Since starting (properly) blogging in September, I’ve become quite obsessed with Twitter chats. As you may have seen in my previous post on my first experience with Twitter chats.
It’s been a few weeks, maybe even a month, and I feel that I’m well experienced and acquainted with Twitter chats. Both participating and hosting, as since said post I’ve hosted a few chats myself! And now I am here to share some knowledge to those who may be new to blogging and either haven’t heard about Twitter chats or can’t comprehend them. Or anyone possibly thinking about hosting a chat!
Let’s begin with participating in a Twitter chat.
Once you get your head around it you’ll be questioning why you were ever confused by it all. And getting your head around it is as easy as just joining in.Trust me on this. Everyone in the blogging communities are so lovely and will treat you like an old friend, and you may be surprised, you may be a natural.
But just in case you’re a bit overwhelmed, here are my tips.
BE YOURSELF…there’s no need to come across a certain way, there’s no boxes you need to tick to join these chats, you’re accepted for who you are and everyone has different opinions and there’s no scrutiny for this. So be yourself, you’ll be happier and have a better Twitter chat experience.
INTERACT WITH OTHERS…don’t wait for them to come to you, there’s no hierarchy to be afraid of and that’s how you make friends, by talking. Yes they’ll come to you too but don’t be afraid to drop someone a reply!
JOIN IN AS MANY AS YOU CAN…maybe an obvious one but I’ve genuinely noticed a difference in when I do a lot of Twitter chats in one week and doing non the next, it makes a huge difference. And of course, stick around for the whole hour if you can!
Okay, moving swiftly onto hosting a Twitter chat. When I was about to do my first Twitter chat, I trailed the internet endlessly trying to find some light on what the heck I should do. But I really couldn’t find much, so for those who may be in a similar position to me, or for those looking to host a chat, here are my words of wisdom.
WHERE TO START…knowing where to begin in finding a Twitter chat is one of the bigger hurdles. It was more luck that I saw a tweet asking if anyone wanted to host a chat and I was the first to message. But usually if you were to message an account they’ll either say yes, ask for some ideas, say yes for the nearest slot they have or reject for one reason or another. But you’ll never know until you ask!
SO, YOU’RE HOSTING YOUR FIRST CHAT…what now? Well, if you’re anything like me make sure you’ve got 1000 reminders. Then you can do the exciting planning bit! You may already have a topic. If not start by brainstorming some ideas, just anything that comes to mind. Or have a look at some Twitter chats and see what people are talking about! Popular topics are things like the season we’re in, upcoming holidays (Christmas, Easter etc.) and blogging related topics. Give yourself a few ideas to go off of and then narrow them down until you’ve got your topic.
DEVISING QUESTIONS…sometimes, they’re obvious. But sometimes, you may not want to ask the obvious or maybe you want to make those involved think a bit. It’s pretty much the same process when thinking of questions. Just write down all the questions you can think of, then narrow down until you’ve got your 4/5 (some people do 4, some do 5, it really doesn’t matter).
THE CHAT…itself, is a simple concept, which I explained earlier so won’t go over it again. But it can be kind overwhelming, so here are some tips:
TWEET ABOUT IT…tell all your followers and friends you’re hosting a chat, give them the details and get everyone involved!
STICK TO YOUR TIMES…its usually you post a question every 10 minutes, and make sure you stick to it as there isn’t really any time to not. I know it’s hard when you want to interact with everyone, and trust me I’ve lost track a few times! If you need to schedule your questions so you guarantee they go up!
INTERACT WITH EVERYONE…oh the controversy. When I say this however, I just mean don’t ask a question then ignore everyone completely. Even if it’s as simple as liking or adding a small reply, it shows you care and you want to interact.
DON’T TAKE IT TOO SERIOUSLY…it’s just a Twitter chat. And although the account will want you to be a little serious, at the end of the day it’s a bit of fun and you shouldn’t put any pressure on yourself or worry too much about the legistics. Just roll with it and have fun!
HAVE AN OBVIOUS BEGINNING AND END…don’t just suddenly pop up and then disappear, again may be obvious but I’ve seen it happen. Also, side-note to this, give people the chance to share links as that’s always popular!
Hopefully this helps some of you wanting to start doing/hosting Twitter chats! If you don’t know which ones to join in with my particular favourites are GRLPOWRCHAT, TeacupClub, TheBloggersHub, PLBChat, Beechat and FblChat. I hope you enjoyed this post and happy Twitter chatting!
Until next time,