Tuesday, August 18, 2020

#AuthorToolboxBlogHop Report on my FB Live Experiment in Life Storytelling



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Wednesday Write-In on Telling Your Life Story and Memoir Circle

FB LIVE is another tool in your marketing toolbox. I started trying it out in 2018 at my FB author page, J.Q. Rose, Author

Last month I told you I would report back on the experiment I used at my FB Group, Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle.  On Wednesday, July 15, at 9 a.m., I began the write-in challenge for three Wednesdays in a row.  The challenge was to begin writing about a topic for ten minutes, then the next week the challenge was for fifteen minutes and the third week was for twenty minutes on the topic I suggested or for one of the writer chose.

The first prompt was to write about food--your favorite to eat or prepare.
Image may contain: food, text that says 'WEDNESDAY WRITE-IN RITE TOPIC FOOD Favorites to eat or prepare.'
The first writing prompt of the write-in challenge.

I got the idea for this write-in from an online workshop presented by Leslie Leyland-Fields for life storytellers. The writers who participated in the workshop were enthusiastic about having ten minutes of writing time together to do our own thing. Leslie played music during the time, but I did not because the music she played was not conducive to my writing. I turned down the volume on my laptop. 

After the introduction to the suggested writing topic, I set the timer and moved out of the screen to let the folks write IF anyone was there. Turned out I had one live participant who said hi. After the event, I did get some comments from a few folks and 24 views. I had hoped to have some interactive discussion on how well this idea was received. Was it helpful? Did you get something down on the paper? Did it spark ideas for future writing?

I checked back several times to see if someone had shared their piece in the comment section, but at this writing, no one has. 

As I look at the video now, I see how insecure I was about using FB Live. I had used it 2 years ago, but I have been using Streamyard lately. The FB dashboard was different. Though I had practiced with it, I floundered at the beginning of the video, probably because of nerves. 

Let me just say, it wasn't exactly exciting video! 😁 In fact, it was boring. And so embarrassing that my ring light reflected in my glasses. Very distracting. I usually don't wear my glasses for video because of that problem. 

The second write-in writing prompt was to write about friends.
Friends was the suggested topic for the second FB Live video

The good news is the video was much better. I wasn't so hesitant and felt more in control. The bad news is I received no live participants and no comments and only 14 views. 

I know people are busy and finding the right time for everyone to get together and write is difficult. So for the third session, I just posted a note that the writers could set their timer for 20 minutes and write on their own. Honestly, I didn't want to put on my make up and do my hair and sit alone for 20 minutes. 

So, to sum up the experience, from 1 (horrible) to 5 (fantastic), I would rate it as a 2. I did gain some self confidence using the FB Live dashboard, but I really like Streamyard because it makes the banners to use on the bottom third of the screen. Maybe FB will offer that perk eventually.
One good thing to come out of it is I am now offering a writing prompt every Wednesday because I discovered that is one thing my life storytellers want. Writing prompts spark memories and that is our goal as life storytellers and memoirists.
Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories 
by J.Q. Rose
Click here for more information at amazon.com

You're not sure what the difference is between life stories and memoirs? Click here to join us at the FB group to discover videos and tips on life storytelling. 

The group discussion is based on the journal, Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories available at amazon.com

Have you tried FB Live or do you watch them? Please tell us about your experience in a comment below. Thank you.

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Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm glad you figured out that a writing prompt is something that your followers would find helpful. I've never done anything with FB Live so I found this all very interesting. Thanks.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Naalie. Glad it was interesting and I hope inspired you into looking into doing a FB Live.

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D.E. Haggerty said...

I too am hesitant to use FB live. There is so much to do as far as marketing is considered. I am considering video but not sure I want to do a live video.

Charity Rau said...

Interesting experiment. I really like the prompt idea. I haven't used Facebook live, but have considered it. Thanks for sharing.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've never used Facebook live. It's tough to pull people together at a certain time for anything right now.

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. Kudos, lady, for trying this. I follow a writer who does a live reading every evening. I've never watched. Perhaps I will now. I love doing videos, but I've practiced a ton before doing the readings which I'm able to use the best one and interviews I've done which are more problematical. My minister does a devotional on FB live every week day. He muffs some stuff because that's real life and just keeps going. I really should do more video. Short thigs I could post to my web site, put in the newsletter, and on my blog. I posted a reading on FB, but I can't remember where I found it to upload it. LOL Aggghhh! Technology. I'll share. :)

Raimey Gallant said...

You're braver than I. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I loooove this type of honest post that offers value by sharing experiences with products or services, both good and bad. P.S. I hate what Facebook has become and how difficult it is if you're not paying to play.

J.Q. Rose said...

You're welcome. Thank you.

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes, putting my face on the screen whether live or not is difficult for me. Have you tried making a video using slides? I use Power Point. You can narrate the slides or add text to the slide. It takes a bit of playing with, but great for book trailers and teaching.

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Charity. I hope you'll check into it.

J.Q. Rose said...

Yes, I think you're right. I would like some live interaction, but when I go back to the Lives, I do see there have been views after the video played. That makes me feel better.

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi Marsha, you did such a good job in the video I saw. You should do some more. I think people understand that live video is real. My daughter Sara did 140 live devotionals--one every day from March 15-Aug 1. She got to be really good at it, even if the cat was hopping around in the background!! Good idea to use video in more than one place. Great content.

J.Q. Rose said...

I don't know if I'm brave, maybe curious. I wanted to tell the real story so I'm glad you liked that. Thanks.

Erika Beebe said...

I agree with everyone. You are very brave to try Facebook live. I haven’t done much with video yet but I do appreciate your post and your experiences :)

Melissa said...

I enjoyed reading about your experience. Kudos for stepping out of your comfort zone. I've been doing well to figure out how to comment as my author person from a chromebook. (My laptop recently crapped out on me. LOL)

J.Q. Rose said...

Thank you, Erika.

J.Q. Rose said...

Always challenges. I guess it makes us grow and not get too comfortable. Although I like comfort!

Kerry A Waight said...

It has crossed my mind to investigate FB live a few times, but I’ve never gone any further than that. So your post was interesting. Thanks.

MandyB said...

Great post and will be helpful; to me as I will be doing my first FB live on 26th September!

S.E. White Books said...

Well now I feel silly for avoiding any and all Live casts on Facebook. Being in front of a live audience intimidates me! Sounds like it's time to step out of my comfort zone and attempt some new things.

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Interesting. Thanks for sharing your experience :-)

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Cheryl said...

Thanks for sharing your FB experience. I have a friend that was live 5 days of the week. On the beach in Hawai'i, I might add.
I don't know if I have the guts to go on live, but I admire your courage.

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