If you follow me over on Facebook, you might have noticed I’m a little bit obsessed with ‘going live’. OK, a lot!

I’m slowly falling for Snapchat too although these are not live snaps. Just look at those dreamy filters and Coachella style crowns. If only they existed IRL, I’d be walking around thinking I was J-freaking-Lo!

…Now let me tell you, I only received the option to go live on FB around a month ago, but mates, blogger Michelle of The Joy Chaser who has a brilliant Live Broadcasting Support Group on FB btw, actress Harriet Thorpe and PR and digital strategist Natasha Courtenay-Smith all inspired me to get #liveing (I made that up, don’t search it)! They were some of the first in my timeline to receive FB Live and got me so excited about it all, I actually emailed FB requesting it.

Within a week it was live on my page and so was I!  Thank you FB!

Facebook are pushing live videos by 400% ( self-boosting them) and many of mine reach between 25-110k and counting people per video (not views). I’ve also had 80k views on the live and uploaded videos and reached 1 million people in 30 days. Amazing huh!

I don’t know if it helps that my page is verified but I do know FB want this to succeed and break the internet so if you’re a blogger/vlogger, don’t miss the boat or the FB boosts and get shooting.

Here are my top tips to help you get started.

As I’m asked these questions regularly, I’ve structured this in a Q & A format.

And action-
1. We all feel self-conscious on camera but you need to just go for it!

Fake it until you make it peeps.

I always feel nervous before I go live, particularly as FB counts you in beforehand but those nerves are all GOOD believe me.

Better than good, they’re blooming awesome.

You need that little pump of adrenaline to help you GO, GO, GO!

Plus, like anything, the more you do something, the easier it becomes.

Creativity is a muscle to be exercised.

When I decided to vlog more regularly over on YT, I forced myself to do it daily for months- and while I usually only make 2 videos a week now, that period of simply cracking on every single day even over the most mundane of shizzle, meant self-shooting became second nature and I will pretty much vlog and shoot anywhere, anytime now.

I never feel self-conscious and I’ll happily seize opportunities for fun FB lives, YT (although I’ve not gone live there yet) or Snapchat videos.

Yes, I was a director in my former life- and have loved being on camera since I was a kid but I still felt I needed greater practise in front of the camera. I felt rusty. Practising being on camera helped me loosen up and shooting for actual telly didn’t feel such a big deal.


2.  What to shoot?

The old-age question of what to shoot is one I’m asked pretty much all the time. I say, shoot what you’d want to see yourself. I love a bit of reality TV so shooting family parties, my Dad making pancakes/being silly and self-help style stuff which reflects my content here, makes me happy.

And that’s the thing, you’re meant to enjoy this.

If you give it a real shot and still hate being on camera, then don’t sweat it. It’s not for all, just give it a real chance before you throw the towel in.

Don’t forget too when it comes to content, as with your site and other social, a like-minded audience will always find you- so if you want to shoot videos or clips of cats all day long or focus on beauty hauls, then simply do it. There are no limits. OK, there are. Don’t shoot yourself naked, live, please.


3. Just Be Yourself

Be inspired by others, of course, that’s human nature but ALWAYS be yourself. Un-apologetically you. Believe me, folks can tell a mile off those who are genuine- and honestly, that transparency is worth more than anything in these times we live in.

We all want to follow people we trust. That’s exactly why bloggers and vloggers are taking over the world.

Suddenly we are/have spokespeople we feel we truly know and love.


4. What kit do I need? 

Your phone and an easy-to-use camera with some editing kit is all you need. You don’t even need to edit with FB Live, you go live then hit finish and FB does the work for you!

Also if you want you don’t have to invest in anything more than a phone.

I personally use an iPhone 6s and love my new Canon G7x mark ii for vlogging and videos. My husband and I share a Canon 5D too (#posh) if we do multiple camera set-ups or for photography but the G7x offer pro-quality.

You can simply use a phone for FB-and of course Instagram and even YT- and there are lots of in-phone editing apps like Adobe Premier and CyberLink (PowerDirector) which can also be used on your computer when it comes to cutting.

I love YouTube tutorials and the YouTube Creator Academy has tons of inspirational videos and how-to’s from the top creators in their community.  Look at how to make to make your content as slick as possible. Always customised your images there, filling in SEO worthy titles and the description box and don’t forget YT is the second most powerful search engine so add your blog post links that fit in the description box too.


5. Which platform should I use?

As many as you fancy. I tend to stick to FB Live, Snapchat (short snaps of video/images-not live, as the name suggests) and uploaded videos with YT but I will be cutting one minuters for Instagram soon as well. It’s never too late to join the social media party either.

I haven’t created a live stream on YT but it’s something I’m considering. Ditto with Periscope.

With videos generally, know that YT for 30 somethings is a slow grower as most of my/that audience sit on FB and twitter but that, in time those 20 somethings will start procreating/getting older and your parenting/lifestyle channels will grow. I like to mix things up on YT as with this site and flit between my interests: style, beauty, travel and more. If monetizing, focus on the viewing numbers and not the subscribers as the former are what REALLY matters.

So what are you waiting for? Get filming!


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45 Responses

  1. becca farrelly

    I have only just seen Facebook Live pop up on my timeline and I hadn’t got round to looking into exactly what it is so I’m glad I read your post! I haven’t tried it out yet but I struggle with vlogging so I’m not sure I would be good at it! 🙂


  2. Vicki Montague

    Seeing you do lots of Facebook Live I decided to give it a go today. Hilarious ineptitude…made for a funny watch. I was trying to make baguettes to show people how easy it is…in actuality I just had problems getting the camera in the right place and at one point I pressed the home button on the iPhone and lost everyone…cue a very near swear live!!! Thanks for inspiring me. I love connecting with my audience and will be doing these demo’s a lot when I am pottering in the kitchen!

    • Honest Mum

      Aw see I want to watch this and FB Lives are not meant to be perfect, that’s what’s so wonderful about them, they’re real and this sounds wonderful, you will inspire others to make your baguettes now. I’d love to watch, let me know the link here please. The camera on the phone takes a while to get used to as it flips the image

  3. Eb Gargano

    Thanks for these tips. Love the idea of doing videos but the amount of time it would take me freaks me out somewhat! Just going to have to bite the bullet one day and do it! Xx

  4. Upside Mum

    Great advice! I’ve never been brave enough to start vlogging. I don’t think my Scottish accent round help either! Thanks for the tips though, would certainly be handy if I ever change my mind. #brilliantblogposts

  5. Lou

    This has opened a can of worms…meant to say a million possibilities- just thinking about setting up for facebook as we have concentrated on insta and twitter but this is a whole new field and the way you have written about it totally addictive and exciting….mmmm now thinking about it! 🙂

  6. A Mum Track Mind

    I’m on YouTube with Channel Mum and I love love love vlogging almost as much as blogging. I havent the faintest idea how to use FB live or how to find it but Im going to go and google it now and see what it is all about! Would love you to check out my YouTube channel if you get chance for some handy pointers. I won’t spam you with a link 😉 but you can find me under A Mum Track Mind (natch!) Thanks so much for sharing your handy tips – posts like this are so useful x

    • Honest Mum

      Send me your link, never spamming, be awesome to watch, you can check out my FB Lives on my page, so, so much fun! Speak soon xx

  7. Lucy (@Lucy_at_home)

    My blog is anonymous (no photos, written under a pseudonym, other names changed, etc). So it’s a struggle to embrace other forms of social media (perhaps a paper bag over my head?!). But you tips are really helpful, and it is encouraging to know that even the big names get nervous in front of the camera! #BrillBlogPosts

    • Honest Mum

      Thanks Lucy and yes can see if you’re anonymous it can be hard, you could film places you go or your kids if you felt comfortable doing so without being on camera x

  8. teacuptoria

    Fab tips Vicki! I’m enjoying your videos on FB. I’ve only had a go in Michelle’s FB live group but really enjoyed it. I’m reviewing a day out this Friday so I think I might give it a go there! Thanks for the push to have a go. Tor xx #brillblogposts

  9. No Fear of Fashion

    Oh rats… I really need to stop my day job to be able to do this. But I can feel you are so right. This is the furture. And when I would have been prepared for it (like you were video practising on YT all the time), I could jump on the FB promotion wagon too. Sigh…
    OK now I know which direction to go, I have a goal. Right?
    Thanks ever so much for sharing this.

  10. Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

    I so need this…! I have been putting off live streaming and vlogging for so long (a year, in fact) – I’ve just got to get on with it no matter how uncomfortable it seems in the beginning. I’m pinning to have a proper read on my hols, I’ll absorb it all!! Thanks so much for posting this oh wondrous marvellous Vicki 🙂

    Catherine x

  11. Hayley - Downs Side Up

    I’ve been waiting for this post all week. These tips are fab. Thanks to you I took the bull by the horns and had a go at FB Live because I enjoyed your broadcasts so much. I hate seeing myself on video and usually avoid it, but someone once told me it’s not how I look but the message that’s important so I am ploughing on through and mainly pointing at the kids!

  12. Louise | Squished Blueberries

    What a great post! I really want to do more #liveing 😉 but I tried one the other day and the sound was awful, kept cutting in and out. It’s a shame because I think it will be so much easier not having to worry about editing and uploading for certain videos, but it really put me off. I was trying to use 4G because I was in my garden and the wifi connection out there is iffy. Does it only work properly on wifi do you know?

  13. Christine - Yogaberry

    Great tips Vicki! I’ve started using fb live and really enjoy it! Will definitely do much more of that. It’s so much easier to reach people and connect in a way that you simply can’t do by “just” writing blog posts. Also the live element and interaction with viewers means you’re automatically much more natural! I love that xx

  14. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    Vicki this is a great set of tips! Thank you so much for the lovely mention, I admit that I do love Facebook Live and the fabulous vibe going in my Facebook Group is so infectious – lots of bloggers and business owners trying out live streaming for the first time! Really good points about YouTube honey which I know I need to do more of too. Thanks for sharing these tips with us, totes loving your Facebook Live broadcasts and seeing you more often – even if it’s only virtually 🙂 xx

    • Honest Mum

      Thanks darling, it’s such a brilliant and fun way to communicate and love how much they are pushing it. Your group and lives are brilliant, hope to see you IRL soon too xx

  15. Christina

    I came across your blog as I was searching for tips to do with Facebook Live. I did my first one yesterday and it was a massive flop. ooooops! But I am trying not to let it deter me and I wanted to learn how to do it better. I always have brain freeze when doing these things and don’t know what to say. I get all tongue tied and stammer LOL. But it’s one of those things i’m going to have to force myself to do, as the video on Facebook got more views than any of my other posts this entire month!

    • Honest Mum

      The more you do it, the easier it will become. Try filming yourself as a video and vlogging to get used to being on camera which will help for when you go live.


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