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.

imageHere 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?

 

13 Comments on Why I Love Twitter As A Book Blogger

  1. Cynthia
    January 27, 2016 at 12:49 am (1 year ago)

    SAME EVEN THOUGH I’M NOT A BOOK BLOGGER
    My blog’s population has doubled since the first (and only) Twitter chat I ever attended. Which is crazy. Because my blog is weird, and that isn’t even considering my writing.

    But everyone already knows each other and THEY’RE ACTUALLY UP TO DATE ON THINGS AND READING THINGS PUBLISHED IN THE SAME YEAR

    <3

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  2. Geraldine @ Corralling Books
    January 27, 2016 at 7:01 am (1 year ago)

    AHH YES! I’ve had my blog for over three years, and only just joined Twitter, and I’m astounded by how much my blog has grown from joining! Before I had Twitter, I barely interacted – now with Twitter, it’s so much easier and DEFINITELY less intimidating to approach bigger blogs, and just people in general haha xD
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  3. Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages
    January 27, 2016 at 5:31 pm (1 year ago)

    I would love to have a twitter for my blog…someday (but also parental units are like AHH SOCIAL MEDIA NO). I do feel like I’d forget to use it though…but this is a great list! (Also a useful persuasion tool 😀 )
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  4. Maya @ Suddenly Inundated
    January 28, 2016 at 3:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I actually dont have twitter yet, but I really want to get it! I know there are so many benefits too it, and that its so much fun, but I just can’t bring myself to start one! It just seems so complicated and scary! I really need to step up my game and just do it…
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  5. Faith @ Faiths Bookspiration
    January 28, 2016 at 5:56 pm (1 year ago)

    Twitter is amazing!
    I also started my account last year and I can say that I wholly agree with all of these. It’s way more easier to start a conversation on Twitter. It’s also way easier to meet new bookish people as well (since I completely agree that some larger bloggers can be intimidating.)
    Great post =D
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  6. Sydney The Writer
    January 30, 2016 at 9:01 pm (1 year ago)

    Hey Jessica! I really like this post. I find that Twitter is one of the best social medias for bloggers – book bloggers, at least! I totally agree that it is way easier to stay up to date on upcoming releases and that kind of thing when you are on Twitter. Before I made an account I was kind of out of the loop when it came to current ‘bookish’ news, but now it is WAY easier. Though I do have to say I totally LOVE it when people comment on my blog instead of just through social media because it seems more personal than things like Twitter. I get that it can be hard to connect with lots of different people just through comments as not everyone sees when someone replies to them, etc, though, so I think in those situations Twitter is pretty awesome. WOW this is a longgg comment. Anyways, thanks for this post!
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    • Jessica
      January 31, 2016 at 6:23 pm (1 year ago)

      I totally agree about the commenting thing. I love when anyone responds to one of my posts, but comments totally feel more personal, I think. And yes, Twitter is the best! I think I met you through there?

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  7. Sydney The Writer
    January 30, 2016 at 9:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, I just wrote that long comment and I realized I forgot to ask you the question I MEANT to ask all along… what exactly is #RQWN and how do you participate? Thanksss!
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    • Jessica
      January 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm (1 year ago)

      Haha, no problem! #RQWN (Random Questions With Nori) is a Twitter chat hosted by Nori (I think her handle is @ReadWriteLove28) for bloggers and bookish people. It’s really fun. It’s pretty spontaneous, but I think she usually sends out a tweet a day or two before announcing when one is going to be happening. The chat is basically answering a bunch of questions (like “What’s a book that you’ve been dying to read, etc) but it is a great way to make new blogger friends. Hope that helped!

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  8. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews)
    February 4, 2016 at 2:41 pm (1 year ago)

    I have a Twitter account and do use it, but I am really bad at finding posts from people.

    So…I am a bad Twitterer. 🙂

    Elizbeth

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