Many people on Twitter now use the blog sharing hashtags: #MondayBlogs (no book promotion!), #TuesdayBookBlog (only blog posts about books and writers, please!), #wwwblogs (on Wednesday), #SundayBlogShare, #ArchiveDay (on Saturday), and others, I am sure ~ feel free to add them in comments, as information for others reading this. Note: I have just been made aware of #ThursdayBlogs, too!
If you use the blog share hashtags wisely they can have such a good effect on the visibility of your blog. Here are six tips that should make all the difference ~
- Use your 140 characters with care: Make sure your tweet is interesting: 'please check out my new blog post' is unlikely to make anyone do so. A punchy headline will capture readers' interest; ask a question, offer a solution, be a bit controversial. If you want people to read your book review, don't just tweet the title of the book and the author name. Put something about the book, quote from the review - or just say that you loved it....................oh, and don't hashtag hog, ie, stick out every single blog post you've ever written, all at the same time. People get sick of seeing the same ones every week, and it looks as though you do Twitter via Mr Robot.
- RETWEET! I am still amazed by the amount of people who tweet me to say 'thanks for RTing my blog post', but don't RT me back!!! Blog share days are about sharing posts across the world; don't just stick the hashtag on your tweets ~ retweet others on it. Maybe you do as I do: if I RT someone a few times and they never bother to reciprocate, I stop..... and before I get lots of comments saying 'well, I RTd you the other day and you didn't RT me back' ~ of course you can't return every one, I certainly don't, and I daresay some people have stopped RTing me for this very reason, but if you're going to the trouble of thanking someone, you might as well just RT them back, instead. Remember: an RT is better than a TY!
- Did you know this? You might be seeing only a fraction of the tweets on the hashtag; I recently discovered this was so with a few of the bloggers I know. To see them all, first click on the hashtag, then go to 'More Options' and 'Tweets' - there they all are!
- Step outside your usual circle ~ don't just retweet the same old people every day. The idea of hashtags is to widen everyone's reach. I have nearly 65K followers; the amount has grown of its own accord over the years, and I am sure this is because I don't only RT my mates!!!
- Make it easy for your retweeters: pin a current post to the top of your Twitter page. Change it often. I don't know about anyone else, but if I can't see a post to retweet for someone within about 10 seconds of clicking on their page, I click off again. Oh, and don't just RT any old thing - it's about your followers, too. What might be of interest to other people?
- Take part: Read others' posts, comment, and if people comment on your blog post, reply. Yes, that means to all of them, even if it's just a 'thank you' or 'thanks for reading'. Many people do check back; if their comment has not been answered it can look as though you haven't bothered to read it. Blogging is about communication, yes?