February 23, 2015 by Paula Reed Nancarrow
My most popular post in 2014 was on using Twitter hashtags to drive blog traffic.
If you are reading this post on the day it was published, there’s a good chance you clicked on it because of #MondayBlogs. On Wednesday, it will have the #wwwblogs hashtag attached to it, which stands for “Women Writers Wednesday Blogs. When it gets to be an old post, you might see it on Twitter on a Saturday as an #ArchiveDay post.
Sunday is supposed to be my social Sabbath, so I usually don’t participate in #SundayBlogShare, but occasionally other people promote my posts there. If you aren’t familiar with these hashtags, now would be a good time to read that post.
But as far as I know there has been no attempt to gather data on how people use hashtag days.
There are clearly a lot of different ways people do so, and it is likely some deliver better results than others. How to write a good blog headline or a compelling tweet is a post in itself, and I don’t want to try to address that here. Nor do I want to talk about hashtag etiquette, though there is a lot that could be said on that score.
I’m talking more about the relationship between the amount of time people spend writing blog posts, the amount of time they spend promoting their blog posts on Twitter, and the amount of time they spend reading and retweeting the blog posts of others. There’s some assumptions about etiquette people may bring to the table here, but what I’m really interested in is the realities of usage.
It seems to me that if we shared that sort of information with each other, we’d learn some interesting things.
And so this week, I have ten questions for you. Click here to take a brief survey about blogging and hashtag days. I’d like to get responses from as many people who participate in blog hashtag days as possible. The survey is designed to be taken once, no matter how many hashtag days you participate in.
Unlike Overton Bernard here, you need no special equipment to proceed:
I will be running the survey from Monday, February 23 through Sunday, March 8 at
10:00 4:00 p.m. [Please note change.] That’s Central Standard Time here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. If you don’t know what that is in your part of the world, here’s a quick converter.
I have to admit I have some personal reasons for wanting to know how people will answer these questions.
I have had some ongoing difficulty balancing the time requirements of writing a blog post, promoting it on hashtag days, reading and commenting on other blogs, and finding time and energy for other creative work. This has been particularly difficult in February, while I was both preparing for a storytelling performance and taking a course on the lyric essay. Oh, and there’s also the day job.
I also signed up to do a #1000Speak post on compassion on February 20.
Speaking of hashtags. I could not find time to do that either. Consider this me, being compassionate with myself. Consider this you, taking the time you might have used to read a longer post and taking this survey instead.
I’m looking forward to compiling the results!