From Twitter Friends to Real Life Friends
Recently, I had the great pleasure of meeting some Twitter friends here in Charleston for a Tweetup on Blogging. Some of us have personal blogs, some blog for business, some have both, and/or manage and write them professionally.
What’s a Tweetup? It’s a casual gathering or “meet-up” coordinated through Twitter. A great tool I used to organize this one is Twtvite. What was great about this event is several of us “met” through Twitter and have been talking to each other there for weeks or months prior to meeting in person. It was great to spend time with these talented people who have so much to offer. Here are the high points that came from our discussion:
- WordPress is one of the best blogging platforms to use for so many reasons: Ease of use, search ranking performance, support and feedback from the people at WordPress, and the various themes and plug- ins available make it very user friendly, functional, and easy to personalize.
- Ideally, you should Blog at least twice a week to keep your content fresh and boost your search rankings. One of our guests last night blogs daily, and has developed a loyal following. And with good reason – she’s funny, insightful, and engaging, and you really get to know her through her writings. This leads me to insight number three:
- Whether for business or pleasure, what you write about has to really matter to you on some level. And, there has to be a bit of you in it. Even if it’s for business – yours, or a client whose Blog you maintain. A bit of your personality and know-how should permeate each post you write to make it interesting and conversational.
- Jotting down ideas as they come to you is a great way to have topics to blog about, so keep a running list going. Also, try to write more than one at a time if you can (you tend to get on a roll) or devote the same time weekly in your schedule to doing so. This increases the likelihood of doing it consistently.
- Over time, you’ll find that writing each Blog post becomes easier and less time consuming, generally speaking. It took me about half an hour to write this post – a good average. As with anything, the more you practice, the more proficient you become.
- Check to see if there are blogging groups in your area for advice and support. Here in Charleston, Lowcountry Bloggers is a great resource.
Lastly, I want to give a shout out to these terrific people whose Blogs should be on your reading list: Andra Watkins, Laura Otero, Sarah Early, Brian Rogel, and Kelly Thiel. Visit their sites, and follow them on Twitter. You’ll be glad you did.