Have you heard of the new social media platform called Periscope? It is only a few months old and I just learned of it a week or so ago. When I first heard about it I thought it was the silliest thing ever. Until I watched a few “scopes” by some of my favorite bloggers. I was hooked and I’m excited to try it out. I’ll tell you why in a second. But first…
First, what in the world is Periscope?
If you’re unfamiliar with Periscope, this app allows you to livestream video from your phone so you can interact with someone you like to learn from, engage with, or find interesting. “Scoping” is what they call broadcasting on Periscope.
Here is how it works.
It’s really simple! Here is the basic overview: When I “scope” I talk to you via live stream video. While you are not on camera, you do get to interact with me and the other people on the scope through the chat feature.
You can type in your questions and comments on the chat bar and those scroll over the screen. You can also send me some virtual love and encouragement by tapping the screen which makes little hearts float up the side of the screen. (Doing this live is scary so seeing some hearts is really encouraging).
Of course, you can also just watch the broadcast without chatting; in fact, the app limits the chat to the first 200 people to log on to the scope. After that, you can watch but you can’t chat.
When I go live you’ll get a notification on your phone. Then, you jump on and join the fun. If you can’t make it live, you have 24 hours to watch it, but you won’t be able to interact, ask questions, and make comments. So jumping on live right away is best! After 24 hours, Periscope automatically deletes the video and you’ll miss out on that helpful content.
Why I love Periscope…and why I think it will benefit you:
As I said, I thought this was goofy until joined in when some of my favorite bloggers did some scoping. For example, I tuned in as my virtual mentor, Michael Hyatt, did one of his first scopes.
He gave us a tour of his new office and as he did so he explained why he set things up the way he did. He shared valuable tips about how to be more productive and creative. It was such a casual, personal context that I felt like I was right there with him. It showed an unrehearsed, personal, and little bit nervous side of this amazing guy. In a matter of minutes, I gained valuable tips and got to know him a bit better.
And since I want to get to know you better and serve you well with tips, insights, and reflections that help your real life intersect with God’s truth and grace, I can’t wait to Periscope with you! You will be able to ask questions, share your thoughts and opinions, and shape the content I provide you in real time!
But I’m not “techie” or “I hate social media”…
If that is what you’re thinking, I get it. I feel the same way. But that is another great thing about this. You don’t need to be tech savvy. If you can download an app from your Apple or Android app store, you are qualified.
Just download the app, create a user name and password, and click on the icon of the people at the bottom of the screen. Then click the magnifying glass at the top left corner of the screen and type @LauraNaiser into the search bar. Click the “follow” icon when you see my picture/name.
While some people will use any social media platform for narcissistic drivel or other time-wasting stuff, I plan to use this to serve you with valuable content. And because you can interact in real-time, this is a perfect way for you to ask questions and seek out help for challenges you face. Plus it is fun!
When I’m going to scope and what I’ll scope about
This is in the experimental stage for me, so I don’t yet know how often I will do this. But I do have a couple of scopes planned over these next two weeks.
I’m going to do my first scope Wednesday August 12 at 10 am and share some practical tips for winning the worry war.
My recent posts about anxiety and facing down fears have struck a chord with many of you. And as I’ve made some recent progress in that war against worry, I want to share what has helped me. I also want to hear from you about what helps you or what you struggle with. This will be all new content that I haven’t shared on the blog! (One thing I’ll share is how leaning into God’s faithfulness has helped me lose 15 pounds in the past month and a half!)
For this first scope, I’m going to do a combo “live meet & greet” and live-stream Periscope. So if you’re curious about this but want some help figuring it out, come meet me in person at Cianfrani’s Coffee on the beautiful historic courthouse square in Georgetown, Texas. Be there by 9:45 am and I’ll help you get all set up on Periscope, and you can help me by being an in-person friendly face.
If you can’t join us in person, jump on Periscope and be with us that way! The scope will only last about 10 minutes (unless you have lots of questions).
My second scope is going to be on Tuesday, August 18 at 11:45 am.
I’ve been given an advance copy of a soon to be released book to review. I can’t tell you what it is yet, but it officially launches on August 18 so that is when I will tell you all about it.
What I can tell you is this book is by one of my favorite authors, and I’ve been unable to put the book down! I won’t be at all surprised to see this book hit the NYT Best Seller list! It is so full of God’s truth and grace to help you find hope and peace in the midst of life’s frustrating, bewildering, or painful seasons. I can’t wait to share it with you! And one lucky viewer will win a copy of this amazing book!
To ensure you don’t miss these, go add me on Periscope right now. My handle is @LauraNaiser.
Let’s explore this together.
P.S. Don’t forget to grab your step-by-step guide to help you get on Periscope.
How about you? Have you tried Periscope and what did you think? You can leave a comment by clicking here.