Story telling has always fascinated me. I love telling and I think my blog in someway is proof of that. Listening is even more interesting – if the story is good – and I’ve loved it since I was a child. I so much remember sitting on my grandfathers (born 1902) lap and listening to his stories from when he was young. He wasn’t only telling – he was painting images in my mind which I still can remember. The three favorite (yes, I could here them again and again) was when he saw the first car (sitting behind a big stone away from the road and saw a wagon coming towards him with no horse in front!?!), when they got electricity in the farm house (to see a glass bulb lighting without oil!) and when they got the first telephone (to talk to a person who wasn’t in the room – that was witchcraft!).

So where does this introduction lead us? Well, I was attending a mini course in Story Telling last week, and best of all, now technology is involved! I was thrilled when a good old co-worker of mine who now is lecturer at Oslo University College, accepted my application to attend. You see, this time the subject was Digital Story Telling! We were led through a process of making our own history by two guys with a creative company name: Jazzmontør (Eng: ‘Jazz Assembling’). Their theories are based on the work of the Center for Digital Story Telling in CA, US. (From their web page): ‘We’re dedicated to assisting people in using digital media to tell meaningful stories from their lives. Our focus is on developing large-scale projects for community, educational, and business institutions, using the methods and principles of the Digital Storytelling Workshop.’

What an interesting, educational and exciting workshop. Kjetil and Kristoffer from Jazzmontør where very inspirational and guided us gently through our struggle to find the right story. You see the key issue is to find out what you are going to tell about and do it in less than 500 words or in 3 – 4 minutes. The idea was to find a personal story and tell it in a way so others could understand, identify and be touched without being too intrusive.

When the story was done, the rest was a piece of cake. You collect photos, illustrations and other multimedia objects like music and sound as well as recording your story. Then using MS Movie Maker, you assemble it all in to a Digital Story.

My story, you might ask? Well as it should be understood without further introduction, I just ask you to play it (with your speakers up loud!):

Since this is not only a premier, but my first world premier, I’m anxious to have your comments of course :-)


  1. This is fabulous, Renny! I have a movie maker but I’ve never spent the time to actually do anything with it. You might actually inspire me to work on a project. ;-)

    Hope your week is going well!

    Love and hugs,


  2. This really shows the love you have developed for blogging and everything it brings with it, Renny. Watching it gives me a sense of watching a trailer announcing the next great Hollywood movie. I look forward to the follow-up. :)

  3. Very cool to hear you after reading your blog for so long.

    What an interesting workshop to take!

  4. Mother of Invention

    I can see how you’d love this and find it easy knowing all the techie stuff. My computer only gets it in fits and starts but I get the idea and it’s great. That’s the biggest, fattest, reddest and shiniest lobster I’ve ever seen!

  5. Hi I like the new look of your blog. My next hippie child story has lobsters in it, I will post it tomorrow.

  6. this is just wonderful renny. you do such a great job of explaining what blogging is and what it means to you. and i have to admit it was such a treat to hear your voice. well done!

  7. Excellent Renny,
    so sorry I just could view the start of your Speach. Need to look at it from the Office or Winterhome

  8. @Diane J.: Thanks – If I could inspiring you, it would have been great!

    @Paal: Thank you my friend – you really inspires me to move on!

    @Teena: Good to hear from a regular visitor:-)

    @MotherOfInvention: Thanks and I’m glad you liked the taste of Norwegian see food:-)

    @DJ Kirkby: Thanks – I’ll come over and check!

    @Lime: Thanks – what i was hoping for and I’m glad you enjoy hearing me too:-)

    @TorAa: Thanks – hope you’ll get the whole thing next time!

  9. No time to watch it now, but I will later …

    But for now, here’s something off-topic:


    We’ll be expecting cool posts from all of you Midnight Sunners!

  10. Linguist-in-Waiting

    Hey Renny,

    I like the video, especially the background music. That bass beat is just, well, funky!

    I guess we blog because of different reasons. For you, it’s a way of knowledge transfer and education to the world. For me, it’s a means of downloading emotions, stress, and other stuff, plus I get to update friends and family on what is happening to me, without actually writing them personally.

    Oh well, more power to your blog!


  11. Applause, applause! your video captured the essence of your blog but this time with great background music! I have never been so aware of my daily routine and just everyday facts since I started blogging. Now I go through life with not only wide open eyes but very alert so as not to miss a unique blogging opportunity. And I am an avid reader of other people’s blogs. My life is much richer through an url! Long live blogging :)

  12. Yay! That was great. Inspiring too. Very well “written” ;) *applause*

  13. That was awesome, Renny! Quite the sexy accent you have there!

  14. Lovely piece there Renny in presentation and content. Cool to put a voice to your words.

  15. Hi Renny.
    I loved this.

    Blogging is such a fantastic medium, though so many people ask me how and why I spend so much time online :-)

    Keep on!

  16. @bryMantra: Come back any time!
    Happy Solstice to you too – I’ll have to come back for that later.

    @LiW: Glad you liked it and also for sharing your reasons for blogging which are legeo of course!

    @Mar: Thanks and great to notice we are two of a kind! Thanks for sharing your daily life too – I so much enjoy reading your blog!

    @aka R’aquel: Thanks dear Lifecruiser A-team Friend!

    @Caledonia: Really; you like my voice too – thanks:-)

    @Pearl: Thanks!

    @Britt-Arnhild: It’s a question of your priority you know and I love the blogsphere and read about your daily life too:-)

  17. Renny that is fantastic!
    Could I please feature your youtube on my blog?
    My family hears about stories you tell us as dinner conversation, and they would love to see this!

  18. For some reason, all I have is a white blank spot, but I am going to fiddle around and see if I cant get it to show up! It’s probably a firewall or something.

  19. amazing! I think it’s a great idea. Just a quick note, the background music blends with your voice so sometimes I couldn’t hear you properly…

  20. Clap, clap, clap (this is an applaus!!) very, very good Renny and I agree to more than 100 % with you blogging has brought me a lot and gave also a sense in my daily life ! You even reminded me that I should find the courage to make a post about my wonderful trip through Turkey which I will do hopefully very soon !

  21. Fascinating Terella and a very nice and informative video, thanks for the inspiration RennyBA. I will try to make one, however I need to be more familiar with all the technical stuff first. It is very nice to get to know Oslo better via your excellent blog. Have a great weekend:)

  22. Wunderful! Renny! And I admire you!
    I couln’t do the same with my french accent! And more the south french accent! Before I must take a time in Great Britain or in USA!

  23. This is so wonderful Renny and you really did a terrific job with the digital storytelling from the editing and the flow of the movie. The music background is just superb and matches the whole theme. Fabulous!


    I am going to start working on your new look! It will be a surprise btw on how it will look like but hopefully that you will trust me on this.

  24. *clap, clap, clap* BRAVO! YAY! Niiiiicely done Renny! And you cleared up your blog title for me too! Because I have always called you (in my mind) RennyBah … Not Renny B.A. … and now I know too what a terella is! Like a terrarium!
    You did a WONDERFUL job with your digital story! :)

  25. Bravo, my friend!!!
    You’re my favorite story teller, you know. :-)
    It’s so nice to actually hear your voice! You sound a lot like the actor Liam, Neeson, I think. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this (and all your other posts), Renny. Fantastic work!

  26. Captain Lifecruiser

    Great Digistory Renny! Quite amazing yes. You never stop to impress us, do you? *s*

    So now you’e going to compete with our big Swedish film maker Ingmar Bergman maybe…?

    Actually, in my eyes, yo’ve already beaten him, because…. Schhh! don’t tell anyone: I DON’T LIKE HIS MOVIES!

    (..and I don’t like that he owns a part of our summer paradise Fårö either, he has fenced the beach there too so people aren’t able to go there).

    I’ve just made some Midsummer Flower Power Love:-)

  27. This whole thing was worth it, Renny, just to hear your voice! What a great idea!!!

  28. Wow! Awesome! I want to adopt your motto: Make blogs, not war. I’d say your world premiere is a rousing success.

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  30. Hei Renny,
    I came across this Terella by accident, and knowing your story telling skills I watched your movie and got hooked. Good and inspiring work! Hope to see a Terella 2 as well!
    – robert

    Hi Robert, my good colleague in the IT business – great to see you here!
    Thanks for your compliments – I’ll keep you posted if #2 comes up.

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