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Saturday, January 14, 2012


Hash Tags and Twitter Chats, Oh My!

Every Friday, I add my two cents worth - the book I'm currently reading - to the #fridayreads Twitter hashtag. Most days, I share or read comments on the #amwriting chat. During football season, I tweet sports commentary using the huskers hashtag. And, since I live on a dairy farm, I'll sometimes post comments in #agchat.

You may be wondering, how does she have time for all this AND get any writing done? I'll admit, it's a balancing act. But I've found that participating in these chats is good for several reasons. It allows for interaction with others interested in that field, it's presented opportunities for collaboration, and it's introduced new publications and projects I might otherwise have missed.

Can a Twitter chat help your writing career? The folks over at Social Times offer a list of five solid reasons hosting a Twitter chat is beneficial, including establishing yourself as an expert and increased exposure. The article also shares a 12-step how-to on setting up a Twitter chat. Great stuff, so make sure you check it out!

Not everyone may be interested in a chat on the benefits of the burying beetle (well, you may be surprised), but establishing a chat in a niche writing area may take you places and introduce you to contacts you never dreamed of.

What are your favorite writing #hashtags and chats?

by LuAnn Schindler. Read more of LuAnn's work at her website. Follow LuAnn on Twitter - @luannschindler.

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Blogger Lillie McFerrin said...

Thanks for the link. Great information. I use #wordmongering to most to participate in word sprints with my writing buddies. It absolutely is the thing that helped we win NaNoWriMo.

12:59 PM  
Blogger LuAnn Schindler said...

Hi Lillie.

I'll have to check out #wordmongering. Sounds like a great idea!

3:42 PM  
Anonymous mollie bryan said...

I love the #1k1hr hashtag. It really helps define my day sometimes.

10:23 AM  

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