Ponga introduced me to the endless possibilities of how to share family photos and stories.
Creating multiple copies of a digital photobook can become expensive. I shop the sales of course, never paying full price for my hard cover family albums. Building the books and saving them for future purchase, is the way I roll. Often benefiting from up to 70% off. Never pay full price if you don't have to.
But there are some unfortunate downfalls to a digitally made family album. And I think they can be significant and should be considered.
I have, in my enthusiasm to get the hard covered version in my hands quickly, printed a family album that has errors and some pretty shocking ones at that.
But again... there are some options here as well. A printed book could have a online version of the same book... that can be shared with anyone who has online access. But this is show only, no tell, definitely no share.
A digitally created hard cover family album on its own is one dimensional, because you can't add pages, photos or comments after the album is printed. You're done. It's over. NEXT!
If you are constantly working on your family album and your family story, you will want to continually add to your album, as new information, documents and photographs are discovered.
Enter Ponga Pictures...
This is Show and Tell
This is a wonderful platform for combining vintage family photographs, stories and family tree details... all to be shared with the people and family members of your choosing.
And by sharing the photos and albums around with family, those sometimes impossible to identify images get recognised. At least you have a better chance at finding out who everyone is. But what are the back details?
And doesn't everyone have a story to tell...
With the Show and Tell format, all invited guests can comment and contribute to the photographs or albums you personally share with them. And all in private. Not out there on the WWW for strangers to look at.
Ponga ignited a memory for me of my mother teaching a Sunday school class with a large 3 x 3 felt covered board with characters and everyday items, all with felt on the back. Moving them around and asking the children to contribute to the story, created a scene, a snapshot in time.
I wondered; how can I take that concept from a 1960s Sunday School class and weave it with Ponga? The Ponga Storyboard idea was born. Creating a scene…setting the stage… I became the director of my family stories. Below is one of my storyboards… My great grandparents migrated to Canada in the early 1900s. At different times. It’s an interesting, and in some ways still shrouded in mystery.
As a Ponga guest you will get a tour of how to works. It'll draw you in, into the possibilities. Seriously, this is magic and has completely transformed how I am moving ahead with the storytelling of my own family ancestry.
Automatically organize pictures by person
Ponga collects pictures into albums, sorted by person. Name a person once, and it's associated with them on every picture.
Use pictures to tell stories
Your stories add context to the picture and can tell a larger story. Record your own voice, or add any kind of media by just pasting links. Sites like YouTube, SoundCloud, Slideshare, and others embed media directly into Ponga.
Create and privately share albums
Create any number of albums and invite friends and family to join in the fun. Albums create a private space to share family stories without the prying eyes of social media and advertisers.
Invite as many guest contributors as you like
Your guests can add text, recorded voice, links, and images to any number of pictures or albums. As your contributors, their account is free. They can upgrade later to become members themselves!