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“I Don’t Get Twitter. Do I Need it as a Blogger?”

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Hi Roni,

I found your sites via your breast milk storage idea video on babble.

I am so impressed with all you have accomplished! I only have a little over a year of experience blogging, but I love it and hope to make a career out of it.

My question is about Twitter. I don’t really get it, and I don’t really have the time for it right now. Keeping up with my facebook page takes enough time as it is. Do you think it is imperative that I get active on Twitter to build our brand?

Thanks so much,

Stephanie

Hi Stephanie! Glad you found me. :)

This is a GREAT question! I am a huge twitter fan. It helps bring traffic to my blog and expand my reach. I’ve also met some great friends (whom I’ve met in real life since) and love the conversational aspects of it.

That being said, I don’t think hopping on the twitter bandwagon is required to build a successful blog. Actually, I think it can hurt your efforts if you force it. When people do things simply because they think they have to, it rarely returns good results.

However, it may be a good idea to just have a presence, even if you have no plans to become a twitter addict in the near future.

Here’s the approach I would take to integrate twitter without making a huge time commitment.

Secure a Twitter Name.
It makes sense to secure a twitter name that matches your blog, even if you don’t plan on being very active. You are creating a brand and it’s a good idea to mange it on the major social media outlets.
Set Up an Auto Feed
Once you have the name, simply set up an automatic feed so your latest blog posts are tweeted. Many people may not agree with this, as it does defeat the purpose of twitter. However, I think it’s a good idea. It keeps your account active, while providing another means for your readers to subscribe to your blog. Note: You can use a service like TwitterFeed to set this up.
Set Up Email Notifications
Twitter will send out email notifications if someone mentions you. This will prevent you from accidentally ignoring someone who may have reached out via twitter.

Not having a twitter account isn’t a deal breaker, but I think having at least a presence is a good idea. I know when I discover a new blog I like, one of the first things I do is look for the twitter icon so I can follow them. I can’t be the only one.

Hope that helps!



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Discussion

There are 9 comments so far.

    Karen@WaistingTime

    July 5, 2011

    I have to admit that I don’t really get twitter either. I am on there as my blogging persona, but, honestly, I forget to even go there most days and I feel, like many things, it takes time and dedication to nurture. And there seems to be a lot of twittiquette that I just don’t understand:( But I keep trying.

    I think twitter is extremely beneficial as a community for a blogger! #fitblog is one of the things I look forward to every week :)

    Mary Hartley, RD

    July 5, 2011

    Hi Karen,
    Don’t look for my blog because it’s not up yet – I’m too busy Tweeting @MaryHartleyRD ! I blogged for www.CalorieCount.com for several years before going freelance in May. I will soon start my WordPress blog (AskMaryRD) but I elected to begin “micro-blogging” on Twitter (after getting totally psyched at Fitbloggin’ 11!). Now, after one month, I have 385 followers. When I start my blog, at least I will have followers that may be interested. Twitter is great for “meeting” people and general exposure. My micro-blogging consists of topics that I would (and will) write longer blogs about. I read so much because of Twitter and my clip folder is full! Good luck.
    Mary

    Coco

    July 5, 2011

    I am relatively new to both Twiter and blogging, but definintely will say that Twitter has helped me grow my blog audience. That said, it’s not through random auto-tweets, but through the communities I found and joined on Twitter (mostly #fitblog and #runchat). I have gotten to know people and find people with shared interests and we enjoy reading each other’s blogs. If you do dive into Twitter, I would definitely look into interfaces like Tweetdeck (the only one I know) because they make Twiter so much easier to use, organize, etc.

    Suzanne Williams

    July 5, 2011

    I am on twitter, but have not taken much time to figure it out. I don’t have the time or energy to keep up w/ every message. I don’t know how to see the messages that are important to me. I do like twitter to post my own messages re: my new posts on my blog and to keep up w/ new posts on other’s blogs that I really enjoy reading.
    Suzanne

    Blog Rehab

    July 9, 2011

    I recently read (and haven’t been able to find the quote again) that Twitter is the community of bloggers, and if you’re not on Twitter, you might not actually be a blogger. Something like that. I think the advice to at least get the name secured and automatically tweet your new posts makes sense. Using Hootsuite, you can preschedule tweets in advance. This makes sense because it’s really a crapshoot who might be on when you are on, and it increases the chance that interested parties will see your material throughout the day. Nice to retweet other’s posts to build community. You’ll find lots of blog support on Twitter, too, and interesting, funny stuff.

    The Nerdy Nurse

    July 11, 2011

    You aren’t.
    I do the very same thing.
    Twitter is an easier way to engage with an author and I do honestly feel that it is must in blogging. I am often more inclined to make a tweet and share content before commenting and really appreciate when the RT button includes a “via @whoeverthebloggeris” as well.

    Desi

    July 28, 2011

    I’ve been blogging for five years and haven’t made the move to Twitter because I’m already crazy-busy. These tips make it sound painless, though. Thanks!

    I’ve found twitter a very useful tool, not just because it’s increased my audience but because it additionally allows me to share thoughts that aren’t a whole blog post. I’ve also learned things from my “tweeps” about random subjects I’ve asked about or read about. It may not be a must but it’s quite helpful and really easy. I’d secure a name at the very least.