Twitter Hashtags for Writers
By: Nadine Ducca
In August 2012, I opened a Twitter account…and since I had no idea what I was doing, I did very little. I used it to post my thoughts, and to post links to whatever I had recently published on my blog. For about two months, I hovered between 16 and 18 followers. Nobody cared what I had to say. Even I didn’t care, and I was very close to abandoning Twitter and forgetting about the whole thing.
Fortunately, instead of giving up I decided to seek advice on how to revamp my account. This guest post by Richard Stephenson had all the info I needed to kick start Twitter: Indie Author’s Guide to Twitter. I can’t recommend it enough!
The main advice is to have interest in others. Building relationships is the funnest, most rewarding, and probably most difficult part of Twitter. To build relationships with other writers and readers, first you have to find them. And how do we do that?
A hashtag is a word or string of words without any spaces or punctuation, preceded by the pound sign (#), sometimes also called a “hash.” They are links you can click on to see all the recent tweets posted under that tag.
Hashtags classify tweets by topic. Jumping from one hashtag to another is like wandering from one chat room to another.
Most hashtags are self-explanatory, such as #amwriting or #selfpub, but what happens when you don’t understand a hashtag? What the heck do #asmsg and #ian1 mean? I used to see these all the time and wonder what they were about. When in doubt, you can always refer to Tagdef. On this site, simply write in the unknown hashtag, and check the definition:
#asmsg is Authors’ Social Media Support Group : A Talented Group of Independent Authors from Around the Globe Offering a Diverse Collection of Books.
You might not find every single hashtag, but Tagdef is a good place to start. What’s more, if you know the meaning of a hashtag, you can always add it to the database and help out others.
Below you’ll see a list of 30 popular hashtags for writers. You’ll find hashtags to connect with other authors and readers, to share and ask for advice, to find inspiration and to promote your work. Each hashtag in the list is a hyperlink to the Twitter search page. Just click on your hashtag of interest to see what people are saying now.
Tip: once you have the hashtag in your Twitter search box, and if you like what you see, save the search. That way, you’ll get a drop-down menu of all your saved searches each time you click on the search box. This is very useful for forgetful people like me!
#book also #books
#CampNaNoWriMo Active during the Camp NaNoWriMo months (varies).
#NaNoWriMo Active during November.
#followFriday also #FF Promote interesting Twitter users.
#writingprompts also #writingprompt
If you liked this list of hashtags, check out 40 More Twitter Hashtags for Writers on my blog!
Are there any other hashtags you use to connect with other writers? Share your comments below! Oh, and feel free to connect with me on Twitter @NadineDucca!
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