10 Tips for Staying Motivated!

Staying motivated through any big project can be a challenge. Whether you are recording your life stories, your family history, or putting together a special photo project, there are a few things you can do to make sure you stay motivated. Here are 10 tips you may find helpful: Define exactly what it is the you are going to accomplish and when ...  Read More

What is Autobiography?

Autobiography is a non-fiction writing genre. However, people asking the question "What is autobiography?" are often wanting to know the specific characteristics that make autobiography different from other non-fiction genres like memoir. So first take a look at the definitions. Autobiography (definition from Dictionary.com) - a history of a ...  Read More

Why Do You Believe What You Believe?

The answer to the question "Why Do You Believe What You Believe?" is often left to the interpretation of those who know only what you believe. A few days ago, I had a conversation with a gentleman who didn't want to leave those interpretations to chance. He had some very strong opinions on topics that at a glance didn't align with other positions ...  Read More

My Family History Book

I finally cracked open my family history book. Well, it's actually my grandmother's book that she passed down to my mom, but the history in it is all of ours. I remember seeing it often during my childhood, because it was a passion project for my grandmother, her siblings and their cousins. She would occasionally share something that I thought was ...  Read More

Memoir Blog Can Be Private

A memoir blog or autobiography blog really is a great way to share your life stories as you go, rather than waiting until it's all done. Here are a few reasons why you might consider it. The discussion and feedback you get from each blog post can provide motivation to keep you going. Your readers don't have to digest the whole thing at ...  Read More

My Childhood Home Project

For most of us, there is at least one home in our past that holds a special place in the heart and mind. For me, it’s my childhood home. My dad owned a residential construction company at the time and he designed and built the home where I lived from age 3 until I left for college. My parents stayed there for at least 20 years after I left, so I ...  Read More

Photomyne Review – Digitize Those Photos!

Using the Photomyne App to Digitize Photos This is likely just Round 1 of my Photomyne review. I just couldn't wait for all of its promised features to be ready before trying it! If you are a regular here, you know that one of our favorite methods of digitizing photos is to take digital photos of print photos. The reason... it removes the ...  Read More

Cropping Photos for Your Project

Cropping photos allows you remove the outer portions of an image, which can have a tremendous impact. So let's explore why and how to crop photos. This image is the universal symbol for cropping. You will likely see it on any software or app that allows the editing of photos and if you haven't used it yet, you're going to love it! Today's ...  Read More

Family Photo Wreath

I came across this video on YouTube for creating a family photo wreath. It's clever, simple and it looks nice. Then I wondered if anyone would actually want to decorate with it. So of course, I asked myself that question and was surprised by my reaction when I imagined a wreath with my grandparents, parents, and other close family members. My ...  Read More

Use Pinterest to Share Your History

Wait! It doesn't have to be public. When you use Pinterest, you can have Secret Boards that are shared only with the people you choose? Of course you don't have to make it private, but I just don't want you to dismiss this idea for the wrong reasons. As you know, Pinterest is all about images. Well, mostly it's about images, but you also get to ...  Read More

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