5.20.2015

Why You Should Participate in Twitter Chats + Meet Cassie

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Kayla Hollatz to Sage. Kayla is the mastermind behind the #createlounge Twitter chat. She also produces some of the best content I have ever seen, like 29 Ways to Give Back to Your Blog Community. Stick around a bit and soak in some of her wisdom!

Twitter Chats

Twitter chats have changed my life.
There is no hint of exaggeration in that sentence. The conversations I’ve had, the people I’ve met, they all have had a significant influence on my blog’s success. I know you can have the same result.
So what’s a Twitter chat? It’s when Twitter users come together at a specific day and time, usually weekly, to chat about various topics. Chats are run by a host who moderates the community as people respond to the questions the host has posted. It all surrounds around one specific hashtag which organizes the live conversation.
What can you gain from Twitter chats?
You get to connect with “your people”
It can sometimes be hard to find your audience, especially when you first start blogging. We’ve all been there. If you’re focused on organically growing your audience, Twitter chats can act as a great introduction.
You can have real-time conversations
Comments on social media are cool, but what’s even cooler is being able to have a live discussion with multiple people at the same time. With so many creative people gathered in one place, it’s easy to interact intentionally.
You’ll grow your following
By A LOT. The more you invest time into people, the more likely they are to follow you so they can keep up the connection. If you’re stuck on how to grow your Twitter presence, this is a great place to start.
You have a platform to share your expertise
As a blogger, you want to be seen as a thought leader, a prominent figure in your niche. One of the best ways to establish this is through regularly participating in Twitter chats and sharing your knowledge through your answers and replies.
It sparks collaboration
Most of my blog collaborations have started in Twitter chats with fellow participants. There’s a lot of noise on Twitter so chats are a great way to cut through the noise and get right to the stuff that matters: authentic conversations. These lead to effective and downright profitable collaborations.
Okay, so I’ve convinced you that Twitter chats are worth the effort, but where in the world do you start? Here are a few tips to get you started:
  • Reach out to the host before the chat with questions. Most hosts are thrilled to have new participants join their chats (trust me, I’m a host!) and are more than willing to answer any question you may have. We’ve all been chat newbies before, so don’t be shy. It’s also a great way to start building a connection with the host and build your network.
  • Get there 5 minutes before the chat starts. With big volume chats, getting to the Twitter chat a few minutes early helps you engage with other participants before you have to start thinking about answering questions. This time is gold so use it wisely.
  • Use the hashtag in all of your tweets. That way, everyone can see your tweets and conversations.
  • Use A1, A2, etc. This helps other participants know what question you’re answering so they have context.
  • Spend more time engaging than answering questions. I know you want to make sure your answers are absolutely perfect, but all of that time could also be spent interacting with other participants.
  • Answer every reply you receive. If someone reaches out to tell you they thought your answer was on point, that’s so cool! Follow it up with a “thank you” and possibly another question to get a conversation going.

If you are a creative interested in Twitter chats, feel free to join my Twitter chat, #createlounge, on Wednesdays at 7 PM CT! We’d love to have you there.

If you’re ready for more chats, check out my resource on Twitter Chats for Creativepreneurs. Let me know how your chat experience by tweeting me at @kayla_hollatz. I can’t wait to see you interacting in Twitter chats!
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Today we also have another guest on Sage, Cassie from Always a Blogsmaid! I have really enjoyed getting to know this lovely lady, and I think she has the coolest name around. She's a huge encouragement to me and I think she might just be one to you as well!





Hey y'all!  My name is Cassie and I am so excited to be here today on Cassie's blog.  Confused yet?  Don't be.  You can call me Always A Blogsmaid, since that is where I write about my life online.  My blog name is a play off of the phrase "Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Bride" because I am constantly celebrating brides but am nowhere near meeting my groom.  If reading about a 20-something single girl holding other people's babies and bouquets interests you, please join me in my witty attempts to write about my weekends and countless walk-ins to David's Bridal.

1.  What are you passionate about?
I think the main thing I am passionate about is making other people laugh/smile.  It brings me such joy to know that I made someone's day better; anything from sending a letter in the mail or tagging someone in a funny video on Instagram.  I also love finding and/or making the perfect gift(s) for brides, moms-to-be, and loved ones' birthdays.      

2.  If you could learn to do something, what would it be and why?
Perfecting the perfect manicure because I spend at least 47% of my life in a nail salon.  While I will always continue to get pedicures because of that relaxing massage chair, I wish I could paint my nails as wonderful as the technicians do.  I feel so put together when my nails are done and if I ever learned, it would save time and money.




3.  What's something you wish everyone knew about you?
That I have no clue how to style my own hair or even properly blow-dry it.  I am constantly asking my friends if they will "fix my hair" for me.  One of my best friend's is a hairstylist and it's almost embarrassing how many days out of the month her co-workers see me.  If my hair looks good, you can bet your bank account that someone else helped me out.

32 comments :

  1. I have always wanted to try a Twitter chat but haven't yet. This convinced me to give it a whirl. Although I will kiss this tonight I am hoping to join next week. Thanks for the great post!

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  2. see, this is so great. I've tried participating in the fireworkpeople chats, but it gets so overwhelming to me and I feel like I can't keep up. Is the createlounge a smaller one? I want to start somewhere less overwhelming I think. or maybe I just start picking Kayla's brain! LOL. thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've been meaning to join in on a twitter chat -- hopefully I can make tonight's!!

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  4. Very interesting! I've never participated, but have been wondering how these work. :) I probably need to do one soon.

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  5. I'm always looking for new twitter chats I will definitely be stopping by tonight!

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  6. I have found that once I got the system down it was much easier. Amber Thomas wrote a great post that makes them feel more manageable!

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  7. It's smaller, yes. I love the size of it!

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  8. I haven't been very active on Twitter lately and I need to jump back on that bandwagon!

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  9. I LOVE me a good Twitter chat. I've only done the fireworkpeople one, but I'm always looking for something new!

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  10. I have never participated in a Twitter chat, but it sounds really great. I will have to check it out. I love Cassie's answers too, checking out her blog now!

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  11. Definitely give another one a try! That's the one I started with too, and since I have found many more that I love!

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  12. You should definitely join in on a chat! I hope you enjoyed Cassie's blog!

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  13. I love participating in twitter chats, and have regularly done so since the fall of 2010! It's a fantastic way to connect to people who have similar interests :)

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  14. Wow! I didn't know they have even been going on that long! I love them too!

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  15. It's so great to hear you're thinking about participating in some Twitter chats! Have you yet? If so, which have you enjoyed? Have fun, Anne!

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  16. We're a smaller, tight-knit group of creatives so it could be a great fit for you! Hope you'll come chat with us soon, Melissa!

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  17. Becca, that's awesome! We'd love to have you!

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  18. It would be awesome to have you there, Ash! Let me know if you have any additional questions. I'm happy to help out.

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  19. Diana, woo hoo! I'm so glad to hear it!

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  20. Twitter is SO fun though, right? We'd love to see you at #createlounge soon!

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  21. Leah, I'd love to see you at #createlounge. #fireworkpeople is also awesome!

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  22. Emelia, Twitter chats are so fun. They are so infectious. I hope you're enjoying them!

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  23. Caroline, it's so great to hear that you've already been participating in Twitter chats for such a long time. Aren't they the best? One of my favorites parts about Twitter.

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  24. I haven't yet! I need to sit down and mark when they are and make it a point to be home and join along. I have heard that everyone that participates in them loves them! This coming Wednesday s out...my daughter has a choir concert. :/

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  25. They are the greatest! I met some of my favorite twitter friends through chats.

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  26. Yeah- I'm not sure when they started but I participated in the #fitblog chats (I don't think they happen any longer) starting in the fall of 2010!

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  27. SOON! Once my Wednesday night commitments are done this coming week I'm ALL over it.

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  28. I hope your daughter has a great choir concert! I sang in choir all throughout school so LOVE that. I hope to see you at #createlounge soon!

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  29. I'm so happy to hear it! Me too!

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