I have hosted Twitter chat’s before . It was a really good experience and one I would do again. There were some fun moments and some moments where I was thinking no one is going to talk to me! This post will go through my experience and some pointers to keep in mind when thinking of hosting one.
I am signed up to Pick A Blogger’s free subscription service and saw on their Twitter an advert advertising people for their chat. I went onto the page and emailed a topic (Past, Present and Future of blogging, if you wanted to know) and four questions I wanted to ask. This was back in July, I got an email confirming the date a day later. The week before I got an DM from them checking I was ok to do the chat and if I had any questions. I asked when do I need to start advertising heavily about it and they said from now. Pick a blogger tweeted me out on their chat Twitter page a few times on the week of the chat.
When I first started I was really nervous, I sent out a tweet that morning saying I was doing the chat and then sent a tweet out an hour before reminding people and asking if they were having a good Sunday which I got some interaction with. I sent another tweet which was with five minutes to go and then bang on five I just started the chat.
At first I wasn’t getting any responses and I was so nervous. But Pick a Blogger tweeted out my chat and after about five minutes in I was getting interaction. I was making a conscious effort to favorite and comment on every comment I was receiving. At one point my phone was going crazy with over fifty notifications! As I had four questions I made it so one question was asked every fifteen minutes which worked well as it kept the conversation flowing. I wrapped it up at the end by asking people to share their links. Pick a Blogger kindly thanked me for taking part and asked me to host one again in the future.
The chat was what I thought it would be, to be honest, I hoped more people would take part but I was grateful for those that did take part. At the end of the day they are giving up their hour for you!
Yes I would, I want to try another one though to get different experiences.
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