Thursday, November 5, 2015

I Invite You to Join Me for Virtual Teatime!

4/4/16 Edited to add:

I am no longer using Periscope, and I no longer recommend the app. In fact, I advise against using Periscope. In recent months there has been a huge increase in pornographic content on Periscope, and I no longer wish to be a part of this app. For more details on why I am no longer using Periscope, you can watch a replay of My Last Scope here on Katch.

I realize that not everyone who uses Periscope will come to the conclusion that they need to leave the app. There are many godly people whom I love and respect who are still using Periscope. If you decide to stay on Periscope, use it for the glory of God! Honor Him with your words!

For me, this primarily came down to a conscience issue. I could no longer, with a clear conscience, invite others to follow me on Periscope, knowing that I would be inviting them to use an app where they were almost guaranteed to be bombarded by pornographic content.

I have deleted the Periscope app, and it is a relief to have the app (and the porn that goes along with it) off my phone!

Original Post:

This summer I heard about a new social media platform called Periscope. At first I wasn't interested in another form of social media. I already had Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. What more does a girl need? Apparently a girl needs Periscope. The first time I checked it out, I was hooked! 

Periscope allows you to watch live video from Periscope broadcasters around the world. As someone who is homebound, this live interaction is wonderful. On days when I am tired and exhausted and stuck in bed, it is nice to be able to watch a live video and interact through leaving comments and hearts. I have been encouraged by Christian women who broadcast regularly on Periscope.

I have enjoyed Periscope so much that I started doing my own broadcasts. I am trying to do a Monday Teatime scope each Monday around 2:30 Central Time. Periscope has been so helpful for me that I want to reach out to others who have chronic illnesses, are homebound, or are just in need of encouragement.

For many years I have wanted to have my lovely readers into my home for tea. Unfortunately we all live too far away from each other to get together in real life, but Periscope is the next best thing! I invite you to join me for virtual teatime each week!

There are weeks when it is hard for me to do a broadcast, so you'll see me tired and brain fogged in some of my scopes. You'll probably always see me without make up. It takes too much energy to put it on most days, and I'd rather put that energy toward other things. Most (or all!) of my broadcasts won't be professional and poised. Periscope is live, unedited, and imperfect, which is part of the reason I like it so much.

I invite you to join me on Periscope. If you have a smartphone, you can download the Periscope app and follow me (@RachelELundy) to receive notifications when I am broadcasting live. Replays are available online and on the Periscope app for 24 hours. I also save my videos to, so you can find my old broadcasts there.

Here is my very first Periscope broadcast. The sound is garbled in a couple of places, but if you keep watching, it should clear up. The video also froze up halfway through, but the sound carries on until the end. So you can just ignore my funny frozen face and listen. :)

My next Periscope broadcast will be on Monday, November 9. I usually broadcast around 2:30, but this Monday it will be at 4:00 Central Time because I am going to have a special guest with me for the scope. My daughter, Adelaide, will be joining me! Adelaide likes to watch Periscope videos with me (mostly because she likes to tap on the screen and leave lots of pretty hearts), and she wants to do a broadcast with me. I invite you to join us!

Edit: I am no longer on Periscope, but you can watch my previous Periscope broadcasts on Katch:

If you are new to Periscope, here are some tips:
  • When watching a live scope on your phone, you can interact by leaving comments. You can type short comments into the comment box. 
  • You can tap on the screen of your phone to leave hearts. Leaving hearts is like nodding your head in a conversation, sying "I agree," or indicating that you like what is being said. It is encouraging to the Periscope broadcaster because it lets her know that people are listening and following along. You can leave as many hearts as you want.
  • You can share a Periscope broadcast by swiping your screen and clicking "share broadcast." You have the option to share it withyour Twitter followers or Periscope followers.
  • You cannot leave comments during a Periscope replay.
  • But you can leave hearts during a replay, and you can share a broadcast when watching the replay.
  • You can't leave comments or hearts when watching a replay on a computer or on Katch.

See you for Monday Teatime on Periscope!

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