I’ve only been blogging for a few months now so I’m still navigating the world that is blogging. It’s all a bit of a “dive in and swim around” kind of experience. I’m learning a heap. To help me do that I have been reading a lot of blogs (see my Blogs I Read list in the right hand tool bar on the homepage), watching and responding to my Twitter feed and reading lots and lots of support websites. You know, the ones that show you “how-to”?
The link above has an excellent explanation of what it is and a very good “how-to,” but putting it simply it is a way of embedding tweets into your posts that have active action links that allow tweets to be retweeted, replied to, shortened links to be re-opened and hashtags, user-names and profiles to be accessed.
I like this idea mainly because it’s a great way to get reader traffic to your blog, your twitter account and vice-versa. It also helps you make active connections with your Twitter followers and their blogs.
The hardest part about this stage in my blogging life is trying to build a readership so it’s interesting when you find a new way of doing this that may help.
I haven’t seen the Blackbird Pie used all that much on blogs, in some ways it seems to defeat the purpose of Twitter at all but at the same time I do feel like it’s another tool in your arsenal to help you gain readership so why not give it a try?
All you have to do is…
- Find the tweet you want to post;
- Click on the timestamp;
- You’ll be taken to a page with the individual tweet. Copy the URL;
- In your blog post editor, in HTML view, paste the address on a line all by itself. This is important. It must be by itself. Ensure you “Save” immediately after pasting.
And wholah! There you have it! It should look something like this:
Another cool feature is verifying Twitter as an external service through your User Profile on your dashboard. In doing this, anytime someone replies, retweets or favourites one of your Tweet Posts, they will be prompted to follow you on Twitter. Cool, hey?
Do other blog providers have something similar? Have you used this feature much? What do you like/not like about it? How do you like to use this feature?