Five Things Every Writer Should Know About Twitter.

This post might seem generic or even obvious, but I feel it’s good to remind people just what this platform can do, and try to make it less intimidating. One of the fastest, and most prolific forms of online communication, Twitter came onto the social media scene in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2010 that it exploded. Since then, it has become one of the main ways people get a lot their information—good and bad, and a wonderful way for authors to connect with readers and other authors.

If I had to list in order, the platforms authors should be on, Twitter would be second (a blog being first). Because it’s written, it’s the next logical step for any author who wants to build their online presence, and agents along with publishers are looking for a strong presence, but it can be contentious as well. It’s a good way to expand your author platform: For the new writer, Twitter is the first step into a very large pond. With the majority of posts in real-time, you can get an almost instant feel for the publishing world through this medium. Agents, authors and publishing houses post daily and the best thing, you can interact with them. With all the pros and cons of the platform I’ve put together things every writer should know.

1. Automated Tweets: This is a must for writers when you’re promoting your work. It’s great for when you’re at work or reaching an audience that is awake when you’re asleep. Consistency is everything and automated tweets can help.

2. It’s a simple to use: Sign up, and start tweeting. That’s it. There is a Twitter phone app that allows you to post from anywhere you are. A great thing if you want to give short updates from conventions.

3. Hashtags: Connecting to hashtags allows authors to pinpoint their audience to understand what it is that they’re looking for. Every genre has it’s own hashtag and with apps like Tweetdeck, you can follow as many as you want.

4. Can connect to other social media platforms: Along with automated tweets, being able to connect all your platforms is a time saver. Twitter can connect to most blog programs, allowing your followers to discover another side of you.

5. It’s addictive: Like all social media, you can lose track of time. Not a good thing to be doing if you have other things to do. Some people set aside a certain amount of time to scroll, which is a good idea, especially if you’re at work.

What are some things you like/dislike about Twitter, or is there anything I should add?

Five Things Every Writer Should Know About Blogging.

One of the first forms of social media, the blog has been a staple in social media process for nearly twenty years. You can read a short history of blogging HERE, and while articles pop up every few years or so on how blogging is dead, it really isn’t. The fact that many of the originals are still around is testimony to that, and I doubt very much that it’ll go away any time soon. Why? Because blogging is one of the easiest forms of social media, and with this in mind, here are five things every writer should know.

  1. Think outside the blog.

Blogging is a good way to connect with readers, expecially when you write about things OTHER than your work. Readers want a way to connect, either through shared experience, hobbies or lifestyle. Give that to them. You can go into as much detail as you want, but show them that there’s more to you than just a book.

  1. You don’t have to write out long, drawn-out posts.

The goal of every blogger is to have followers return again and again, and one of those ways is to keep the posts short. Several years ago I read an article that stated the average blog post should be around three hundred words, but that can be too short. I aim for anyting between 300 – 500 (FYI, this post is 498). That’s a good length, especially if you’re struggling to find something to write about. There’s nothing wrong with posts being longer, but short, inciteful post were found to be more popular.

  1. Being consistent is key, but don’t over burden yourself.

Keeping to a schule can be difficult, even with experienced bloggers. There are going to be days when you don’t feel like it, or can’t really think of anything to say. When this happens, take some time for yourself. Write fewer posts or take a break altogether. Creative burnout is a real thing and it can carry over to all aspects of your writing.

  1. Blogs are a good way to promote yourself and your books.

Look over other writer’s blog sites and you’ll see links to their work, or information on upcoming work. A blog is one of the few places that a writer can go into detail about their work to a captive audience. After all, they want to know about your books, otherwise they wouldn’t be clicking on your blog.

  1. Connect your blog to other social media to increase your message.

This is one of the easiest ways to maximise your reach. With many social media sites you can save time by connecting them together. Instagram can connect to Twitter and Facebook. TicTok can connect to Instagram and Twitter, and reaching more people with interesting content will draw more people to the places where you’re selling your books.

There you have it, 5 things every writer should know about blogs.

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