The other night, while making a late dinner, I heard Chuck Palahniuk on Radio 3’s Night Waves talking about his new book, Diary. He thought that as the baby-boomers retire they’re going to want to archive things, to document their lives.
I can’t be the only person to have thought of this, but there must be a market for a simple online tool geared towards autobiography. Imagine a weblog-type application, with emphasis on organising historical material, rather than recent events. Seamlessly tie it together with photo gallery tools and ways of storing and displaying video and audio. Looking toward the “nice to have” features, there could be categorised archives of historical events to give a larger context to the person’s life; choose what kind of events you want to display alongside the tales of your youth.
Of course, not every pensioner is going to be in the market. But while some people are talking about how weblogging will never be mainstream, I think this archival tool could certainly attract people who’ve never heard of weblogs, let alone had a desire to start one. Assuming, of course, it is simple and resolutely non-techy. Which is why, to pre-empt anyone, “You can enter historical events into tools like TypePad,” is not the answer.