If you haven’t checked out Periscope… do it now!! But fair warning, you may never watch television again! I know, you don’t need another form of social media. But Periscope has a different power… it really connects people. It’s not just a pretty picture or a quick witted post, it’s LIVE streaming video! Yes, I said LIVE!! You know what live streaming video does for people? It keeps them real and it brings people you may “follow” on other social media platforms or blogs to life. And viewers get to interact by commenting to get a conversation going and show their love by giving, what else…hearts!
I found out about Periscope by way of Instagram, my preferred social media. I looked into it and found there was a daily scoping challenge with prompts, which what just what I needed – as I had no idea what one would scope about. #SeptemberScopers was started by Lauren, at Working Mom Magic, and Julie, at Girl On the Move. It seemed simple enough, so I went way out of my comfort zone and tried it.
I nervously did my first scope, made it through, watched it on the replay and immediately deleted it! I was not at all comfortable with how I looked or sounded (I mean is that really what my voice sounds like? It sure doesn’t sound like that in my head?!) I regrouped and started again… one nice thing about Periscope is that the replays are only available for 24 hours! So if you dislike it, but not enough to delete it, it will be gone in a day. To me, that’s comforting!! So I have been trying to keep up with the challenge and with more practice, it does get easier. Although I still get nervous right before I hit the Broadcast Now button!
What has made it a lot easier is the amazing community of women (and a few men) that scope daily using the hashtag. And because of that success, #OctoberScopers is happening!! As strange as it may sound, I feel like these women are my new friends. And in all honesty, I “see” them more frequently than my real life friends. Because I can tune into scopes while I’m folding laundry, cooking or working around the house while the baby naps… which not many real life friends are interested in (or should be). It has replaced my TV (with the exception of my Thursday night line up of Grey’s, Scandal and HTGAWM, of course) and has gifted me a weekly Girls Night In with #WednesdayWineChat, started by Joanna at Motherhood and Merlot. It seriously feels like hanging out with a group of fun girlfriends drinking wine, chatting and playing games – but from my couch, in my pajamas! Which for my introverted self is a dream come true!!
You should check Periscope out and find your tribe. There are so many knowledgeable and generous people on Periscope. And because you are live, the viewers are also more forgiving. So far I have found nothing but encouragement and support when scoping. Not to say I haven’t had a troll or two, but that’s what the blocking feature is for!
Try it, you might like it!!
p.s. Find me on Periscope @kateandsmalls and follow #OctoberScopers and #WednesdayWineChat