The latest blog conference I attended was Blog Elevated. I had had a great time in Galveston the year before so with the conference right here in Grapevine I had to be there.
Being the introvert that I am, I get as nervous for these events as I get excited. Me…lots of people…something embarrassing is just waiting to happen, and I’m always hoping that it’s not in front of lots of people!
This year I went with two friends, and it was just a great weekend of learning and having a fabulous time. I was quite surprised to get through the weekend with only a few minor embarrassing moments like attacking a bathroom faucet that wouldn’t go off (Those automatic things never work for me.) only to look up and realize hotel staff was staring right at me!
My horribly embarrassing moment from the conference actually came later. I had listened to Eric T Tung explain the ends and outs of Periscope. How I hate to be on video. I’ve done a few here and there, but only when I absolutely have to.
But Eric inspired me that I could do this. So I was at McDonald’s watching my three year old’s crazy awesome dancing on the musical playscape. It was so cute! I love those things at McDonalds! I decided this would be the perfect time. I could Periscope that! I turned it on and my son danced like he knew he was on video for several minutes. Wow I was getting hearted all over the place.
I was so surprised so many people were viewing it. Then I remembered Eric’s words. The first time you Periscope a notification is sent out to all your followers, and I had 800 or so! All went well until my little boy ran out of the room. I had no idea how to turn it off so…(You know what’s coming don’t you?) I tapped the screen, inadvertently turning the reverse camera on myself. I was so scared to see my ugly face with a great nostril view, that I screamed and almost dropped the phone.
I’m sorry Eric, I was a horrible student. You totally covered this in your session, but in the moment I could not remember how to turn it off. I think I finally powered my phone down. Ha ha!
When I turned it back on people were still viewing and hearting the video. I was so horrified I deleted it on the spot, and I haven’t tried again since. Now I wish I had that cute video of my son. 🙁
One of these days I’ll try it again. Must learn to Periscope! I don’t know if I’ll ever get over the fear of the camera. I mean I’m destined to mess up royally right? 🙂
Do you Periscope?
Elaine Mingus (@ElaineMingus) says
Too funny…that was me. I like Blab better. I can’t get Periscope to work well with my iPhone 4. Bleh!
Blab totally scares me! All these people just interrupting the conversations. lol I know, I know I need to venture out! 🙂
Keitha The Bajan Texan says
hahaha hilarious!! I think Eric will still be proud that you gave it a try! lol
Lisa Stauber says
Ha ha, I’m still mastering turing the darn thing off too! Reverse camera is not my friend! Glad you learned a lot at Blog Elevated and I’m on Periscope for a lot of the same reasons – to become more comfortable on camera and stop hating video so much!
Ha ha Esther! That is too funny! I must admit I can so relate to your fear as I have no desire to be on camera at all. I hope to do a podcast someday. It’s sounds like you are local so I hate that I did not get a chance to meet you at BE.( I Live in Arlington) I like yourself was nervous and anxious at the same time but I am so glad I went. It was definitely a blessing. Thank you for sharing your story. I really enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours!