Hashtags come and go. It probably takes a long time on Twitter but I’m almost positive there are many hashtags that have gone by the wayside to vanish into the black hole of cyberspace. I like using hashtags. It’s an easy way for me to identify what I write and gives me an uncomplicated way for me to find what I want on Twitter.
When I first started using the hashtag #weekendcoffeeshare, I was a hard-core coffee-holic. It didn’t make any difference what time of day it was; I was drinking coffee. I got into sampling the international coffees once in a while just to take a break for the straight black slug. It was my drink to have at my side no matter what I was doing.
A couple of years ago I started noticing a discomfort in my stomach so I cut down on the caffeine a little, having coffee only until 3:00pm. It helped but not to the point where the uneasy feeling in my gut was completely gone. So… I started using creamer. That took care of the tummy problem but I wasn’t enjoying the brew as much.
I switched to tea, green tea to be exact. It gave me the lift I needed to get my motor going but the jitters I sometimes would get with coffee never appear. I did have to change over to one of the green teas with another flavor in it though. Green tea as it is is a little too harsh for my taste buds. At this point, I can’t decide whether I like the ginger or the mint best. Lemon is all right but it isn’t quite as good as the other two.
I’ve always thought of the #weekendcoffeeshare posts as being ones that were more on the personal level. I was first writing about writing when using it but I soon changed, making the posts more about me at a personal ranking and usually didn’t concern writing. After all, I was thinking of it as a chitchat or a bull session.
Soon after that, I made my own hashtag, #thepersonalside. This meant I had two posts every month, one right after the other, that wasn’t about writing. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I was starting each month with #writingcraft and usually ending with #amwriting.
I’ve been pondering on these hashtags for a few weeks now. I like having them because they bring readers to my blog from Twitter. Even though I wish they would subscribe to my monthly newsletter that has the list of posts in it or subscribe to my posts through WordPress.Com via my sidebar, I know some like to do the hit or miss approach, which Twitter can provide for them. All in all, the hashtag being part of the title of each post has served me well.
Except for my blog, I’m not published anywhere anymore. I used to write articles for newsletter put out by an organization that helps people with disability. However, that was years ago. I knew I should find a way to up my skill at this part of the writing craft and move on to getting published. Coming to this conclusion, I decided to do away with the #amwriting hashtag and replaced it with the #takeonnews one in order to motivate myself to write more like a journalist [actually more like a columnist].
Getting back to the #weekendcoffeeshare hashtag now that I’ve digressed a little…
So what am I going to replace the #weekendcoffeeshare hashtag with? I’ve settled on the hashtag, #writerslife. It’ll still be a grab bag of topics but not as broad as #thepersonalside. Sometimes it’ll be gripes. Sometimes it’ll be discoveries. Maybe there will even be some successes. I’m not at all sure about that last one. 😕
Then there are those months that have five Thursdays in them. In the past, I’ve been winging, making a tossup as to what I’ll write about. That may be an okay way to handle that week but so I get more practice with fiction, I’m going to re-enter the #amwriting hashtag and plan on presenting scenes and sketches for that week. I might even use it to sometimes ask for help from you, my readers.
Anyway, you are going to see the following themes from now on: #writingcraft, #thepersonalside, #writerslife, #takeonnews, and sometime #amwriting. Are you doing any changeups with your blog for the new year?
“Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers.”
― Muhammad Tabish