Armchair BEA day 4

Today’s topic is Ask The Experts. In your post, ask the visitors to your blog for blogging advice. What did you always want to know about blogging but were afraid to ask? Now is the time!

My questions is short and simple but I am hoping to get some great answers.  I have a twitter account but really have no idea how to use it or use it well.  What tips do you guys have?  Everyone says I must have it and it is great but I just feel lost.  

 

Thanks!

7 thoughts on “Armchair BEA day 4

  1. Twitter can be a little daunting, but it really is a GREAT way to get the word out about your blog, your posts, etc. as well as connect with other bloggers, writers, publishers, and readers. All of this, I’m sure you already know! 🙂

    First off, check to see if your blog host (WordPress, Blogger, etc.) has a feature that will automatically tweet your posts. That way, as soon as you post, a tweet is sent to all your followers. Sometimes if I have a particularly good post or something I really want to share, I may repeat the tweet during different times of the day. That way people who only get on Twitter say in the evening can see it too. You can also link your Goodreads account to Twitter, so as you mark books to read or put your status on books, it’ll tweet these things as well.

    My next word of advice would be to have a link for people to follow you on Twitter, which you already have. Awesome!

    Finally, best words of advice: just get out there and do it. Start following people. Start sending them tweets. Use different hashtags (# sign) to attract new followers. The more involved you are on Twitter the more the word will spread about your blog.

    All this aside… if you don’t feel comfortable getting that involved on Twitter, that’s okay. It’s not for everyone and you shouldn’t force yourself. Just do what feels right for you and your blog. Hope these suggestions help! Good luck! 🙂

  2. ^^That was great advice. I started following my favorite authors and even new authors. Telling them I received their ARC, telling them how I loved it (if I really did). I have gotten several tweets back from authors thanking me and then following me back. This week with the twitter party was awesome, I was able to gain several followers from it.

    I do post almost all of my posts on twitter also and like ^^ I also have my goodreads connected and it automatically posts. Make friends and tweet back and eventually you will get the hang of it.

  3. I would follow the authors and bloggers that you know already. Usually you can find links on their blog to follow them on twitter. Then just start talking about books. I like to tell peeps what I’m reading and sometimes quote something from the book. If I @ the author, they sometimes respond to me – which I love.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

  4. Follow authors and bloggers you know already! Just reply back to convos and tweet your own content. 🙂 I think the key is just INTERACTING on Twitter. I was a bit nervous at first too but now I love it!

  5. Twitter tips: Find people to follow from the blogs you’re already subscribed to. Do a search for authors and follow them and interact with them or RT fun things they write about. Tweet about your blog posts but also RT other bloggers’ posts if you enjoyed them. Ask and answer questions and post relevant information or links to articles about books that others might find interesting. Hope that helps!

  6. I started by just following authors, publishers and bloggers that I’d heard of and that I liked. Then, as they would tweet to/about others, I would check them out and possibly follow them to. Plus, I always tweet the author/publisher when I post a review of a book I loved. Often they will retweet!

    Basically, just start tweeting, and tweet regularly. It doesn’t have to be because you’ve posted something. It can just be a “I love this book,” or “I just stubbed my toe” or “Hey Twitter, anyone know how to convert inches to centimeters?” (Although, maybe you should try to keep the stubbed toe tweets to a minimum). If someone you follow asks a question, answer it. If you see a discussion going on and you want to participate, jump in. Twitter is public, so that’s okay.

    If you want to follow me, I’m @LaurenTHCW, and I’m happy for you to jump in on my conversations whenever you’d like 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my Armchair BEA Ask the Experts post.

  7. Absolutely agree with Jae! Another thing to remember about Twitter is that everything that’s out there is fair game to comment on. If someone wants to have a private conversation, they’ll do it else where. So if you see a couple of people talking about a book you love, hop in and join the conversation. If they ignore you, oh well, you don’t know them! A lot of people on Twitter will only follow people back when they see that they aren’t just using Twitter to post things but are interacting.

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