Blogging is all about the community, but sometimes it's difficult to break into an existing community. Without trying to brand it as a 'clique', a lot of bloggers already have their social circle of friends on twitter, but that doesn't mean you can't join them. In fact, I think you'd be more than welcome!
Twitter chats are designed for all bloggers to join, tweet and discuss about the thing they have a passion for; blogging. Some are specifically for beauty bloggers, or fashion bloggers, some separate by ages and some are just there for everyone to join in!
In my second instalment of blogging tips, I've put together this comprehensive list of all blogger twitter chats as well as a bit about them and how you can use them!
Note: this list is correct as of 16/10/2014.
What is a twitter chat?
Twitter chats are held on specific days and times, accompanied by a hashtag. All you have to do is find the hashtag, see what people are talking about and join in. Some chats run through a series of questions to spark discussion and others are free chats.
Twitter chats can be a fabulous way to expand your readership and generate more interest in your blog's content. Let's be honest, that's always a blogger's top goal! During the chats, you can share your blog posts, make new blogging friends and learn loads about the industry or pick up blogging tips. Answer people's questions, share posts that relate to what people are talking about, join in the discussion and ask questions!
You can also use it as an opportunity to find plenty of other blogs to read yourself and get some blogging inspiration!
Some of them do get quite busy, and I find it difficult to keep up sometimes, but stick with it.
At the end of most chats, bloggers tend to do a link round up. They'll ask for links and people will send through all their different blogs. I've received over 100 blog links after one chat before, which gave me some great reading material! You can also keep an eye out for these tweets and send your link to anyone who asks. It's another simple and effective way of increasing your readership; just tell them where they can find you and if they like you, they'll come back.
I have bookmark lists longer than my laptop screen can handle of blogs I've discovered on twitter chats!
Sounds great, when are the twitter chats on?!
There are so many to join in with, but I've done a list below of the chats I'm aware of and when they take place! (Please note, these are all UK times)
#BDIB - 7-8pm - General chat for all bloggers (Formerly #bloggersdoitbetter) Hosted by @Bloggersdotitbetter.
#Bundlechat - 7-8pm - General chat for fashion, beauty & lifestyle bloggers. Hosted by @BundleMag.
#FBloggers - 8-9pm - Twitter chat for fashion bloggers. Monday's usually have a topic.
#FBLchat- 8-9pm - Fashion, beauty and lifestyle chat. Hosted by @FashBeautyLife.
#BlogHour - 9-10pm - Run by the UKBlogAwards twitter account and usually has a list of questions asked throughout the chat which are posted on their blog beforehand. Hosted by @UKBlogAwards.
#lBloggers- 7-8pm - Lifestyle bloggers with guest blogger hosts each week. Usually has a topic and is a very busy one! Hosted by @LBloggersChat.
#bBloggers- 8-9pm - Beauty bloggers chat. Wednesdays are general chat with no topics and is usually a pretty busy one! Hosted by @bbloggerschat.
#bloggerspace - 7-8pm - General chat for all bloggers. Hosted by @BloggerSpace.
#FBloggers - 8-9pm - Twitter chat for fashion bloggers. Thursday is usually a general chat with no topic.
#cfBloggers- 8-9pm - Twitter chat and networking for creulty-free beauty bloggers. Hosted by @BeautyBFriend. #tBloggers - 8-9pm - Teen bloggers chat. Hosted by @teenbloggerschat. #cBloggers - 8.30-9.30pm - General chat for creative bloggers. Hosted by @CBloggersChat.
#socialbloggers - 6-7pm - General blogger chat. Hosted by @Noor_Unnahar.
#beautychat - 7-8pm - Beauty chat for bloggers. Hosted by @beautyhigh.
#BDIB - 8-9pm - General chat for all bloggers (Formerly #bloggersdoitbetter). Hosted by @Bloggersdotitbetter.
#sbloggers - 8-9pm - Student bloggers general chat. Hosted by @charleylucy.
#tBloggers - 8-9pm - Teen bloggers chat. Hosted by @teenbloggerschat.
#lBloggers - 7-8pm - Lifestyle bloggers with guest blogger hosts each week. Usually has a topic and is a very busy one! Hosted by @LBloggersChat.
#bBloggers - 8-9pm - Beauty bloggers chat. Sunday's chat usually has a topic and is a pretty busy one! Hosted by @bbloggerschat.
I've tried to include all the ones I know of. I've attended most of them before (except teen and student bloggers, for I am no longer one of them!). If you know of any other blogger chat's I've missed out that might be helpful, pop them in the comments below and I'll add them to the list!