If you're a natural-born storyteller and performer, video might be the perfect medium for you. Along with your story, why not get your bigger-than-life personality, gestures and facial expressions on film?
- You can choose to have someone ask you questions and film you as you launch into storytelling mode.
- You can set up your video camera on a tripod and give a solo performance.
- You can sit in front of your computer and record your stories through your onscreen camera.
- If you prefer to have a live audience, set up a storytelling session with the whole family and record the whole event.
Maybe you're more comfortable simply recording audio stories—say, you love the storytelling bit, but without the cameras rolling. Preserving your voice telling personal and family stories will be a long-treasured family gift.
- You can use a smartphone recording app to record stories on-the-spot whenever you think of them. Then download the stories to your computer and burn to CDs for sharing.
- You can use an old-fashioned tape recorder to record your stories onto cassette tapes. Why not? They still work...and you can have the tapes digitized to share with family and friends.
- You can record your stories on an audio sharing site like SoundCloud, then send the link to share with others.
Perhaps you're the type of person who loves to create visual stories. You can enhance your stories with photos, memorabilia and home movies.
- You can create scrapbook pages and fill an album with visually enhanced stories. Be sure to write captions, journal pages or text blurbs to tell the heart of the story on your page.
- You can create digital scrapbooks or print-on-demand books to share your photo-based stories with others.
- You can use home movies and photo slideshows in digital storytelling and multimedia projects. Upload your movie project to Vimeo, then share with others. (Search Vimeo for "digital storytelling" to see what others are doing in that medium.)
These are only a few suggestions. Find the medium that's best for you and get busy sharing your stories. It should always be fun and easy...not a chore!
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