Since I wrote Marriage, a 60th Birthday and memories as a product, This idea that we don’t get to say the things we want to or that we don’t get to re-live the best of memories enough has stuck in my head.
At the turn of the new year I decided that instead of thinking a product into existence I would hack on an Airtable and try and build my own archive.
Why Airtable? Well you can store rich media (audio, video & images) incredibly easily. In the future I could also automate collection or distribution of memories.
So I tried this:
I set up an Airtable with all the people I care about on one sheet (can add profile images)
I created a list of questions on another sheet
And then I whatsapp-ed all the people asking them a question one by one and when they answered in a voice note I would add it to the Airtable.
Was it a success?
Not really. There’s still some nuanced pains to work out.
But the positives?
I got to ask my 3 best friends, brother and brother in law what their best memory of us was/is.
I and I got the answer.
With these small voice notes I have bottled up moments of joy I can and have returned to. Any bad day, any set back I can open up my Airtable and cry with laughter as I relive a great memory as told by a friend.
It’s still not clear to me where to take this, or whether it should even be a product, but I can guarantee you there is something here.
This digital bundle of joy is priceless.
Having thought about these problems I think there's room for a product that does this:
For better or for worse you can follow me over at twitter as I continue to document my journey.