DoYouRemember brings communities of people together who are passionate about nostalgia with a memory-a-day site.
Memories have always been our emotional Field of Dreams at DoYouRemember.com. That feeling you get when you see, hear or smell something you haven’t in years that cause emotions to take over. We all know when it happens – and it can stop us in our tracks. It can make grown men cry. It can make us all look back at some bad decisions and laugh, and if only for a moment, to take ourselves just a little less seriously. It’s when we get goose bumps and have an incontrollable need to share that memory and those feelings with others.
When DoYouRemember.com gets it right, it’s amazing. We’ve seen millions of likes and shares on a single story. Tens of thousands of comments on something as simple as a photo of an 8-track tape player in a car. That kind of engagement is exciting and it’s the reason we do what we do at DoYouRemember.
Over the years, we’ve experimented, pivoted, and learned a lot about ourselves. Here’s some of the things we discovered:
- DoYouRemember should not just be about news. Paying tributes to the life or death of a famous person is usually sad, and it’s just not us;
- DoYouRemember should not just be about history. History goes further back than we want to go, and most of the time is a bit more serious and less emotionally connective than we are. Besides, there already so many great places to go for history;
- DoYouRemember should not just be about “listicles”* That’s a story-style perfected by Buzzfeed, and Buzzfeed does Buzzfeed better than anyone;
- DoYouRemember should not just be about pictures. Pinterest is a great way to take a tour down memory lane. But to us it’s not just about the photos, but about the journey they take you on;
- DoYouRemember should not just be about vintage commerce. eBay and Etsy have that area covered and there are many vintage sellers doing great business both on-and-offline.
So what should DoYouRemember be about? It should be about the heart. About talking to and listening to people’s emotions, vulnerabilities, and innocence. Getting to the heart means getting closest to the soul, that place where we often don’t like to go in this stressful, serious, adult world that we live in. But it’s a good place to go from time to time (like chicken soup).
At DoYouRemember we’re going back to our original Mission Statement of “bringing together communities of people who are passionate about nostalgia”. If that means incorporating a history lesson, a listicle, a quiz, a great gallery of photos, or some nostalgic items for sale, then that’s what we’ll do. But it’s not just what we’re going to be about.
We’re pivoting at DoYouRemember and in the coming weeks you’ll see a lot of changes. Don’t worry, we’ll still have great stories written by many of the same great writers. But our focus will be on the heart, on the emotions, on the things that connect us all and make us hark back to a more innocent time. Share it and realize you weren’t the only one caught in a yearbook photo wearing a puka shell necklace. Do you remember? Of course you do. The question is, “how could you ever forget”.
They’ll be some simple rules to follow:
- DoYouRemember is all about our love for nostalgia, so all submissions, including images, videos, descriptions and comments should relate to the past and be in good taste, and respect others on the site;
- DoYouRemember supports our friends who earn their living through buying and selling products and services relating to all that’s retro.
- Users may not, however, post a memory and enter a comment that’s commercial in nature, except where specifically designated. Neither memories nor comments may include a phone number, address, URL or link within images, descriptions, videos, titles or comments;
- DoYouRemember supports our friends who earn their living through buying and selling products and services relating to all that’s retro. Users may not, however, post a memory and enter a comment that’s commercial in nature, except where specifically designated. Neither memories nor comments may include a phone number, address, URL or link within images, descriptions, videos, titles or comments;
- Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in your submission being flagged. A user that is flagged three times will be suspended from DoYouRemember for 30 days. Further non-compliance may result in permanent revocation of user privileges.
Questions? Contact us at info@DoYouRemember.com
Thanks for the memories,
Do You Remember, Inc.
* Wikipedia def: “A Listicle is a short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article” (ie: “the top 10 best episodes of your favorite shows from the 70s”).