My French Heaven TV???

Should I start a Youtube channel???? I’ve been thinking about it for years, but I’ve always been petrified at the idea of showing my fat face on screen. Although it’s getting fatter by the day so today might be the thinnest I’ll ever be… And what if people don’t understand a word I say through my French accent? And what if the videos are too long? What if they aren’t long enough? What if…_MG_2308

All my friends say I should do it; but that’s what friends are expected to say. Maybe I could just hide my face if I’m so fearful of people’s judgement. Being 45 and still so self conscious is so pathetic I know!

But you know what? Maybe starting a vlog is the best thing I can do in order to cure myself of such paralyzing fears… Maybe it will be the one exercise that takes me so far out of my comfort zone that I will grow new wings…

 

I’m still quite worried about the quality of the videos I’ll be able to produce though. It took me years to take pictures I’m happy with. How long will it take to produce a half decent video? IMG_9946 _Snapseed

Anyway, it’s my job to figure these things out and I know I will get a ton of support from you my loyal readers and friends. What would be really helpful too, is if you could give me your two cents on what I should include in the videos as well as what I should avoid at all cost.

What should the name of the channel be? I like My French Heaven TV, but will it be meaningful or “catchy” for people who’ve never heard about the blog? I don’t know. I’m working myself up just writing about all this :0) I guess I should read my own post about perfection just one more time :0)

My idea so far was to make my videos about food (selection, preparation…), lifestyle (with a French flavor of course)  and joie de vivre. In each video, I would take you to the market or local farms and wineries, castles, churches etc. and then maybe cook a dish that inspired me that day… A tour of my garden? My tiny kitchen? My favorite cooking tools and techniques?The goal would be to give you the same experience my guests get when they come visit me here, only in 2D and for free :0)IMG_1864IMG_9957 _Snapseed

I’m planning on shooting about 10 videos during Summer and launch the channel in the fall… We’ll see. I’m still very VERY scared…img_0884

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  1. londoncab53 says:

    Oh Stephane, I’ve been so wrapped up in my daughter’s upcoming wedding, I’ve had to put aside reading my favorite blogs. When I got a minute to check in this morning I saw this. Excellent idea, all of us will share the hell out of it.
    Now, you aren’t to say anything else from now on about your appearance and fear of it. All of us reach a certain age and all of a sudden we are worried that our arms don’t look like they did when we were 20. So what, every person on earth will go through the same thing, own it. It’s experience and every line and grey hair was duly earned by that experience! You are lovely! Often when I read your blog I just want to give you a big hug. You are a normal person, probably neater than most of us and you give inspiration with every post. Your accent will only add to the authenticity!
    The quality of your food, photography, B&B and writing make it so worthwhile for so many interests. Please, please do the show. We are all looking forward to it and I will tell you that I will probably keep it on my screen and show everyone that stops by!!
    Good luck my dear, you’ll be great!!
    xx Linda

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are so lovely dear Linda! I will post the first video tomorrow evening. It won’t be a masterpiece that’s for sure, but I have to close my eyes and jump… Can’t wait to see how my friends and fellow bloggers react to it… Have a lovely evening!!

  2. Wendy says:

    Dearest Stephane,
    Embrace the idea, remember that when a reoccurring idea continues to tickle you, it is generally your higher self speaking into your life purpose. The world needs your beauty, grace, and awesomeness–the world needs you to share your voice, story, creativity, and most of all your unique self. There is only one “You” and you have a purpose. By becoming courageous and sharing ourselves we help to lift up and embolden others to do the same, bringing the world more peace, uplifting ourselves and others. Be not afraid to share your joy, share your passion, share the beauty of your little corner of the world, for what we put out there will bloom into more than we ever expected.
    Sending you much love and encouragement,
    Wendy

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you so much Wendy. Your words truly bring me strength as well as a new found belief (strong conviction even) that sharing more of myself and of my world can bring joy to others. God knows we all need positive vibes these days…

      1. Wendy says:

        Absolutely Stephane! Take heart, gather courage, be bold, and share the love!!! The world is waiting for you!

        1. My French Heaven says:

          You are now my official self confidence coach☺️☺️☺️

  3. Leilani says:

    Wasn’t it David Bowie who said when he felt like his feet weren’t quite touching the ground on a project is when he created his best work. I’m excited for you, fear and all. Way to go for giving yourself a chance. You’ll be fabulous!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Oh thank you my dear friend!!! Fabulous I don’t know but I think it will be a deeply satisfying project… I hope you’ll follow the channel. You know you are one of a hanful of long time blogging friends Who are always there to give me strength 😉😊

      1. Leilani says:

        After all the chaos here in the states, in hungrily clicked on your link this morning. So glad to know a piece of heaven exists on the Internet today. One day we shall meet, j’espere!

        1. My French Heaven says:

          I count on it!!! What happened in Orlando is terrible. It made me cry… I doubt we’ll ever be able to get rid of these crazy bastards… The only thing we can do is be kind to one another and make it a point to find, create and share joie de vivre. That, they won’t be able to destroy…

          1. Leilani says:

            Applause! Yes. Well said.

  4. ratna says:

    Go for it Stephane! All the very best from Canadian Prairies. Who doesn’t like to go to Heaven, that too a french one?

  5. I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing but not sure where to start! Like you, I wonder how long they should be. Today’s attention spans seem awfully short. I wish you luck on this and look forward to seeing the videos. Please let us know how you do it and any suggestions you may have for those of us who are mulling this over.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I certainly will. All I know for sure at this point is that it takes a lot of resezrch and time…

  6. jmnowak says:

    I’m a huge fan of lifestyle/food TV shows, half hour ones, as they can really only include about three subjects/cooks per session. Overloading the viewer with too much in one sitting is a huge turn-off. As for looking fat, you can always use makeup to shade your face, like they do with real TV. I’m sure any video you would produce would be a helluva lot better than most amateur YouTube efforts I’ve seen!!! Good luck! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks so much for the tips. I doubt I’ll use make up, but releasing over several days or weeks is something I need to consider… Have a lovely day and thanks again for your valuable feedback!

  7. Go for it Stephane! You have absolutely nothing to lose in giving it a try… and already you have a crowd who are keen to subscribe and support you in this new phase of My French Heaven. Exciting times!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks my friend! Yes, I guess it’s pretty safe. I’ve scheduled the first shoot for this coming Friday. Once I have about 10 videos ready, I will post everything at once. Netflix style 😀 😀

      1. jmnowak says:

        No, don’t post everything AT ONCE! You must tease your viewers and potential followers…

  8. Dipti says:

    bon courage! ca sera un succès, biensur!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Merci beaucoup!!!!

  9. I’d certainly watch and subscribe! Do it for sure!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      🙂 😉

  10. Conor Bofin says:

    You know that it is a great idea. Think of the fun we could have doing a collaboration. I would love it.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Me too!

  11. I think making connections between people and cultures is life’s greatest reward. You do this beautifully. If it turns out videos don’t suit you, you can say you tried. Best of luck!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Barbie! And you’re so right! It’s not like it’s a jail sentence or anything… Have a lovely day dear Barbie!

  12. Nothing ventured – nothing gained! As someone said “Feel the fear and do it anyway” – we are all so curious about other peoples passions! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I certainly feel the fear😉 but yes, I think I’ll do it anyway😊😊

  13. I think after reading these responses so far there is no way back my friend! 😉 I love the idea and I think you have more than enough charisma to do this! And a French accent en plus! What’s not to like! I think that, the fact that this idea sprung to your mind means it must be done! I will subscribe and I am sure many other will do too!! Can’t wait! Hugs from the Gers! xx

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Ahhh the Gers… Such a gem! Maybe I can include you in one of the videos someday! Thanks for the kind words and please do enjoy the sun now that it’s finally out 😉😊

      1. Thank you so much, yes it seemed summer would never come! But als winemakers we get too hot in the vineyard already so we start very early to keep our heads cool 😉 We must send you some of our wines one of these days! xx

        1. My French Heaven says:

          I’m sure we’ll get to mert. We are too close not to

          1. True!! Although when I sent the message I all of a sudden got nervous, for you as such an expert to taste our humble wines, aarrhh 😉

          2. My French Heaven says:

            I know about food but believe it or not, I don’t drink at all…

  14. You’ll never know until you try! Are you taking advanced subscriptions for the Youtube Channel? Sign me up!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Debbie! You’re absolutely right 😉

  15. Linda Duffin says:

    It’s a BRILLIANT idea! Do it! You have a lovely, warm, engaging personality in written form and I’m sure you would be the same on screen. As for nerves, I worked in television for years and if you haven’t got a flutter before you go live on air there’s something wrong with you. And yours would be pre-recorded so you can cut out the fluffs. I look forward to Episode One. 🙂

  16. Nadia says:

    Just do it. In life, you should do what makes you happy and who cares what people think. I can’t wait to see the first videos.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Nadia!!! 😊

  17. Jacqueline says:

    Who doesn’t love a Frenchman? Your accent is what will endear you to your audience. Don’t what if yourself to death. Not to mention if you have no place to start from you’ll never see how much growth and progress you will make!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      The first videos may actually be so bad that people will subscribe just for a laugh 😀

      1. Jacqueline says:

        Oh, some how I doubt that with your style and class.

  18. Jacqueline says:

    All the beautiful things in life lie just outside of your comfort zone. If it makes you a little scared, good. It’ll be worth it in the long run. Bonne chance!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      That’s exactly my thinking Jacqueline! Thanks for the comment. It brings the extra motivation I need :0) I just came across a fantastic cooking channel on Youtube as I was doing my research. If you like Japanese food, dogs and a good laugh, you should go check it out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpprBWvibvmOlI8yJOEAAjA

  19. There is nothing wrong with your accent, which is remarkably thin for a Frenchman 🙂 What I would strongly recommend is wearing a mic! Otherwise the sound quality will be terrible. Looking forward to what you’re going to launch!
    PS why not just call it My French Heaven and drop the TV? As it is on YouTube, it should be obvious it’s video 😉

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Stefan. Yes you’re right. It’s just that it sounds good to me and helps differentiate the channel from the blog. But then again, I may ditch the blog in a year or two if the videos work better for people… I don’t know. What I need to do right now is get started. The first videos will be very bad for sure. I’ll just jump in and learn to swim along the way. Maybe we can film a “special” when you come in September 😉

      1. That would be very cool!
        The photos in my first blog posts were very bad, too. The advantage is that in the early days there aren’t that many followers yet to see them 😉

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Ha ha! Exactly right! That reminds me that I should go back and delete some of those first posts. Some of them are so so bad 😀

          1. I’m keeping them because the recipes are great. Perhaps I should make them again to take good photos.

  20. Do it! You’re so warm and charming everyone will love you, and your accent. Most people love French accents, and if it’s hard to understand at first the more they watch and listen to you the easier it will be to understand you. By the end of the 10th video I doubt anyone struggling to understand you will be.

    Pairing wine with foods too pls, and all of the things you mentioned. I’m looking forward to seeing the debut vlog!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks! Wine pairing will be a must I know. Problem is I don’t drink. But I know quite a bit about wine and the industry. My whole family is in the wine business. I can always count on their expertise 😉

      1. jmnowak says:

        Get them involved in the video too. I’m sure they’ll add their charm, and you’ll be more relaxed talking with people you know, and you can ask silly questions of them, so that they can give us more info!! *wink

  21. I love your blog and photos and I’m sure your videos would be just as wonderful. Your warmth and joie de vivre would shine through, and who doesn’t love a French accent! As for your looks, maybe you don’t look like George Clooney, but hey, you’re not Frankenstein either, lol. Just do it……

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Julie! Yes, the overwhelming support from everyone is really helping! I will do it. You guys have to brace yourselves for some of the most embarrassing videos ever made 😉

  22. ladyredspecs says:

    Go for it, what’s the worst that can happen. I think your content and direction will flow organically with feedback and experience. Take advantage of the beauty and bounty around you. Don’t overthink it, we call it paralysis by analysis.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You know me so well Sandra! Analysis Paralysis. That’s exactly what I suffer from. And I do mean SUFFFFFFER! Thanks for your support my dear friend!!!

  23. Anne says:

    I echo what everyone else has said. Please, please, please DO THE VLOG! All your ideas are great. I can’t wait to watch them. I am reading A Year in Provence for the third time, just because I love to think about being in France. I will get there someday, but until then…I will be delighted to go on “journeys” with you!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I know you will visit France one day. We always make such a big deal of travelling… The time, the expense… Not always easy, but the longer we wait, the sweeter it feels when we finally decide to do it. Anyway, I hope the videos will help you make your dream feel easier to reach! The South West of France is quite different from Provence, but is is just as lovely 🙂 😉

      1. Anne says:

        Thank you for your encouragement and the gentle reminder about not waiting for the “right” time. You are right! I have been touched by many of your posts about the Jolie de Vivre, love of food, and your travels in Japan because I am half Japanese and spent the first 6 years of my life there. You have a special gift of connecting to people as evidenced here. Best wishes from Pennsylvania!

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Thanks Anne! Yes, I think I’ll do it. With all these wonderful messages of support from everybody, how could I not. Speaking of Japan (you know it’s one of my favorite – if not my favorite – country in the world) there are two things you should check out. The first one will make you laugh to tears and the second will make you cry. Maybe you know of these two masterpieces already but…
          https://www.youtube.com/user/cookingwithdog

          1. Anne says:

            I hadn’t heard of either before but now I am subscribed to Cooking With Dog (😋😆) and will see if I can find the movie to watch. Thank you for sharing those! I am sure you’ve seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi but if not, I think you will enjoy that too.
            And one more thing about the vlogs….try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Things are endearing and more relatable when they’re not “perfect”. Be yourself and all the people who matter will love it! Have a great day!

          2. My French Heaven says:

            I did watch Jiro and loved it too! The movie I was telling you about is available on Itunes. I downloaded it last week.

  24. James L. Milligan, Jr. says:

    I must join the overwhelming chorus of those who want you to do the videos! They would be great and very interesting. You can still do the photography, but the additional of videos would add so much more. Go for it. Besides, 45 is not old and you look quite good.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are right James! I must embrace my inner beauty LOL 🙂 I could never let go of photography. It truly is my greatest passion in life!

  25. Wow, you make it sound like you’re Quasimodo or something! 😀 And even Quasimodo would do very well if he had the vast knowledge and passion for food that you have.

    In any case, you’re target audience is not the still-pimpled generation, but the more mature people who are interested in cooking and markets and all that you can offer.

    It’s a great vehicle for PR purposes and if the idea is to promote your place/classes with it, then it makes sense to keep it free to all. I would suggest not to commit to any time schedule, but to do it as you please and whenever it suits you. Free stuff should be considered a gift you’re giving others, not a work commitment.
    I personally will definitely watch it.
    Good luck! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You bring up such a good point: this isn’t for the still-pimple generation. Absolutely! I think I’ll just go with topics that would be of interest to me if I were interested in visiting other countries or learning more about their way of life etc. Thanks for your support and feedback! You know it means a lot coming from you!

  26. Oh Stéphane, I would SO follow and watch your vlogs! I would absolutely LOVE to see the French Farmer’s Markets and the process you use to selecting what to buy and subsequently what to make with your purchase, and THEN see you actually make it. I would also watch anything else you post. The beauty of your country, a stroll in a park, whatever. XOXOXO

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks! Yes, the selection of products is a great idea. I’m also thinking they should be products that everyone can find where they live. Too many “chefs” think cooking sweet breads or foie gras impresses people. I think it puts them off because (amongst other things) they don’t have access to the same food items… Thank you so much for your support. You know (obviously) that you’ve been one of my most loyal and trusted readers for years and what you say matters a lot to me! Have a lovely day my dear friend!

  27. Jodi says:

    Yes, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES to all! You are charming and handsome and lovable and talented, and I CANNNNNOOOOTTTT wait!!!!!!!!!!! ❤ Hugs and support from Mars!!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      God I’m so blessed to have so many lovely women supporting me. Thank you my dear Jodi. I am reading this as I just got out of bed and you are giving me energy for the whole day! Much love!!!

  28. malgay651 says:

    GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY WITH BOTH HANDS AND JUMP IN
    (every day is special)

    The key to being happy with your work is to be true to yourself.

    It’s form will continue to emerge as you put your energy in.

    (Personal request, please weave in an occasional classic car moment, not only will I get to see some beautiful cars, more importantly your true relaxed self will be even more readily revealed)

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Oh that is SUCH a great idea! You know how much I love my old cars! Sadly I’m thinking of selling my old convertible Golf to finance the start of my Youtube project. We’ll see. Maybe I won’t…

      1. malgay651 says:

        Is it too Fench to beg borrow or steal a brightly coloured 2CV and make that a character in the films when you travel anywhere outside the kitchen?

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Oh why oh WHY did you have to plant that seed in my head 😉 What a fantastic idea! Maybe in the future… It might be a little too much though… I don’t know. Maybe I should wear a berret instead LOL OK, now I have to go on ebay to see how much these things go for. You know I’ve dreamed of owning one since I was 5…

          1. malgay651 says:

            I think if you seek out the 2CV club someone in their club, if not everyone, would team up for an occasional 2CV cameo, trip to the beach, town market (gotta do the basket of eggs over farm land – the design spec for the creation of the 2CV) to your table to create a…. , trip to your friend who restores old cars, the beach, what would you eat? and last but not least, visiting French wineries and learn how to appreciate the depth of the offerings…
            All the things you love and the people, which you generously keep sharing with us.
            Without meddling, access rather ownership, will see you get there until the royalties roll in, as apparently they do and then you can get your own.
            And all this doesn’t have to happen all at once, just when the time is right, the key is your love of life, and each day we get up we are lucky enough to have that whatever is going on. Take it as it comes and enjoy, don’t stress about the perfection, people want to see what you want to see.
            Will stop meddling now.
            We have almost finished Sandra’s kitchen (Lady Red Specs), down here in Brisbane Australia and getting ready to start planning when we can travel and visit.

          2. My French Heaven says:

            You’re absolutely right. I visited a water lillies farm today and filmed the whole thing. Filming and edditind are really easy. The hard part is to talk to the camera… I hope I’ll get over it… Have a lovely day my dear friend !

          3. malgay651 says:

            I just viewed Chris Harris’s YouTube clip on his own old 2CV.
            I think you will love the inspiration and the simplicity, I certainly did.
            Just watching it is almost enough, having one would be divine.
            Thinking of you and the inspiration it would inspire for you.
            Ciao Malcolm

          4. My French Heaven says:

            You’re the devil ☺️

  29. lulu says:

    Don’t be scared….just do it. If you have something good to say/show, there will be an audience no matter what your looks.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks for the support Lulu!!

  30. Do it, Stephane! You will be even more beloved–your accent as well as your person. I look forward to it!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks dear Tamara. If my Youtube followers are half as supportive as you’ve been throughout the years, I will be a lucky and happy man 🙂

      1. They will be supportive! I have no doubt. And who doesn’t love a beautiful French accent? Even if it’s difficult to understand, it’s worth the effort. And there’s always the rewind button 🙂

        1. My French Heaven says:

          ☺️☺️☺️

  31. Francesca says:

    Just do it- you know we’ll love it.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Francesca! You guys I trust. It’s the 7 billion others that I’m worried about 😉 It will be an adventure anyway. We all need more adventures, and adventures aren’t fun if they’re not a little scary 🙂

  32. KountryStyle says:

    “I would take you to the market or local farms and wineries, castles, churches etc. and then maybe cook a dish that inspired me that day” … now THAT sounds like a winner – I truly looking forward to the videos, no matter in what direction you decide to take them!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Oh thanks! My fears are getting more insignificant with each lovely comment I get… Thank you so so much for your support!!

  33. Raul says:

    Dear friend… as we say here… “you’re late!!”… I can’t wait to subscribe it!! I will be follower 5.000.001 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Ha ha ha! You are so funny Raul. You know I won’t talk much about wine though… 😉

  34. Kathy says:

    Please, go for it! I really think you will be fantastic. Be kind to yourself. I will definitely watch and applaud!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Kathy! I think I will 😉

  35. Cynthia says:

    Do it, Stephane! I will definitely watch and follow and share. Your musings on life, food, friendship. . .would be so further enhanced by listening to your voice. You are a very nice looking person, and what is not to love about someone with a French “accent”? Bonus points for that!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      You are so sweet Cynthia. Yes, I think the voice will be OK. I’ll just try not to take the bad comments at heart. Even the best vloggers out there have their haters. They actually say it’s a sign of one’s success 😉 🙂 Thanks again for your support and have a lovely day!

  36. YES!! Do it please please please. As for worrying about quality….don;t spend any more time on THAT issue. My husband watches a number of woodworking videos and on one there is a guy who is constantly giggling….the info may be good but the acts puts me off. You will be so much more suave than anything we are used to here! Also, about the income…..you might be able to get some sponsors…..maybe an airline, since you will be enticing us to cross the pond….maybe the regional tourism bureau?

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thank you my dear friend! I’m not worried about income. Money come and goes. I’m only worried about not subjecting people to poor content and my old self to the haters… I think it is worth the risk though. I feel so inspired by so many people on Youtube who just share their passion for one subject or another. Most of them are kids, but I’m sure there is some room for the older generation 🙂

      1. You’re not quite old enough to be considered “venerable” but your experience and life has provided you so much to teach all of us. Teach the “kids” something!

        1. My French Heaven says:

          Ha Ha! I know. Right? I doubt I’ll ever become venerable. Looking like Yoda isn’t enough I guess 😀

  37. No doubt about it. As Nike famously says, “Just do it!” It, and you, will be fabulous. Visiting the markets, cooking, castles, everything you mentioned in that last paragraph would attract visitors. Of course you can start posting the videos here for feedback, but if you do them with as much panache as you do your blog, all will go more than well. As for your appearance, you look like what you are–an attractive, talented man who has, I’m sure, a wonderful accent. Don’t you know Americans in particular seem to love accents? 🙂

    Waiting now impatiently,

    janet

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Janet. You are so kind. I really think I’m going to give a try 😉

  38. Diane Fabritius says:

    Please do it. We find French accents very charming so that should be a plus! It’s interesting that French people like to be perfect in everything they present to the world. Sounds like you are up for a new challenge. Go for it!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      A challenge it will be dear Diane 🙂 Kind of looking forward to it though… As for the French only showing the best, you clearly haven’t heard about our unions, strikes and ridiculous “president” 🙂 😉

      1. Diane Fabritius says:

        Your fun and witty reply make me miss France so much. As for ridiculous politicians, I think we are definitely “trumping” Europe. Can’t wait to see you on u-tube!

  39. Amanda says:

    Please Please Please do the Youtube videos! I know they will be fabulous – and I can long for the day I might get to see France again. Toss your fears aside and carry-on!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I really think I will Amanda. Maybe I’ll shoot a few and only make them accessible to you guys first… You know it’s a jungle out there on the net 😉 Have a lovely evening dear Amanda!

  40. chef mimi says:

    and most Americans don’t speak two languages fluently.

  41. Carl Johnson says:

    You will book up your tours very quickly after you do the videos. Maybe we can meet you at Lynch Bages for
    lunch this summer.
    Carl and Elaine

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Absolutely we will!! I think you gave me the dates you were here. The only time I’m out of town is around August 20th.

  42. chef mimi says:

    First of all, stop being so hard on yourself. No one likes themselves on video or even on audio! Also, I jumped out of a plane once, to get over my fear of heights. It didn’t work. So I don’t know if vlogging will help with any securities!! Just embrace who you are – what you know, what you live, what you have accomplished. It’s a lot, my friend, all wrapped up in a lovely package!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      God I should have married you! Tell Dave I said so! Maybe don’t… 😉

      1. chef mimi says:

        Regarding accents, have you heard Eric Ripert speak English? He’s lived in the US for years and I can hardly understand him!!!

        1. My French Heaven says:

          I don’t even know who that is. I hate French people anyway 🙃

          1. chef mimi says:

            hahahahahahahaha! He even has a tv show – or, at least one. It’s called Avec Eric

          2. My French Heaven says:

            I’ll check it out

          3. chef mimi says:

            oh, and his restaurant is Le Bernardin, which remains one of the most highly rated restaurants in NYC. Emma and I went there when she interviewed with Sotheby’s – it was spectacular. All fish.

          4. My French Heaven says:

            See!? Now you make me hungry again. When I think of how thin I was before I met you! You are so lucky this message is public right now ! 😶

          5. chef mimi says:

            Right, I was downright skinny before I first visited you.

          6. My French Heaven says:

            Yes and we spent so much time at the beach and people thought we were so attractive and everything… Ahhh the good old days…

          7. chef mimi says:

            Yes, that nude beach…

          8. My French Heaven says:

            I’ve never been to a nude beach… Humm… 😂

          9. My French Heaven says:

            ☺️☺️☺️

  43. Go for it – the #CakeStories team all fully behind you!!!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Lauren! Thanks Cakestory team 😊😊

  44. judilyn says:

    YES!!!! Personally, I would LOVE to have a guided tour by you of your markets, countryside, and food! I will likely never be able to come visit (more’s the pity), so videos would be the next best thing. I wish you much success over the summer. It must be a lovely time there to film. ;->

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks Judie! This is very encouraging. It’s just that I’m so used to hide behind the blog… Yes, I feel summer will be the perfect time to start with the markets, the trips to the beach… Have a lovely day dear Jodie!!

  45. Steve says:

    First question….”free” for how long. If the answer is “forever”…forget it, it will be hard to keep up on a regular enough basis if you need to make money doing something else (vlogs are even more time consuming than blogs). If you’re independently wealthy of course, that’s a different story. So if the answer is “not forever”, the next question is, “how will I monetize this?”, i.e., what would people be willing to pay for eventually? You may want to do a decision chart to sort it out, but ultimately, the real question is “What is the value proposition that I propose to my viewers and for which they would ultimately be willing to pay (or advertisers would be willing to pay for)?”. Good luck. And you’re not fat…actually we (the overweight) are now the majority, so walk proud my friend, walk proud! 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Good point, but they’ll be free forever. Some people might want to buy a photography class from me in the future or come here for a culinary tour, but the videos will always be free for sure. As for time and effort, nothing really good ever happens without it. When you’re passionate about something… The one thing that worries me the most is my reaction to bad comments. You know how thin skinned I can be…

      1. Steve says:

        If you’re that sensitive, you’ll need to think about it twice. Even your friend Mimi T. gets vile comments from time to time from the “trolls” who live in their parents’ basements and spend the day whacking Wilbur, and whose only pleasure is to cut others down.

        1. My French Heaven says:

          That’s exactly why I’m not that worried… It’s actually kind of fun to think of how miserable haters make themselves 🙂

  46. Natacha Treskin says:

    Please make videos. I love your stories and your photos. I envy my friend Steve who still raves about his visit with wife Delia. Since I cannot see your beautiful area yet, let us all see what we are missing, the food, the markets!! I know we would all enjoy!! And you have a nice face for the camera!!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Thanks for your kind words Natacha. I’m a little worried (as I said in the post) about people’s reaction to my appearance and accent, but I’ll never know until I do it. Will I? When I have 5 000 000 followers on Youtube, you’ll be able to say you were the very first one who encouraged me to start the channel 😉 Have a lovely evening!!

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