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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Contests | 30 comments

Answer some questions and you could win a $20 gift card!

Paranormal Haven is now on Twitter!  We tried doing this a couple years back when we first started our blog but we didn’t really care for it so it never went anywhere.  We thought we’d give it one more try and this time we’re really going to put forth the effort to make it work and we’d love some advice. 

For bloggers who use Twitter, what is the best way to use Twitter to help our blog grow?  For the non-bloggers, what are some tricks to using Twitter?  What about commenting?  Can we comment on any one’s conservation we’re following or should we keep our opinions to ourselves unless specifically asked?  Do we ask permission to retweet something we enjoy or think our followers will like being made aware of?  How often should we be posting?  Any information you can give would be extremely helpful!

On a separate note, what time during the day do you like to visit blogs?  Kind of an odd question but we’re interested because we want to make sure we’re posting our content at a time that it will receive the most viewer ship.  If you decide to leave us this information, please let us know what time zone, country or state you’re in. 

As a thank you for answering some of our questions (and following us @paranormalhaven), we are offering up a $20 electronic gift card from the winner’s choice of either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  Giveaway ends on June 5th and is open internationally.

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About Stephanie G

Stephanie is a Paranormal Haven co-creator & reviewer. She loves coffee, Supernatural & most importantly, paranormal romance & urban fantasy books. Connect with her on: Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads


  1. I have horrible twitterquette. I should use it for networking more than I do. I can’t really answer any of your questions. I really don’t know the answers. As for retweeting, I just RT what I like and think my followers may be interested in. I never thought to ask before I did it, no one has ever been upset by me doing so either.

  2. I don’t really use it for netowrking other than I follow people to get info LOL 🙂 I personally just use it to connect and meet people. I like Nessa–I do RT certain things (I tend to limit those to 10 a day) and the rest is just bookish/entertainment talk!

  3. I RT, but don’t ask permission. It’s a public forum and anything on there is public. I guess that is the extent of my advice. Yep, I know… not quite worth 2 cents. ;D

  4. Have fun! If you are stress you can leave/write everything there. 😀

  5. I think you should use Twitter in whatever way feels comfortable for you. For myself, I don’t post constantly, just when I think of something I want to say or something I’d like to share and I post pictures the same way. I don’t think commenting on anyone’s conversation is a problem, it is a public forum and that’s what it’s for. You can take part in some great conversations that way. I certainly don’t ask permission to retweet anything that strikes my fancy, and no one has ever asked my permission to retweet me. 😀

  6. I’m not too bothered either way, i just disregard posts if I’m not interested in the subject.

  7. Welcome back to Twitterverse 🙂

    I usually don’t jump into anyone’s conversation if I don’t know them a little or haven’t shared a few tweets with them in the past, but it also really depends on the topic. If it’s personal I leave it alone. If it’s more random then I’d say you can jump in and share. No one I know has ever asked, nor has anyone ever been upset about a Retweet. So feel free to retweet to your hearts content. You can post as often as you feel up to it. If you have the time to send one off, do it. Just be prepared that it may get overlooked. I know I can’t catch every single tweet from people/blogs I follow. For bloggers I think it’s more of an extra aid to spread the word about a contest or a review or some other happening. It’s supposed to be fun, so if you don’t tweet 10x a day or even daily, I don’t think anyone will be upset. Actually, some bloggers post almost every 5 minutes which is hard to keep up with, especially while on the job.

  8. Tweet people back, RT other people’s stuff that you enjoy, Tweet about your recent posts.

  9. It takes a bit of though to say it in 140 characters. Get creative. Use #hashtags and find all your favorite authors and connect to them.

  10. If one of mt tweets get RT I get excited that It was worth passing on. I enjoy twitter for a lot of reasons, what people are reading, book deals and seeing authors we love tweeting.

    As far as your post, I vist blogs in the morning and what ever I miss I knw will be there the next day.

    Paciific time

  11. I followed you! I usually Tweet about new posts on my blog, I follow all the authors I like and have read, and many of the bloggers of the blogs I follow. I love talking to authors that way. And they often retweet my review tweets of their books, meaning more publicity for them, and more visitors for me 🙂
    I retweet other bloggers review posts, or whatever I like. Retweeting is always appreciated. And if you interrups some persons, you just say something, sorry to interrupt, or convo intruder, somethink like that. Twitter is just meant for fun, so no one minds. And if they do, they should go talk on something not public 🙂
    And did you know, authors sometimes have twitter contest where you can win an arc or book or swag 🙂 I love those!

  12. PS do not feel obliged to follow everyone back who follows you! I sometimes get followed by the strangest persons and organisations. I just want book talk in my Twitter stream 🙂
    The only conversations you will see, is from those you follow, and what they retweet.

  13. Thanks for all the great advice everyone!

    Aurian – I was wondering about the following back rule. Thanks for mentioning that 🙂

    Stephanie G

  14. I’m new to twitter so I am reading the comments with great interest – I might learn something useful 😀

    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  15. I’m pretty bad with twitter but I know that you can retweet (RT) anyone’s post, especially if it is general and promotional. I’ve had people RT my contest posts and general ooh look what is going on here type of posts. Unlike blogs and facebook and places like that, twitter doesn’t let you directly comment on a post. You can comment by tweeting on your own profile @ that person’s user name but it never links directly to the conversation. So it is awkward to me. Maybe that’s why I don’t use it much.

  16. I find blogs and FB to be my main source of information and have no time or inclination to use Twitter. I want to talk in complete sentences with correct punctuation. These things are sorely lacking with the next generation. My time zone is Eastern.

  17. I tweet all my blog posts as well as use twitter as an option for tweets on all giveaways.

  18. I retweet bookish items, recipes that strike my fancy, authors good news they wish to share, pretty much anything that has a RT attached to it is okay to share.

    As far as advice like others before me just use Twitter as you see fit. Making connections via blog posts auto tweeting, retweeting your friends and authors tweets that are relevant to what you enjoy knowing more about, it is no hard and fast rule exactly. The only problem I have encountered is when set up my “tags” need to go back and take some off because some mighty strange “follows” have taken place from them. LOL

  19. I tweet all my blog posts. I don’t ask permission to retweet. Usually if you tweet something, you hope that others will retweet.
    I read blogs at random times of the day when I get a moment or two. Usually after 8pm

  20. I am not a very good tweeter even for entries in contest but I do like checking out other peoples post about what they are doing.

  21. Reader only right now: Pretty much I just use Twitter for contest entries….there is just so much info there that there is no way I could keep up on it. I think most people are happy if you RT, it gets them more exposure cause it goes to all your followers too.

  22. I was a little anxious about twitter at first. Didn’t know how I could manage to write something interesting. But finally it’s really great, when you start it’s difficult to stop lol. I think it’s always nice when someone RT, so I don’t ask for permition either. Otherwise I confess It’s a little more difficult for me to comment on others conversation. I do it sometimes but it’s really rare.

  23. I tweet every post to my blog. I also retweet things that interest me, or that I think my readers might be interested in. I also try to reply to people who send me messages. But I don’t jump into other people’s conversations.
    When I review a book, I do copy the author and the publisher. They usually retweet so it gets passed around their network of followers.
    Marlene@Reading Reality

  24. Yay to being on Twitter! I was hoping you would do this! I love to support the bloggers (I’m a non-blogger) by Tweeting or Re-tweeting their posts/giveaways/etc. The more it gets RT, hopefully the more traffic to your blog 🙂

    I really like it when bloggers tweet their blog posts because sometimes I see those sooner than waiting for the email to come through. That’s the other way I follow blogs.

    I never thought I would join Twitter, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve met some really great people on there, including bloggers & authors. It’s great to interact with them!

    I hope it goes well for you!

  25. I enjoy Twitter and quickly getting out info. The instant gratification of responses is especially fun. I use it to promote my daily blog happenings and remind people of my giveaways. I RT any book info that I think my followers would find enjoyable.

    As to visiting blogs I do it in the evenings and weekends.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  26. I don’t twitter as much as I should. I post tweets about contests I like and links to my articles and jump in on conversations every once in a while.

    I think it’s fine to comment on a conversation you see going on because when someone asks a question, it’s usually to everyone listening..right?

    I retweet things I like and I’ve always gotten and thank you response for doing so, so I think people like it when you do that. I know I do.

    I think Twitter is a great way to read posts you might not have found and I will sometimes tweet my blog posts when I think they are extra funny or something that others will like.

  27. If I had a blog I would tweet all my blog posts. I RT whatever I find fun and interesting. And I usually visit blogs/read google reader in the morning.

    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. I am new to twitter too, and use it for contest entries. I do take a peek at the tweets occassionally, but find that there are too many to keep up with daily.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  29. I tweett my blog posts, and try to retweet posts from friends about their blogs, contests or good news.