the real passions someone has in their life. Over the years I had been using a different method when I connected with people which I knew had real power but I had to get it across in a way for you to understand.

A new strategy

A Topic will have some stories of your life and
the Prompt is a reminder of that topic.

Prompts for BiographyThe normal strategy to help people remember the topics they want to talk about is to start at birth and list out a lifetime’s experiences chronologically or copy one of the long… Loooong… list of questions and prompts. And there are plenty of these lists on the internet. The problem with them is they are general, often asking questions biased from the point of view of the interviewer or subject. This is not you! They’re simply a chronological list of your life.

After months of mulling the ideas of how we communicate, particularly when we first meet someone and start to explore and understand their life I hit upon the idea of approaching Life Stories in the same way.

A totally new, innovative way of personalising the prompts and topics for a Life Story biography or autobiography using simply, natural methods we all use every time we meet someone and want to learn more about them.
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Episode 70 : Corralling Information to Collect then Share

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:56 — 20.5MB) Tweet Collect the content, then share your project! You need content for a Life Story project. Not just the content you’ll generate yourself in the recording or the shoe box of old photos you have stashed under the bed. You also need that photo […]

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Episode 69 : Sounds of Your Life

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It Started with Bill, Now for Him it’s Over

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A single powerful memory brought to life

Tweet Their voice – like a ghost from the past In 2001 my sister died in a horse riding accident, a terrible tragedy for my family but one of those life events we all have to go through from time to time. Some days later I called her mobile phone number and heard her saying that […]

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Your images will be look on with wonder one day

Tweet Capture today to surprise people tomorrow. Like Ninety-six-year-old Rebecca Lepkoff who’s been taking pictures of one New York neighborhood her entire life you too have images that you’ve been capturing that will one day be looked on in wonder. As you watch this video realise that future generations will see what we’re all creating […]

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Your Story Tips – Helping You Tell Your Story

Tweet Quick tips for helping you with you storytelling. Now that we have so much content here at Create Your Life Story it’s easy to be overwhelmed when really it should be simple and easy. I’ve started a series of short form tips to help you record your life, one small story at a time […]

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Episode 68 : Cheap Audio Transcription for Writing Your Life Story

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:20 — 31.1MB) Tweet Transcribe your audio biography for as little as 20€ per audio hour and help people around the world. A biography is not a book. A biography is a recorded story of someone’s Life Story using any system that is appropriate. But a biography can […]

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Record Your Life Story on Soundcloud

Tweet It’s easy to record Your Life Story on SoundCloud one story at a time. We all have stories in us. Why not record just one story from time to time using SoundCloud to help you? All the details are on the Page about how to record to SoundCloud Sequence to follow to tell a […]

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The Best StoryTelling Secerts

Tweet Storytelling is an art for sharing your Life Master storytellers know what to do and how to tell a story. Some from an instinctive place within them and others from an understanding of the rules. If they know the rules they can share them with us. Here is master storyteller of Andrew Stanton sharing […]

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