Over the next few weeks I'm going to publish a Do It Yourself (DIY) series educating people about recording life stories. This post will share how the DIY concept arose and the content I plan to share. Feel free to reach out in the comments or email with any questions, or to advise of any subject matter I should cover.
I was recently introduced to an industrious podcaster and publisher named Kellie. We first talked about doing a podcast interview about my project, but Kellie said the Eternal Roots concept was too deep and includes too many subjects to meaningfully cover in one interview. Kellie suggested that I write a series in her new publication Pathe Magazine.
I was immediately receptive because I love to write. The first idea that came to mind was a Do It Yourself series, and Kellie said that sounds great. I immediately felt a sense of regret, thinking ridiculous thoughts like "I'm giving it away for free!" I quickly escaped that thought process and realized this is a wonderful opportunity to spread the message of recording life stories. This is a platform to engage and educate people and build my brand, but most importantly, to give value. If you have any interest in preserving your life story or that of a loved one, then this series is dedicated to you. I therefore decided to roll out the DIY series on this blog, and to file the entries under a new Category (See Categories on the right margin). I've got a deadline for the end of January with Pathe Magazine, so expect me to be rather active writing the series.
I am contemplating the following chapters:
(1) Asking for the Interview
(2) Preparing for the Interview
(4) Conducting a Life Story Interview
(5) Curating Photos and Misc. Writings/Videos
(6) Video Editing
(7) Video Production
(8) Book Creation
If you have any specific questions, or if you have subject matter in mind that might not be covered here, I'd love to hear from you. If this inspires you to record someone's story, that's great! If you manage to record someone's story but want to pass off the video or book production to me, I'm sure we can work together.
Back in August I wrote an entry titled, "How Do I Ask My Parents for an Interview?" I was tempted to re-title it for the DIY series, but I think I'll give it a fresh take here.
Please keep an eye out for the DIY series as it develops here, and I will absolutely let you know when it goes live in Pathe Magazine.
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Here I write about the evolution of this project, the act of preserving life stories and personal development. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.