Thursday, July 17, 2008

Photo Finish Friday - It Begins

As you may or may not know, my blog, WRITE NOW-BECAUSE IT'S LATER THAN YOU THINK began after my father gave me more than 400 pages of letters he wrote to his folks during WWII. Without his decision to give them to me, his story might never have been told. Since that time, I am always trying to think of new ways to encourage people to tell their story. I believe that most of us think about it. We just never take the time to do it. Unfortunately, our parents and grandparents thought the same way. And just imagine what a treasure their story would be to us now.

While cruising around the web, and reading lots and lots of blogs, I noticed something. Sometimes you don't want to read pages and pages about a person. Sometimes you just want a snapshot-a real one and a written one. So I've decided to sponsor PHOTO FINISH FRIDAY here on my blog. Here's how it will work; every Friday I will post a photo of my own, and no more than 100 words about the photo or the memories it evokes. And I want you to join in too. Post a photo and 100 words about it on your blog. Then come here and leave me a comment saying you've done so. Throughout the day, I will edit my post to include a link to yours. My blog will become a hub for great blogs to visit on Fridays.

Your photo and essay can be from past or present. It can be about you, your family, friends, or anyone else, just so long as it is a part of your personal history. The photo may be something from the past or present. You will be documenting a part of who you are. My hope is that this will encourage you to continue writing your family history. But even if you only write every Friday, at the end of a year, you'll have 52 memories written down. What a treasure that will be!

Keep these simple rules in mind:

1. Post a photo

2. Write about it in 100 words or less

3. Come back here and let me know about it

So come on by tomorrow when I will post my first PHOTO FINISH FRIDAY. See you then.


Travis Erwin said...

I will try to participate when I can. Sounds like a great idea.

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Thanks Travis! I'll look forward to it! ~Karen