Proust was designed as a place to share and preserve your memories. But why would anyone want to do this? Well, for a lot of reasons. In the past months, we’ve seen people use Proust for many different purposes, each a variation on the main theme of sharing your memories and connecting with your loved ones. Take a look at some of the best ways to use Proust below.
1) Learn more about your family
This is why we created Proust – to help you learn more about the people closest to you. Choose a chapter of questions and send them to your mother, your husband, your friends, or whomever. Then Proust will email you when they answer. There are chapters about love life, career, growing up, opinions, you name it. You think you know someone, but you can learn lots you never knew. Just one question can bring you closer!
2) Write your memoirs
Those same questions on Proust can be used as writing prompts for yourself, too. Answer them one at a time and eventually you’ll have written the story of your life. At any point, you can download a file of your story that can easily be printed out into a book as well. Just click “Print” at the top of your “My Story” page.
3) Blog about interesting topics
If you were focused on your memoirs, you might start at the Childhood Memories chapter on Proust, but if you start with a chapter like My Two Cents, for example, you can think about your answer to “What do you consider to be the greatest invention?” If you make your story public on Proust, it can become a unique kind of blog with timeline, map, and storybook views that you won’t find anywhere else.
4) Curate your memorabilia
Have you seen your Proust Memorabilia Box? It’s a collection of all things important to you: photos, videos, historical documents, recipes, artwork, heirlooms, and more. Any attachment you add to your story becomes a part of your Memorabilia box automatically. Proust is the perfect place to store these important documents of your life. Just add photos, files, or videos to any of your posts and they automatically appear in your Proust Memorabilia box.
5) Create the map of your life
Whenever you tag a location in your story, it gets added to your map. You can build your map on Proust to be a comprehensive diagram of your life – where you’ve lived, where you’ve traveled, and where your most meaningful memories were made. It’s your interactive memory map.
6) Keep a private diary, a personal journal
Want to keep you thoughts just to yourself? You can, simply by keeping your story set to private. Record your innermost thoughts in a safe, secure place, and if one day in the future you want to share them, Proust makes that easy too.
7) Pass down your family heritage: Record you and your family’s memories, before you lose them
In business, companies know that when they lose a good employee, they also lose lots of what’s called “institutional knowledge” – crucial information that the employee has learned over time, which perhaps only they know. Institutional knowledge – for the institution that is your family - is lost whenever someone passes away, too, and even sometimes when they move far away. It’s important to save those traditions, history, advice, even recipes, for future generations. What wisdom you would like to pass to your grandchildren when the day comes?
8) Understand yourself better
Answer questions in the “Thoughtful” category to get yourself thinking about issues you may have never consciously considered before. You may think you know your own opinions on issues, but writing down answers (even short ones) really forces you to think. Do you know what you would create if you had unlimited resources, or what fuels you?
9) Have fun answering questions
Got a minute to spare for a break in the middle of the day? Answer a question on Proust. Browse in the Fun or Entertainment categories for questions that’ll take you just a few fun seconds to answer, like “What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?” or “Is there a song you love to sing out loud?”
10) Explore the Proust community
Each person can choose to make their Proust stories private or public. The public answers to questions are available to read and can be a lot of fun to browse. For example, take a look at the great answers people have posted in response to “What movie could you see over and over?” and “What is the best gift you’ve received?” It’s a way to learn a lot of interesting tidbits about people as well as spark memories and get ideas for your own story.
Which ways do you use Proust?