Ponga Members, Guests, and Staff Provide Ways to Enhance Your Ponga Experience!
Telling stories is great fun. Great storytellers have a knack for rounding out the details to make a story especially dramatic, suspenseful and even silly. Stories told to entertain may not be entirely truthful, which is fine because they’re just fun. Stories told to document history, are another matter entirely.
Ponga gives you the tools to show and tell your stories however and to whomever you choose, and to share them instantly. Not only can you easily share pictures and memories with loved ones, but additional tools like embedded recordings, or automatic text translation can also bridge language barriers and foster connection.
Moments are easier than memoirs. Starting with a journalist’s five starter questions, “who, what, when, where, why, and how,” builds a framework of facts. You can then get into feelings, motivations, and expectations with sensorial questions about fragrances, textures, temperature.
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.