I don’t know where but I write it anyway

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There are days that the blog posts write themselves. They pop up somewhere in between waking up, singing in the shower, and savoring that first cup of coffee. And then there are days that I just sit here.

I know the topic for the post or what the tone should be but, what medium to use? Is this something as short as a tweet, or is it something that cannot be seen publicly regardless of length, or is this a post that deserves space, headers, and photography?

I am frequently stuck.

Do I have enough to say to type around 300-500 words for a post or are we done in a sentence or two? These days, my writing happens either in a journal, in a few tweets, on my website, or here. But here’s the fun part, I start to either blog or tweet and then regret te choice of medium.

Why?

Anxiety or stress.

Depending on what is going on, I just cannot sit still long enough to type or write. I need the quick release of a sentence or two with the flexibility to tweet that from just about anywhere to anyone, even nobody I know. From the car (when safe, of course) or the waiting room at whatever facility, Twitter allows for that writing release in the absence of a desk with a computer or a journal and a fountain pen.

Writing is breathing

When I do find myself sitting down, I make the conscious decision to breathe and write. I have a subject in mind and depending on that subject it either goes on the website, the blog here, or in my journal. I find that making the decision to combine writing with consciously slowing down and deepening my breath, as we do in yoga, takes the edges off the anxiety that popped up.

Shape shifters

Depending on what I write and how e.g. venting, the stress may go away entirely. In other cases, especially when it is work related, the stress remains but changes shape.

It is not anymore in a powerful position to make me anxious, no. It has changed. I now have the determination to dig, research, and get answers. From there, the words flow and even if what I then produce is just a draft, I have laid the foundation for more writing.

Road maps

If I sat down with my journal, I find that I jot down thoughts and feelings that were simmering underneath the surface, eating away at my sense of self, and therefore giving me feelings of anxiety. The ink on the pages is not always in the best penmanship but they reflect what has been going on in my mind, my heart, and my soul.

I don’t immediately have answers or solutions however, I have a roadmap to get me out. I have turned on my GPS or Google Maps, and I can now actively see what is around me, in my street, and what is coming around the corner.

There are days that I sit here and don’t know where to write what I think. But, even if I have to cross things out, or delete tweets, or rewrite drafts, I write anyway.

Promote your blog on Twitter

Many bloggers, especially new ones, are unsure where to place the link to their blog on Twitter. As a result, they keep repeating the same promotional tweets. Repeated self-promotion does not do well with Twitter’s algorithm and that in turn, does not gain you followers or exposure for your blog. So, if you are not sure where to place a link to your blog on Twitter, this post is for you.

On Twitter, you have several options to place a link to your blog.

1: Use you header to your advantage

Your header can be used for great photography but why not combine the photography with a link? Check what I did below. The header is actually the one that I use for this blog. Now pay attention to what I wrote over it: my blog’s name and where to find it.

Art and photography AdS

Take a picture that you like for your header. Then use a simple editor to type your blog’s URL on it. Adjust the colours to make sure that they stand out, write the full link, save the picture, and upload it to Twitter. The recommended dimensions for header images are 1500 x 500 pixels. This is spot number one. Why? People are more inclined to check pictures than reading a bio, no matter how short.

2: Use the website field

In you bio, Twitter has a designated spot for one link so use that for your blog. If you have multiple sites, consider using something like Link Mix. This is spot number two.

3: Use your bio

Twitter gives you 160 characters to write something about yourself and yes, that may include a link, see here. So, proudly state that your are a blogger (use the hashtag #blogger for optimized search results) followed by your site’s link. To save characters, use a link shortener. This is your third spot.

Now onto spot #4.

Twitter has a pinned tweet feature. You write a tweet and pin it to the top of your feed, see here how. It remains there until you replace it. You can use this to promote your latest book or, to add information for which there was no space in your bio. Check the plus sign in the lower right corner, it means you can add another tweet to the original. This is spot #4 to promote your blog.

What you should not do?

Do not immediately send every new follower a direct message (DM) with your links, promotional materials, and worse, requests that they follow you on other social media platforms. DMs are seen as private territory. Most Twitter users have DMs turned off meaning only people they follow can contact them that way. But even then, DMs are not welcome. Why? Abuse and harassment. So, ask someone if it is ok to DM.

I hope that this information helps you to promote your blog on Twitter!