So a few months ago, I joined the Twitterverse despite my own protesting. I also balked over joining Facebook which is kind of funny now since I absolutely love Facebook and the games and the fan pages (especially my own) and the fact that I am now in contact with so many friends that I have not seen in years. The problem I had with joining Twitter was that I did not know hardly anyone using it. The few I did all said that it is a great networking tool and that I should have it because of my business. Finally, I gave in and joined. I will say that while I was scared at first, I am glad I joined because I am learning so much about blogging and business. Plus I am connecting with others and finding other ways now to promote my website which is important since I am trying to get it off the ground. So I thought I would take the opportunity today to share what I have learned, and I hope it will help other newbies who may be “twitter shy.”
Since most people I know do not use Twitter, the first thing I did was follow those who did. I was told to look up topics that interest me and go from there. So I searched for family friendly in the Twitter search and came up with some family oriented magazines and from there also found some family friendly blogs. I also searched to find which of my vendors were on Twitter and added them as well. Not all of the “tweet,” but I still have them in my list. From there, I started reading posts and linked my Bear Haven page to Twitter which helped me with my beginning tweets. As I felt more confident, I posted more. I also read what other people had to say about “tweets” since my Twitter account was meant to be more professional, I tend to shy away from a lot of personal “tweets.”
What really has helped me in the past few weeks was the Ultimate Blog Party. Through this online blogging event, I was able to connect with other bloggers which is helpful since I am still learning about blogging. It also gave me more people to connect with on Twitter. I still do not comment as much as I probably should, but I am gaining confidence. It is a start, and everyone has been really nice to me. I am very thankful because these past few weeks have been a great learning experience.
My advice from a newbie to other newbies is to just take it slow. Don’t post lots of generic posts and don’t get too hung up if you don’t have tons of followers. It will happen, it just takes time. If someone unfollows you, take it in stride. Chances are that it has nothing to do with you personally, so don’t worry about it.
If you are a newbie and would like to share your experience, I would love to hear it. Also if you are a Twitter Pro, I would love to hear from you too!