One of the best thing about the blogging community is the friends you make and getting involved in the community. The people you speak to start to become the friends who you speak to everyday and slowly, you ask them for blogging advise then it soon turns into life advice! I’ve made some good friends since starting Blogger & The Geek and I met them through different chats on Twitter and as my confidence grew, I started hosting chat
I won’t lie; I started to get a little bored of the ‘blogging’ chats. It was getting to the point where I would know more about a blogger’s schedule rather than the blogger themselves. When I had a week off work, I decided to take the plunge and host a chatty style #ltbloggers chat. I wanted to get to know the people behind the blog and it seems everyone else did too. Despite my initial nerves, the chats went really, really well and people were messaging me saying ‘Thank you for doing something a little different’, which made my heart melt a little.
I started hosting more and more in my week off. I think I did around 3 or 4 chats. It was truly a fantastic experience and something I think all bloggers should do at least once. If you want to do one and struggling a little, I’ve made my pointers on my experience
1. Schedule your questions and your tweets
Think about your questions and answers and schedule them before the chat. I use Tweetdeck to schedule my questions and answers. It gives me peace of mind that if the internet dies or I can’t escape from work early enough, that people can still take part. Even if you are there, your notifications will be going mental, so, it gives you more time to focus on them and responding to the other bloggers rather than trying to type out your questions.
2. Think of a topic that gets people interested
This is easier said than done and I’ve messaged people numerous times going HELP when I’m not sure what to talk about. I’ve got to the point where I’m a little bored of talking about why I got into blogging, my schedule and all things blog. I live and breathe my blog every day and it’s nice to have a little break and get to know my readers and other bloggers. I love chatty-chats. One really good topic and one that never gets old, because of the number of questions there is, is ‘Would you rather’ or ‘Favourites’. I’ve found people will always flock to them and really enjoy them. Another good way is to theme your chat; we’re coming up to Halloween and Christmas soon. There can be a lot of conversation around those!
3. Would you rather have a deep chat or a quick fire?
There’s no right or wrong to this one. Quick fire rounds are a lot of fun and I find that they are great for chats like ‘Favourites’. I schedule a question every 7 minutes for these; I find it gives enough time for people to interact and also for me to look through the notifications and respond. However, for deeper chats, I find a question every 10 minutes is a good time frame. People usually will discuss things more when it’s a deeper subject and bounce off
These are just a few pointers when it comes to hosting a chat. Not only are they good fun and a great way to get yourself out there in the blogging world, they do wonders for your Twitter followers. At the moment, #ltbloggers run by Things Sarah Loves have many slots available. Lunchtime Bloggers runs every week day at 1pm and 5pm. Both chats are really busy so if you want to give it a go, then contact Sarah or have a look here and see what slots are free!