Live video is an unwieldy animal in social media, and it’s here to stay! As you prepare to bust into your own Blabs, prepare yourself for the unexpected so your final result is a total keeper.
Best Practice #1: Schedule Your Blab
If you build it, they will come… at least, they might if you let them know about it! Schedule your Blab for a future date and time so you can blast the link out to your audiences and set yourself up for a great, interactive audience.
If you need help setting up your Blab successfully, visit our blog post to be a boss for your next Blab.
Best Practice #2: Prepare Your Questions
Unless your Blab is of the just-hanging-out variety, winging it is not a winning strategy. Prepare at least five questions for a Blab that is scheduled to be 30 minutes long, or eight questions for an hour-long Blab.
Also, when you pre-schedule your Blab, you can populate your questions into the Blab ahead of time! Just hop into the Blab, type each question into the right-hand sidebar (using the leading “/q ” so it is designated as a question), and your left-hand sidebar will be ready to roll with your questions. Plus your viewers can up-vote their favorite questions when they join at the start.
Best Practice #3: Set the Ground Rules
If you plan to be on Blab frequently, set yourself up for consistency and credibility by establishing your ground rules. For instance, you may want to establish a rating for your Blabs (i.e. G, PG, R, or anything goes).Blabjacker: one who blows into a Blab, repeatedly tries to call in, & is a general nuisance. Click To Tweet
While you could spend eight minutes in your Blab going over your policy, instead create a landing page on your website (or, if you don’t have a website, do a Blab featuring just you where you go through them) and share the link in each Blab you conduct. Your audience will have somewhere to refer for your Blab rules and be set up for successful interaction with you. If you need some ideas for how to set up your Blab Ground Rules, visit ours for guidance.
Best Practice #4: Moderate Like a Master
Blab is 100% public and live, so you’ll naturally have viewers blow through to watch for a bit. (Can you believe they didn’t read your Blab Ground Rules?) You will at some point experience the joy of having an unknown visitor try to call-in to an open seat to join the discussion.
If you’re flying solo as Host, you’re already handling your questions for your Guest, engaging in the right sidebar with viewers and by sharing links, posting questions from the left sidebar, and if you remember all of that, you’re still sharing out the Blab on social media. A persistent Blabjacker (credit to one of our Blab viewers for this term!) may refuse to engage on topic yet try to call in repeatedly if you’ve left an Open Seat.
To thwart the attempts of Blabjackers, particularly while you’re recording, simple click on their Blab username, then click on the alert icon to block them from your Blab. It might seem harsh, but if they aren’t there for your Blab’s purpose, won’t read your Ground Rules, and can’t take a strong hint, they can grow in another Blab garden.