If you haven’t heard, @ChrisBrogan has agreed to co-host #blogchat tonite! We’ll be discussing how to use other social media sites in order to improve and grow your blog. I think Chris probably does this better than anyone, so I am thrilled that he’s agreed to share what he’s learned with us.
Now if you are a regular of #blogchat, you know how batshit-insanely fast the chat can get. It can be danged tough to keep up with, even if you are a veteran. Add in Chris co-hosting and bringing his 150K followers, and it could be a recipe for complete chaos. Hopefully in a good way 😉
So in an attempt to make sure that everyone has a grand time, I wanted to try to have a little more background and structure to tomorrow’s chat. As #blogchat regulars can tell you, #blogchat is pretty much a freeform discussion, and that’s honestly the biggest reason why #blogchat is the most popular chat on Twitter. But if the volume picks up like I think it will, the ‘freeform’ flow could be too much for some (especially those that are new to #blogchat), unless we have a bit more organization in place.
With that in mind, keep the following in mind:
1 – The topic is How to Use Other Social Sites/Presences to Grow Your Blog. Please try to keep your tweets on this topic.
2 – For the 1st 30 mins of the chat, we’ll discuss this particular question: “How do you decide which sites you should be active on in order to help your blog?” I’m not talking about ‘Is Twitter better than Facebook?”, but rather we will be talking about your strategy for growing your blog, and what you are trying to accomplish. In other words, we won’t be talking about specific tools so much, but rather what do you look for from the sites in order to see if they would be a good fit for what you are trying to accomplish with your blog? Chris will walk us through his thinking here, and help us figure out which sites will work best to support our blogging strategies. This area of the discussion will carry us through about 8:30 or so.
3 – At around 8:30, we’ll start talking about how to decide if one of the social sites you have a presence on should just be an ‘outpost’ for you. Chris has written before about this, here and here. Please take a few minutes to read these posts to familiarize yourself with the idea.
Now if you have some blog questions that are NOT related to this week’s topic, I would ask you to please join #blogchat after 9pm Central. Chris can likely only stay till around 9pm Central, and we want to make sure that we give as many people as possible a chance to connect with him. Besides, if you have a question about the best WordPress theme, for example, if you ask it at 8:15, it will just get lost in the sea of #blogchat tweets anyway. So please, as a courtesy to your fellow #blogchatters, please wait and join us around 9pm Central if you have non-topic questions. We’ll be happy to help you with those if we can!
For the record, the most active #blogchat ever had a shade over 4,000 tweets in 2 hours. And ironically, the topic was using Twitter to promote and grow your blog. A similar topic to tomorrow nite, PLUS Chris Brogan will be co-hosting that topic. So I wouldn’t be surprised to see tonite’s volume set the record. Which is a big reason why I wanted to write this post, so everyone can work together so that we have organized chaos, not complete chaos 😉
Sound good? If you have any questions, please feel free to add them in the comments!