Storyverse — A Love Child of Blogging and Geocaching

In the internet age there are endless stories at our fingertips. Bombastic headlines that draw the eyes, but don’t speak to the heart. Stories that end up feeling ephemeral and distant. And maybe that’s because, in fact, they are.

The physical distance—between us and the stories on our screens—creates an emotional distance. This emotional distance reduces our capacity to absorb the full richness of the story being told. The whole spectrum of the beauty, intricacy, and quirkiness of the world in it.

By contrast, Storyverse reveals a story only when one is near it. This brings the reader into the story in a compelling way.

Furthermore, authors must go to the location they’re writing about to leave a story there. And, this sharing of locations between reader and author creates a special connection and an even richer experience.

Stories in this app aren’t your typical BBC world news headlines. In fact, they’re quite the opposite. Storyverse celebrates the small and “unimportant” happenings nearby. More like a celebration of the daily life of the commoner. Something akin to Vermeer’s paintings of the everyday.

In an age where artists venerated kings and princesses (Kanyes and Kardashians in today’s world), Vermeer shone a light on the average person going about their daily tasks.

By bringing the reader to the place where a story is set, the emotional distance is abridged, and everyday stories becomes palpable and fascinating.

What would people write about? Who knows…

Maybe a piece about this abandoned pub — in front of you — once being the life of someone’s university days 20 years ago. Or, this unassuming beach pier being the spot of someone’s first kiss. Or even, this street corner being the sight where the first shell fell in the war. Or yet even, this particular downhill section being exactly where someone made an ass of themselves as a kid— falling off their bike while trying to impress some girls.

Stories could span the whole spectrum of human experience. The author decides what kind of story they wish to tell.

Discovering nearby stories of the regular ‘you-and-I’ people that make up our world.

By turning the spotlight from glamorous afar to palpable nearby, we may uncover hidden gems in the world around us. For the sake of understanding, education and empathy. And even more so, some good ‘ol fun.

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They’re similar, but not quite like Storyverse :)