Using Twitter to drive Engagement and Traffic to Your Blog!
I am not new to twitter. I have used it extensively for my day job. I am however new to “liking” twitter. Before I started blogging, and I mean proper blogging, none of this “post something once a month” type blogging, I really didn’t like twitter at all. I just didn’t get it.
Why do I care who says what about what? And then along came the mighty hash tag- something which I considered a real irritant. Why interrupt a sentence with words that start with a hash tag? #It #is #super #annoying #and #distracting! I got exactly why but it just felt so clunky and annoying to read. I kind of zoned out of hash tags. Again, this was until I started proper blogging. And then I realised the true extent of hash tags, which has ultimately helped me in my day job and see our twitter follower numbers increase. I write down my top twitter tips for beginners here if you want to take a peek. I’ve found a lot of free online tools really help me too!
Make the most of Twitter Chats!
So anyways, this isn’t a post about hash tags, it is a post about tweet chats and how I’ve been using tweet chats to engage with other likeminded people. And of course the hash tag is very much a part of that. Without the mighty hash tag, there would be no tweet chat. Or no organised tweet chat at least!
If you are new to twitter, a tweet chat is an organised chat on twitter. The chat is typically moderated and the moderator may pose questions to the audience. To filter the tweet chat chatter, a hash tag is used. Tweet chats usually take place on a specific day, at a set time.
Here is a roundup of some of the tweet chats I enjoy and some of the things I found useful:
This was the first tweet chat I ever took part in and it opened my eyes to a whole new way to communicate with bloggers, mums, crafters, and generally interesting people! Tribal chat takes place every Tuesday at 8pm on Twitter. There is a moderator and a set of questions are asked. This typically sparks plenty of conversation and giggles. You can find tribal chat using #tribalchat or following @TribalChatTweet for updates.
Blogs do it Better
Another tweet chat I’ve enjoyed is Blogs do it Better. This chat takes place twice a week, every Monday at 7pm and Friday at 8pm, UK time. I’ve found the chat to be focused around a number of topics, tonight being around blogging dos and donts. You can join the chat using the hash tag #BDIB and following @Blogsdoitbetter
Chats for everything and anything!
I am a crafter at heart and although I haven’t specifically been blogging about crafting, I’ve really enjoyed the #craftblogclub. #CraftBlogClub runs every Tuesday from 7-8pm for Craft Bloggers and lovers. Since blogging, my time for crafting has rapidly decreased. There are so many hours in the day! I plan to pop some stuff on the blog though and get back into it. I absolutely love sewing, crochet and machine embroidery. I want to share the love!
And some of the things that have helped regarding tweet chats?
Twitter chat calendars. After engaging in a couple of twitter chats, I wanted to find more to join on an evening, when mr d is absorbed in a new xbox game. I found this calendar on Xomisse and it is brilliant. Highly recommend. If I have a spare hour on an evening, I open up the calendar and it refreshes to the date and time. I can join a chat instantly 🙂
Joining a chat from a laptop and opening up TWO twitter tabs in your browser. I find it very handy to have one tab open for the hash tag and one for notifications. That way I can follow the convo in real time and also respond to any replies in real time 🙂