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So I’ve been stretching my brain on what advice I can offer you guys in my next Happy Blogging installment, and what better subject to cover than my daily addiction – Twitter? Based on my recap last week, a lot of you guys don’t use Twitter much or don’t ‘get’ it. I’ve raved about the joys of Twitter enough, and now I’ll actually tell you how to use it from a book blogging perspective.
So you’ve signed up to Twitter, filled in your online persona, followed all of your favourite authors, bloggers and publishers and now what? Now comes the fun part!
Why should I use Twitter?
Be a part of the community
Twitter is my favourite out of all my social media because it allows me to reach out to anyone on there, share my appreciation and start a conversation. Ever felt intimidated by other bloggers with a bajillion followers? Your favourite authors who seem to be surrounded by author BFFs? Or even some of the massive publishers like Epic Reads or Penguin. Well fear not, because now that you’ve got a Twitter account, you’ll be able to join the conversation, keep up to date with their news and talk to them as if you’ve been pals forever.
A quicker, more personal response
Because of its 140 character limit, you have to keep the message short, sharp and sweet. I feel like I will get a response if I tweet someone, but not if I write on their facebook and let’s face it – email feels like a lot of effort in comparison. All I need to do is go to someone’s Twitter page and write them a quick message and wait – most of the time they’ll respond rather quickly (different time zones allowing). Unless they’re super famous, because I’m still waiting for Jason Dohring to tweet back at me 😉
Keeping up with the conversation
Twitter is a fantastic resource for keeping up to date with the latest news and happenings. This is where I get 90% of my bookish (and general) news from, from publishers, authors and other bloggers. You can “favourite” tweets that you want to come back to later, which will be saved in your profile. There’s also frequent Twitter chats, like author Q&As and #PTAChat held by Penguin Teen Australia or #OzYAChat held by Shaheen which you can participate in and join in the fun!
A great sharing resource
If you’re a blogger, Twitter is also a great way to share your posts and reviews. Out of all social media, I get the most traffic from Twitter. If enabled, WordPress automatically shares your post on Twitter (and other social media), so you don’t have to manually do that every time. If it’s a positive review, tag the author and publisher! They’d be stoked and will appreciate the shout out.
Help! What am I looking at?
There’s a 140 character limit, so we have to get across everything as smoothly as we can. This means people use abbreviations and intentional typos (I keep telling myself that) to fit everything in.
There are two characteristics to Twitter that make it different to other social media: #hashtags and links. #hashtags are now popping up on Instagram and Facebook, and they are great because they allow everything with that hashtag to be categorised under that topic. For example, some popular hashtags for books are #booknerd #bookblogger #arc #epicreads. Some hashtags I use frequently are #AussieYABloggers or #publictransportwoes or #firstworldproblems #foodlover. Hashtags also allow you get creative to get the message across, like #sorrynotsorry or #booknerdproblems. You can also stalk author/publisher chats and events, such as #OzYAChat or #PTAChat #TeaTime.
Talking about links, Twitter is the ideal place to link or retweet to articles of interest, whether that’s from a blog, news item, or your instagram account. Many accounts only link to articles and use Twitter more as a “news sharing” resource. Embedding images or photos in your Twitter will also help your post stand out in the crowd.
What should I tweet?
Anything you’d want say to them in person (or pretend you’d say to them in person)! Got a burning question about when Winter will be released? Tweet your publisher! Want to tell an author how much you loved their book? Tweet them! Want to tell your favourite blogger what an inspiration they are…Tweet me @happyindulgence! Or if you simply want to share some random thoughts about your daily life, what you’ve come across in your reading adventures, or a photo of the bookstore, or whatever. This is YOUR Twitter and you choose what you put on there, pretty much anything goes! Except for the usual offensive, racial, religious, 18+ stuff. Report that straight away if you see it.
Who should I follow?
Authors, publishers, celebrities, producers, other bloggers, readers, youtubers, the possibilities are endless! Here’s my top 11 list of bookish people you should follow:
@ – Lauren (Author of Wither) is a prolific tweeter who supports the YA community.
@ – Jay Kristoff (Author of Stormdancer) has all the sass.
@ – Super lovely and fun loving author who is a real darling (Author of Spark)
@ – It’s John Green and his tweets are fabulous.
@ – Lovely superstar YA author with a lot of heart.
Now that I’ve prepared you for Twitterland, venture forth and have fun! Feel free to follow me @happyindulgence and tweet me anytime, I’m always up for a chat.
Any further questions about Twitter? Ask me below!
Got any suggestions on what you’d like me to cover in this feature? Email me or leave a comment!