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,
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!