My friends who have come to know me almost certainly will not be surprised that this article really doesn’t tell you how to to what the title suggests. My experienced blogger buddies of course will recognize the title as a clever come on. And my real friends on Twitter will be either amused or enlightened by what I want to share with you today. (If they’re annoyed and #unfollow me, they were never my friends. No great loss.)
The other day when I visited my friend Hajra’s guest post I couldn’t help but notice that it was on a blog that I would call too slick for it’s own good. While it is not true that every blog out there that has the latest hot theme, all the latest widgets and a slick design that screams ME TOO! is filled with crappy writing that is not worth reading, the fact is that the Slick Me Too is more often than not a sure sign there is no good writing on the site. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but by and large if I happen upon a site that looks Slick Me Too, I may not even glance at the posts and give them a chance. Bloggers need to realize that they often have only seconds to make a good impression and draw the reader in. You may notice that I have a very spare theme on this blog. I don’t have anything that flashes, and this theme has been optimized to display well on mobile devices.
And finally today, since I don’t want anyone to be too sore at me for drawing them here with promises of exploding Twitter tips, I will make three suggestions for growing your Twitter following:
1. Remember that Twitter is a conversation. Don’t follow as many people as you can get away with. Follow a few people and tweet to them. Lather, rinse and repeat every day and you’ll be getting #FollowFriday ‘d in no time.
2. Participate in hashtag chats. No matter what your interests there is probably one and likely many hashtag chats held at scheduled times throughout the week that you could participate in. Click the link and explore the listings. Find a few chats that sound interesting to you and attend. Chat with the other participants, and follow any who interest you. Chances are as you follow people, some of them will follow back.
3. If you want me to follow you, play #definethis. The link will take you to my Tumblr where I post the word of the day and concise instructions every day.
I do feel just the slightest bit guilty for having drawn you in here with a very slick headline, only to warn you against too slick design and provide just a smidgen of advice that may be helpful. And yet this combination of slick appeal, pointed observation and common sense help really can be the essence of a successful blog.
PS– I know I was supposed to continue with the saga of Mr. Everything today, but I’ve gotten just a bit side-tracked. I can’t promise when I will talk more about Mr. E. But I do promise that if you tune in again tomorrow at this time, I will have a new post up about Something.