StoryFile Life is the new way for you to tell your own story in your own unique way.
From the day we are born to the day we die, we all have an unfolding story. Our first steps, first words, first day at school. Then come career choices, personal goals and achievements, friends and family, life partners, oh, and children too. There may be some disappointments, challenges with health, people we love and lose. Like a fingerprint, there is a pattern to each of our lives; but no two are the same. We are all unique in our own way.
For your StoryFile Life history to work as a conversational video it is necessary to do two things:
First, we need to film you for ten seconds looking into the camera, as if you are listening to your audience (imagine your child, your mom, your best friend). It may feel really weird looking at yourself nodding wisely, but we need this! Second, it is also necessary to record you saying, “I cannot answer that, try something else.” That’s because all sorts of folks will ask you well, all sorts of questions, many of which you will not (yet) have answered. These recorded responses may seem a little strange, but they are necessary to make your StoryFile conversational video work. So let’s get them out of the way. Don’t worry, you can always come back and re-record them at any time.
Now to the building blocks of your ‘Life’ story.
Every StoryFile Life interview is made up of sets of questions known as “StoryLines”. A StoryLine is a set of questions that relate to a particular topic, such as marriage, career, children, etc. Each StoryLine is developed by an experienced oral historian. Storylines typically contain between 10 and 20 questions about each topic – not too many, not too few.
Imagine StoryLines as the building blocks that make up your story.
So, what about your data privacy?
You have nothing to worry about. The StoryFile Life data infrastructure is private by default. We assume that what is yours is yours. Everything you create is private by default.
If you want to share your StoryFile Life interview among your closest friends, StoryFile has created StoryCircles. A StoryCircle is a trusted group of people that you invite individually via email – children, grandchildren, siblings. Only the people in the StoryCircle get to see your story. But among your circle, the people who attended the same wedding, the same vacation, the same graduation, get to talk about the same event in the same place as you! StoryFiles intersect with your family and friends.
StoryFiles are always free and private to get started.