You folks seemed hungry for the previous #WriterLift Tips and Tricks, and that wasn’t even the real good stuff. So here’s some more.

I can’t say enough good things about #WriterLift and the #WritingCommunity in general. Seriously, I keep hearing how much of a sewer Twitter is. That might be true, but I haven’t seen that in the #WritingCommunity. Everyone has been an endless fount of positivity. Well, not everybody, but that’s what the Block function is for.

Pull my finger.
Something tells me you aren't going to like what I write... or the written word in general.

Which leads me to the first bit of advice: use the Block function judiciously and often. It’s a good idea to start culling your non-followers every week. Once you been haunting the Lifts for a while, you’ll begin to see the same faces. Some folks won’t ever follow you back. Maybe there’s something in your profile they don’t dig. Maybe they’re trying to pull some follow/unfollow BS. Either way, block ’em. These people don’t understand what the #WriterLift is about. Blocking them will save you time over the long run and more than a bit of sanity.

The second bit is about your profile. If you are a writer, put something about being a writer in the first half of your profile. Periodically, I look at my follower list for people to follow back. When I was under 5K followers, I would follow anybody who followed me. That all changes after 5K when you have to keep a certain following to follower ratio or risk Twitter jail.

 
Much like real jail but without the fun Shimajiro plushies.

Suffice to say, I have to be much more careful who I follow now. When I’m perusing the list, I’m doing so on my Android. I’m not sure what the iOS app is like, but on Android, profiles on the Followers list are cut in half. And if you have something about writing in your name, something like “Jane E. Smith is considering maybe, possibly doing NaNoWriMo”, that gets cut off on mobile, too. So give those of us on mobile, 80% of all Twitter users, a break and put something about writing right at the beginning of your profile.

The last bit is—this is the part that’s so good I can’t believe I’m letting it out—is poles!

Pull my tentacle.
People LOVE poles. Really gets their d*cks hard.

If you want to get a good response with your own #WriterLift, I suggest you include a pole in there. The first pole I ever did wasn’t even a Lift. I asked, “How do you pronounce gif? 1. G as in graphics. 2. J like a degenerate.” It took off like a Saturn V! Poles are real easy to interact with and they get noticed by the Twitter algorithm. For example, the last Lift I did was limited to writers with under 3K followers. It got 374 posts. Smashing, right? Well, the pole on that Lift got over 900 votes in 24 hours! Those writers that were over 3K were able to get their say in as well. I think that’s the key. People love to be heard, so make it easy for them to do so.

 
 

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What are your #WriterLift tips and tricks?

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