A life story for your family and the world
So you want to produce a life story of someone… Maybe your own story, maybe someone else. And you want to record this life story because there is some information that you feel is worth capturing for posterity.
Maybe they were involved in some interesting events in history, or saw many and varied things that few people have the chance to see or maybe they know somethings about the people in your world that no one else knows. All good reasons for wanting to capture the memories of a person but what is the ultimate reason for going to all this effort?
After it’s recorded, then what?
Once the recording is captured you have half the project completed but if this is all you do, you may as well not have started in the first place.
The reason for creating a Life Story project is ultimately to share the information with others, enabling them to hear and learn about someone else’s world.
A Life Story is for other people to know.
It’s in the sharing and hearing a Life Story, where the real value exists. Without being heard a Life Story has no value but in sharing, these stories will live for as long as people listen. If you think recording a Life Story is a good idea it will be because you want to have others hear it, that’s the only valid reason for it’s existence.
Three groups want to hear your story
Peoples interest in your Life Story will vary, depending on interests and fall into one of three groups
- Immediate family
- Relatives and close friends
- Greater community
Initially those interested will be the immediate family who know and care about you and their involvement in your Life Story. These are the family members who are most emotionally involved with you and have the most detail knowledge and interest in your Life Story.
Then there will be your more distant relatives who share in the same heritage or the associates of your life who mixed and shared events with you during your lives. They don’t need to know everything but they have a general interest in how life has been for you.
Lastly, the greater community who aren’t emotionally involved and possibly don’t even know you but are keenly interested in the experiences of someone, “On the ground” during the events of a particular time. These are the historians and social scientists of the future who will be looking through this information to understand how life was during particular eras.
Locking a Life Story away
If you have concerns for privacy and feel that your Life Story is something that you want to keep close, to only your immediate family, you have several options for sharing. These include sending the digital files via email, sharing on removable systems such as CD’s and USB thumb drives or similar or using a private web site that requires password logins to access.
Some people never think that anyone, beyond immediate family would be interested, so never consider having a Life Story available for the greater community. What a shame to lock a story away only to be available to the few who know about it and not be available for the many who may be looking for information but will never find it because it secreted away.
Unless you’re active in physically distributing your Life Story it will simple fade from existence over time as components are lost. This will never happen with a fully maintained web site.
If privacy is of serious concern it’s also possible to use a combination of publicly available information while keeping any sensitive information held back until a future date or only shared in private using limited sharing techniques.
Sharing in your style to the world
Of all the systems to share a Life Story, the blog format, (this site is a blog) is the easiest and most dynamic mechanism to give you whatever style and needs you desire. It’s up to you to decide how detailed you would like to go but some of the benefits and features that you can choose to help hide or reveal your Life Story are.
- Enable others to discover your Life Story
- Post date information for future release
- Design options to suit your personality
- Include text, images, audio and video
- Involve others through contact & comments
- Simple easy to use interface
- Fully maintained, permanent and free
- Access internationally
- Download information to use off line
- Involve more than just the immediate family
- Password protect all or only some parts of the information
- Aid researchers from the various topics mentioned
- Allow connection between distant or disconnected people
With a blog you have the ability to interact with as few or as many people as you choose and develop possibilities that are not possible off line. The opportunities for you to engage, interact and share your knowledge cannot be underestimated and if you desire contact with only a few people various levels of privacy are available
A blog site to share your Life Story will continue to make it available forever, to whoever you want, long after we’re all gone
- Consider who you want to listen to your Life Story
- Are there people who you can’t imagine who may also be interested?
- What would you like to keep private and public
- Look at WordPress.com as a blog platform
What are your thoughts about sharing and would you use a blog? Let us know in the comments below.
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A general overview of some of these ideas are in the free e-Book Recording Life Stories to help you. Just sign up for it in the side bar form and get it downloaded to your computer in a couple of minutes.
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