The date was March 12. I’d been on Twitter for nearly 8 years and had only broken 100 followers maybe a month or two prior. Originally, my account had been for a political following during the 2011 Canadian Federal Election, but shortly after that had concluded, I began tweeting about writing.
I’ve been writing since I was a young girl and coming up with stories long before that, though talking about writing to others – and using a social media platform to do so – was a first for me. But slowly, I became more used to it and soon I was posting about all my little random thoughts I’d have while writing and about the writing process.
Though this was quite awesome in its own right, I never seemed to be able to connect to writers in the expansive way that I wanted too. Yes, I was using the popular hashtags #amwriting, #writerslife, and #writerproblems, but I was only getting a like or two and maybe a retweet on posts I was making.
With that knowledge, back to my story.
The date was March 12. I was scrolling through Twitter – it had been a while since I’d had the energy to go through it – and a tweet jumped out at me. There was a shoutout from the account, Camilla Writes, calling to all writers on Twitter with less than 2000 friends (followers). She wanted these people (and probably all writers in general) to comment, like, and/or retweet, following everyone do did so.
I was astounded by this notion and extremely excited, so I joined in as soon as I saw the post. Sure enough, within moments of commenting and liking the tweet, followers started streaming in. My Twitter account was finally getting noticed and I was finally finding writing friends.
But what made even more of an impact for me was a hashtag Camilla used. #WritingCommunity.
One click and suddenly my Twitter feed was full of writers. Writers asking questions, answering questions, putting out polls. Writers posting tweets just like mine, only these ones have hundreds of responses, retweets, and likes. I couldn’t believe my eyes, but I was so happy.
Since that day, I’ve over tripled my followership, and found many more new writers to connect with. I’ve been on Twitter daily, scrolling through my feed, answering other writers’ questions, commenting on posts with news on my latest work-in-progress, or just saying hi and introducing myself to others out there.
So for all those new writers out there looking for friends, leap over to Twitter. There’s a whole community out there just waiting to befriend you and help you with your daily writing struggles, needs, and triumphs.
#WritingCommunity. Look it up.
Until next time.