I’d like to say I joined Twitter all in the name of branding and self-promotion – but I didn’t. I joined so I could tweet about contests and get the extra point dang it. I’m still not sure if helped me win contests – probably not.
Stages of Twittering:
Totally grounded and lurking:
- Lurking – you follow agents, published authors, and editors and swallow their tweets whole.
- You find fellow bloggers and still lurk.
- You tweet your new blog posts.
- You might possibly feel confused, think Twitter is stupid and quit.
Preparing for take-off:
- You dare to @reply to bloggers you know.
- You congratulate friends or strangers on word counts or other good news.
- You tweet helpful or funny blog posts you read.
- You lurk on kidlitchat or yalitchat and eventually participate.
- You experiment with hashtags. #queries #amwriting
- You participate in #FF (Follow Friday) #WW (writer Wednesday), #MM (not sure what it stands for yet.)
- You realize using Tweetdeck makes Twitter easier to manage.
- Friends start to tweet your posts.
- You realize that a lot of tweets are really dumb and promise yourself not to write things like that (even though you probably do).
- You make new friends and comment on their blogs.
- You figure out that to get to the individual tweet you click on the time stamp.
- You write a blog post about using Twitter.
Benefits of Twitter
- Researching agents or promoting your book.
- Building up your blog following.
- Finding encouragement that others are in the same place as you.
- Finding new authors, helpful blog posts, contests, book recommendations.
- Making new online friends.
- Developing the friendships you’ve already made through blogging.
- Research – ask questions and hopefully receive answers.
Negatives to Twitter
- Spending time on twitter rather than writing.
- Using the success stories as further proof that your writing sucks.
- Stalking people and responding inappropriately.
- Allowing it to rule your life (at this point you should take a break).
What stage are you at? Did I miss any stages?