For bloggers and entrepreneurs, it can be a struggle to maintain the stamina to push out regular content, not to mention the continuous flow of ideas.
A lot of energy and imagination are required when dedicating yourself day in and day out to your creative cause – especially when there’s a high volume of competition.
If you’re looking for a regular boost, Twitter chats are a great way to get inspired, develop ideas, and expand your network. And, the great thing is you really only need a Twitter handle to join in.
For a “no barriers” way to build your profile among other like-minded individuals, while gaining access to priceless (and free) insider insight, check out some notable chats below.
There’s at least one chat for every day of the week, to keep you motivated Monday through Sunday.
When: Sundays, 6 p.m. PT | 9 p.m. ET
The list is by no means a ranking, but #BlogChat is first here and happens to be one of the biggest of the chats on the list. It started in 2009 by social media strategist Mack Collier (who, by the way, was recognized by Forbes as one of the Top 25 Social Media Marketers in the World). Each week hundreds of people take part in the chat, which is widely known as one of the most popular on Twitter. The format of #BlogChat is very simple. It starts with a general blogging topic, and the conversation free flows from there. Co-hosts frequently join in and share their vast knowledge, too. For more details and a few rules of the chat, check out What is #BlogChat.
When: Mondays, 6 p.m. PT | 9 p.m. ET
If you like to drink coffee while you talk about your creative process, this chat is for you. #CreativeCoffeeHour is hosted by Callie Gisler, a digital strategist and coach who aims to help bloggers and small business owners define the purpose and strategy behind their work. The chat is a support system for those ready to share their knowledge and passion and provides great insight into how others work and succeed as creatives. See what people are saying about #CreativeCoffeeHour on Gisler’s site, Callie Creates.
#BrandHour is hosted by Marianne Manthey, full-time web designer and on-the-side blogger, and Andrea Beltrami, who works one-on-one with solo-entrepreneurs to get branded. If you’re looking to chat about blog design and branding, this definitely is a chat to get on your calendar. #BrandHour takes place the first Tuesday of every month. They also sweeten the pot with a prize giveaway, too.
When: Wednesdays, 9 a.m. PT | 12 p.m. ET
This chat is hosted by the Altitude Design Summit, a four-day bi-annual conference event that brings people together to learn, network, and collaborate. They have amazing speakers, I have to say. Everyone is welcome both at the conference and in the chats, but it’s truly tailored to design-minded folks, like bloggers, lifestyle writers, and creative entrepreneurs. For those who can’t make the summit – or who want to continue the conversation between events – this social media forum is a great way to connect and learn. #altsummit topics range from taking risks, connecting with your tribe, originality, and creative burnout.
When: Wednesdays, 5 p.m. PT | 8 p.m. E.T.
#CreateLounge is hosted by Kayla Hollatz, a community and brand coach for creative entrepreneurs. We featured her last year in our post on Periscope for Bloggers. Her chat centers around a community of bloggers and entrepreneurs who seek to share expertise and encourage one another in their passion projects. Topics include everything from blogging to branding, social media, the creative process, community building, and so much more. To prep for the chat each week, be sure to check out the #CreateLounge section of Hollatz’s site. At the bottom of the page, she posts the questions she’ll ask in the next chat.
When: Wednesdays, 6 p.m. PT | 9 p.m. ET
Hosted by Melyssa Griffin of The Nectar Collective, this chat is geared toward bloggers and creative entrepreneurs who want to stand out, make connections, and grow their audience. If you’re looking for tips on staying motivated, or how to use various social media to build community, this fun and informative chat is a good one to take part in. #NectarChat typically occurs twice a month. Want to be notified by email when the next chat is? Sign up here.
Host: Search Marketing Weekly
When: Thursdays, 10 a.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. ET
For bloggers and online entrepreneurs, SEO is a critical part of a successful strategy. This chat touches on just that. Each week, #SEOchat is hosted by a well-known or renowned digital marketer and covers timely topics ranging from site analysis, to creating content that attracts links, and video strategy. If SEO is a concern, definitely set aside time to take advantage of the knowledge, experience and insights from this chat to grow your own expertise. For recaps of previous chats, see the Search Marketing Weekly site.
When: Fridays, 12 p.m. PT | 3 p.m. ET | 8 p.m. GMT
The #bdib chat – formerly known as #bloggersdoitbetter – was created by beauty blogger Gemma of Touch of Belle, who hails from England. The #bdib chat is a place for developing positive community around just about everything blog related. Recent chat topics for the group include time management, blog post inspiration, tech and digital Q&As and more. If you can’t make the Friday chat, there also is a Monday edition one hour earlier at 7 p.m GMT. You also can check out its North American counterpart @bdibNA.
When: 11 a.m. PT | 1 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. GMT
Also out of the UK is the #socialbloggers chat, hosted by Corinne, a lifestyle blogger at skinnedcartree.com. There aren’t too many Saturday chats out there, but if you’re setting aside some weekend time for building your blog, this is a great chat to work into your schedule. Topics include blogger networking, full-time blogging, setting annual goals, journaling, and much more. You can check out recaps from #socialblogger chats here.
New to Twitter Chats?
Here are six quick tips on how to jump in and make the most of your experience:
- Set aside time for the chat. In order to make the most of experience, you want to be completely tuned in to the chat with no distractions. It’s best to set up a feed to just follow the hashtag, be it directly in your Twitter window, or via a tool like Hootsuite or TweetChat.
- Make a strong introduction. Want to look like an expert? Make a solid introduction into the chat, explaining (in 140 characters, mind you) who you are and why you’re there. If you want to pack a punch, create an image to attach to your intro tweet that reads sort of like a flashy business card.
- Craft thoughtful replies. Most chat hosts allow some time for answers, so no need to rush your reply. Once ready, be sure to label your response appropriately. Every interaction should include the related hashtag. If you answer a question, you should add a corresponding identifier to your answer. For example, the chat host will likely label the first question as “Q1”, so your reply should start with “A1” for “answer to first question.”
- Interact, again and again. There are huge benefits to interacting with other people in the chat. Favorite a tweet that you love. Retweet a great question or answer. Reply to someone in the chat with a kudos or interesting alternative take. The more you interact, the more connections you’ll potentially make. But, be sure to always stay on topic.
- Don’t be a troll. Be positive in your interactions. It’s a common-sense tip. Most folks are joining these to gain a boost in confidence or inspiration. Some may need your help. You may not agree with everyone, but always be sure to be constructive in your conversation.
- Can’t make it? If you miss a chat, no problem. You can easily look back through the conversation later to gain insights and ideas, and even reply. Many times, you’ll see tweets with chat hashtags day after the event, which is a great way to keep the conversation going.
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Anna Jasinski is manager of audience relations at PR Newswire. Follow her on Twitter at @annamjasinski for tweets on writing and social media. You can also catch her sharing the latest news in journalism and blogging on @BeyondBylines.