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How to do well on Twitter – Part Two

This is part two to my previous post because it got a little bit too long to all go into one. Part one can be found over here.

What Not To Do:
1. Be deliberately argumentative, it doesn’t work in 140 characters and Twitter is rarely the place for it
2. Use bad language – swearing, sensitive words, think of your audience
3. Writing emotive statements with no context “It’s so exciting!!!” and then not following up (as an extra one here, few things annoy me personally more than multiple exclamation/question marks)
4. Auto-Direct Messages when someone follows you back, especially if there is a plug for something you sell or other social media outlets there.
5. Using lots of numbers or underscores in your name. It makes is hard to remember when replying and looks like spam.
6. Don’t use four tweets all at once to say something. Be concise. It’s 140 for a reason. It’s okay to do this occasionally but should mostly be avoided.
7. Lots of long personal conversations in the timeline, instead try to switch to DMs. (Holding my hand up – on my personal account this is the one I’m most guilty of but I am trying to stop!)
8. Don’t hog the hashtags. This is a rare one but some people add the favourite hashtag of the day to unrelated tweets – annoying to everyone.
9. Asking for Re-Tweets and follows all the time. Occasional asks for charities are generally fine but begging people to help you advertise is frowned upon when it becomes a regular feature.
10. Bragging and oversharing. These two seem to go together, if you’ve done something amazing then share it but overshared bragging gets very irritating, very quickly.

And a few things that you should do…
1. Be an active promoter of other people’s work, make recommendations or highlight people and companies you would refer
2. Help people out, answer questions and queries if you are able
3. Keep an eye on your own feed, read back over it occasionally to see how an outsider would view it
4. If you own a business, use Twitter to promote discounts or run a Twitter-only competition
5. Try to leave a little room at the end of a tweet so you can be re-tweeted without shortening the message, 125-130 characters is a good guide.

I hope these two lists have been helpful to people. I’ll keep posting a few of the more popular business posts from my old site over here!

Vick.

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Bookshelves #1

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I had so many people saying lovely things about the pictures of my library that I’ve decided, over time, to show pictures of the books themselves on the blog. This will also show how many of them I still have to read…and yet I keep buying more!

Shelf #1 is mostly YA/children-ish fiction.

Part 1

Part 1

 

Part 2

Part 2

Apologies for the images being a little rubbish – it’s really hard to get good light in the library for photography. It’s possible that having lined the walls with books and dark blue paint has made it a little darker in there…

This shelf has a higher than average number of books I’ve read in it – largely due to the collection of Harry Potter books there. Sadly I have lost my hardback copies of books 1 & 2. I had them stored in my parents attic while I was moving house and the roof leaked. They weren’t first editions but they were early and I had had them for a long time. Losing books is horrid.

I’ve also read ‘The Swiss Family Robinson’ many times over, I love that book and I think reading it as a child was a great experience, especially with the illustrations in this edition. The copy of ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ was bought solely for the illustrations which are done by Quentin Blake. Noticing a pattern here, ‘Drawn from Memory’ is also full of illustrations by the wonderful E.H. Shephard.

On the other side of the shelf is the fantastic ‘Valiant’ by Holly Black as well as ‘An Abundance of Katherines’ by John Green (one of my favourite authors – see the P.S.). I never get rid of books, even if I don’t like them; this is partly because I think, as someone who writes, it’s interesting to look back at what I didn’t like about a book and also because one of my friends might want to read it someday. I actually didn’t manage to finish either ‘North Child’ or ‘The Witch Family’. Both ‘Hexwood’ by DWJ and ‘The Spellgrinder’s Apprentice’ by N.M. Browne were recommendations from Zoë Marriott – I loved ‘Hexwood’ and haven’t gotten around to TSA yet. Soon.

On the theme of Diana Wynne Jones there was a great guest article by Andrea K Höst on The Book Smugglers about her, that is definitely worth a read.

Read/Not Read shelf ratio: 21:14

Vick.

p.s. A Theatre for Everybody In My Pants…

p.p.s. If you don’t get the ‘in my pants’ joke then have a look at this Vlogbrothers FAQ video where all is revealed. It’s explained at 2.37 if you want to skip there. Also – watch the rest of the videos and become a Nerdfighter!

How to do well on Twitter – Part One

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I first posted this as a series of Social Media and Web Service posts on my business blog but since I combined my websites all together a lot of the business posts got lost along the way so I’m re-posting my favourites.

Rather than focusing on what you should be doing on Twitter it is much simpler to get used to the things that lose you followers or make you unpopular and from that point most things are positive.
This list is split into two posts because it got a bit too long, I asked people for their dos and don’ts online and along with my own this became a rather extensive list. I’ve also added a few tips for good behaviour on Twitter at the end as well!

You can really very simply summarise what not to do on Twitter by saying; don’t be rude, pushy or cruel. However, this means lots of things to lots of people and there are many little things that some people may not even know are annoying their followers so here’s the list of things that I believe are the most annoying things to do on Twitter:

What Not To Do:
1. Re-tweeting one account too much.
2. Over-advertise yourself, it’s boring and you’ll lose followers.
3. Using lots of capitals letters, especially randomly throughout messages
4. Direct Messaging people with sales pitches, it’s almost never welcome and not very productive.
5. Using the ‘Egg’ picture that Twitter gives you before you add your own, you look like a spammer.
6. Cramming your tweets all into one period and then say nothing for a long time – splurge tweeting.
7. Follow-backs are the first thing most people complain about on twitter, don’t expect someone to follow you right back, they will if they want to and don’t follow people just for a follow back, that’s not the point of Twitter.
8. Having a blank profile. Be open in your profile, you don’t need to share lots of personal information but putting something down shows you are a real person/company not a spammer.
9. Thanking everyone who follows you, especially in the main timeline – it’s really tedious and often goes into splurge tweeting again.
10. Using text-speak and too many emoticons. Yeuch.
11. Re-tweeting part of a series of tweets so it makes no sense even if it is the best to RT if you’ve read all of them.
12. Follow and un-follow and re-follow and un-follow – it’s just plain rude.
13. Telling someone you sent them a DM or Email, if they are on Twitter they probably are capable of checking their emails and it seems pushy.
14. Over-integration of other social networks. Make sure you want to share on multiple networks, especially if your followers overlap between them.
15. Being mean. This sounds simple but everything seems much harsher when coming in 140-character bursts over the internet, it’s much easier to be hurtful than you might think. If in doubt just don’t say it.

And a few things that you should do…
1. Keep a balance of business and personal information
2. Share things that you think will be interesting
3. Join in conversations, that’s what Twitter should be about
4. Follow people you find interesting and want to hear more about
5. Use Twitter’s functions, such as lists to make the most of it

Part two of this list will be coming soon!

Vick

Building a Library – Part Two

So. My library is now as complete as it is going to be for a while. You can find part one of this library exploration here. The pictures are not wonderful – I wanted to take pictures when there was good light, but it’s November in England. Not going to happen.

Welcome to my library!

My second desk – it was bought from a little shop in Brick Lane. My friend Lise helped me barter for it (and the masonic chair it came with!) and Rach came to my rescue to drive it to my house.

Non-fiction, poetry, plays and some general fiction. Plus a few I gained from my Mother who was getting rid of books. As well as not throwing my own away I take unwanted books from people. (Anyone read the Cave Bear series?)

My everyday desk – complete with tea, water, glasses, poetry, research, pretty lamp and lots of stationery!

View from the door – including the radiator which is *very* essential at the moment. Taken before I rearranged the books a little. You can see Fantasy, General (esp. Crime and Thriller), Childrens/YA, Classics and then Antique-ish plus current reading, more research and notebooks. (From L-R!)

Looking towards the door. Plus – fireplace!

The door next to the armchairs is a cupboard which has been named Narnia. Obviously!

Almost none of the windows in the house are standard size – so I have yet to fit a blind for the small window – hence the draped cloth!

Cosy reading space. Happy times.

Thanks for visiting my library – I might post some purely book pictures soon as well.

Vick.

Building a Library – Part One

Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted a library. This has been met with very mixed reactions over the years. For anyone who didn’t see my flat in London the books were quite literally stacked to the ceiling. Sadly I only have photographs from when I was selling it and most of the books had been taken out to make it look less personal.

I’ve had problems with damp twice now – once when my books were in London and my whole house was full of damp (basement flat and two lots of cowboy builders) and then again when they were being stored in my parents’ attic and the roof leaked. The second time was much worse and I lost 130 books at first and just recently found another ruined full bag. I’ve wanted all of my books in one place, where I can see them and read them for a very long time.

Looking at houses was amusing as people (quite naturally) assumed that I wanted a second room for guests or a future nursery. Trying to explain to people that the books were my children was good fun. My new house is perfect for the library – it gets the sun in the morning and is the larger of the two bedrooms with the smaller one having an en-suite.

I had several things that I knew I wanted to have. Two desks, so that visiting writer friends could work in here too. Armchairs so I could read near my books. Dark walls, just feels right for a library. Several lamps so I can have lots of different lighting levels (still working on this). And shelves, obviously.

For once I didn’t take picture while I was painting so you can see the room pre-shelves and post-shelves but the paint is all there! I’m only posting a couple of pictures now and will put the rest up online soon as well as probably a full blog full of pictures of my books.

One half of the library – with a hidden hint to my next poetry project…

The other side of the library

The arrival of the bookcases. Much heavier than they look too!

Almost half way through bookcase construction!

I’ll post pictures of the library as it looks now with all of the books in very soon.

Vick.