My family inspired me to create Arkiver.
I’ve got two young children and the idea for Arkiver came after getting frustrated at not having one place to preserve and enjoy all the great memories our family was creating.
My wife and I started taking a crazy number of photos and videos after the kids were born, but they were spread across our phones, computers, external drives, thumb drives, CDs, DVDs, cloud storage and social media accounts. The really meaningful stuff was buried in gobs of digital junk so we rarely had the energy to dig through it all and take trips down memory lane.
We also had a bunch of memories that we didn’t have any pictures for – funny things the kids said and stories that existed nowhere but in our own heads. Precious little stuff like the time I took my 2-year-old daughter to the bathroom and she said “When I go to the potty, I can say poop ice-cream.” I just had nowhere to capture a moment like that. Memories like this we thought we’d remember were getting blurred and forgotten. What’s more, my family back in New Zealand were wanting us to share more pictures of the kids and updates on what was going on in our lives but I didn’t want to be “that guy” oversharing on Facebook.
Around that same time, my wife’s grandfather passed away and I was given the job of putting together a slideshow for the funeral. I was able to find some neat old photos – they were in albums because people of his generation used to actually print photos! The slideshow worked out but many of the pictures had no context or story that would have made them more meaningful.
After the funeral, my brother in-law found an old steel trunk that was full of stuff my wife’s grandfather collected over the years: newspaper clippings, certificates, memorobilia, and, best of all, a slide projector and boxes of slides. The extended family had a blast going through the old slides and talking about the stories they conjored up (see video clip). In the video my brother in-law is heard asking “why did we never look at these while they were alive…why did they never take us down this road?”.
All this had me thinking. There’s got to be a better way…
What we needed was more than just another photo sharing app. We needed a totally new way to collect, organize, share and enjoy our memories. The modern equivalent of that dusty old trunk:
- A place to keep our best photos and videos.
- A place to record the funny quotes and write down stories not captured on camera.
- A place to store documents and records.
- A place to make every moment captured more meaningful by adding context and detail.
- A place that gives me control of my stuff, not store it in a place I can’t access and where it’s mined for personal data to sell to advertisers.
- A place that makes it easy to print my stuff again.
- A place that helps me share memories privately with friends and family and that won’t make them sign up for an account just to see my stuff.
- A place that is beautiful, easy to use and accessible across platforms on all my devices: phone, tablet and computer.
So that’s what we built.
Arkiver is a place for people to collect, curate and share the stories of life – everybody with memories worth recording: parents, kids, grandparents, travelers, artists, journal keepers, family historians, adventurers and entrepreneurs.
It’s way more than just another photo sharing app, visit arkiver.com to learn more and to sign up for free.
I hope this helps your family preserve and enjoy life stories… Happy Arkiving!