The Strumbellas, again, The Bird That Follows Me.
So ’bout that blue bird.
I started twitter on February 10th. I’m socially awkward and I always have been. You can’t be a hermit author anymore though, the industry is changing. Flooding and morphing and settling into this strange new era.
Maybe more on that later, I didn’t come here to wax poetic about yesteryear.
I came here to wax poetic about twitter! Or just talk about it some. I’m glad I joined. In these few months I’ve made so many friends and had so much fun that I can’t believe I ever worried.
First off going to focus on writing tags and games here, cause that’s what I do. Haven’t gotten into the trending games or anything else much.
I follow all the writers, readers, thinkers, and real people that follow me. Up to you but if you don’t take an interest in people, don’t be surprised if they don’t keep following you.
I just think of it like making acquaintances. I’ve met a lot of my closest friends on twitter from cold follows (seemingly random ones) so just keep that in mind.
Talk to people. Be friendly. Beyond that there is no right or wrong. Just interact and try not to worry too much. Some people talk more, some less, there’s nothing wrong with either.
Get noticed. People search these to reach past their normal set of friends and follows so add these to tweets—when relevant—to get seen and make new friends and follows.
Writing tags to post or search for writing friends.
#amwritingfantasy (Or any genre on the end of that)
And these are a great way to get you get noticed. Just post your work to these on the right days and meet people. Simple as that.
So here’s a list of games:
#WhosYourCharacter (Also Sundays.)
So how do you play? Well first off everything but #SlapDashSat has a theme, I recommend searching the game on twitter and checking the theme the night before. Normally they’re in a post like this
Often the themes are optional, I follow them it’s up to you.
I pick out my favorite lines post them and I go through all of the tweets on days I do. I’m pretty liberal with my like and retweets, up to you how you want to be but a little support goes a long way. A lot farther than you’ll see most the time, just remember that. Retweet the theme at least, the more people that play the better. Can’t be seen if there’s no one there to see.
@writevent tweets announcements so you can follow them for an easy reminder.
*The games with the asterisks are specifically themed (#MissMuseMe is picture based and #FriDare is a true challenge.)
These are a bit like a quiz game. The host offers up questions, you answer them, comment on others answers and well—chat. Here’s some sample answers:
They move fast, answer at your own pace and just give it a few shots. No one does great at first, at anything. I still barely make it through but I have a great time trying.
Keep an eye out for it, it’s a lot of fun. More month long games have popped up too. #FebWIP, #authorconfession, and #FictFBFeb17 are all going on right now!
This is a complex-ish twitter tool, I use it to make the chats easier to follow and schedule tweets for the games. Get into it at your own pace. I’m still learning it so I’m not going to be super helpful there.
These and constant self-promotion tend to bother people. Why not be genuine and make real friends anyway, I say. Whatever you want to do just mentioning it.
Anyway, that’s my twitter post. It’s really not the most in depth but it should get you going. If you have any questions on twitter, or just want to make twitter friends with me: @john_cordial
I hope this helps and if you have questions here, or just want to say hey, the comments are below.
Started on a bit of a down song so lets end on something happy.
Really loving that band lately. Have a good one.