Ponga Members, Guests, and Staff Provide Ways to Enhance Your Ponga Experience!
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!
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.