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Encore! The #1 Secret to Creating an Engaging Video Life Story.

What makes a video biography memorable?  Is it the person being interviewed? Or is it the inclusion of archival photos and movies? Or could it be the clever use of audio and visual effects? All of these are significant but the most important factor – the #1 secret to a first rate video biography is … Read more.

Monday’s Link Roundup.

In this Monday’s Link Roundup, check out How to Use Twitter as an Adult if you’re nervous about entering into the Twittersphere.  And a  truly original way to document life stories can be found in Worn Stories.

  • Funeral for a Friend. “I started to distrust telephones the instant they stopped working. I can’t pinpoint when that was — the first time I “dropped” a call, or someone said, “I’m losing you” — and I don’t know why the telephone, the analog landline telephone, was never formally mourned. I do remember clearly what life was like when telephones worked.”
  • Junk Drawers, A Portrait Through Trinkets. “You can tell a lot about a person by their most invaluable possession — those quirky trinkets and sentimental keepsakes we all keep in a box or drawer somewhere, a timecapsule of all we’ve ever romanticized and treasured.”
  • How to Use Twitter as an Adult. “So you’re still not entirely sure about this whole Twitter thing. You get its popularity, but you’re also an adult who doesn’t want to submit to an overwhelming fire hose of tweets. Web VIP Derek Powazek explains Twitter for Adults.”
  • Up to 200 Users in a Really Simple Voice Chat. “I have found an online voice chat service that would be great for holding training sessions, genealogy meetings, chat rooms, talking with relatives, online games, or even for general chit-chat. Voxli is an application designed to allow groups to hold a voice chat over the Internet without running up huge phone bills.”
  • Stories In Song. “It has deep history in Britain, but story-telling through song is relevant today, according to Rob Young, author and Editor-at Large of The Wire magazine.”
  • Worn Stories. “… a collection of stories about clothing and memory. It is updated every week or so and edited by Emily Spivack.”
  • Silence Speaks. “…an international digital storytelling initiative supporting the telling and witnessing of stories that all too often remain unspoken — of surviving and thriving in the wake of violence and abuse, armed conflict, or displacement, and of challenging stigma or marginalization.”

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Monday’s Link Roundup.

This Monday’s Link Roundup is devoted to everything digital from publishing on iPad to the Associated Press Stylebook’s latest Social Media Guidelines. For those of you thinking about sticking your big toe into the Social Media waters, you’ll find The Small Business (Idiot’s) Guide to Social Media a terrific resource.

  • The Small Business (Idiot’s) Guide to Social Media. “Are you embarrassed to say that you’ve never been on Twitter? Not quite sure what to make of Facebook? Relax. This irreverent idiot’s guide by a top former social media consultant will tell you exactly what you should — and shouldn’t — be doing to leverage the “global conversation” for your business.”
  • Authors will soon be able to Self-Publish on the iPad Bookstore. “Apple is now an alternative to traditional publishers. The company this week opened a new portal for independent authors to self-publish their books for the iBooks Store open to iPad (and soon iPhone) customers. Best of all, the author/publisher receives royalties on every sale.”
  • Those Unattached to Their Interior Story Get Addicted to Feedback. “One of the recent podcast interviews in Michael Margolis’s The New Storytellers series featured the wonderful Christina Baldwin, author of one of the seminal books in the current storytelling movement, Storycatcher…People are longing for a deeper conversation, Baldwin says. We need to push technology aside and just talk slowly face-to-face in a social space that creates connection…It’s a very worthwhile and thought-provoking conversation. Give it a listen.”
  • 2010 AP Stylebook Announces “Website” is One Word; “E-Mail” Retains Hyphen. “The Associated Press announced yesterday that it has added a separate Social Media Guidelines section to its 2010 AP Stylebook. The new section includes information on correct use of such terms as “… app, blogs, click-throughs, friend and unfriend, metadata, RSS, search engine optimization, smart phone, trending, widget and wiki.”
  • ‘Vanity’ Press Goes Digital. “Much as blogs have bitten into the news business and YouTube has challenged television, digital self-publishing is creating a powerful new niche in books that’s threatening the traditional industry. Once derided as “vanity” titles by the publishing establishment, self-published books suddenly are able to thrive by circumventing the establishment. ” [Thanks to Pat McNees for alerting me to this item.]
  • Self-publishing via Amazon.CreateSpace.com is the self-publishing arm of Amazon, providing a service that makes it easy for an individual to self-publish books, CDs, and DVDs. I’ve used CreateSpace for books and highly recommend it.”

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Monday’s Link Roundup.

Another week and another eclectic mix of links. Be sure to check out 101 Useful Resources for Online Entrepreneurs and Communicating Life Stories. There’s a wealth of information on both sites. One of my favorite links is Days With My Father. It’s an achingly tender photo story of a father by his son.

  • 101 Useful Resources for Online Entrepreneurs. “Every day more and more entrepreneurs are building successful businesses using the internet. There is an abundance of opportunity online and depending on the venture, there is often less cost and risk involved when compared with traditional businesses. There is also a wealth of resources available to help the online entrepreneur to run a business more effectively and more profitably, and we list many of those resources here.”
  • Days With My Father. A tender photo tribute of his father by Philip Toledano. Here’s an excerpt. “My Mum died suddenly on September 4th, 2006. After she died, I realized how much she’d been shielding me from my father’s mental state. He doesn’t have alzheimer’s, but he has no short term memory, and is often lost.  This is a journal. An ongoing record of my father, and our relationship.” [Thanks to Larry Lehmer at Passing It On for alerting me to this item.]
  • Evoca expands global phone recording service to capture family stories. “Using 21st century Internet and phone technologies Evoca launched “Every Day of Listening” to enable family members who are getting together at Grandma’s house or even live across oceans from each other to record using any phone, Skype, and a Browser Mic. With the new shared Evoca Express account feature, creating a family audio memory album is possible whether family members can get together in person or not. Any phone becomes the family’s microphone for recording without any technical expertise necessary.”
  • Communicating Life Stories – Digital Storytelling Oral History. “While there were certainly challenges around the capture of the history, there’s an even greater issue around what to do with it once you’ve captured all the stories…This discussion is targeted to those creating a new oral history program…The mission should be to present stories using rich media that presents itself to the broadest audience possible.”
  • Mosque One: Oral Histories of Toronto’s First Mosque. “Mosqueone.com is the first-ever oral history project of Muslims in Canada. It is a window into Toronto’s first mosque, which was an old shop, purchased in 1961, at 3047 Dundas Street West…This website is a virtual museum of the Dundas St mosque.  It is a powerful resource for researchers wanting to learn more about the history of Muslims in Canada, as it compiles relevant photographic, textual, legal and scholarly documents that relate to the mosque.”
  • Greenspace Genealogy. [pdf file] “There are individuals all across the United States who donate their private property to be enjoyed as a public greenspace. Some donations are ambitious projects consisting of thousands of acres that become recreational areas. Others are corner lots, usually referred to as tot lots. There are the conservation and preservation areas, city parks, and county parks. Greenspace Genealogy is their story.”

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