I’ll be honest with you. When I first heard about Yahoo! Live on Valleywag I was really skeptical. A) it’s not really my cup of tea. I’m not into the whole lifecasting thing, and B) it’s just weird!
Then it launched.
I tried it. I was hooked. INSTANTLY. I don’t know what it is about it, but it’s so much fun! I’ve really enjoyed meeting and talking to new people, some old friends, or watching some really talented people show off their skills on their channels. I’ve watched some people sing, some play instruments, even a Barack Obama rally! It’s been a huge time sink, but so much fun at the same time!
I’ve also hosted my own channel a few times. Actually, according to my stats, I’ve done just over 17 hours of live broadcasting already! Considering the product has only been out for 3 days, that’s a lot of air time! In those 17 hours, I’ve hosted a cooking show, did a bit of a radio show with classical music, just plain chatted with people, and who knows what else. 897 viewers isn’t half bad! I must be at least mildly interesting! Margot is having a difficult time figuring out why people want to listen to me talk for so long… I’m wondering the same, but since they’re actually listening, I’m not complaining!
At first I was incredibly nervous and ran out of things to talk about pretty often. Then as more and more people came into the channel and started interacting, it got so much easier and so much more fun! I think I broadcasted for 4 hours straight on Thursday night! I went through a whole bottle of Snapple and a bottle of strawberry kiwi juice trying to keep my throat from getting dry!
After tonight, though, I think I can safely say that my initial stage fright is lonnnggg gone. I spent a good part of my broadcast time this evening in dj_neutrik‘s room rocking out to his mixes. He started out in my room, which was fun. It was like having my own house DJ, but then since he was doing all of the work, I just went into his channel and enjoyed from there. At first there were a bunch of musicians in the room – people joining in with drums, guitars, and those random piano like things that look like oversized music box tines. Soon, though, puppets started to take over! I couldn’t help but join in and grabbed the cow puppet Shannon gave me for Christmas and stuck on my trusty cow girl hat and a bandana. The rest is history.
Feel free to check out my channel! Hope to see you there! http://live.yahoo.com/jennjenn. I’m thinking of making the cooking show a regular thing, so I’ll keep you posted! If you’re broadcasting on Live, let me know!