I'm lost and wandering in the world of record-keeping and communication: journaling, scrapbooking, blogging, facebooking and emailing!
I just thought I'd say hi because I know I'm not being very consistent on my blog. I guess it's not meeting the same need for me that it was in the beginning. I used to picture printing my blog and having it replace our family scrapbook/journal idea--so I was motivated to keep up to date and write a lot. But now I'm changing my mind so it is starting to seem less of a priority.
I joined face book (finally!) this last month and took it for a spin. My conclusion? It's a fun way to find friends that I've lost contact with but I'm going to stop wasting so much time by having it up in my browser all the time. Even though it's addictive, I really don't care about all the mundane things everybody is doing right this minute and yet it sucks me in and I waste a lot of time reading about them! (no offense intended--you think the same!) So--I'll wait for the email alert that tells me that someone actually said something to me before I log in.
Here's my list of things I would like to be recording somehow:
1. Family pictures in an annual scrapbook.
2. Other special event scrapbooks for the kids--like I'm working on making them each a book about their birth--including development stories up to about 2 years old.
3. Personal journal--the kind that is private with no audience but me!
4. Family journal--recording fun facts about the kids on a regular basis, funny moments/stories we don't want to forget.
5. Family traditions and customs.
6. Favorite family recipes--somehow food memories is something I want to record.
7. Blog--new purpose: to update family and friends on our life--and give me a public voice once in a while when I really need it.
I think I've figured out solutions to most of these.
#1 & #2--Using Heritage Makers now to scrapbook. My plan is to actually print some real books this year so the kids see pictures in their hands not just flashing on a computer screen! I am planning on really scaling our pictures down from scrapbooks that I've made in the past. Just a "highlights" book each year--2-4 pages per month tops! Since I'm not going to do individual scrapbooks for each kid I won't be fitting as much journaling and storytelling in--thus the need for a family journal.
#3--this is new but I just signed up for an account on ldsjournal.com. I'm liking it so far. We'll see if I keep it up. I haven't consistently written in a journal since before I had kids but I love reading the sporadic journal entries that I have made. It's fun to remember who I was then and see how I've improved (or digressed!) It's definitely therapeutic to journal especially when there is no audience to worry about!
#4,5,6--I'm still trying to figure out. I've had various methods in the past of recording all those cute stories. But I've done next to nothing for the past 18 months. I'm thinking about trying to use a separate account on ldsjournal.com to record all of these in and just print them as a family journal? I'd love other methods and ideas.
#7--I'm toying with the idea of going private. Pros? Cons? Maybe I'll streamline things by only posting portions of journal entries and not the millions of pictures of the past? I don't know! Or perhaps once I get all the other goals up and going I'll want the public voice again?
Thanks for listening to me ramble. You are a great audience, my friends, and I'd love your input--especially those of you that are also juggling all of these things! How do you record your family and not drown while doing it???