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There will come a time where you wished you told your life story or family history. Many of us wish we had access to an audio or video account of our parents or grandparents. It would be lovely to simply click on a website and watch or listen to the most important people in our lives.
Children and grandchildren will feel the same way about you.
Knowing your story also works with customers and business partners.
People need to feel a connection with you and your experiences.
There are a multitude of websites that allow you to do this for free so there’s nothing really stopping you but time. There are professional historians who will do it for a fee. This site will record your voice over the phone or video via a computer and place it on your own website that will never need updating.
Examples of free and paid sites:
http://astoriedcareer.com/links_to_storytelling_platform.html is from Cathy Hansen’s blog and creates a good place to start your story-telling adventures.
Cowbird is a new site that looks promising, see http://cowbird.com/.
On this site is an article about using WordPress to create your own website for free, see http://mylifeaudio.com/telling-your-story-for-free/.
Possibly the best method is using Google and plugging in key words like “stories” or “tell my story” or look for specific sites like “veteran stories.”
Look at the resources on the right side of this page under “BlogRoll” for Story Corps and the Oral History Association.
The Association of Professional Historians http://www.personalhistorians.org/ can assist for a fee. Most are very nice people dedicated to their craft.
Just do it:
I miss my mother and father and although I did not know them well, I also miss my grandparents. The thought of going to their websites and listening to them or watching them on video and reading their accounts of life would be thrilling for me and my children.
But that never happened. Please do not let it happen to you.
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