I set up my Twitter account just last year, but it has made such a big different when it comes to how I interact with other bloggers and bookish people. It’s been a great way to connect with other bookish people, and discover some great new blogs. In fact, I decided that I
am so addicted to Twitter have found Twitter so useful, I’d write a post about why it’s so great.
Here we go!
1. Meet New People
I’ve met so many new bloggers friends from following and chatting with them on Twitter. Twitter chats like #RQWN or author chats are the best for find new bloggers to follow. I’ve encountered so many new people since I started tweeting, and gotten to know so many new friends. I know for sure that I wouldn’t have met many of my blogger friends without Twitter!
2. Everyone Is More Approachable
I get irrationally nervous when I’m emailing or commenting on a very popular blog. Sometimes bloggers who run very popular blogs can seem intimidating. What I love about Twitter is how even “big” bloggers are approachable and friendly. It’s really wonderful.
3. Start Conversations
Sometimes when you’re commenting, it feels like your comment just falls into a void. Often other bloggers don’t reply (I’m working on this, I promise!) or when they do, you never get a notification and no conversation comes of it. On the other, I’ve noticed that Twitter has started so many conversations around blog posts. Instead of commenting on the blog post itself, I often find people sharing their thoughts on Twitter by replying to the original tweet containing the blog post link. I’ve actually found that this turns into much more of a back-and-forth conversation on Twitter instead of blog comments. I love comments, but it has been interesting to see this happening more and more frequently.
4. Reach a wider audience
I was shocked by how much my blog has grown since I signed up for Twitter! I don’t promote my blog much, except for the having my latest blog post automatically tweeted when it goes live (I really want to work on this!), but my blog has still grown tremendously since I joined Twitter. It has actually become my #3 source of traffic (just below Bloglovin’ and search engines). Whoa. I also run an Etsy shop called Bookish Serendipity Co, and tweeting about it a couple times a month has helped generate even more interest in it.
5. Book Recs
OMG, I have discovered so many new books from Twitter. Twitter is where a lot of book buzz starts to build and recommendation tweets have gotten me excited for lots of upcoming books, particularly 2016 debut novels. I’ve been recommended some amazing books that I wouldn’t have encountered otherwise, like Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, which is absolutely amazing and hilarious.
6. Stay up to date
Twitter is the easiest way to stay up-to-date on the current news in the bookish community, like book deals, new releases, and hot news. Since people also frequently tweet and retweet links to major bookish news stories, I often find myself discovering important blog posts from people I never would have encountered otherwise. On Twitter, it’s easy to stay knowledgeable about everything that is happening.
If you’re a book blogger who doesn’t have Twitter yet, what are you waiting for? It has allowed me to grow my blog, and to connect with so many new blogger friends (as well as some really lovely authors!). It has made SUCH a huge difference when it comes to blogging. You should definitely join!
What are your thoughts on bookish Twitter?