For the T post of the A to Z Challenge, I had to post about Twitter.
Some people LOVE Twitter.
Some HATE it.
I’m in the love-it camp. I’ve been addicted to Twitter in the past and it can be a MAJOR time suck, but I’ve worked out how to be active without it compromising my writing time. I keep in touch with my writing buddies and keep an eye on breaking news. Things trend quickly when they break.
I joined back in August 2011 and after two weeks had 10 followers, two of which were of a questionable occupation. I think you know what I mean. 😉
Now, if you’re using Twitter to communicate with potential readers of your book or blog then you need followers. I wanted more than 10 so started to follow Readers, Writers and bloggers.
Most people will follow you back if you seem genuine. Do you still have a picture of the egg? Change it for the picture you use on your blog or your Facebook account or change it for a picture of your book cover or your cute cat.
Make sure you complete your profile with enough detail to show you’re not a robot or a spammer and don’t put the link to your blog as a shortlink like wp.me/asdfp1PPld who would want to click that link? It could take you anywhere.
Something like the one below would be fine:
Writer and blogger, planet earth Blog: myblog.com
Some people will follow you because your tweets are great, informative or funny. Others need a nudge. To boost my followers I went to a popular writer/blogger I know and clicked on his list of 25,000 followers. I followed Readers, Writers and Bloggers who seemed interesting to me. Twitter has daily follow limits so don’t go mad.
About 75% will follow you back within a few days and once you have followers more will turn up out of the blue, like family arriving unexpectedly during the night. If they seem genuine, follow them back, interact with them. Say Hello!
Obviously, this is only if you want to boost your number quickly. The more followers you have the more interaction potential you create. I’ve found a number of new bloggers this way and bought a few self-published books from people I’ve followed on Twitter. One of my early posts was about this very subject: Twitter made me buy a Kindle.
I don’t do this all the time, but now have over 6,000 followers using this method and have met some great people. If you want to follow me, I’m at @1PeteDenton and I follow-back all Readers, Writers and Bloggers. 🙂
If you are on Twitter, how do you use it?
This is my T post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
Today’s photographs are Tapestries from Warwick Castle. This was by far the most difficult letter for photographs so far. Emphasise the words SO and FAR.