A request from a reader; he wants to know how to record his memoirs, his life history? As he gets older, he wants to take the time to tell his story.
My first response is congratulations. He’s reached the point in life where he feels confident of who he is and what he’s done. He wants to control his own legacy and reputation. He wants to leave something behind for those who come after him.
There are endless options ranging from getting a professional to create his life history on film or in written form such as a book to do it yourself projects. For paid assistance, the Association of Personal Historians will be more than happy to assist, see http://www.personalhistorians.org/.
But my reader wants to do it himself; he doesn’t have the funds to spend thousands of dollars on a professionally created product. Note that the products on this site can cost as little as $500.00 and he is considering this option.
As to doing it for free, my favorite solution is (without surprise) an article posted on this site (see http://mylifeaudio.com/telling-your-story-for-free/) where I write about using WordPress to create your life story and placing it on the Internet. Remember, you do not have to make your site available to search engines; it can only be accessible to people who know the address.
As to guidelines to help you craft your life story, please see http://mylifeaudio.com/suggested-guidlines-for-interviews/.
Need additional help? There are endless recourses via the Internet. See http://lds.about.com/od/ldsfamilyhistory/a/personalhistory.htm or do additional searching on the terms “personal history,” or “my story” or variations of similar terms.
The bottom-line in all of this is to “just do it.” For all the reasons cited on this site, you will be doing you and your family a tremendous favor “if” you do it correctly.
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