Welcome, fellow bibliophiles, to the first installment of… BLOGGER MUST, OR BUST!
A few months ago in my blogiversary post (way back when, I know), I promised a new blog series was on the way to celebrate, which I promptly forgot about. Until now! Blogger Must or Bust will basically be me telling you a couple of things that I think are blogger musts (as in, you should totally do this, it saves my life, you’re welcome for my great wisdom, etc.) or busts (not really necessary for #thatbloggerlife in my humble opinion).
Quick disclaimer: If any of my musts are your busts and viceversa, DON’T SWEAT IT. These are totally just my opinions and if you disagree, that’s completely fine. I promise, it doesn’t mean I hate your blog or your style. Every blog does it differently.
The first thing I’d like to talk about for this series is Twitter! A.k.a My Favorite Tool for Procrastination Ever. I’ve been wanting to make a post for how twitter can liven up your blog for a while, so this is perfect timing.
So why exactly does anyone blog through Twitter?
- You meet so many book lovers on Twitter. More than you could imagine. I’ve had a bookstagram for over two years, and I’ve made way more friends on Twitter in my 12 months on there. It’s so easy to connect with people, to see what they like (even when it’s not book related!), and find people with taste’s similar to yours.
- So. Many. Book recommendations. Now, you’d think bookstagram (book-themed instagram) would be best for this since there are thousands upon thousands of pictures of books. But I’ve found so much more on Twitter. Probably because photography takes a lot more effort than a twitter thread of someone’s favorite books.
- So much news! Book news! I mean, who knew how much stuff happened in the book world? Not me when I was just a bookstagrammer. Between NYT Bestseller List issues to drama with publishers, Twitter has the low-down.
- Promote your posts! I always announce if I’ve posted something new in my bookstagram captions, but let’s be real – only a fraction of people read those. It’s so much easier to tweet out a link to your newest post, or even old posts that you think are relevant. Just looking at my stats, I often get as many clicks from Twitter as I do from the Reader on WordPress.
- Blog chats! These are so much fun! There are so many that I can’t even keep track off them all. A host basically assigns a hashtag, date, and time, you arrive for the chat, answer questions from the host using the hashtag, interact with each other, and sometimes even enter a giveaway!
- Author interaction is 10/10. This is probably one of my favorite things about this app. It’s so incredibly easy to connect with the authors you love. Even if they just reply to one of your tweets about their book, it’s such an exciting experience.
- It’s really educational. The number of threads that I get to read about erasure, or allyship, or even representation is so much higher than what I’d get if I wasn’t on there.
- So much love and support. Yes, book twitter can bring out the some upsetting sides of the book community. But at the end of the day, I receive so much support from the people on there, it’s astounding. It can be hard to make friends in the beginning, and sometimes you can feel out of the loop, but trust me, that’s how it is for everyone and pretty soon, you’ll feel like you’ve been there forever.
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding book twitter.
It’s soul-sucking, angry, mean, etc. But as someone who has been on it for almost a year now, that has not been my experience. Sure, are there instances when it gets a little intense and you might want to tap out for a few? Yes. And it’s totally valid to take a break whenever you feel like it.
You choose who you follow – you’re in charge of your timeline. So if you think that certain people are toxic, by all means, unfollow them. Keep the stuff you want, ditch the stuff you don’t. It’s that simple, I promise.
So, after that dissection, I have to conclude that, for me, blogging through twitter is a MUST!
What do you guys think about Twitter? Blogger must or a total bust? What are some of your favorite bookish twitter accounts? Tell me in the comments! 🙂