Monday, October 10, 2011

The Power of Storytelling

Something you might not know about me is that I keep a blog.

It’s true.

I started it in 2005, back before the Internet was even invented. It all began when a handful of my friends from college decided to entertain each other with storytelling via blogs.

That was what hooked me. I’m a sucker for storytelling.

I don’t think I am unique in my love of stories. I do think I am unique in that I find a full-size Butterfinger bar just too rich for me, but I have no problem eating an entire bag of Hershey’s Nuggets with Toffee & Almonds in one sitting. But story telling? Doesn’t everybody love that?

I find myself drawn to stories. I crave them. Love reading them, writing them, telling them and hearing them. If somebody sits down next to me and says, “Did I ever tell you about the time in college when the whole seventh floor of our dormitory was about to ambush this guy in his room, not knowing the entire BYU football team was on the other side of the door, waiting to crush us?”* I will say, “Start from the beginning and tell me every detail. What were you wearing and did the team sing their fight song as they pummeled your face?” (*True story. I can’t tell you who it happened to, though, because I don’t want to incriminate anyone. But yes, that is how my face got this way.)

Well, the reason I bring up stories and storytelling is that I have been asked to participate in this delightfully hip storytelling-and-personal-and-family-history kind of conference being held in Salt Lake City in March! And I wanted to make you aware of it, since we just established that we are all fans of storytelling and eating Hershey’s Toffee and Almond Nuggets. (I’m actually not sure precisely what the refreshments will be. But I can tell you what tasty treats will be in my satchel, so come and find me if you need a fix.)

This fantastic event is happening March 8-10, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's called The Power of Story @ Home, and it's sponsored by Cherish Bound, Family Search, and the Casual Bloggers Community.  This is a link to their website.

This event is really ideal if you have a hankering to learn more about
-different mediums for recording personal and family history,
-blogging, or
-searching out your family history.

I hope to see you there! Yes, YOU! You’re so adorable when you pretend you don’t know I’m talking to you. If you have any questions, not about dorm room ambushes, let me know!


Heather said...

I am sure you will sell out the tour. Maybe you should channel Chris Martin? British jacket? But don't think of including his last song about "waterfalls, something or other". That is just embarrassing!

carol said...

Ken, when reading your blog makes me smile like it does... I can't wait to hear you in living color! March can't come soon enough!

DeNae said...

Awesome. And lucky me, I've heard a lot of your stories. I've even starred in a couple of them! Although thankfully none of the baby catching ones. Can't wait to see you in march. Hope you're bringing darling Katie along.

Vickey said...

It's on my calendar. Can't wait! Yay!