Afternoon everyone! Hope you are well, and enjoying the spring like weather!
While this is a blog primarily aimed at students, I’m keen to make sure I connect with as wide a variety of readers as possible. I’ve been blogging for around three years now over on my original blog, and what I’ve learnt in that time is that when you really get into blogging, there is an amazing community out there, just waiting to be discovered! It’s one of the things that has made me so determined to keep my blog going, even during periods when I haven’t had much time to write.
Twitter chats are one of the best ways, I find, to get the ball rolling when it comes to connecting with other bloggers. So much so, that I thought I would dedicate an entire post to it!
Back in the early days of blogging, Twitter chats were few and far between. But, much like all aspects of the blogging world, they have grown exponentially, and now there is barely an hour of the week that there isn’t one chat or another for you to stumble into! From #lbloggers and #bbloggers on Wednesday and Sunday, to #bookbloggers and #fblbloggers on a Tuesday, #bdib and #JBTalks on a Monday, and #socialbloggers on a Saturday. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are chats on virtually any topic for you to get involved in, and it’s not only a brilliant way of introducing your blog to new potential readers, but it can turn blogging from a solitary activity into something much more interactive, and rewarding.
In the past, I’ve hosted Twitter chats for work, but I had never hosted as a blogger until recently! Over the past month, I’ve hosted two chats – a lifestyle blogger chat on Sunday 29th March, and a career bloggers chat on Wednesday 8th April. It surprised me how nervous I got just before the chats began! “What if no-one joins in this week?” and “What if they don’t like my questions?” swirled around in my head. In reality, I had nothing to worry about – both chats went well, particularly the Sunday night #lbloggers chat, and everyone was so friendly and encouraging. I gained some new followers, got chatting some lovely new bloggers, and had a real confidence boost when the hour was up and people were responding so positively to the chat.
The point of this post, really, is that lately I’ve seen a few people tweeting that they’d like to host, but they’re too nervous, or they wouldn’t know where to start. I say, throw caution to the wind and go for it! Take your time coming up with your questions, and participate in a few chats beforehand to get used to the pace, and then jump right in! Find out who to contact to schedule a slot – I messaged the @LBloggersChat account to organise my lifestyle bloggers chat, and Louise from @TheWhatNowBlog for my @CareerBloggers chat!
Having a blog can be really beneficial for many reasons (check out my 5 Reasons To Start A Blog post!), but it’s made even more rewarding when you find yourself becoming part of the community.
Let me know if you’re thinking of hosting a Twitter chat at some point soon – it’s so much fun and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Thanks for reading – have a great day!