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Memoir Writing Is Important To Preserve Family History

Memoir Writing Saves Precious Recollections

As time passes, I realise that memoir writing is important. I know it sounds a bit morbid, but after a parent or grandparent has passed away, have you ever asked yourself “I wish I had asked them more about …..”?

Only the other day I found out things about a family member, that I had never heard before which absolutely blew me away.

A Precious Gift To Your Family

1960s Wedding Memory

That is why more and more people are recording their memoirs, together with some photographs, in a book format. That book can then be gifted to family members. What a precious gift.

What Is Memoir Writing?

A memoir is a collection of memories of a certain situation. It could be your whole life, what led to you being where you are now, or it could cover a particular time or event in your life.

A Life Story Saved Online

Did you know that you can also add a text version of your memoir to ancestry.com adding photographs separately? That means that any relatives finding you will be able to read your history. That will be so exciting for them.

I am often asked to type memoirs and it is so interesting. Most often I am given a handwritten manuscript, however I can also type from an audio recording.

How Do I Record My Memoir?

As I said above, I can type from your handwriting, but you can use a video or voice recorder on your phone to record your memories. Or you can buy a cheap app for your mobile – Express Scribe produced by NCH software. This will enable you to easily pause, play-back and continue what you have recorded.

A recorder makes it easy to record the reminiscences of an older relative as you, with their permission, ask questions and record their answers.

A Book You Can Share

Once I have your history down in digital format, you can forward to a publisher or I can provide a digital document that looks like a book, complete with page numbers, contents page, and photographs.

For further details about my typing services including prices, view my typing page, or call me on 07974 701526 to ask about availability.

Old Morris Minor

Has GDPR Endangered Our Privacy?

It’s been a while now since the new privacy laws including GDPR was enforced in May 2018 and we all raced like mad to make our businesses compliant.

I’m Beginning To Wonder if I’m Giving Away More Privacy Than Ever!

Every website I visit I have to click my way through any number of notices – a privacy policy, cookie policy, terms of engagement and say that I agree to them.

Do I read this long list of caveats? No, of course I don’t.

Can You Imagine Being the Person That Reads Everything?

“I want to buy some shoes but before I do, let me check that I agree with the terms of using this website”

10 minutes later

“No, I don’t agree, let me find a different website.”

I’m Clicking My Whole Life Away

No, I’m not that person. I just click and agree my whole life away and I wonder exactly what I am agreeing to.

Just how many times over the last couple of months have you clicked “I agree” to a huge box obliterating your screen just to get to a tiny nugget of information or maybe something as insignificant as shaving foam! (I’m not a big buyer of shaving foam by the way that was just a for instance – in case you were wondering.)

Correct me if I’m wrong, but it feels like, instead of a website having to be decent (hopefully) and stay within some guidelines because if they don’t and I find out they might get into trouble somehow, things have changed. Now they can get away with anything because I’ve ticked the box to say it’s okay without even reading it. Seriously, I don’t know what I’ve agreed to recently at all!

I’m Still Serious About My GDPR Responsibilities

Obviously, I have a cookie policy, privacy policy and terms of engagement on my website. I have my Data Protection Licence and regularly read the newsletter from the ICO.

In fact, setting up a legal and GDPR compliant mailing list is one of my core services. However, I do not, and will not have an over the top pop-up that you have no chance of reading through before you land on one of my pages.

Neither does the ICO. They have a cookie policy pop-up and that’s it.

What Is On Your Website?

What will happen if I land on your website? Do you have a massive pop-up box or a straightforward link to the cookie-policy with everything else in a link in your footer? Is it easy for me to view your website? Because, if it is, I’m more likely to read what you have to say or buy from you.

GDPR Is In Place To Protect Our Privacy

GDPR is there to protect our policy. As business owners therefore, it is up to us to be responsible and protect the privacy of our website users. In the blog The One Thing You Need To Know About GDPR I emphasise we should treat others as we want to be treated. If we do this we will be more successful.

3 Reasons I Won’t Judge Your Spelling

Please excuse the spelling and handwriting

So say many of my clients. I really don’t mind some dodgy spelling though, in fact, I welcome it and this is the reason why.

Bad spelling is often a sign of a creative mind

Our minds work in odd ways and it seems that people who are very visual find the words on a page thing a bit of a puzzle. They also find the English language very odd. Two too and to or there and their, I won’t go on.

I wouldn’t want you to judge my drawing or painting

I know a lot of people with a talent that astounds me. They draw, paint, make things and have endless ideas. I really wouldn’t want them to judge (or even see) my drawings. I can make it as far as stick men but that’s about as far as it goes. We all have different things we find easy so we shouldn’t look down on others who find these things hard.

Its My Job, Not Yours

My job is to produce a well presented document which has accurate spelling and grammar. I expect you to get lost in your work and keep your creative flow.

My Tip To You

Always spell a word as it sounds. It may not be correctly spelt but everyone reading it will understand what you mean. And apostrophes (‘) – if you’re not sure, don’t. This is because people are more likely to notice a wrong one rather than a missing one.

You can also use a programme on your pc such as Grammarly.com which automatically highlights any spelling or grammatical mistakes and helps you fix them.

Is Spelling Important?

Yes and no. Spelling helps people understand us. When writing for ourselves and people who know and understand us already it’s not important. If we need to fill in a form, or make an impression on someone we don’t know, it’s more important to get it right. In that case, it is better to ask a family member friend or VA to help you rather than spend hours stressing out about it.

I work for creative people, who prefer visual things to the written word, people with lots of ideas and not a lot of time. If I can help you therefore, either with your social media, some typing or transcription, please call me on 07974 701526 or email to lizthewhiz@lovetyping.co.uk I will be glad to help.

Help with Spelling
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