2020 has been quite the year. With everything crowd-oriented being cancelled artisans are finding that one of their crucial sources of income has disappeared - Christmas craft markets. When I was working full time I limited myself to three Christmas markets plus a mini show at my workplace. My plan was to enter more shows once I retired however 2020 had other ideas. So I find myself faced with trying to come up with an alternative and the best option for me seems to be virtual.
I put aside my fear and trepidation and decided to dive into the virtual marketplace.
I'm still a newbie at this and didn't want to bite off too much so I'm starting small.
Today I launched my first ever virtual show and sale and tonight I'm trying my hand at my very first Facebook Live, I'm super excited but also incredibly nervous.
Going virtual was a bit more complicated than I originally thought. I had to revamp my entire website which was a much bigger undertaking than I anticipated. It took me days and days to get it right and thanks to my very internet-savvy daughter, Sarah, I think I finally have a site I can be proud of. There is still a lot to do but for now I'm very happy.
Bob used the Facebook Live session as an excuse to expand his toy library and bought a gimbal, something I had never heard of before. If you're a newbie like me this is a hand-held stabilizer that allows you to take smooth videos with your smart phone. Actually it's pretty cool and we've been playing with it in preparation for tonight. We purchased the Vlog Pocket 2 by Feiyu and I highly recommend it as a great compact entry level gimbal at $100 (look at me being all techy!)
I'm all set up and ready for my internet debut.
Wish me luck!