Keep your friends and loved ones closer by capturing the memories you make in the upcoming holidays.
Turn them into the new normal world’s version of home movies, slide shows and printed book photo albums. There are several wonderfully-easy new services that have appeared over the past year.
Most let you create your stories your way, adding photos and/or video, keeping them online for public viewing or to be seen only by your friends.
They all have wonderful, free “basic services” with options for buying up.
When our online social network for women, SavvyHer launches next month we will use one of these two services on our home page.
Try OneTrueMedia. You do not have to download and install any software. Simply upload your photos or video clips to your free account then create and publish your video montage or photo slideshow. You can add music from either their stock selections or your own uploads.
If you have a blog then embed their simple code on your blog to display your video vignette. If you use TypePad then you have a one-click way to place your video on your blog. Celebrate that!
OurStory enables you to write about the stories of your life, with a timeline and to keep them on DVDs, online and in printed books.
With SnapJot you can make it a fun group project. Ask everyone in your family or group of friends who’s coming to Thanksgiving to become a co-producer with you of your Thanksgiving “movie.”
Perhaps you’d prefer to keep your memories with others as an interactive scrapbook? Try Scrapblog. What’s beguiling about Scrapblog for us non-geeks is that you simply drag and drop your video, photos, audio and text onto a background image to build your personalized scrapbook. Then you can have it burned to DVD, printed as a photo-book or sent as a photoset to be seen at your place on Flickr.
Who knows? Perhaps if you literally focus on those you love and picture them in your mind's eye and later, on your screen, your heart will fill with a grateful spirit during and after these holidays - and you'll make it all a joyous, self-fulfilling prophecy.