The Persicope app can make you more creative.
This may seem like a lot of bologna, but let's think for a second about Instagram. That app has done a hell of a lot for creatives, and challenges them to get just that. Creative.
If you haven't jumped on Periscope yet, or perhaps don't use it quite as often as you should, this post will change your hesitations.
I've been having quite the love affair with Periscope the past 2 months. Not only has it allowed me to connect more with my community, it has made me more creative.
Here's 5 reasons why:
1. It's addicting.
Periscope is so addictive that you'll want to hop on it every day. I've had days where I broadcast 4 times in the same day. Four times. Something about it is magnetic. I am constantly watching my favorite creatives on the app. I will sometimes even plug in my headphones and just listen to people like it's a podcast. And trust me, if you hang out on there long enough watching people, you will want to try it. That was an unintentionally creepy statement...just try it okay? K.
2. Shows you what your audience craves
This is the biggest game changer about Periscope if you ask me. When you broadcast, you are there live and in-person with your audience. They will give you hearts, feedback, and tell you what they want more of. For example, Periscope showed me how many people in my audience wanted to see more watercolor tutorials, which led me to start creating a watercolor course that I will begin filming this fall.
And guess what? I would have no idea that anyone wanted this until they told me on Periscope.
3. Generate blog post ideas
If you open up the app and start talking about a topic, chances are your audience will ask you more questions in the comments that are related to that topic. While you scope, you can jot these down + answer them in future blog posts, or even future scopes!
4. Challenges you to talk + work quickly
The app is very fast-paced in nature. You are trying to simultaneously introduce yourself, ask for hearts, share your knowledge, and answer comments. It's a lot to handle, but very energizing.
In my case, I am often painting while I broadcast, so I am painting + talking/replying to comments while I do so. This creates a fun energy, and challenges me to keep up the banter while I work. Because I teach painting workshops in-person and have to talk while I instruct, I have found that Periscope has been useful practice for that as well.
5. Encourages you to create every day
The majority of the people that I enjoy following on Periscope broadcast every day, and I encourage you to do the same. It will seem challenging at first to come up with a new piece of content every day, but it is such a great way to share your knowledge. You can also get more casual and behind-the-scenes on the days that you don't have to a ton to say.
Periscope has been extremely stimulating for my painting process, especially for watercolor work. I like being able to work quickly (as mentioned in #4 above) and I try to come up with something new + interesting to watch each day. Let me tell you, I have never filled up a watercolor sketchbook faster than when I started my #PeriscopeSketchbook, where I live painted in the same sketchbook each day. Periscope was also pivotal for launching my watercolor zine, because I could share the entire painting process with my audience. They got excited along with me, which was so fun!