Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April Platform Challenge: Day 17

A big part of social networking (both online and off) is joining in on the conversation and connecting with other people who have similar interests. Some writers are naturals at this; others not so much (but don't worry, I've been in the "not so much" category more than the "naturals" category throughout my life--so it can be done).


Join the #MNINB chat today between 5-6 p.m.

For today's task, take part in a Twitter conversation. In fact, take part in the #MNINB chat today between 5-6 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia, time--or EST). I'll be there for the full hour (and maybe a little after) to pose and answer questions. It'll be a great opportunity to connect and practice chatting (if you haven't participated in one on Twitter yet).

If you can't make the time (for instance, you live on the other side of the planet and will be fast asleep), don't worry. Just use the #MNINB hashtag to pose questions and/or connect with other April Platform Challenge participants throughout the day and the month.

Once you include the #MNINB hashtag in a tweet, you can click on it to see the full conversation linked to the #MNINB hashtag. Over time, Twitter updates the feed with new Tweets (just click on the button that says new Tweets).

If you use a social media caddy like Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, etc., you can actually set up a stream that collects anything tied to the #MNINB hashtag.

Anyway, I hope to see many of you on Twitter later today.

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How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Writing and Yourself.

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80 comments:

Misky said...

I often jump into Twitter conversations with other bakers, so I've fulfulled this one probably every day of the week (except when I'm on holiday). And besides 5pm EDT is 10pm my time so I'll be heading for bed.

Joseph Lalonde said...

Wish I could make the chat but that will happen on my drive home. But I will jump in during the day with some #MNINB action.

Elizabeth Saunders said...

Some of these chats are how I have met people on Twitter.

I'll be driving home then, but maybe I can catch the end of the #MNINB conversation.

I made a Twitter list of all the MNINB tweeps from Robert's list. You can use it to see what everybody's saying even if you don't want to follow 138 people. (If I missed you, let me know @bibliotraveler)
https://twitter.com/#!/bibliotraveler/mninb-platform-challenge

Anne Kimball said...

Oooh, sorry, can't make it. Starting my volunteer hours with my daughter at therepeutic riding program Reins of Life. I'll be ankle-deep in riding ring mulch and covered with horse hair around that time.

Have fun!

Tina Marie McGrevy said...

I will attempt to sign on to twitter...and then find the "chat room" is it? Wish me luck!

Anne...my son has Smith-Magenis Syndrome. We attempted therpeutic riding many years ago, but he did not enjoy it. He went last week on a field trip and I was told he had a wonderful time.

Good luck to you!!

Lauren Miller said...

Wish I could come but I'll still be at work by then. Hopefully I can join some of the #MNINB remarks during the day.

Anne Kimball said...

Thanks, Tina! I'm not familiar with Smith-Magenis Syndrome. Hope he's doing well?

Kiril Kundurazieff said...

Drats!

Withing an hour I won't be near a computer until maybe 6pm PST, or later, for the rest of the day!

Always wondered if I should maybe get myself an affordable Laptop, but never have been able to think of why I even need one. :-D

Donna said...

I will be in the middle of leading a prayer walk with the ladies in my Bible study...sorry I'll miss this one.

But I'll be outside in the Colorado mountains praising God, so in a way I'll be "tweeting" with Him.

Thanks for stretching us Robert...it's been such a good month!

Donna

Mary Bauer said...

I too, must send my regrets. I will be teaching fifth and sixth graders, because I am on the West Coast. They might think it is okay if I participate in a Twitter chat during school hours, but I like my job and want to keep it. :) I will partipate in other conversations.

Rebecca Barray said...

I will definitely try to be there!! If my toddlers allow it, of course. ;)

Muddy said...

I'll be there! And I've been doing plenty of chatter on Twitter. Never thought I'd say this, but I like Twitter! Thanks for the nudge to get on there, Robert!

Sarah Negovetich said...

You'll see me there. I have some questions I've been wanting to ask Robert. :)

Melanie Cole said...

I shall do my best, and if I can't make it, I will still try to post questions and participate in other conversations

Anonymous said...

Hoping you will have another Twitter conversation! I need the practice. Tonight I'll be leading a Weight Watchers meeting during that time slot.

Kasie Whitener said...

I'll be there. Looking forward to connecting with everyone!

the whatnot shop said...

I will do my best to be there. I have enjoyed what (limited) time I've had on Twitter so far.

I am really enjoying the friend connections I've made through this challenge! Thank you again for running it, Robert. :-)

caryl said...

Good idea! See you there.

Rhonda Parrish said...

I can't make the chat, but I've added a #MNINB stream to my Hootsuite so I'll be lurking around there :)

~ Rhonda Parrish

Brandi Amara Skyy said...

i'll be there! it will be my first twitter chat!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Darn! I'm still going to be at work. :(

I have watched a twitter chat, but was to shy to jump in with a question or comment. It is a neat form of communication, though! It is like a time-delayed conversation, to me.

I'll hashtag later tonight, though. Have fun at 5:00pm!

Jane Ann McLachlan said...

I'll try to be there if I can figure it out.
I've been making tweets, but no chatter on Twitter. I'm not good with small talk.
One of us once mentioned how hard this all is, b/c she's essentially a hermit. Whoever you are, you're not alone. Hope we connect before this challenge is over.
I think it would be a great idea if everyone who commented would leave with their comment a way of contacting them - their twitter, facebook, etc url, every time they commented here. Save trying to match the name on the comment with a url given in the first week. @janeanmclachlan

Lynn Daue said...

I'll try! I also like the #amwriting chat and #askagent. Although I don't know if #askagent is still on; it's been a while.)

Brooke Ryter said...

I use the #MNINB often. I will not be able to attend. =( I will still be at my day job, but I will Tweet a question or two. =)

F.S. (Sharon) Vander Meer said...

I posted a #MNINB question now because I won't be online at the time this evening.

Julia Tomiak said...

I won't be available at 5 either, but I'll tweet some questions and see how that works! Thanks! @juliatomiak

Paul Ellis said...

Also, done! But, chances are good that I'll be around for the TweetUp as well!

Lara Britt said...

A Tweet Up! I believe that will be noon Hawaii time. I'm planning on being there.

Romelle Broas said...

I'll be missing it since I'm in the PST zone and I'll be with patients the whole afternoon. I'll take a look at the chat later tonight (when most of you are sleeping!)

Michelle said...

Thanks for a GREAT chat Robert! Just left (20 mins early)...time to make dinner. Catch you 'all for tomorrow's challenge. :)

Marian O'Brien Paul said...

This was fun and educational. Easier than I thought, but wouldn't know how to start one.

Daniel Ari said...

Done. Fun! Except my Twitter got real laggy toward the end. Will do again, though -- got some very good ideas about tools to streamline social media time.

Nicole said...

Hey Nicole here. Done
Until tomorrow

Barbara Morrison said...

Done. Thanks for hosting RLB.

De said...

Done. Whew.
#MNINB is wearing me out. ;)

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

What a challenge that was! I'll take a speed-reading class before the next Twitter chats. I'm overwhelmed by all the ideas and the generosity of writers in sharing them.

Diana said...

I guess I missed it - 5-6 EST is 2-3 PST, which is where Arizona is right now. I am still at work!! :P It's okay, I got the tail end of some of the comments. I will have to try checking this blog earlier in the day, it seems!

Pat Walsh said...

Day 17 is done! It was great to "see" my fellow Platform Builders online... thanks, Robert, for setting up the chat, and for bringing together this wonderful group of writers!

Ivy said...

I'm a little late, but I'm logging on now to chit chat.

JRWoodward said...

Sorry I missed most of the party -- I got caught in an unexpected family situation (is there any other kind?). I just finished reading the whole feed, though and I learned a few things. See y'all tomorrow!

Kirra said...

Didn't make the mninb chat but I'm chatting right now with some mninb people. Nice!

MaryPf said...

Found the Challenge 10 minutes after start. Still plenty of time to join in. ...After Tweet In: I know I was hurried (personal obligations), but I just don't get it. Was it artificial because we were "trying it out"? What was the common thread we were ALL talking about?

Erika D. said...

Late, but done.

Gerry said...

Couldn't make it. So sorry. But my connections are growing, and it's fun.

Robert, I didn't get the email re April platform challenge today. Is there something I can do about that?

Beth Stilborn said...

I wasn't able to participate in the MNINB chat, but I did have a couple of spontaneous exchanges with people on Twitter, and had one of my tweets retweeted by a bookstore that has over 4,000 followers, so I'm calling my day a success.

To Jane Ann Maclachlan -- most of us have a link in our names that leads to some way to contact us, either a google account or our blog. Mine links to my blog, where there is a button for finding my facebook author page as well as my twitter. Does that help?

Claudia Karabaic Sargent said...

Couldn't join in the #MNINB tweetchat today, but did follow the Qs&As, and THANK YOU REBECCA for setting up the FB group!

Kirk said...

Missed the conversation, rats! I could not make the timing. But in previous days, I have had several fun conversations with #MNINB folks, lasting for a half dozen exchanges.

Monique Liddle said...

LOVED IT! Great idea Robert!

Khara House said...

All done. Couldn't make the chat (I think I came in on the end of it) but threw out some #MNINB action today, and will try to continue to do so throughout the rest of April! :)

Lynn said...

Missed the chat, but had been using the #MNINB hashtag. And I'm with De... #MNINB wearing me out too!

John Morris Benson said...

Well, I have to put the challenges to the side for a while but will try to catch up later.
My publisher sent the bookblock and I must do the line-by-line as soon as possible.
Because it is my first novel, I want it to be just right.

Cameron said...

Missed the chat - I think I was interviewing someone at the time. Ah the disaster of day jobs (but they do pay the bills). I did add a #mninb stream to Hootsuite, so we will see what I can stumble upon.

Stephanie Puckett said...

Done.

Karen said...

I didn't really get the hang of it, especially since I wasn't able to join in real-time, but I'm game to try other Twitter chats. I love learning new writing-related skills and new technology!

Kendra Merritt said...

Done, though I'm not sure I was a fan of the fast pace. That makes me sound really old, but I promise I'm only 26.

Jo Ann J. A. Jordan said...

Done... it was great fun.

Skipperhammond@gmail.com said...

Hi Kendra, I'm 77, but an infant at Twitter. Just scanned the posts--or whatever they're called--and an amazing characteristic emerged. Whereas experienced Twitters normally write in gobbledygook, those posting in this chat were considerate of the Twitter illiterate like me and spoke English. Writers must 'a been raised right.

Laura Diane said...

Couldn't make the chat at the scheduled time, but did post at #MNINB just now. Day 17 done. Still playing with day 16.

Veronica Roth said...

Been trying to follow convos on Twitter, I find it incredibly difficult and frustrating. There’s so much chatter and advertising and ulr’s to click to. Incredible time waster. Anyone found this to be the case too?

Bonnie Vesely said...

Missed this. For some reason, your emails are hitting my inbox almost 24 hours after you send them...will have to check with my domain host and find out what's going on. In the meantime, I'll start checking your MNINB blog early in the day to get the day's assignment. I hope there will be other opportunities to join in a group chat!

Kyle Robinson said...

I did this, I will continue to connect and have conversations with everyone and start using the #MNINB a lot more.

Kathy Sterndahl said...

So, here's the bad part about subscribing to your blog...
You keep posting these things that are time sensitive and your subscribers miss out because we don't get the update until the next day. Is that fair to your loyal followers? If you announced them a day in advance, it wouldn't be a problem.

Janann Giles said...

This is something I need to work on - I was off with Cub Scouts during the chat but have been reading the posts today.

Susan P said...

Done, but hard to chat with so many people at once.

Dianne said...

I missed the chat by about 6 minutes!!! Sorry, Robert...I got a late start going home and was stuck in Texas traffic. I do have a good excuse: I was celebrating the fact that I've lost 34 pounds and 19.5 inches in 4 months. Forgive? :-)

GoingVeggie said...

Done yesterday. Also joined the FB page. Nice community you've started. :)

Joy Weese Moll said...

Fun chat, thanks!

Diane said...

Done...I did myself in and was buried so I did not make it. Sorry.

Blyth McManus said...

Done, I think - I missed the chat in synchronous time but have been checking in.

Elissa Field said...

I caught the very tail end of the #mninb chat on the day this was posted, so sorry to miss you guys there. Some of the chats I've enjoyed in past weeks have included regular chats for #YAlit (writers, editors, & agents of young adult lit, plus readers & teachers), #MGlit (same, for middle grade fiction), #litchat (a regular - maybe daily - chat discussing literature, w visiting writers), #smmanners (social media manners), #toc variations (toc is tools of change, following changes in media trends).

Susan Craig said...

Got in late, but it was still fun. Done.

CERN Wife said...

It's April 23 and I was in Rome, without my computer, for this Twitter date. Maybe I'll do it another time. True Confession: Twitter gives me the jitters.

Jennifer said...

This was the first time I had used a hashtag in twitter. Painless. I'll have to be part of the conversation more often.

Denise Stanley said...

Well, I did use the hashtag the other day. Who knew it would be a task? I don't often get to join in chats, but I did join in to Holly Lisle's party once.

Claudine Jaboro said...

Done & fun! (If I may) :)

Kerry said...

I am super late with this challenge. And am still becoming fluent on Twitter. I can't ever find what I'm looking for on it. Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to link to My Name is Not Bob April Challenge in my post.

Claudine Jaboro said...

Done! And it was very cool!

Cerece Rennie Murphy said...

Done (finally). I was at the last one. It was fun, though I am still in the "Not so much" category.

Monica Miller said...

I posted a question with #MNINB hashtag and viewed the tweets that showed up when I did a search for #MNINB and when I clicked on the hashtag in a tweet. I don't see my question on that page of #MNINB tweets, though. I might not be understanding something correctly. I also replied to one of the tweets that did show up on that list of #MNINB tweets, so as to be "participating" in a conversation.

Pennie De Witt said...

Since I'm a year late for this challenge what do you suggest I do for this assignment as an alternative?