Document Your Life is an online video project that will hopefully make you notice the beautiful little things in the world, and inspire you to live your life to the fullest. The idea is to make a video each month, for which you film short clips of the things you’ve seen and done in that month.
I started this project because I wanted to look back on these times when I’m older, in a way that’s more fun and creative than reading old journals. Since then, it has helped me a lot with my recovery from depression and anxiety by going out, doing stuff, seeing friends, and taking little steps out of my comfort zone.
- Everyone is welcome to join. Except dark wizards and sith lords. Screw you guys.
- A Twitter account is not obligatory, but it is preferred. Also a good way to connect with other participants and sharing your videos with the world!
- You don’t need a super professional camera. A small digital camera will do. iPhones or other phones with HD video are acceptable too. Preferred quality 720p or 1080p.
- Try not to use too well-known songs as your background music, because your video may be removed from YouTube due to copyright violations.
I have made a list of artists that are okay with their music being used for all Document Your Life videos, as long as you credit them at the end of your video and/or in the description, which you can find here: Music Database. I will update whenever I get permission from another band.
Description & Tags
- Once you’ve uploaded your video, tweet the link with the hashtag #DocumentYourLife, and if you want, you can also tweet it to @projectdyl. I don’t look on this account all the time, but I retweet something every now and then.
- Use the tag(s) “Document Your Life” and/or “documentyourlife” when adding tags on YouTube.
- Include a link to the official blog post about the project (you are here) in the description. Even better would be to also include a link to the Facebook page and Tumblr blog. (Don’t forget to like and follow these yourself too!)
- Put the name of the band/artist and song you used in the description, and if possible a link to their website or Bandcamp, as a thank-you for using their music in your video.
Example video: my video for October 2013, to show you what Document Your Life videos usually look like.
—Lauren Hannah, creator of the project
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