Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Facebook Live: A Guinea Pig's Perspective



YIKES!! What was I thinking when I said yes??

Well, I wasn't, obviously, if my rapid pulse rate and sweaty hands are any indication.

Deep breath ...

Okay, today's blog is a good news/bad news scenario. The good news is that this will be my shortest blog in history.

The bad news is that I'm not sure I can pull it off. BUT ... more good news is that social media guru Cara Grandle definitely can, so she is going to teach ALL of us at the same time, so be sure to check out Cara's prior Seekerville post, Introduction to Facebook Live and Periscope.

So ... what is Facebook Live other than a means of humiliation for moi? I think the CEO and founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg said it best on his Facebook page:

"Live is like having a TV camera in your pocket. Anyone with a phone now has the power to broadcast to anyone in the world. This is a big shift in how we communicate, and it's going to create new opportunities for people to come together."

Ahem ... yes. Opportunities to make a fool of yourself live on camera if one is not aware of what they are doing. 

Like me.

Oh, don't get me wrong -- I LOVE doing videos because by nature, I'm a ham, and usually they can be edited to cut out all the mistakes one makes. But if anybody thinks that this CDQ is comfortable going live on Facebook, they are all wet. Uh ... NOT unlike me during this FB video I did for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:



The truth is, it would take a blue moon for me to go live again.

Uh ... one blue moon coming right up.

So, yes, this morning at 8:00 AM CDT, I went live on my Facebook personal page, and if you are reading this before that time, you can join me there to ask anything you like IN PERSON and automatically be entered in my contest for a $25 Amazon gift card and a character named after you in my next book. If you comment on my FB author page during the live event AND leave a comment here on Seekerville during the day, you double your chances at a win, so GOOD LUCK!

Okay, for those of you who were not able to see me live at 8:00 AM this morning -- consider yourself lucky! But in case you want to view the debacle that took me THREE tries to get it right, here is the final version. Although if you are partial to "bloopers," the other two are pretty funny since I botched them royally!  But PLEASE arrow back to leave a comment so I can enter you in the giveaway, okay? ONE LAST NOTE: You and I MUST be friends on Facebook in order for you to be able to watch the video, so friend me, and I will accept your friendship request ASAP, and you'll be good to go! :)


IF, BY CHANCE you didn't fall asleep at what you saw on my FIRST FB LIVE VIDEO and would actually like to be notified whenever I do another (they will be MUCH shorter, I promise!), then all you have to do is subscribe by clicking on the small, downward-facing arrow in the top right-hand corner of the live video post (or it might be 3 dots), and choose "Turn On Notifications." You can also "Like" my page, which makes it more likely that you'll be notified of my next live broadcast. And God bless you!!
 
So ... what did I learn with this whole guinea-pig process? A LOT, all of which I am listing below. But for those interested in trying their hand at FB Live, I strongly recommend watching this excellent tutorial by the adorable (and brilliant!) Cara Grandle: 
  

And if you're like me and prefer 1-2-3 bullet steps for what to do, then I'm your gal and here's what I learned:

1.) INTERESTING TIDBITS I LEARNED ABOUT FACEBOOK LIVE:

      —Originally Facebook Live was only available to celebrities, verified pages, and other chosen social media gurus, but now it's for everyone, including YOU and moi!
       
      According to statistics, the demand of online video is mushrooming, with about 86% of viewers in the U.S. watching content online, so video streaming (Facebook Live, Periscope, Twitter Live, etc. and soon to be YouTube Connect) is rapidly becoming one of the key ways to communicate with and entertain your customers.

2.)  WHY SHOULD YOU DO FACEBOOK LIVE? WELL, BECAUSE IT'S ...

       —THE up-and-coming medium for authors and everybody
       —A great way to build brand, reach new fans, connect/interact with followers
       —A fun peek at who you are as an author, a great training too, or the perfect promo or contest-hosting medium
       —Facebook is the #1 social media platform with 1.4 billion people
       —Facebook is looking to promote its video platform, so anyone who does Facebook Live initially will get lots of focus (and promotion) from Facebook
       —A great way to stack Amazon algorithms in your favor
       —Gives you confidence (after you do it; NOT before!)


3.)  THINGS YOU NEED IN ORDER TO DO FACEBOOK LIVE:
 
       —A device with camera (iPhone, iPad, other camera phone or device)
       —Strong Internet connection
       —A tripod to stabilize device(iPhone and/or an iPad Mini or similar device)
       —Notes on hand with welcome intro or whatever you are going to talk about
       —Decent hair/makeup (especially if you're 66 + look like death in the morning!)
       —Prayer and LOTS of guts!


4.)  HOW TO DO FACEBOOK LIVE:

       —Set your tripod up and double-check how you look on the camera
       —Put your phone or device on "Do Not Disturb" 
       —Clear out all your open apps as this drains battery and can slow you down
       —Login to your Facebook page and click on "Publish"
       Click on "Live Video" (red video icon)
       —Click on "Describe your live video" and title or describe it 
       Include up to five hash tags in description to increase traffic (i.e. #Christian fiction, #author interview, #romance books, #author, #books, #Facebook Live)
       —Tap "Go Live" button & you'll see your face, but you are not live yet! This is a safety net before you go live
       Tap "Go Live" again, and countdown will begin 3 - 2 - 1 - YOU'RE LIVE!
       —If a commenter leaves or says an objectionable comment, you can tap their profile picture to block them and remove their comment
       —When your video is complete, simply tap "finish"


5.)  ADDITIONAL TIPS I LEARNED:

      —Video time limit 90 minutes; suggested time 30 minutes. Suggested minimum time for effective communication/interaction 5-10 minutes
      —You can choose your audience ahead of time (public, friends, etc.)
      Don't wear a shirt that is too low because the Facebook screen cuts off at upper torso, so it can make you look like you're not wearing anything ;)
      —While you are live, you'll see total # of people who are watching, the names of your friends, and a live stream of comments coming in
      —Comment lag time is 30 seconds, so keep reminding your audience of that
      —Warn viewers the video can freeze up due to poor Internet connection on your side or on the viewer's side, so ask them to be patient
      Any words/memes/books held up will appear backwards on FB Live
      —Facebook Live is very intimate because you're live close up to the viewer and they feel like it's just you and them, so it's a powerful medium for connecting
      —The mindset for Facebook Live should not focus on sales; it's for connecting with your readers, so BE FUN in whatever you do, be it teaching, chatting, or buzzing a new release 
      —Once video is completed, it'll remain on your page till you remove it
     —You can edit videos by choosing "thumbnail," "category," or "call to action"
      —Encourage viewers to subscribe to FB Live so you can connect with them
      Promote your video ahead of time
      —If your Internet connection is not strong, you may lose connection, but try moving to a location with a stronger connection. FB Live will return when the Internet connection does. If the signal does not reconnect, then the partial video remains on your page till you delete or rebroadcast
      —Anyone who follows you will be notified whenever you go live
      —Post often to get in the swing of things and be creative
      —After the broadcast, you can check results by pressing the "analytics" button

And that's it! Trust me  — if I can do it, ANYONE can do it, so GO LIVE or GO HOME! ;) 

Hugs and Happy Videoing!
Julie

P.S. I lied — I apparently cannot do a SHORT Seeker blog. Sigh.

               _____________________________________________________

GIVEAWAY!  
Leave a comment or question on Julie's FB author page during the live video broadcast (between 8:00 and 8:30 AM on Wed., 8/9/17), and you are entered to win a $25 gift card and a character named after you in my next book. Leave a 2nd comment here on Seekerville, and you double your chances to win!


ABOUT CARA GRANDLE:
Cara Grandle is a Historical Christian Romance Novelist who prefers to write about the early settlers of the Pacific Northwest. She is represented by Karen Ball with the Steve Laube Agency. Cara leads the author4TheAuthor writers group on Facebook, home to 170 writers just like you. Together they're pressing back on busy and making a space for their dreams. Cara hosts a Writers Encouragement show weekly on Periscope. The show is on Tusesday mornings at 9:00am PST. Cara's Periscope show includes live, interactive author-interviews with leading Christian fiction novelist such as Katherine Reay, Kate Breslin, and Roseanna White, under the handle @CaraGrandle. She is a wife, mother of five, volleyball coach, planner junkie, calligrapher and high school Spanish teacher.

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  1. You will not find me doing a FB live video! I have no reason in the entire world to do one...lol! I will miss yours in the morning Julie, that's 6am my time and I'll be happily snoozing :-)

    I have watched a couple of ones authors have done where they talk about their newest book coming out. I find those interesting because they will give an inside look on how and why they wrote it. And I can place a face and voice to the person behind the story. I've also participated in a couple of live FB chats with authors. They are live, not me, but you can leave comments as they are chatting. Also fun! You get a glimpse of their personality.

    Technology has certainly connected people in many new ways!

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    1. LOL, Trixi, you wouldn't find me doing it either if I had been in control of my faculties at the time!

      Obviously I was NOT because I was the one who set the 8:00 AM time slot. Seriously?? I guess I was thinking the Seekerville blog goes up at midnight and I needed to get the video up and running, but I never stopped to think that EVERYONE else would be in bed when I am all by my lonesome!! The only consolation is that I won't feel like anybody's watching, so hopefully that will help calm me down.

      Yeah, right ...

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  2. Did you realize that is 6 a.m. my time? I usually write from midnight to 6 am, so I will be up, but the rest of this side of the USA may not be. YAWN!

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    1. Midnight to six????? OH. MY. GOSH!! I never realized that Tina -- you're more dedicated than Ruthy, who gets up at 4:00 AM EDT!!!

      NO WAY I would expect ANYBODY up before 8:00 AM, so if you show, I will be shocked. And grateful ... ;)

      As I mentioned to Trixie above, I was thinking the Seeker blog goes live at midnight, so I needed to hustle to get the link up, but a smart person would have scheduled it for a weeeee bit later ...

      Hugs and thanks for the promo you sent out, my friend -- you are THE BEST!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  3. "P.S. I lied — I apparently cannot do a SHORT Seeker blog. Sigh."

    Snort. You and Ruthy. Your grocery lists are longer than my novels.

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    1. This is a sad, sad truth!!!!! But I do love food! :)

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    2. LOL ... I tried, I really, reallllllly tried, but I can't do it.

      And, yes, I have long grocery lists too. :(

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    6. Yeah, I had to laugh at that myself! Short posts are SO not our Julie-girl...haha! But it's all good, just the way God wired her :-)

      PS I detest autocorrect!! Four times it typed what I didn't want it to as you can see from above!

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    7. Short books, either, right, Trixi? And "wired" is right!!

      I detest autocorrect too!!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  4. Hi Julie! I'll be at my day job, but I have no doubt you'll do great.

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    1. I wish I were at my day job (writing), Jill, so I certainly understand!!

      Have a great day, my friend, and say one for me, okay?

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  5. Julie, I'm planning to start a fun facebook live thing this year.... Just because it's so much fun to talk with folks. But farm first.... and kids.... so have fun today and enjoy!

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    1. Hey, Ruthy, you would be absolutely FABULOUS at that, my friend, a true natural, so I'm glad to hear that.

      It was sooooo much fun, and sooooo much easier than typing a blog, so I may just do weekly coffee video chats that I post on my blog instead of writing one!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  6. Nothing good can come of this. Just so all you FACEBOOK CELEBRITIES KNOW..I AM NOT PLANNING TO GO LIVE ON FACEBOOK EVER.

    I can see this down the pike See your favorite author take out the trash..now let's peek at your favorite author writing her book. Wait, look, your favorite author is now in the restroom..egads.

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    1. LOL ... nothing but humility.

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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    2. Tina, you seriously crack me up!!!

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  7. And I am pretty sure you have to be:

    1. Cute
    2. Cute
    3. Cute

    for this to be successful.

    GASP! Light bulb just went off.

    I will hire someone to play me live on Facebook.

    This is brilliant.

    Okay, I am now taking applications to play me on Facebook. Please email me via my webpage (www.tinaradcliffe.com) Compensation will be in increments of chocolate.

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    1. LOL, Tina, I needed this, girlfriend -- THANK YOU!! And you ARE "cute, cute, cute"!!

      And smart, smart, smart!!!

      And smart aleck, smart aleck, smart aleck!!!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    2. Tina, this is exactly what I went through when I tried to find someone to play me in the biopic. It came down to a toss-up between Sally Field and Kathy Bates. My people contacted their people. It has been three years. I am still waiting. Hope you have better luck. Best, KB

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    3. LOL, Kathy ... I needed that extra laugh right about now ... 10 minutes before SHOW TIME!! :|

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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    4. Julie, I am always glad when I make a Seeker laugh. I once considered a career in stand-up comedy, until I realized that you actually have to STAND UP.

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    5. ROTFLOL, KATHY!!! You are a hoot, girlfriend, and I would love meet you at ACFW next year in Nashville if you are going!! <3

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  8. There's no way I could do this Julie. Wait, it's not me. It's you---lol lol.

    You're very brave.
    I can see where a video might get you new fans, but wow. Just wow.

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    1. Funny thing, Connie -- I said the SAME thing, and yet here I am, getting ready to make a fool of myself on LIVE VIDEO!!

      Yes, I am very brave. Not very smart, but very brave ... ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  9. JULIE, I'm so sorry that I won't be able to watch your Facebook LIVE DEBUT. When I return home this afternoon, I'll view it. Have fun! (((((HUGS)))))

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    1. NO WORRIES, Caryl ... one less person to be embarrassed in front of!!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  10. Julie, I went to your FB site and saw your video. Left a comment...not sure it got to you. But I love FB Live! Mark Dawson did a video during his workshop at RWA!!!

    And I did a video during the Literacy Signing. Hoping to do one at the CFRR this weekend!

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    1. Debby, the video is not up yet -- I go live in 5 minutes on my FB page at top of page.

      Hope to see you there!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Silly me! I'm on EST! You're on Central! Duh!

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    3. LOL, DEB, I actually messed up the time zones once on a very important conference call where I kept seven Revell bigwigs waiting!!! And I worked for a travel company for 30 years, so what does that tell you??

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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    4. Debby, I caught your video at the RWA literary signing :-) Like Ruthy would say, you're so stinkin cute! I loved it.

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  11. Good luck on the chat! Better you than me! Cameras in my face are much better suited to others!!!!!! But I'm sure you will do fine and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hey, Kate, well "sure you'll do fine" didn't exactly work out, my friend, but it was a nice thought! What the heck ... nobody likes perfection anyway, right??

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  12. Julie, you are brave. I could do it if I had to, I guess. When I have a book to promote, I'll be trying lots of things. As Miranda said in "The Tempest," "O brave new world that has such people in it." But really, we need to try everything to get His message out, don't we?
    Kathy Bailey

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    1. AMEN AND AMEN, Kathy!! I always tell God I would make a fool of myself for Him, and I'm as good as my word! ;)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  13. I've been wanting to dip my toes into Live FB, but am just too scared. I'd need to wash my hair, get ready, be all organized, plan for no distractions... okay, a little bit of distraction is okay and probably fun, but the cowboy barging in and yelling what's for dinner, or the grandbaby grabbing the phone probably wouldn't cut it.

    Anyway, it's a fun new medium and a lot of people are doing it. And even if you can't be there for the live event, FB keeps the videos on your page, so you can view them. Personally, I like the shorter videos.

    As I was talking, two of my friends on FB are live right now... and Julie hasn't even started. :)

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    1. I hear you, Pam, but you're right -- distractions are fun on live video because that's what "live" is all about, right?

      I'm with you -- I like MUCH shorter videos, so although all the gurus suggest a video longer than 5 or 10 minutes, I don't agree unless it's a Q&A or an interview. Trust me -- all my future videos (and there will be many because it was so darn fun!), will be A LOT SHORTER!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  14. Julie: I'm on your FB author page. I don't see a live video. What you I need to do?

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    1. Vince click the link in the blog post and refresh your page.

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    2. Tina: All I get is the ice bucket video. Nothing live.

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    3. https://www.facebook.com/julie.lessman

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    4. Vince, that's my fault, not yours. I thought I was videoing on my author page, but I was on my personal page.

      THANK YOU, TINA, for giving them the proper link.

      Sigh. All part of the learning curve, I guess ...

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  15. Julie, this was a fabulous post! I tried clicking on your link for your Live post, but I couldn't find it. Sigh. It was probably user error on my part. I'll have to go back later today and watch it. :)

    I've been considering trying a Facebook Live post, but I can't think of anything to talk about! ;) I am going to re-read this post and print it out. It's soooo helpful! Thanks for being brave and showing us by example how to dive into this venue! You are my hero!

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne -- and Tina's right -- I provided the wrong link.

      Once again, GOD BLESS TINA RUSSO RADCLIFFE!!

      Pam, I think if I had done it correctly on my author page, you would have gotten a notification, but I botched it royal!!

      Vince, I am SOOOOO sorry for the runaround, but guinea pigs ARE hard to catch, right??

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  16. She provided the wrong link:

    https://www.facebook.com/julie.lessman

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    1. Finally found it!!! What was weird is that I didn't get a notification for Julie's Live FB video, but got notifications for two other Live FB events this morning.

      And this was the one I wanted to attend. So weird!

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    2. Tina: That link did not get me to the live page. Is Julie really live at this point?

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    3. Hey, Pam, that's because I went live on my personal page rather than my author page. Sigh. Next time hopefully I'll get it right. :|

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    4. PLEASE forgive me, Vince, and everyone for giving the wrong link. My bad because I intended to video on my author page, but inadvertently did it on my personal page. Sigh. Now all my family know for sure what a dipstick I am ... ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. Tina: That link took me to the cover of A Light in the Window. I need some steadfast endurance.

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    2. LOL, TINA ... where do I send the check???

      And GOD BLESS YOU, Vince, for your perseverance!!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  18. I'm so proud of you, Julie!! You did great! HUGS!!! Thanks for all the tips, Cara! I might be brave enough to do a FB live someday with all this information... maybe!

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    1. BETH!!! I laughed when I saw all those hearts floating across my screen, so GOD BLESS YOU, my sweet friend!! And thank you again for the great review -- you are SUCH a blessing, girlfriend!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  19. Okay, I love the fact that Cara is "interviewing" Julie on the Live FB event. That's SO much more fun than some of the others. I didn't know you could do that on the FB Live events.

    Love it!

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    1. Yeah, Pam, it was pretty cool, wasn't it? Cara's even talking about a video train where different authors each get to talk for a short time, then give a link to the next live video in the train. LOTS of cool stuff here ...

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  20. Julie, I'm there but can't find any links. Is it over already?

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    1. I found it thanks to Tina's link!

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    2. Sorry, Missy -- my bad. I gave my author page link, but I accidentally went live on my personal page instead. Sigh.

      BIG learning curve with this old broad!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  21. I tried to watch the live feed, but it didn't come up on your fb author page and I didn't have access to your other page where Tina posted the link. Hope it went well, and I will try to catch it all later! :)

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    1. Yes. You have to already be her friend. Sorry. This is a learning curve.

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    2. I figured that out and sent her a friend request just now. At least the video will still be there for those of us who missed it live! :)

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    3. Mary, my apologies -- I just found out as well that you already have to be a friend, so I just accepted your friendship, so you should be good to go.

      Thank you SO much for your perseverance!!

      TINA ... I need to put you on the payroll. And why are you NOT IN BED YET???

      Laurie, I accepted your friend request, so now you get to see me make a fool of myself in video!! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  22. I love Julie but I hate Facebook!

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    1. LOL, Vince, tell me about it!! You should have been on THIS side of the camera, my friend -- it was pretty sloppy!!

      Thanks, Deb, I have to admit it was A LOT of fun once I got rolling, but not so much beforehand ... Thanks for coming by, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  23. I found Julie! Love FB Live!

    Such fun to see Julie in my office...well, on my computer, at least!

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    1. Debby: I'm sure that would have been wonderful. :(

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    2. Whoops, Deb, answered you in the comment above. See? Even after TEN YEARS, I STILL screw Seekerville blogs up, so can you understand how I screwed up FB Live so well now???

      Vince, I would LOVE to have coffee with you, my friend, so if we are not friends on FB, PLEASE friend me, and then you'll be able to watch the video after I accept the request, okay?

      Not saying it's going to be worth it, though ...

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  24. Julie, you totally rocked it on FB live this morning!! You're a natural at this. But if I jump off this cliff, I want Cara holding my hand. lol I can see the value of someone prompting you or asking a question or reading a comment. I'd never be able to do 2 things at a time...talk and read comments. Not well, anyway. I couldn't even comment fast on my side. Too slow typing with one thumb. Hey, I learned to type on a manual. It's like going from the covered wagon to the telephone.

    Thanks for the great info and demo!

    Love ya, Julie :-)

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    1. LOL, Barb! I feel that way too!

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    2. BARB!!! It was sooooooo fun to see your name pop up this morning -- thank you for taking the time to do that, my friend. I miss you A LOT, girlfriend, so can we do lunch or coffee or something at next year's ACFW? I'm not going this year.

      HUGS AND MORE HUGS!!
      Julie

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  25. Julie, I was late, but I enjoyed your FB live. You are amazing and brave! Way to go!

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    1. LOL, Jackie, and amazingly stupid, too, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

      Not sure what I gained this morning except more humility, which is a good thing, I suppose ... ;)

      Hugs!
      Julie

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  26. Julie, I stopped in briefly but wasn't quite sure how it worked. You looked great, though! I'll have to check out the video later.

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    1. LOL ... join the club, Sandy ... I wasn't "quite sure how it worked" either!!

      Thanks for coming by, though, my friend!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  27. SEND JULIE A FRIEND REQUEST. Then you can watch the recorded video.

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    1. Okay, honestly ... no check, but I need to send you money through PayPal at least ... how much do you charge???

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  28. Julie, this is great information but I cannot imagine going live on Facebook. I'm impressed you could do this, dear friend! I'm too late to see you live but will watch the recording if I can!

    Janet

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    1. LOL ... I couldn't imagine it either, Janet, but the dirty deed is done and they're ain't no going back ... ;)

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  29. I thought it went great! I think it would be fun to do this. Maybe I can do a small test and invite my kids. They'll be honest about how I do (probably too honest) Hahaha!

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    1. Oh, Missy, that is a GREAT idea!! And your personality is so adorable and sometimes so huggably blonde that you always elicit big smiles all around, so I say, GO FOR IT, GIRLFRIEND!!

      Did I just call you ditzy??? I hope you know I meant it as a compliment because I would watch you on live video anytime, seriously!!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  30. Great article, Julie! If I ever do try Facebook live, it will be helpful.

    You are hilarious and fun and I am sure you did a great job (The link wasn't available yet)!

    May God bless you and all of Seekerville!

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    1. Thanks, Phyllis, that was my goal -- to help others avoid making a fool of themselves if they try FB Live. It really is a fun medium, so I say, GO FOR IT, GIRLFRIEND!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  31. Julie, you did a great job live!! You look fabulous. Sharee your beauty secret!

    Janet

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    1. Thanks, Janet! Uh ... beauty secret?? That would be make such a ditz of yourself that nobody notices the wrinkles!! ;)

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  32. The video was wonderful in spite of the numerous tries!!!!! I think I'll leave it up to the experts rather than take a go myself!

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    1. LOL, Kate, and I'm thinkin' my botched video didn't help give you a warm, fuzzy feeling about trying it yourself, but it is fun once you get rolling. It's the getting rolling part that hurts ...

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  33. Sorry I missed your Facebook Live debut, Julie! Must check out the video later. Glad you were willing to be the Seekerville guinea pig!

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    1. It actually ended up being more fun than I thought it would be, so I was glad to be the guinea pig. At least NOW I'm glad, that is. At the time? Not so much!

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  34. I thought it was great fun. And the fact that you can watch it later if you are busy is nice too. I was only going to watch for a few minutes..but I was hooked..and that is saying a lot.

    If you have not seen it, friend Julie and go watch.

    It's worth it just to hear Julie's cute accent.

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    1. I have a cute accent??? Who knew???!! I honestly didn't know I did, Tina, so that's a surprise to me.

      Thank you for going the long haul with me, my friend -- you are a true gem!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  35. Julie, you did great! I came in on the last video, but it was great to see your face and hear your perspective of the books I love so much. Looking forward for more to come!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Julia -- I realllllly appreciate you coming by, my friend, and here's to a win!!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  36. Will have to friend Julie later and attempt to view the video at home - work doesn't allow fun stuff. I don't think I'd ever be BRAVE like Julie. I've got a face for radio and a voice for mime. *sigh*

    Hooray for Julie on being the guinea pig and going all-in on social media. *Kermit flail*

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    1. "I've got a face for radio and a voice for mime. *sigh*"

      ROTFLOL!!! Deb, you are a royal hoot, my friend. You are gorgeous and would do just fine once you read this blog and avoid the kinks I encountered.

      Hugs and more hugs!
      Julie

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    2. HAHA....Kermit flail....I SO pictured that in my head!!! One of my favorite shows growing up :-)

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  37. Thank you for all the helpful hints. Video is also being used these days for job interviews. Not the face to face anymore! So I have saved these hints for future reference too! Thank you for making this fun video...cuz like I said in the video chat..I can see me making all these "trial and error" attempts too! Blessings, Kim

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    1. Hey, Kim, I should be thanking YOU for taking the time to watch/read it, my friend, so THANK YOU!! I plan to go in and add additional things I learned, so hopefully you won't make the same mistakes I did! :)

      Double entry, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

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  38. Hi Julie! So good seeing you today! It was like being able to visit you face to face! (Which is one of the things I pray to do sometime!) I'm so sorry I couldn't stay for the whole chat! My video was going wonky. (Will catch the final version sometime today) I think you did a fine job,especially for being a newbie :). Don't worry about bloopers,I'm sure you'll be more at ease with it as you go along! You're so right about it being more common, the author Roseanna White did a whole series of them this past summer. Just know you're among friends ,Julie and have fun with it. :) Love you to pieces!! :)

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    1. Aw, thanks, Lynne -- not only for your encouragement, but taking the time to come and support me. I truly hope you and I will be able to meet face to face sometime in the future, so I am praying for that!! Love you to pieces right back!!

      Hugs and more hugs!
      Julie

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  39. Congrats, Julie - you did a wonderful job with the live chat, next best thing to sitting on that veranda with you. And yes, as Tina mentioned you do have an accent, a delightful one.

    As you can tell by the comments, most everyone would have been nervous at their first live chat attempt also - some not even willing to try, so bravo that you did. Thank you - I enjoyed seeing your smiling face, and hearing you speak!! I'm assuming there will be numerous other future live chats from you for us to enjoy. Who knows - you may even decide to re-think your decision re: public speaking (praying so).

    I'm definitely not a techno person, but many people have problems with it, at one time or another - young or old. For most people there is a learning curve. Blogger froze up on me just a little while ago and stopped posting my responses to comments re: your book on the OWG blog. PTL, it appears to be working now.

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie, SOOO much, for your prayers, your support, your encouragement, and your precious friendship! I would KILL to have you sitting next to me on my veranda with refreshments, just shooting the breeze, so praying we have one of those real soon ...

      It is 2:22, and I am still not done with Seeker comments after spending all morning on FB comments, so I will get to OWG soon, I promise!

      Love you!!
      Julie

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  40. I watched you, Julie - but I don't think it was live at the time (I think I missed it by a few minutes). Really enjoyed it - so cool to hear your voice. Thank you for such a fun and informative post!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Laura -- and it IS cool to hear online friends' voices, isn't it?? I like it, too!

      Thank you for showing up, you sweet thing, and here's to a win!!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  41. I have done a few facebook lives, they aren't so bad lol. You did great for your first time

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    1. Hey, Jackie, thank you SO much!! That means a lot to me coming from a savvy veteran! I really enjoyed it once I got rolling, so I hope to do it again soon.

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

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  42. Ugh. That sounds like it would take a lot of guts, and I don't really have a lot of guts because I keep leaving them on the top of roller coaster hills. I don't do Facebook, at least not until I'm an adult because my parents are opposed. But this is certainly something I should keep in mind for when the time comes.

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    1. LOL, Nicki ... LOVE the "roller coaster hills" comment, you sweet thing!! And I don't blame your parents one big because FB can eat up SO much time that even I try to steer clear from it mostly.

      But you're still entered in the contest, so here's to a win!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  43. You go girl! I'm not a person who likes to be in front of anyone. I mess up royally. Good for you taking the plunge!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Susan, it was a big scary getting started, but it was so much fun, that now I think I may do brief coffee chats on my personal blog!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  44. I missed you live but watched the video later. You did a fantastic job, Julie. Hope to see you live soon again!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Anne, I appreciate you watching it, my friend. And you know what? I had SO much fun, that I plan to do a weekly Coffee Break with Julie, but WAAAAAAYYYY shorter!!!

      Hugs and Good Luck!
      Julie

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  45. Julie, what a brave person you are! All these reasons you mentioned in your post for authors to reach out through this "live" experience are worth it.

    My slow internet speed only allowed me a quick peek early this morning, but I'm glad I'll be able to view the complete video later. Thanks for the link!

    So glad the experience went so well for you! Quite fun! Blessings!

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    1. Sorry, Sherida -- I inadvertently put your comment below. Sigh. Not sure when I'll get the hang of this comment-beneath-comment system. :)

      Hugs!
      Julie

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  46. Thanks, Sherida -- it actually was a lot of fun. SO much so, that I plan to do a regular coffee break video soon.

    Thanks for going by, my friend -- MUCH appreciated!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  47. I couldn't watch live since I was working but caught up this evening. You did a great job and you were very brave. Looking forward to more FB lives

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    1. Sorry, Diane -- I inadvertently put your comment below, so check it out there.

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  48. Aw, thanks, Diane -- I'm looking forward to more FB Lives too because I had a lot of fun! :)

    HUGS!!
    Julie

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  49. I didn't get to watch the video live either, I'm afraid. But I have seen a live video from an author once (Sara Ella) and it was fun.

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    1. Hey, Boo, it was a lot of fun, so I'm sorry you missed it! But thanks for coming by to leave a comment -- appreciate it, my friend!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  50. So disappointed I missed this but I will be watching it, sounds like you had a great time! :) looking forward to seeing more!

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    1. No worries, Melissa, because I had so much fun that I will be doing a lot more of these. In fact, I'm getting ready to post a Journal Jot right now with the link and where you can find the highlights (because it's pretty long), so you might want to check that out in an hour or so, okay?

      HUGS & MORE HUGS!!
      Julie

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  51. haha you're so funny Glad you enjoyed it! :D

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    1. I really did, Sabrina, so thank you! LOVE your smiley face, by the way. Here's hoping he earns you a win!

      Hugs and Good Luck!
      Julie

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  52. You did a great job, Julie. It was fun. Your problems at the beginning just gave me enough time to dry my hair since I didn't get up quite early enough to join you at 8 a.m. Thanks for trying something new. I hope you do it again.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Pam -- it was fun, wasn't it? So much so that I plan to try and do it on a weekly basis in a MUCH shorter time period. ;)

      Hugs and more hugs!
      Julie

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