If you’ve got a basic sense of tiddlers, tags and WikiWords from JLiki 5, it’s time to move on to telling stories.
Stories don’t really have beginnings. People just pretend they do. Then they go backwards and forwards and sideways in the telling. Have you ever heard a story without tangents? Probably not. So, it doesn’t matter where you begin, it just matters that you do. Continue reading
If you’ve completed JLiki 4, you should have some direct-line ancestors lined up in your MainMenu now. Each one of the ancestors in your MainMenu is a WikiWord and therefore represents a tiddler.
As soon as you start writing a tiddler several things happen. I’m going to try to keep from confusing myself by not talking about them all at once.
Put the paint brushes and drop cloths away. The ancestors are coming for dinner. If you’ve finished setting the stage in JLiki 3, it’s time to start adding content.
Wikis are non-linear, just like our lives and the lives of our ancestors. Using this simple document it’s possible to write and present history in the chaotic way it happened and have it make better sense than it does when we’re repeating ourselves in linear reports or searching through a PDF trying to remember how a segment on page 5 links to another segment on page 247. Continue reading
If you haven’t joined us yet, please feel free to jump in anytime. You’re only 2 short JLiki segments behind.
Where were we? Ok, everyone, stand up for a minute. Take one step to the left. Just so you don’t get dizzy, now take one step to the right. Bend you arms at the elbow and flap like a chicken. Aah … much better. We can all sit down now.
Check list from JLiki 1:
- You’ve downloaded the latest version of TiddlyWiki.
I haven’t heard any blood-curdling screams so I presume we can safely move forward.
JLiki Class is beginning. How to create your own genealogy wiki.
We’re coming to a big fork in the road here. I don’t know what percentage of us are waiting for the Legacy 7 download. It could be by the middle of next week that we’re so involved in it we won’t have time to think of another thing for months. Between rewriting our sources and pinpointing our locations, maybe years.
Back at that favorite topic: how to share family history. Or as I prefer, how to share family history that your family will actually read and enjoy.
Over the holidays one of my sisters phoned me and we got to talking about the ‘installments’ that I wrote a few years ago. This was my best shot at a presentation of our family history.
Every week or two I emailed another chapter with stories and photos of people and places. Every chapter was hinged to the previous one. Family history written as a cliff-hanger. Continue reading
Speaking of portable applications, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried TiddlyWiki. This is a fascinating thing that can turn cartwheels for you.