News of the latest series has been met with real enthusiasm across the online genealogical community – thanks everyone for the support. A very quick poll in the Facebook group about 24 hours ago revealed that we have a significant amount of people joining this series who are brand new to the Book of Me – Welcome!
The Book of Me is a journey; YOUR journey. It is a journey of reflection, memories and connection with those who went before us and will connect with those who come after us.
I have always maintained that the Book of Me is YOUR book, and it might not even be a real book! There is no right or wrong way to respond to the prompts. You might share your responses via a blog, such as this one, or via a blog which is private, giving you the option to select bits for sharing if you choose to whilst having privacy. You might choose to have notebook in Evernote, or decide to keep your book in a large notebook or scrapbook or you might choose a mixture of all four. You might decide that you will illustrate your Book of Me, drawings, copies of photos etc. There is no right or wrong way; it is whatever works for you and feels the most comfortable.
The prompts themselves are to make you think and share some of the basic details about ourselves. Things that might pass into oblivion at some time in the future. The prompts are open to interpretation, what do the prompts mean to you?
If you don’t like the prompt, you feel it is too intrusive or you don’t feel comfortable then move along to the next one that is OK! The first Book of Me series was delivered every Saturday for 15 months. Boy, that was a lot of work. The second series was released on the first of the month and there was one prompt, take it or leave it!
For this third series the prompts will be released once a month, on the 1st of each month, just after midnight UK time, so those in the US & Canada get them early and those in Australia & New Zealand get them a little later! There will be 5 prompts a month, so there will be a choice. You can do one, all five or any number in between. The choice is yours! The series for the forthcoming year has been themed and is simply called “Getting to know you!”
I have inserted a Book of Me link to the menu bar and that shows all the prompts for the previous two series. As we work through the months of 2018 the list will be updated. They will always be there, free of charge for you to use. If you decide to run a programme please give me a credit and acknowledge the Book of Me.
Depending on how you answer you may find there is a little bit of repetition. Not too much, but it does depend on how you answer the prompts.
The one thing I do want to stress is that I provide the prompts, the rest is up to you. There is no pressure. You work through the prompts at your pace, miss any you don’t fancy or perhaps select a different one from the earlier series if you want to. Share ONLY what you want to share or feel comfortable sharing.
A “safe” place discuss is the Facebook Group and only those who are members of the group can read the comments and participate. I am happy to discuss the prompts and give suggestions to how it might be interpreted and that discussion will be in the Facebook Group. I will answer any questions where ever they appear though.
I will be back tomorrow with an insight as to how I am keeping my Book of Me.