Journaling with Words and Images: Including images when recording your own history



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Including images when recording your own history

An idea for using technology: Only use what suits your own situation

Technology tools for sharing and publishing photos and writing, like Facebook, Flickr, blogging and online photo journaling can (in some situations) work well when you want to document and share your photos and thoughts. Using a smart phone to upload photos with their captions directly to Facebook or other sites is efficient and easy if you have a smart phone, and impossible if not. Remembering the caption you wanted to add when you finally get around to downloading photos or scrapbooking 6 months later (or 6 years later) is trickier. Write your thoughts in the moment so you don’t forget them. Caption or label your photos whenever possible. Choose what works for your situation.

Writing exercises

Describe a place you used to live, or spend time, that is important to you or significant in your memory. Do you actually have a photo of this place? Is it only in your mind? Can you sketch the “photo” to include it in your journal?

Find photos of your own, copy from relatives, or find pictures in books or online of places or people that have been important or significant to you. Why did you choose these particular photos? Are these things important to others?

Brainstorming exercise

Make a list of the places and events that “everyone” goes or “everyone” celebrates— Thanksgiving, a local festival, Disney World— and then write about why they are special to you.

Recommended books

The monthly workshop “journaling with words and images” meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10 am at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.


Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.