Nobody will want to look at me. It won’t be very good. I’ll give away all my secrets for free. The comments will be mean.
There were so many reasons not to follow through on the idea of a live video tour. And a lot of days, I talked myself out of starting. In fact the equipment I used on Saturday was purchased almost a year ago and had never left the drawer. But holy cow – the response to my first Facebook Live walking tour has completely blown me away. Clearly this was the right move.
If you don’t know the concept yet it’s pretty simple: if you can’t get to Paris, I’ll bring Paris to you via a series of live walks. And you’ll get a free guided tour in the process. To my knowledge I’m one of the first (if not the first) to offer this kind of thing, and it looks like we’re at the start of a great adventure.
The first one was on Saturday and if you didn’t catch it, here’s the replay. It’s around 25 minutes long. If you dig it please share with your traveler friends. :)
Like I said, the response from all of you was incredible – you don’t know how awesome you are! The video is currently at 15.5k views, 700 likes and over 200 shares. That’s viral, at least by French Frye standards. I could have never predicted that, and it resulted in all sorts of lovely things. I was contacted by travel agents, old high school friends, and a history teacher asked if she could play the video in her classroom. One woman typed “Marry me” during the broadcast, lol.
I can’t thank everybody enough for the love. I guess the best way to pay it back is to make more videos. :) This project will evolve as it goes, but for now I’ll try to do a live walk once a week, probably on the weekend to give you the best chance to watch live.
I’m also toying with the idea of finishing each walk with an “after show” segment, meaning that a few minutes after the walk is over I’ll start a fresh live broadcast somewhere in a cafe. That’ll allow us to chat over a coffee and talk about the walk, and you can have a bit of a vicarious cafe moment in Paris. What do you think?
Lastly – and this is important – I don’t want you to miss the next broadcast! I’ll of course announce each one ahead of time, but if you also want to receive a reminder notification whenever I go live you can go to my Facebook page and do the following:
I hope to see you all for the next video, coming soon. I feel like this could become something really great thanks to all of you. Let’s see where the adventure can take us! Oh and…