You may not know yet but I recently expanded the Blog Like A Boss Facebook group, bringing it to Twitter also, in the form of a retweet account. There’s threads, a list for members of the Facebook group and a weekly Twitter chat that’s based on different topics all related to blogging. There’s a certain etiquette in the blogging world and I know many a thing annoys many a hardworking blogger. Since recently hosting my own chat, something I’ve seen countless times has irritated me more than ever and so brings me to write today’s post – The One Thing I Hate About Twitter Chats.
Bloggers Helping Bloggers
The blogging community can be absolutely amazing. There’s so many of us out there willing to help and support one another in a number of ways. This can be by retweeting, giving tips and tricks, sharing opportunities to work with brands or collaborate with others and so much more. Many bloggers, myself included, will create retweet accounts or networking groups filled with opportunities and help in order to increase blog traffic and build a larger audience. We’re a friendly bunch.
Manners Cost Nothing
We will help others and expect nothing in return. Whilst networking groups often have a few rules, they are there for a reason. We aren’t trying to be a buzzkill and the least other’s can do is to simply follow the rules. This could be something as simple as using the relevant threads in a group. By using the relevant threads you’re helping to keep the group tidy and the many topics are much easier to find. Likewise, it’s easier for other’s to find a post you’ve written if the link has been left in the designated place.
It can come across as quite rude, someone has put in the time to create this group to help others. They’ve taken the time to devise a set of rules in which means it’s fair for everyone, also that the group is easy to navigate. A handful of people think it’s fine to ignore the rules, post their blog link everywhere irrelevant or to use the group wall for self promotion. This lack of consideration for other people unfortunately, happens everywhere – from spammy comments left on blogs and Instagram, to failing to follow the rules on Facebook and Twitter.
Following the rules actually helps you! If you’re seen by others to be breaking them, they’re going to avoid you. They won’t bother checking out your blog or leaving you a comment. You’ll fail to gain followers or make connections. Others aren’t going to be willing to work with you, they’ll be unwilling to give you any help. I mean, why should we? Why should we want to help someone who’s showing a clear lack of respect?
The One Thing I Hate About Twitter Chats
Link dropping. This blogging horror is something that happens everywhere! From spammy unoriginal comments, to dropping links on irrelevant threads. Link dropping is seen even on relevant threads, but where the culprit hasn’t bothered to reciprocate the support given.
Last but not least, link dropping happens in Twitter chats. I feel this is a particular breeding ground for such behaviour. The chat will take place and people will get involved by offering their own input, having a great time. As a result of this everyone involved will get real value from a well hosted chat.
At the end everyone will be invited to leave their blog link in the comments.. THAT! That is where the problem occurs. Random bloggers will crawl from the woodwork, dropping in links from nowhere – when they failed to get involved. They said absolutely nothing, no input at all! Or you’ll find some leaving a one word answer to one question.. That’s it. This comment will add absolutely no value to the chat in any way, shape or form. Yet for leaving this pointless drivel, the errant rogue feels justified in their shameless spamming. Just no!
Often you’ll find requests for new blogs to read – drop a link there, where it’s literally being asked of you to do so. Build some good karma for yourself and check a few others out, why not? Just don’t drop a link in something where you’ve not participated. It’s rude, it will leave a bad taste in people’s mouths, you’ll also be avoided like the plague.
Want to increase blog traffic?
Try joining a networking group, hashtag retweet accounts when promoting posts on Twitter, utilize your social media to make genuine connections and to promote effectively. Reciprocate, get to know the community and make some friends. Leave genuine comments on their posts and blogs. Add value and you’ll get value right back. There are so many different ways in which to promote your blog or business without harming your reputation in the process.
Ready to play fair on Facebook?
Join Blog Like A Boss! This is the inclusive home to all bloggers, across all niches, worldwide, regardless of goals, successes or a difference in journey. Daily threads assist with a range of things from blogging tips, brand work, working on collaborations, sharing old and new blog posts, connecting on social media and using each others affiliate links.
We welcome all but if you don’t play fair and follow the rules then it’s one warning and you’re out! This ensures I remain equally fair to all and guarantees an easy to navigate group. I don’t ask for much. I truly want to help you to build the blog of your dreams!
Twitter more your thing?
Then find BLAB there also, @BlogLikeABoss, contribute to one of four threads posted throughout the week, use the hashtag #BlogLikeABoss for a retweet on the posts needing a boost, of course, get involved with the weekly chat, too. Just please, play fair! I’m always looking for hosts for Twitter Chat Tuesdays, if you’d like more information and to get involved then please do get in touch!
So now you know the one thing I hate about Twitter chats. Aside from this I do honestly adore them, they’re so much fun and are packed with valuable information. Do you feel the same annoyance with those only out for personal gain? What do you love and hate about Twitter chats? What about the blogging community as a whole? Are you guilty of link dropping and will this help you to amend your ways?
If you’d like additional information on anything mentioned in this post then don’t hesitate to let me know. Please do fire your requests at me and I’ll get to work on it!
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