Twitter can get a bad rap—idea bashing, name calling, heckling—but it’s a surprisingly good place for writers to engage with other writers.
We at Brodie Media weren’t so sure about this when we entered the Twitterverse all those years ago. Why would people who love writing possibly want to limit ourselves to 10 characters, let alone navigate (what was to us then) the confusing randomness of the general news feed.
But now it’s one of our favorite platforms, and we think it’s a great place for writers to engage with each other—and with their readers. Here’s what we’ve learned:
Do your thing
Just like with your blog, you don’t want to tweet about everything under the sun (parenting and fitness and books and writing and tomato gardening and global warming!). Take the time to figure out your main topic. For instance, if you write about faith, tweet about faith. Also, make sure your topic is identified in your profile—don’t just list your name, or something esoteric and vague. Say who you are: e.g. Jane Doe, parenting blogger and author. And make sure to have a photo so people know you are an actual person!
Determine your hashtags
In Twitter, everything is categorized by hashtags to make finding content and likeminded Twitter friends easy. Use them! Take a look at some Twitter accounts that get lots of response. What tags are they using? Then follow suit.
Birds of a feather…
Once you find a few likeminded pals, take a look at their followers. Chances are, they’ll have quite a few that you’ll want to engage with, too. Follow them. Usually, they’ll follow you back.
Sharing is caring
Twitter is a place to engage. Don’t make it just your soapbox—write up an interesting thought, post it and be done. If someone comments on your post, engage with the. If someone likes or retweets your post, check out their feed, and chances are they’ll have a post you’ll want or retweet yourself. Train yourself to retweet at least four or five posts for every one tweet you make. If you scratch someone else’s back, they’ll scratch yours, and everybody wins. (Bonus: Now you have some real fellowship going!)
Your turn: What are some of your tips to engage on Twitter and make the fellowship of the “Tweet” stronger?