Shopgirl’s Twitter for Duhmey’s: Week One
It started one cold January night as a simple wager with Mr. R. So perhaps it was more an effort to passive aggressively prove that one was right and the other was wrong, but I suppose the end result makes the original motives insignificant. I was struggling as I really wanted to build my brand but I was having trouble finding my voice in it all. Where my retail peeps at?!
“You should use your Twitter more,” he said snidely, as if it were that simple. As if the two years I had put into pushing my twitter page, consistently having my posts auto update with exceptional 140 character summaries had brought me absolutely zero views. The hades that is Tumblr had at least brought me 5 or 10 views a month, while twitter brought me (and excuse my language) diddly squat.
“Well I used to update it, then I realized it was pointless so I just use it for sharing. Like I said, there’s no way to get your tweets out there, like how am I supposed to know what hashtags to use?!” It wasn’t until just recently that I, yes, Gary, as a millennial, even understood what hashtags were.
Solely to prove his point Mr. R set up a twitter account for himself. Within a week he was receiving offers that would pay 70 dollars a Tweet. Between his You Tube Channel and Twitter that month we made over a thousand bucks, and I was renewed in my Twitter inspiration.
Why Bloggers Hate Twitter
When using Twitter we can sometimes be seeking out the wrong results. Some become caught up in measuring the success of twitter by how many readers they can bring to their home page. Instead, we need to see it as an extension to our blog. The person who spends time on Twitter is there most likely because they don’t have the time, or the present attention span to read a 2,000 word synopsis on How to be a Success in Life. And why would they when your fellow blogger is already offering the same info at an effortless 140 word or less?
So if Twitter doesn’t bring me traffic, then why waste my time on it? I’m glad you asked!
6 Reasons To Use Twitter
- It builds our brand and credibility
- with an entire new realm of reader, as well as gives us some room to have fun along the way.
- It keeps you up to date
- on everything going on in the world. I can honestly say it wasn’t until I was on Twitter that I ever felt so connected with the entire world around me.
- It connects us to our reader in a neutral social media playground.
- There’s no your territory or theirs, instead its the neutral twitter universe and everyone is welcome to be themselves and play along.
- It’s super fun
- once you get your community going Twitter can become a bit addicting! (I almost dropped my WP altogether in my second month of successful Twitter usage)
- It brings blogging inspiration.
- It was a Twitter Convo with a Starbucks Barista that inspired my incredibly popular Unicorn Frappuccino post.
- It propels our network.
- You can connect with literally anyone. I can reach out to malls, Mr. R can complain to Delta, and anyone can play along with the Wendy’s twitter shenanigans.
Over the next several weeks I will be hosting this Twitter Chat Via WordPress. I will open to discussion various tools, how best to utilize them, how to gain followers, and how to expand your reach over the course of the next several weeks.
Shopgirl wants to know?
- How do you measure your blogs success?
- How do you measure your Twitter Success?
- I use Twitter to build a personal connection with my readers. Why do you use Twitter?
- Where are your greatest Twitter frustrations and struggles?
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Until next time fan boys and girls—>
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