I’ve been on Twitter for about nine to ten years. That’s a long time! I still remember my first tweet, ‘Watching QI.’ I had no idea what it was meant to be or its purpose; I only got it because my then-boyfriend recommended I get it. Since then I’ve been hooked, maybe unhealthily so.
Over the years I never managed to hone a particular niche with it. It’s a mixture of ordinary people, publishing companies, academics and celebs. I’ve made some great friends and contacts through it. When I set up jj’s kitchen I made a new Twitter; just a side platform to promote my stuff. I never considered anything of the blogosphere.
Then, ultimately, the blog got side-lined and so too the Twitter. Now that I’m putting in more effort into jj’s kitchen I’ve done the same with Twitter.
-The Benefits -
In just a few days I’ve noticed significant pros to setting up a separate Twitter account.
I’ve become far more engaged with other bloggers. I sometimes thought to myself, where do people find these blogs? Now I know! There is so much to learn from others who are more experienced. Not to mention the Twitter accounts that hold weekly chat threads. I also learned from another blogger about FotoJet, a free design website. My posts look so much better, and more professional, since I started using it.
Increasing my audience. With just a few hashtags my Twitter and consequently my blog are out there. My favourites are #bloggerclan, #bloggerstribe and #beehivesocial. Blog Twitter accounts retweet tweets with these hash tags bringing it to users who may otherwise not find you. Some bloggers ask you to send them your links and this has led to more follows and engagement.
One of the most daunting elements of starting my website was, who is actually going to read this? How will people find me? So putting myself out there in an online environment in which people are actively seeking blogs/bloggers is great. Since putting in the effort with Twitter my site has got twice as many views and even comments on posts!
It allows me to focus entirely on my blog. As I’ve been on Twitter for so long my feed is a bit of a mix of politics, academia and popular culture. This creates a distracting environment, and a self conscious awareness about what I’m posting. I find stuff that upsets, annoys and frustrates me. I feel like taking a break from my original Twitter has been great for my mental health. It’s been much easier to channel positivity into my blog.
There’s also the benefit of curating a particular feed that is purely about blogging and bloggers' lives. I’m not looking for 100% blog chat all the time, I want to get to know the people I follow, but it’s good that that’s my focus here.
Social media can be daunting. You’re putting yourself out there in a vulnerable way, inviting strangers in. And especially as a blogger you’re hoping more strangers find you. I mean yes, I do hope some of these people become friends or at the very least acquaintances with whom I can share this journey. But before that can happen it’s the hurdle of ‘hey, I write this please check it out and let me know what you think!’
We write about what makes us tick, our frustrations and the miscellaneous aspects of our lives. Making a separate account is not supposed to be a way for me to create this ‘blogging facade.’ I want jj’s kitchen to be 100% me, an accurate reflection of what I actually think and what is happening with and around me.
Maybe I could achieve that with my personal Twitter, but there is too much emotional baggage. Making a distinction allows me to start fresh.