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Keeping people interested

The key to getting your family or community members in the habit of interacting with the story bank is to interact with them. Send emails with links to your latest uploads—but not too often. Send them once a week at the absolute most and monthly is usually best. Pay attention to how people respond to […]

August 22nd, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Tips on getting started (and keeping going)

There’s an old saying “Every journey begins with a single step.” Writers talk about the tyranny of the blank page. You know you have something to say but it’s intimidating to start from nothing. You have probably felt that tyranny, the fear of taking that first single step. Here are some ideas that might help […]

August 15th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Family history research—Australian resources

Zahmoo is just one of many resources you can use to make the most of your family stories. Using Zahmoo as the centre of your storytelling and collecting, there are countless other sources of information you can use to feed into your story bank. Here is a cheat sheet of these resources to get your […]

August 11th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Getting started with video

Film or video is a powerful way of telling a story. If you would like to add video entries to your story bank, but have been put off by a lack of experience, never fear. As the examples we’ve linked to below show, a video doesn’t have to be complicated to tell a great story […]

July 12th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Tags, categories and the importance of organising early

Early is the key word in that headline. Once you hit your stride and are building up a good stock of stories in your story bank, it’s important that you organise them in a way that allows you to find them again. Your bank is only going to get bigger and more diverse, so the […]

June 27th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Getting kids into history

History is one long story, or really, a lot of stories of competing narratives, about the people who shaped the world we live in. Family history can give people a sense of history that is much more personal than hearing about far‑off events about strangers. Telling your family history is a great way for the […]

June 8th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Why me?

Do you ever find yourself wondering why anyone would be interested in your stories? Do you find yourself more drawn to recording stories from other people rather than your own? I’m sure you remember your parents and grandparents telling you stories. I’m sure you loved them and asked for more. Your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews […]

May 31st, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Why storytelling anyway?

Since the first humans gathered around a fire, we have been telling stories. Since we first figured out how to make markings, we have been recording them for future generations. Telling stories is fundamental to how we make sense of this often confusing world, how construct our identities, and how we tell each other who […]

May 11th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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Getting your family banking

People love to talk about themselves. The best way to get your family in on the act of storytelling is to bank some stories about them. Once you have uploaded a story about someone in your family to your story bank, email them a link to it so they can log in and comment on […]

May 4th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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What sort of stories should we put in our family story bank?

Every family has its big stories: the comedies and tragedies, the births, deaths, and marriages. These are a great place to start. No matter how mundane they might seem to you,  a child will always be interested in what happened on the day they were born, the day their parents were married, the day their […]

April 28th, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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