Well, I tried Periscope for the first time and "WOAH" that is a crazy app. I did some live drawing and I thought I was going to draw and talk about what I was drawing and people would watch and listen. Not so! People are on that app to chat. And that is why it's so crazy cool. It's like being at a big cocktail party chatting with new people with similar interests. And I got really, really great feedback on my art. That is definitely a big positive. People are nice and really friendly. I already have some followers and I've only done it 3 times. The app is young so everyone on it is excited about it.
My plan was to use the app to do live drawings but now I'm not sure because here's the thing. I've never drawn and chatted before, like ever. And it's hard! I did 3 scopes and my drawings were definitely sloppier than if I had drawn them in solitude. In the third broadcast I tried drawing over what I drew on the second day but I still felt that the drawing was sloppy (see above drawings). So that was a negative.
But here's a very interesting positive, when listening back to my broadcast I thought I really sounded like myself. I had a strong voice and it was exactly representative of who I am. I'm kind of funny and make one liners and weird spontaneous subtle jokes. I laugh at my jokes even when no one else does. And I ask myself questions. In addition, I have really interesting informed opinions about the field of art. My voice definitely came out in a way it never does in my writing... well, maybe in texts to friends but never on this blog or my short descriptions on Instagram. And it was easy and fun, it didn't feel like a chore. I'm definitely considering more video at this point.
So the jury is out. Will I do more periscopes or try to find a different video journaling (vlog) venue? I'm not sure. In the meantime, I'm trying to be more spontaneous on social media. This blog post is an example. I'm just writing it and tossing it out into the world. Usually I read, re-read, cross out, and 9 out of 10 decide in the end no one will be interested and delete. But not this time. So if Periscope has taught me anything so far it's to be more spontaneous with social media posts because my voice is more authentic that way. So thanks for the lesson Periscope!