A first time for everything: Livestream Take 1
WE DID IT!!! We went LIVE to share products from the shop on facebook. The evening was full of “glitches”. First, my phone wouldn’t pick up our voices, so we lost the first 10-15 minutes or so because no one could hear us. Because of this, we had to stop the livestream and restart a second version on a laptop.
Next, we logged back on and tried to pick up where we left off. Our internet connection on the island is slow at best and spotty at its most frustrating. We had problems with “freezing”, and…eventually…our livestream was dropped mid sentence.
Finally, we logged on one more time to finish showing some fun ornaments. The wooden ornaments (one example shown below) are brand-new. They were envisioned and created (by me) within the last 3-5 days.
Livestream Over: It’s a Wrap
We managed to wrap up the evening within an hour but without showing even half of the items I had picked out. Even so, we got WONDERFUL FEEDBACK (Thank You ALL!!) and I am encouraged enough to try again.
As an introvert, being in front of the camera has never, ever been something I am comfortable with. However, 2020 brought a lot of new and unexpected challenges to small businesses. Never in a million years did I see myself, QVC-style, going live on social media.
Were it not for some special friends, who I will list here, I would not have said, “Okay, I can do this.”
- Antoinette Mattingly of Kinnakeet Clay in Avon, who is younger than me but a mentor nonetheless.
- Michelle Spaulding of Michmystik Designs and Sue Armstrong of So Totally Sue, for pushing me way outside of my comfort zone and not letting me chicken out of things I don’t want to do.
- DM and Kristin Gray and family, for the support. I would not be live without Kristin sitting beside me, and the shop wouldn’t be open without DM behind the register and Sadie and Mabel greeting and entertaining guests.
On to our next facebook livestream event…
Oh, and before I forget: Here are the wooden ornaments that I have just started making. These are not one of a kind, but they are individually made. For the rest of 2020, I will add personalization (like a name, place, or year) at no extra charge.