Year End Interviews


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It’s no secret that I (Katie) love this time of year. I really enjoy the slower pace of the week after Christmas and I take inventory of the year that is passing and prepare for the new one ahead. Of course, I do my monthly roundup at the end of December, and I like to use that same format to look back at the year’s events. One of my favorite things to do is to conduct year-end interviews with my family members. You can turn this into an official activity (great for family gatherings) or just sneak in a few questions here and there into your everyday conversations.  Need some ideas? Here are a bunch to get you started:

  • Use a top ten list format to countdown favorite memories of the year. It would be fun to list the top ten favorites for  the year in several categories such as music, entertainment, accomplishments, etc.
  • Since we are ending the year 2011 you might want to play off of the number eleven as a theme. I put together 11 lists on 11-11-11 and I’m excited to use these on some scrapbook pages!
  • Act like a newspaper reporter and take notes on the big stories of the year. Get quotes to use in your “story” (even from very young children) to add eyewitness accounts.
  • Use a letter-writing format and write a letter to the year 2011. Tell 2011 what you liked and didn’t like about it, or what you learned or enjoyed most because of it.
  • Review your past blog posts, status updates, and email archives for 2011 to get plenty of information to use in your interviews.
  • Interviews are perfect for lightning-round journaling!
  • Even if you can’t talk face to face with someone, send them an email or ask them questions on the phone or via skype.
  • Include historical events and pop culture in your year-end summaries. There are so many great resources to tap into!
  • Browse through the past calendars from the year for some great memory-joggers and ideas.
  • Use memes (rhymes with themes) and quizzes to find ready-made interviews to use.
  • Don’t worry about writing huge blocks of text, use a simple bullet journaling format to record the information.

Without even realizing it, I just gave you 11 ways to document your 2011. Now go and ask someone (even yourself) some questions and have fun recording the memories of 2011.

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