Hosting A Twitter Chat!

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!

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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!

Lynsey x

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The Student Switchboard on YouTube!

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve been having a lovely Monday so far, and are feeling refreshed after the weekend.
I realise that I started this blog as an add on to the original platform I was going to be using for this student advice project, which was (and is!) YouTube.  However, I haven’t dedicated any time here on the blog to filling you in on how that YouTube channel is going to work, and why I chose to start the project on that platform!

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My love affair with YouTube began back in about 2010, when I started watching beauty vloggers like Pixiwoo, Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter, Fleur de Force and Kandee Johnson.  I loved the relationships that could be cultivated through these videos – it was like a whole new world opened up.  These ordinary people were able to make videos discussing anything they liked, and then talk to people in the comments below, sharing tips and advice and ideas.  I got such a thrill from clicking on my subscription box and finding that one of my favourites had uploaded a new video, and over time I discovered that YouTube was a hub for more than just beauty fanatics.  There were communities for books and gaming and films, and vloggers recording their daily lives for the world to see.  I loved it.
I started my own channel in 2012 and uploaded fairly sporadically until I headed off to Australia in 2013 – I made a point of vlogging my whole trip, and got addicted to the process of filming and editing.  I’m naturally a very chatty person, so YouTube proved to be the perfect platform for me to ramble away on!
So when I decided to start The Student Switchboard, there was no doubt in my mind that YouTube was going to be a huge part of it! As a social platform, YouTube has seen a lot of massive changes in the past two years or so – some vloggers have grown to incredible heights of six and seven million subscribers, releasing books, appearing on television and at red carpet events, and becoming a brand new type of celebrity.  The way things are run behind the scenes has changed, with companies managing YouTubers in a way that they didn’t used to, and the awareness of their existence has seeped out from the YouTube community and into the mainstream (to a certain extent!). Despite all of these changes,  I still love it for the same reasons I invested in YouTube in the earliest days!
I still love the way it can connect people, and the feeling I get when I hit the publish button on a new video.  I love the fact that you can leave and reply to comments (which, of course, can have a downside when it comes to some not so nice internet users), and start to generate a real community feel with your subscribers. I also know that a huge portion of the people who regularly watch YouTube videos are at high school and making decisions about their future and continuing with their education.  For all of those reasons, I’m thrilled to have The Student Switchboard channel up and running!
Today, the fourth video, which deals with the challenges Group Work can present, will go live on the channel, and I would be so pleased if you checked it out! I’ll link the first three below, and I’d love your feedback :) You can click here if you’d like to subscribe to the channel, where a new video will appear every Monday at 6pm!
Thanks so much for reading and following along with this project everyone, and I’ll be back again on Wednesday!
Let me know in the comments, if you’re a YouTuber (or YouTube fan!) yourself – what do you like most about the YouTube community?
Introduction Video!

Avoiding Procrastination!

Creating a Study Plan!

Lynsey x
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