I’ve been active on a few social media platforms for the last year and a half. I had never had any desire to participate in a challenge. Until this month.
If you haven’t heard of Periscope yet, its an app that lets you broadcast live video to the world. People that are watching your broadcast can “talk” to you by leaving comments. And they can also give you hearts by tapping their screen. Its a somewhat new platform and it has been really taking off!
In case you didn’t quite catch that. Its a LIVE broadcast. I tried it a few times when it started to get popular, but then decided it wasn’t for me because I was too awkward on camera.
In an effort to get more people involved and comfortable with using Pericsope, Lauren of Working Mom Magic and Julie of Girl on the Move put together a Periscope challenge. They came up with a prompt for each day and got the word out. And so, #SeptemberScopers was born.
I considered it for a hot second, then decided against it. But being a sucker or a follower (?) I reconsidered when my good friend Alana from Parenting from the Heart decided to join in. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to be in front of a camera a bit more considering I would like to break into YouTube someday.
The first five days were terrifying!! Seriously. But after that, I was able to talk more naturally on camera. I wasn’t shaking for a half hour after I was done with every scope. I dare say, I have become almost completely comfortable with Periscope.
Today is day 25 and I have not missed a day. With a prompt for every day, they make it easy. Has every scope I’ve done been amazing? Absolutely not! But I got through them and I have gained so much great experience.
Something I didn’t expect from this challenge is the amazing new friendships! I have discovered so many great professionals (most are bloggers, but not all). And the bloggers I’ve been following for a long time, I’ve gotten to know so well! Its so cool because when you watch others, you feel like you are really getting to know that person on a much more personal level.
When my friend Alana did her very first scope (a few months before the challenge), it occurred to me that I had never heard her voice before. Here we have been friends for over a year, and I had no idea what she sounded like. Turns out my Canadian friend has a subtle Canadian accent-love it!!
A few things that are handy to know about Periscope:
Don’t scope and drive. People do it. Its not safe. If someone is scoping while they’re driving, I bail. I don’t need to see a wreck.
When you’re at home, keep the locator off. Right before you start a broadcast, there is an arrow below the subject line pointing to the top right corner, make sure its set to “off.” If you’re not home, do whatever you want. (Obviously do whatever you want either way, just a suggestion.)
Block, block, and don’t be afraid to block. There are a ton of skeezy people on all the time. When they leave a comment you don’t like, click on the comment, then click on block. Easy-peasy and you don’t have to skip a beat during your broadcast. Also, if you’re watching someone else’s broadcast and they get a comment from someone you don’t like, you can block them during that person’s broadcast. Just do the same as above.
If you’re live, say hi to people, respond to comments, answer questions, and acknowledge hearts. The whole point is to interact with your community. So, interact!!
If you’re watching a broadcast, give hearts! Ask questions! Leave comments! Those hearts are always so nice to see. Even though they don’t “count” during live broadcasts anymore, it’s still nice to have that encouragement when you’re live-so be sure to give others love too. Also, if you’re watching a replay, you can still give hearts. Those are actually the only hearts that “count.” (Under everybody’s name in their profile, there is a heart count.)
Share! If you’re watching a broadcast you’re enjoying, share on twitter, invite your periscope followers to watch. Its all about community and getting to know people and sharing the love.
Also, while you’re watching someone else’s broadcast, you can respond to other people’s comments too. Just click on their comment, click on respond, then type in your response. And you can follow people during someone’s broadcast. Click on their comment, click on profile, then follow.
If you haven’t heard yet, we have periscope url’s now too. It’s http://periscope.tv/yourusername. Feel free to follow me!
As I’ve said, I have had a ton of fun being a part of this challenge! And I’m not the only one! By the request of many, Lauren and Julie have decided to do one for next month! So if you’d like to join us for #OctoberScopers, please do! If you’re unsure, just try it for a few days, you may find that you love it! Here are the prompts put together by the fabulous Lauren and Julie.
If you decide to join, or you’re just thinking about it, tweet me so I can encourage you!! I’m also going to post the prompts on my Facebook page and Instagram, so if you need to look them up anytime, it’ll be easy!