And, I really wanted to answer those questions in the comments but then it was just sort of way too much. So then I did what any saavy woman would do and made it into a blog post.
HOW DOES ONE FIND TWITTER PARTIES?
I have found all of mine through friends on Twitter who write content similar to mine. #NaNoWriMo connected me with a lot of other avid (and awesome) writers I would otherwise not have crossed paths with... The good old Hashtag seems to be working online community making magic!
HOW DOES ONE WIN AT TWITTER PARTIES?
Here are five tricks that have really helped me.
1. STICK WITH WHAT YOU KNOW.
Participate in chats that are cohesive with your blog. I love to run and enjoy reading through the #bibchat feed, but I don't talk about running (much, if at all) here. It's easier to make an online connection with someone when your interests are similar AND make up blog content.
2. HAVE TWO TABS OPEN.
Yes, one tab with the moderator's account pulled up. And another tab with the #TwitterParty's feed. This allows you to keep an eye on the questions presented by the moderator WHILE allowing you to see what people are saying.
3. BE SOCIAL.
It's not simply about questions and answers. It's about conversation. When you see a tweet from someone respond to them, interact. That's
4. USE TCHAT.IO
Go to tchat.io and enter the party hashtag into the search bar and press Start Chatting. There's your room, and handily enough, tchat will pull the entire feed together for you. When you're really saavy you can put in your twitter information and favorite tweets like you do on Twitter. But the best part -the very best-, it'll add the hashtag for you. (I always forget to put the hashtag at the end of my tweets.)
5. DON'T RESPOND TO THE MODERATOR.
The moderator is going to make sure the questions flow and nothing falls short or quiet. BUT they aren't going to go through all the answers specifically to them every time. You can respond simply by starting your answer tweet with an A and the number of the question to which you are responding. This makes it so MORE people will see your tweets.
AND NOW, I SHARE SOME PARTIES WITH YOU.
#TheWriteParty: For writers (of all kinds). Hosted by TheWriteWoman on Thursdays at 7:00 PM EST
#Collaboreating: For eaters and food enthusiasts. Hosted by Collaboreat on Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST.
#FireworkPeople: For dreamers and doers. Hosted by FireworkPeople on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM EST
#BibChat: For runners of all the distances. Hosted by BibRave on Tuesdays at 9:00 PM EST.
#BlissChat: For creatives and entrepreneurs. Hosted by Charissa Moore on Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST.
#CreateLounge: For creators and makers of all varieties. Hosted by Kayla Hollatz on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM EST.
Now, those of you who participate, share your tips.
And you who need more information, share your questions.