Create A Living Family Scrapbook.
A living family scrapbook can bring together relatives like nothing else. The online medium enables you to reconnect with long-lost family members while remaining just as close with the ones you grew up with. Just as a scrapbook tells a story, so does an online living collaboration. Think family tree on steroids!
Did you ever wonder about Aunt Lily’s famous peach cobbler recipe? Did your Great Grandmother make brisket a special way? You may not have those secret recipes, but chances are that someone else in your family does. Nowadays, there are a myriad of ways to connect and share but many of them, like Facebook, don’t offer collaboration or storage the way a platform like MrOwl does.
Connecting with family and friends across the world has become commonplace. But have you ever thought about creating a living, breathing collaboration where you can share stories, pictures, videos, and yes, even recipes? By creating your own “tree” with specific branches (that you create yourself), you are opening up yourself – and your family – to an opportunity to share and share-alike. In fact, when you realize your areas of interest are the same as your cousin Mary, you can even share curated content with each other – and maybe, just maybe, just maybe, plan a tropical vacation to one of your shared bucket list options. So, when you’re planning that trip to Hawaii, it’s easy to find places to go and things to do based on real postings by real people, and not ones that are “done at checkout”.
Our members create collections about what they love and public information on MrOwl’s social cloud is shared with the community so there’s a lot of great content to discover, and it’s easy to connect with a community of people who share your interests.
Building your online community is as easy as pie…no make that cobbler! First, get contact information for all the relatives you can; email being the most important. Create a collaborative branch on MrOwl with family information so you have it all stored in one unique place and your branch becomes a searchable and shareable resource for everyone. You can even make it private if you want. Once this is done, send an invite to everyone you want to collaborate on the branch with. This is a great time to ask for family photos, recipes, documents, historical pieces, and so forth. It’s also good to ask for information on relatives you may not have any records of – not to mention learn from those you do about how your grandparents met and fell in love. In doing this, you are not only keeping a family connection, you’re actually enhancing it! It works for the sentimental and the not as sentimental relatives.
The best branches are created with the intent of posting shared content. For example, it’s easy to add pictures to the branches and name them for the people in them. Instead of going through boxes and boxes of old photographs (which we all have but struggle with at times), scan them and put them where they belong. Ask other family members to identify the picture, where it was taken, who was in it, and their memories of what was going on when the pictures were taken. That way, you are sharing memories and experiences with each other. In fact, in doing so, you are more than likely to learn more about the relatives and friends in the pictures than not.
When you see that holiday picture from decades ago around the dinner table with the famous brisket, remember to ask for the recipe from your family members. It’s also a great idea to copy the picture into the recipe branch you’ve created so you can access it easily. For those of us that are more sentimental at heart, it’s also a great way to feel a closer connection with those that may not be here any longer. From the smells in your kitchen to the pictures in your online scrapbook, it will be almost like you are with that person again. Trust me. I know. I live this every time I make certain recipes.
At the end of the day, once you get in the habit of posting in your family album, it gets easier and easier to continue doing it. Have a family member that is serving our country abroad or across the globe? By posting on MrOwl regularly, from all your family events, he/she can be a part of things, in their time zone, and never miss a moment. No, it won’t be the same as being there, but it will certainly be the next best thing. Being away from friends and family for extended periods of time has an impact on both those at home and those in the service. It also becomes harder to adapt upon their return. By creating a living scrapbook and posting to it regularly, not only are you creating a shared bond with each other in a new way, but you’re also impacting their ability to transition back to civilian life in the most positive of ways.
We created MrOwl to encourage communication, sharing, and being able to find what you’re looking for in a way that makes sense to you. By creating a living family scrapbook, you’re taking our goals many steps forward. You’re connecting in new ways, never missing the smaller moments – or the bigger ones – so that together, as a family, you can become closer than ever, even when the physical distance is the greatest its ever been.