How To Get Twitter Followers – Tips For Getting Noticed

Social media years are like dog years. Things change so quickly. It seems that if you’ve been blogging for 5 years (that’s 35 years in social media years), you’re a veteran. September 1st will be my 5 year blogiversary. Looking back over those 5 years, Twitter has been a social media platform I’ve loved continuously. Even though other platforms came and went (like StumbleUpon and FriendFeed) and I have a love/hate relationship with others (*coughFACEBOOKcough*), my love for Twitter has never waned.

How to get Twitter followers

It’s fun. It’s interactive. It’s simple. It’s instant, yet still relevant even if you don’t check in 6 times a day. And while I’m not  a Twitter guru, I understand how to get Twitter followers. In addition to sharing your Twitter account on other platforms, there are a few easy, tried and true, tips to follow on Twitter itself.

Have a Good Photo

We want to see your face. Having an actual, current photo of yourself goes a long way in establishing trust. If your twitter account represents a community site or business, feel free to use your logo. But whatever you do, get rid of the egg, quickly. And no profile pictures of your pets in people clothes. It’s creepy.

Fill Out Your Bio

If you have a photo, but no bio, I probably won’t follow you. Your bio is a great place to share your personality – but be as succinct as possible. Don’t get so “creative” that I have no idea what you mean. I’d much rather read “happily married” than “married 15 years to my reason for getting up in the morning”. (eyeroll)

Use Keywords in Your Bio

What do you blog about? What are your interests? Use those keywords in your bio. Twitter users search keywords looking for like-minded people to follow. My Twitter bio includes the words Christian, Homeschool, Dairy Free and Getting Fit. Be sure to alternate your keywords every few months. In my next bio, I might change ‘diary free’ to ‘non dairy’ and ‘homeschool’ to ‘home educate’. This will help find additional users with similar interests.

Join a Chat or Party

Find twitter parties related to your keywords and join in! Birds of a feather flock together. If you write about organization, participate in Twitter events that have to do with organizing, housekeeping and space saving. Tweet, converse, interact! Follow users you’d like to know better, they’ll probably follow you back.

Use Hashtags – Politely

Using relevant hashtags is a great way attract attention from a more focused set of Twitter users. For instance, if you share a homeschool curriculum review, tag it with #homeschool, #hsbloggers, or #hsmommas. Use hashtags sparingly! More than one – three hashtags per tweet puts you in the “hashtag bomber” category. If your tweets look like this: “Check out my flashcard review!! #homeschool #hsbloggers #hsmommas #2to1Conf #homeeducate #math #moms #school #flashcards” Stop it! Just stop.

No Auto DMs Either

I don’t like them. If you spam me within seconds of following you, I will likely unfollow you on principle. Building any relationship – whether in life or online – needs to be done in an organic way. Don’t be pushy.

Tweet During Live Events

This goes back to the same reasoning as joining relevant chats and parties. Where like-minded people congregate, you’re likely to get more followers. Tweet with relevant hashtags during your favorite team’s ball game, or during a new episode of your favorite show. Though this hasn’t worked well for me with my favorite TV show. I suspect there are only a handful of 30 something, Christian, homeschool, fans of #TheWalkingDead.

Share the Love

Last but not least, don’t just broadcast. If you want to grow you followers you need to interact. You don’t have to live on Twitter, but at least check in once a day or a few times a week. Retweet your friends, respond to @s and direct messages. Foster those relationships!

Are you a Twitter guru? Share your tips in the comments.

The 2:1 Conference – Part 2

Please forgive the disarray as I settle into my new site – cherylpitt.com!!  I’m still working on organizing here, but I couldn’t let another day pass without sharing about the 2:1 Conference. All photos were taken by the talented Jamie Worley of See Jamie Blog.

2013 was 2:1’s second year.  The sequel.  And you know how sequels stand at the box office…

Last year, the inaugural year, I was worried whether everything would come together as planned.  And it did.  God showed up in BIG ways for an amazing weekend.  So this year…this year I worried: would it be the sameWould God show up again?  Or would it be tainted by familiarity?

No.

It was lovely.

Blessed.

Fun.

2:1 Conference Fun

The keynotes breathed encouragement into the hearts of the attendees.  Breakouts shared their expertise on topics from generational homeschooling to blogging business strategy.  #2to1Conf trended twice on Saturday – during Toni Anderson’s Twitter workshop, and again at our live tweet-up.

Attending a conference is always a whirlwind of preparation, travel, networking and adrenaline.  Hosting a conference is all that x100.  That’s why I’m so thankful for my 2:1 team member, Stef.  Even with all the behind-the-scenes conference craziness, the adrenaline and exhaustion, we have fun y’all.

Throughout the conference we were consistently thanked for the blessing of 2:1. Thanks for being so differentdifferent than a convention and so much more welcoming than your “average” conference.  We’ve received thank you cards and emails of thankful women whose cups had been filled during their time at 2:1.  And as much I as love acknowledgement of a job well done, I have to say it wasn’t me.  It wasn’t us.

This was God.  This was OUR God showing up for HIS people.  Because YOU are worthy of HIS love. YOU are worthy of HIS attention.

2:1 is bathed in prayer.  Every detail was prayed over before (and during) the conference. We ask God to show up and meet the 2:1 attendees in their seats, to touch their hearts where they need His attention.  And He does, because He is a God of relationships.

Trouble Makers at 2:1

Right to left: Kris Bales of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Carol Anne of Confessions of a Fraidy Cat, Zan Tyler

That’s why we focus heavily on relationship-building at 2:1.  We could give you a mile long to-do list of steps to help you conquer blogland.  But that’s not our heart. Our heart is to give you the tools you need to accomplish the goals He lays on your heart.

Like I said, blessed.  Now I have a confession to make. 2013 is still fresh on everyone’s mind but I’m already thrilled about what’s coming in 2014!  We’re moving to CHICAGO (woot!), May 2-4.  Can’t wait to see you there!

Christian Homeschool Blogger Conference? Gulp!

UPDATE: Planning for this conference is underway, check it out!!

That’s right. A Christian Homeschool Blogger Conference!

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you probably know this has been on my heart for a long time. Late last night, while chatting on Twitter, the desire to get things moving hit me full force. I tweeted about it with a few of my IRL/Blog friends and found there’s actually quite a bit of interest!
So much so, that we’ve already received positive feedback from our first possible sponsor!
Details will be slowly coming out as they are confirmed but this is what I can tell you so far:
  • This conference will be for Christian Homeschool Bloggers
  • Topics will include both Homeschooling and Blogging
  • This will be a rather intimate conference, not huge
  • It will be in Spring 2011, probably May
  • It will be in the Washington DC area (a great place to take a family field trip!)
What I need from you:
  • Prayer – we need generous, Christ centered sponsors to keep costs down (which includes ticket costs)
  • Comment – Let me know if you’re interested, what topics you’d like to cover and who you’d like to hear speak