50 Things for the Freelance Writer to Tweet About
Yes, I know. Writers and other professionals are supposed to be active on social media sites. But do you ever just run out of anything to say?
Lately, I've been going through "Twitter Block," so I put together this list of topics to Tweet about. It's helped me, and I hope it will help you, too.
1. Promote your business. Sparingly. Sure, it's fine to Tweet about what you do, but every page shouldn't be an advertisement.
2. Reply to comments that interest you. Who knows, you might get a conversation going or even make a new friend.
3. Retweet content you would like to share with your network.
4. Link to blog posts that inspire you. The blogger doesn't need to be anybody you know, just someone whose work you admire.
5. Tweet your favorite quotations.
6. Share your personal updates, good or bad.
7. Share a list of your favorite things. "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…" Okay, so it doesn't need to be that corny, but let people get to know you a little bit.
8. Tweet industry news. One caveat here: Stay current. If your news is more than 12 hours old, it's probably already made the Twitter rounds.
9. Share a helpful tip. It doesn't matter if it's about fixing a leaky faucet or writing good dialogue.
10. Post a link to your favorite charity. Maybe others online will join or contribute.
11. Tell a joke. A short one.
12. Share travel tips about things to do in your hometown.
13. Post information about obscure holidays. For instance, do you know that today, April 8, is Draw A Picture of a Bird Day?
14. Conduct research. Ask your followers if they can help you find a source or a fact for an article you're working on.
15. Share your successes. It's okay to toot your own horn once in a while!
16. Remind followers to take a break from their desks. Tell everybody it's time to get up and stretch for five minutes.
17. Ask a silly "what if" question. What if you had all the money you needed to live on? What would you do with your life?
18. Post about a trending topic.
19. Find ways to mention your followers on Twitter. Do a shout out to new followers or to old friends.
20. Offer support to a follower who is having a hard time. It only takes a few seconds to type "I'm sorry and I'm here for you."
21. Congratulate a follower who just achieved a goal.
22. Post your opinions about books, movies, or other products. Or post links to your reviews on another site like Amazon.
23. Tweet interesting or bizarre factoids.
24. Respond to a question.
25. Share a quote from one of your fiction or nonfiction pieces. Share a link where your followers can go to buy or read the rest of the piece.
26. Share something you love.
27. Share a pet peeve.
28. Share a funny, beautiful, or poignant picture.
29. Ask for feedback about an issue that's troubling you. Respond to any answers you receive.
30. Recycle old Tweets. Just don't do it too often. Your followers might catch wise and decide that you don't have a good imagination.
31. Tweet about your favorite celebrity. Why do you like him or her?
32. Link to your Facebook page. Invite people to follow you there. For bonus points, offer a contest to engage new followers.
33. Send a Tweet to your favorite celebrity. Don't do this while under the influence, or you are practically guaranteed to make a fool of yourself.
34. Offer a short, clever summary of your day.
35. Share your funniest pet stories. Attach pics if you can.
36. Share helpful resources for writers.
37. Thank followers for Retweets or shout outs.
38. Talk about your favorite food. You can also share a link to your favorite recipe or restaurant.
39. Give a testimonial to someone who has helped you.
40. Tweet your favorite time management tip. Explain why it works so well for you.
41. Tweet good news about your career. If you have a book, story, or article published or if something you've written gets a good review, share it with the world!
42. Announce any events you have scheduled. You might announce, for instance, an online contest, a blog tour, or a book signing.
43. Share your hopes and dreams.
44. Give your opinion on a popular event like NaNoWriMo.
45. Tweet about something you're proud of.
46. Share something you'd like to improve about yourself. Maybe you can find an online accountability buddy.
47. Offer free advice in your area of expertise.
48. Tweet about your goals. Keep your followers updated on how you're doing.
49. Where do you find work? Post about your favorite sites to go for writing jobs.
50. Ask your followers how they are doing. Be sure to reply to any comments you get in response.