Ponga Members, Guests, and Staff Provide Ways to Enhance Your Ponga Experience!
The stories in your Ponga pictures should be shared, so we designed Ponga so that our members can invite as many free guests as they like. Plus, since you always own your own pictures, you are also always in control. This best practices tip walks you through a few considerations for sharing that may help you get the most out of Ponga and your family photos.
Many people in the #familyhistory and #genealogy world use social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and now even Mastodon to connect with people they might not otherwise know as a way to learn more about their ancestors, a period of time, or specialized techniques. This tip will show you how to include links to your social media sources for such discoveries right in your Ponga pictures. Spoiler: It's as easy as Copy and Paste. 😉
Depending on whether you were there or how old the photos are, it can be hard to know what was going on or even name the characters. Without characters and stories, family photos are just stock photos.If you know anything about Ponga, you probably know we're very good at putting names to faces and we do it so you can place the characters get to the stories. Ponga uses fancy tech to do this but really, it's not unlike what a really skilled person does if they have perfect recall and never forget a face.
It turns out that some of the most powerful tips & tricks for using Ponga in your storytelling journey come from little-known shortcuts for working with your browser. This article is chock full of useful shortcuts you can use not only in Ponga but also in your everyday work in your browser.
Sometimes, the loved ones whose stories you cherish the most are themselves too elderly or fragile to organize a narrative. Their voices, telling stories about a watch, a suitcase, or an old photograph can carry the legacy of a family. Capturing their stories, just as they tell them, preserves the full richness of the moment.
Adding media like video, documents, and voice recordings is a great way to add engaging detail to your pictures. This 12-point article walks you through the steps to add 12 different kinds of linked media into a Ponga picture. The examples set you up to do this for yourself either as a Ponga member or even as a guest. Explore and have fun!
Like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, everyone remembers things a little differently. We were all there, but we focused on very different details. Now when faced with a photograph that captured one instant from one vantage point, it can trigger memories from the larger circle. How we experienced it may become part of our individual memories.
One of the biggest challenges to downsizing is letting stuff go. Precious memorabilia, gifts, and treasures seem to hold the essence of life. Letting go of them feels like letting go of a little piece of your life. Here’s the thing, that doesn't have to be true.
By looking at an object, we intuitively consider it from different points of view. When you hold objects cherished by a loved one, it becomes easy to slip into their shoes, imagine them using it, and how they felt about it. In this article, we’ll focus on objects and artifacts, and how these ordinary things can be used to tell stories about our family and the people around us. You’ll learn about how photographing these objects not only helps document why they were important, it also preserves the stories so they can shed light on the people who owned, loved, or used them.
As part of Ponga's Zoomin' series in 2021, US Army Veteran, archivist, and photographer Amberly Russell, Preservation Services Manager at Permanent brought her unique set of skills to the challenge of talking to loved ones about their experiences in the armed services.
We were thrilled to welcome Karen Ray of RememberingTheTime to our Zoomin' on Ponga series with “Tips & Techniques for Storytelling on Ponga.” Karen Ray brings her unique perspective on family storytelling to Ponga as a member herself. As our guest speaker, Karen talked about her process with fun interactive exercises and suggestions for ways you might use Ponga in different ways.
On Friday, July 30, 2021, we were honored to have Kathy Stone of calgaryphotosolutions.ca, the Calgary-based, professional photo organizer and archivist, talk about how she dug into her own family stories using Ponga. During the hour-long session attended by participants from around the world, Kathy shared her family pictures and how she was able to use Ponga to associate documents, postcards and other artifacts relevant to the stories passed down to her in her family. Kathy's graciously invited viewers to her pictures to explore the details.
This month, we welcomed a very special guest in honor of Family History Month, Tami Mize of ConferenceKeeper.org and Relativelycurious.com. During this hour-long session, Tami shares the importance of retelling family stories and how she's been using Ponga to connect with her own stories and share what she's learned through her genealogical research. She shares family stories that connect her to not only Jonathan apples, but also Ivory soap and the Queen of England.
Victoria shares her special strategy for turning a photo book into an interactive Ponga album. This discussion builds on her posts at Ponga Tips & Tricks. To explore the album, request an invitation at victoriaspress.com
This was the summer 2021 version of a series of open conversations for Ponga members, their guests, and those new to Ponga. Conversations, questions, and suggestions flow as everyone joins in on an open conversation sharing ideas, stories, product feedback, and building community. For more articles about using Ponga, see Tips & Tricks articles and subscribe to our YouTube channel.
The pandemic has given us all time to reflect on the power of everyday objects to connect us with our own history. This course will show how to use Ponga to explore your history in artifacts using Ponga pictures so that stories are passed down with considerations for safe, long-term storage and legacy that can provide provenance and connection for future generations.
Barbara Tien, co-founder at Ponga.com, demonstrates how Ponga helps you organize your pictures quickly and easily so that you can use them to privately share stories with family and friends.The TMCC Library offers an Open Genealogy Lab each Friday, it's free, online and open to the public. TMCC Librarian Suzanne Malek welcomes in a new guest speaker as we explore a different genealogy topic each week
The first in our Ponga series of conversations about Storytellers and the Photo for SaveYourPhotos.org Month. I'm Barbara, one of the co-founders at Ponga, and in this episode, I'm speaking with Betty Marton of In Your Own Words Publishing (www.iyowpublishing.com/) about some of the core principles of storytelling and how they apply to stories told in pictures.
This is the second in our #saveyourphotos series "Storytellers & the Photo," a conversation series with storytellers who've thought very deeply about the role of memory, objects, and photos. In this episode, we're talking with Martie McNabb of ShowandTales.com about her remarkable story share events. This preview gives you a taste of the inspiring joy and enthusiasm of our conversation. In commemoration of September 11, Martie's Show & Tales will be hosted a virtual salon in coordination with https://LetsReimagine.com to touch on remembrances of that fateful day.