For those of you who don’t know…a bit of history. I began this blog with my daughter (and son) at the end of February, 2012. That would make us a meager 2 months old. We’ve been carefully composing what we hope is high quality, critical, and meaningful reviews of children’s books for our readers perhaps once or twice per week. We were so thrilled to let our family and friends know about the website and the support we’ve received has been amazing. A big thank you! 🙂
But how to get the word out even further?! Enter Twitter. Is there a WIDER world web than Twitter with unlimited access to populations of parents, grandparents, publishers, publicists, authors, aspiring authors, indie authors, and so on and so on or any one else remotely interested in children’s literature from around the world? It seemed like a logical decision at the time. Let me begin by saying that it is possible to actually spend ALL DAY on Twitter. I don’t WANT to (nor do I), but it is definitely possible.
As of today, I have
890 896 900 followers on Twitter. A solid 90% (or so) represent my target audiences: parent/grandparent, author, publishers, publicist, and/or are fellow bloggers writing on similar topics. Woot woot!! I have FOLLOWERS. And then…there are those whom I am FOLLOWING. Now what?! Well, Twitter has its own language which is largely not understandable in plain English.
It turns out I’m not the only one trying to maneuver their way through Twitter. I was lucky enough to run into a lovely lady through Twitter: Devon Riesenberg, a Mommy Blogger with her own site, The Jack Chronicles. In Devon’s latest post, Twitter: Decoded and Simplified, she interviews Yours Truly on how I’ve been navigating through the world of tweets, retweets, hashtags, and ampersands. Please click on over to her website using the link above to check out her Q & A interview.
At the end of the day, the real question is whether, through all of my tweeting efforts to find and engage with followers, do these actually translate into hits on our website? Can I say I’m just a little more than addicted to Google Analytics where I can get information about the number and location of visitors, number of page views, time spent on the website, traffic sources, and so on? So, since our birth, we’ve had over 1,680 visits from over 1,190 unique visitors, and 8,105 page views. Has my activity on Twitter contributed to these figures? That would be a resounding YES!!!
My parting words to you are that if you are just entering the world of blogging, sooner or later you will find yourself pulled toward Twitter (and eventually the world Facebook fan pages – but that’s another story). My advice is to set time limits on your “tweeting time” and goals for what you hope to accomplish within those time limits. Every once in a while, step back and take stock of whether your Twitter Time is time well spent. After all, if you are tweeting and not posting content on your site, your followers will quickly lose interest. There is a balance, there is a balance, there is a balance (she repeats to herself). On to more children’s book reviews…