Best practices for Twitter and Blogging

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All of the popular healthy living bloggers I follow appear to understand the importance of utilizing multiple social media platforms, which may very well be the key to their success.

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A little blue birdie told me… A few Twitter tips

Perhaps the most important thing to remember when creating your social media presence is to make certain that you use Twitter to complement your blog. As Mark W. Schaefer wrote in his book The Tao of Twitter, “Blogs and Twitter fit like a hand in a glove. Twitter is like the trailer to the blog’s movie.”

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1. Build targeted connections. Search for people who interest you, follow them, and if you are lucky, they will follow you back.
2. Create meaningful content. Tweet a link to your blog posts, retweet relevant content, or write your own original thoughts and share them.
3. Be helpful. To build real relationships on Twitter you must build trust. The best way to build trust is to be genuinely helpful to your followers and those you follow.

All of the bloggers I follow incorporate Twitter into their social media strategy to drive readers to their blog, which is the name of the game.

A few blogging tips for success

Let’s face it, Twitter is quick and fun, but your blog is where you really connect with your readers. That is place the place where you can fully explain and illustrate your ideas, hold a giveaway, post an exercise video or recipe, register visitors, or host a guest blogger.

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Popular blogging tips

  • Write daily. I tend to continue to follow those bloggers who have fresh content every time I check my reader or my bookmarked list of healthy living blog sites. I will probably forget about you if weeks go by without a new post.
  • Be real. Write in the first person, and don’t be afraid to talk about your defeats as well as your victories.  Share yourself, and what you’ve learned along the way. Be honest – no one likes a phony.
  • Be original. I definitely lean towards a certain genre when reading blogs, but I don’t want to read the same old topics and ideas on everyone’s blog. Don’t be afraid to tackle new subjects no one has discussed before, or give us a contrary opinion on an oft cited topic. Take your blog in a new direction for an occasional post and see if it’s a success or not, and please, be entertaining whenever possible.
  • Host guest experts. I always enjoy reading a new perspective and learning about a new blogger I may not have known previously. If the arrangement is reciprocal, you may find that you have just gotten yourself a whole bunch of new, regular readers from your guest post.

7 popular blogging tips that don’t always apply

Your blog and your Twitter account are places to make your passions known. Be humble and grateful to your readers. Interact with them as much as possible; follow them back on Twitter, respond to comments left on your blog, listen to their ideas. Most of all, be positive and genuine – two qualities which are sure to attract a following.

What qualities important to you when you follow a blogger?

Do you try to interact with your favorite bloggers or are you a lurker?

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Best practices for Twitter and Blogging

  1. Hi Kelly, Great post and I really like how your blog site has formed over the course. To answer your question about what qualities I like when following a blogger. I personally look for someone who writes well, can tell a good story, responds back, has a great looking site, and post interesting content. To be honest, I have never blogged before this course and have enjoyed reading everyone’s at one point or another.

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  2. Hi Kelly. Great post about with tips to success for blogging and using Twitter. A couple of points I totally agree with you on are being original with your blogging and write often, if not daily to keep your followers/readers engaged. If one does not write original content they are destined to have an unsuccessful blog. While success should not be measured in the number of readers or followers, it is doubtful that one will maintain interest from many people if there posts are unoriginal or boring. Unless someone is a celebrity people with unoriginal content will probably have little interaction from others as people will likely stop paying attention to their blog because it is not worth their time to read. Also, writing daily or simply being consistent with the frequency of writing is important to any social media account. If followers know that a writer they enjoy writes a blog once a week they will remember to check online to see if that week’s post has been published. However, if the postings start becoming inconsistent such as every other week or once a month, users will lose interest and stop trying to guess when the next post will come online. The key to a successful social media presence is keeping readers engaged and interested, and if originality or frequency become an issue for a writer they can expect to lose followers because people are creatures of habit who often do not like change.

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  3. When I follow a blogger I must be interested in what they are saying or displaying and format and visual appeal. As an artist, visually appealing pictures, imagery and videos always grab my attention along with formatting and font of wording. Honestly I don’t care for to read long drawn out paragraphs regarding topics I’m not interested in. I like to follow blogs of people that are active in art and fashion, entertainers which include movies and music. Reading new ideas or technologies relating to the fashion industry interest me along with a blogger who is expressive, knows what they are talking about and informed and a sense of humor is an added bonus but not a necessity.
    I don’t often interact with bloggers and I have yet to establish any favorites. I watch what people post and am intrigued by the volume of people that love to blog. I am working on taking more of an interest in it and finding out what people that blog are up to and what they enjoy about it. Blogging itself is a different arena of interest that I’m learning about so we will see how it goes.

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