Take Part in a Twitter Chat: Day 13 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

A big part of social networking (both online and off) is joining in on the conversation and connecting with other people who have similar interests. Some writers are naturals at this; many others not so much (but don’t worry, I’ve been in the “not so much” category more than the “naturals” category throughout my life–so it can be done).

Take Part in a Twitter Chat

For today’s platform-building task, take part in a Twitter chat. In fact, I invite you to use the #platchal hashtag on Twitter starting at 11 a.m. (Atlanta, GA time) or again around 11 p.m. I’ll be there for a full hour (and maybe a little after) to pose and answer questions. It’ll be a great opportunity to connect and practice chatting (if you haven’t participated in one on Twitter yet).

If you can’t make either time, just use the #platchal hashtag at any time to pose questions and/or connect with other October Platform Challenge participants throughout the day and the month.


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A Few Twitter Chat Tips

If you’re not sure how to participate in the Twitter chat, here are a few tips:

  1. Log in to your Twitter account.
  2. Find the #platchal hashtag. You can either search for “#platchal” at the top of the page, or you can post a tweet with “#platchal” in it and click on the hashtag link.
  3. Click the “Live” tab. Usually, the site defaults to the “Top” tab for hashtags, but if you select “Live,” you’ll be able to see new tweets as they come in.

I look forward to chatting with everyone.


roberttwitterimageRobert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which includes editing Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market. He regularly blogs at the Poetic Asides blog and writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine. He also leads online education, speaks on writing and publishing at events around the country, and does other fun writing-related stuff.

A published poet, he’s the author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53) and a former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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137 thoughts on “Take Part in a Twitter Chat: Day 13 of the 2015 October Platform Challenge

  1. ConnieCockrell

    I went to #platchal, a spot I hadn’t heard of, (10/22/15 at 2pm), and posted this.

    Connie Cockrell ‏@conniecockrell 10s10 seconds ago
    @poet_Ariel I’m in for NaNoWriMo as well. Maybe we’ll see each other on the boards! #NaNoWriMo #platchal

  2. azlatic

    Well, I was too late for both of these (story of my life), but I did find that the #platchal hashtag is alive and well and being used by a bunch of nanowrimos! I’ve participated in Twitter chats before, so I’m familiar with how they work. My only issue is that many of the good ones are during the day, when I’m (supposed to be) working. 🙂

  3. L.C. Rooney

    I joined this Challenge a bit late, but I did participate in a Twitter chat on Sept. 13 when a friend and her publisher celebrated the launch of her book, “Wolf Creek.” If you’re on Twitter, you can check out the hashtags #WolfCreek and #omegasrule to see what we tweeted about.

  4. Lauren Walker

    Participated in the 10/20 #platchal chat this morning and it was fun. Being sociable wasn’t at all “painful” and I learned a lot re: podcasts to listen to and some #NaNoWriMo tweets that provided useful links. Excited about the SEO challenge day and others you have lined up for us #platchal 2015 peeps. Looking to finish strong and dive right in to NaNoWriMo. Whoo-hoo!!! I can finally type DONE for this one.

  5. kdexter

    I wasn’t able to take part in the #platchal chat, but I’ve participated in others, mostly on specific travel destinations/issues I write about. The best ones I try to join regularly. They can be fast moving but can also be fun and good sources of information, contacts, ideas , and followers.

  6. djtf

    Day 13 – Challenge Task – Away without wifi/internet connection & unable to participate in a Twitter chat on either day/time & will try to participate on the upcoming scheduled date with others who were unable to participate.

  7. Lauren Walker

    Missed the chats…it is now the 15th of the month and I am having to circle back to at least hold myself accountable for being a bit of a flake. Intend to be part of the next go round of chats. Been in a funk. I blogged faithfully every day last week, only to learn that the last four blogs are not posting on my Facebook personal or author pages, so no one is seeing them (mind you, have done nothing differently than I did with the first three…uggh) Of course trying to get help from FB is like trying to take a hot air ballon to the moon. VERY DISHEARTENED, dare I say, PISSED. This is all for naught if I can’t alert people to my work.

    Still in a funk about this but determined to address every day’s challenge or at least acknowledge that I fell off the wagon. Fully intend to be part of the next chat.

  8. megrant53

    I missed out on the chats, but I’ll try to catch the next one. I’m still learning my way around Twitter, and I did read through several posts and commented on a few. Work schedule providing, I will attempt to join a chat in the future.

  9. DRZ

    I didn’t get the chance to do the #platchal chat, unfortunately — I’ll be looking out for another one coming up! I’m also 6 hours ahead of EST so sometimes that makes live twitter chats difficult. But I’ve done one before and it was a lot of fun. There were even questions scheduled that you could prepare answers to ahead of time, which kept the conversation going at a very fast rate.

  10. jackikellum

    I dropped in at what I thought was the correct time, but I failed to realize which zone your are in. I also dropped by a group that Michelle is in. I will drop by for a few minutes this evening. It is bed time for old gals.

  11. wordmage

    I didn’t check the challenge page in time to participate this morning. I posted an entry around 11:58 am, but @RobertLeeBrewer had signed off by then 🙁

    I don’t think I’m going to make the 11 pm chat. Got a cold. Took some Nyquil. Feel it kicking in.

    Dagnabit! Tried to click “submit” button and hit that stupid BMW ad. Again! Stared at it for a full minute before I realized. Stupid cold. Stupid Nyquil. Stupid ad. Now I want a BMW.

  12. chooky

    I’m in Australia so US times don’t work for me, however I did go on and use the hashtag to find the conversation and make a couple of comments. Still don’t really understand it.

  13. Sharon

    I missed the boat, or the good ship Twitter and can’t do it later. I did try to do #platchal and tried to get something gong, but the ship must of sunk in the sea of my ignorance about HOW to do this. I hope I get and E for effort.

  14. AnnaLeeConti

    Missed the morning chat but did check it out. Sent a few tweets and commented on a blog posted on Twitter by a #platchal partner. I have been on Twitter since late 2012, but haven’t used it as much as Facebook. Am maxed out on following until I get more followers. Frustrating! I learned a few more things about Twitter today. Thank you. @AnnaLeeConti


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