We are all going to die. It’s true, none of us is getting out of this journey alive and that’s okay. Part of what makes life so beautiful is its finiteness. But what I do find sad is that when someone passes, they sometimes take all of their stories with them and future generations don’t get to share these wonderful tales.
I didn’t become a Mami until later in life and it’s quite possible that if my daughters decided to have children of their own, I may not be around to meet my grandchildren or tell my daughters what it was like for me to transition into motherhood. I write and I hope my daughters will one day read what I’ve written. I photograph and I’m on a mission to take more video (as soon as I remember to charge my camera), but I never get around to putting all of these memory mementos into a cohesive whole, they are scattered around in laptops, phones, albums, and drawers. And my thoughts.. well they are always scattered.
How do I organize these memory mementos so that my daughters can access them painlessly if they want to someday?
I’m not a scrapbooker (I didn’t even bother making my girls baby books), I hardly ever get pictures printed, and the videos I have taken are hidden on various hard drives.
With this lack of archival skills, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try LiveOn. LiveOn is sort of like a memories cryogenics service. They “deep-freeze” your memories and guarantee them forever. Even if they go out of business they have provided for an endowment to provide for archiving costs. It’s a great way to leave memory tokens for future generations that can be accessed easily by more than one person.
LiveOn lets you create “memories” made up of pictures, narration, videos, and text; “timelines” made up of “memories”; and you can also answer suggested “life question” prompts. You can share your creations with “tribe” members or via social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. The Standard Subscription, which is the one I tried, is always free. There are also Premium Subscriptions that you can pay for that offer more features.
I liked being able to quickly create a video of mixed elements with text and music that was easily shareable. I could see myself doing it again.
Oh and if you need a little help getting your non-digitized media to play nice in a digital world you can use this coupon code for 30% off on LiveOn Rewind: HOLIDAYREWIND. LiveOn Rewind will help you preserve and convert your memories digitally.
How do you preserve memories for posterity?
Thank you to LiveOn for sponsoring this blog post. Please visit LiveOn to learn more about sharing and preserving your most important memories. I was selected for this sponsorship by Clever Girls Collective. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own.