hashtag twitter book chats; part deux

bookworm things

Yes, I did write a blog post about Twitter chats last year. I was raving about them, and to be fair, most of my thoughts are still the same. I still adore participating in Twitter (book) chats. I still think they are a great way to interact with fellow readers, with finding more books to read, and to interact with writers.

However, circumstances have changed things for me in regards to actually participating in chats, and that, my dear friends, is what this particular post is about.

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Pretty much since late last year, I have been missing the book chats I usually participate in due to a variety of reasons. First, we were packing up our apartment in Auckland for our move back to Asia. Then we were busy with setting up in Asia, and visiting family we had not seen in a while.

And now? Now I have come to one very important conclusion:

Time differences suck.

When we were still staying in New Zealand, it was much easier for me to participate in chats because 9pm EST meant the afternoon – usually lunchtime – in Auckland. These days, that same timing for a chat means breakfast time. It means that little bit of time I get with the husband and the father-in-law in the mornings before they head off to work.

It means I cannot make the chats I loved to participate in without compromising on time with my family.

And it’s led me to consider organising a Twitter chat that is more conducive and convenient for Asian – particularly South East Asian, if only because that’s where I am – bloggers. The trouble is, I am not entirely sure what it takes to organise and run a chat such as the ones I’ve been participating in. I’m looking into it, that is for sure, but I also know that I cannot do it alone.

I have to find someone to help me out. Someone in a similar time zone to me, with similar interests so that we can run this thing without too much butting of heads. Someone who is up to the challenge.

This does not mean I’m not going to participate in any of the other chats going on. I’m definitely going to try to catch a chat or two every few weeks, if possible. I miss interacting with the friends I’ve made.

I just also want to put together something that is convenient for me. That does not involve me sacrificing time with my family. I’m sure there are other bloggers who feel the same.

What do you think? Should I try and come up with a book chat with timings that Asians can make it for?

2016-04-12 11:46

hashtag twitter book chats;

bookworm things

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a proper discussion on the blog. June was unproductive for me, and on some fronts, July looks like it might be the same. But I’ve had this in my drafts for a while, and I’ve finally gotten down to actually finishing up this post!

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I think almost all book bloggers agree that twitter chats are a good basis for not just getting to know more bloggers and getting to interact with more like-minded people, but also for finding more books to add to our TBRs! (Maybe too many? Nah. No such thing as too many!)

I was taking part in a few twitter chats before I had switched blog platforms from Tumblr to WordPress, and I have enjoyed each chat I have participated in. I think I was lucky, when I started participating in chats, because the time differences meant the chats were happening around lunch time for me!

(Now? Not so much. Early mornings are not my friends.)

There are a few chats I try to always take part in – and a few more I’ve been missing by just a few hours because the timings don’t match. But someday! For those chats? Someday.

nori twitter

The first chat I ever participated in was Nori @ ReadWriteLove28‘s #RQWN. #RQWN stands for Random Questions With Nori, and it is hosted infrequently. But it is ALWAYS fun. And fair warning, it inevitably brings up food. Be prepared to get hungry during the chat.

brittany twitter

Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles hosts #BBTC every Sunday at 8PM EST. #BBTC stands for Book-Themed Twitter Chats, and every week, Brittany hosts a chat about a different upcoming novel. Not only does Brittany post teasers from the novel, the author is always a part of the chat too!

emren twitter

thebooktraveler twitter

Every last Tuesday of the month, Emily @ Emily Reads Everything and Sarah @ The Book Traveler host #BHPChat, or Blog Hop Party Chat. I’ve only participated in one of these so far, but I had SO MUCH FUN, and I’m hoping to participate in July’s #BHPChat later this month.

kaycee twitter

Unfortunately, timings have not matched up for me to participate in either #Fandomso or #yafeministchat, both hosted by Kristen @ Kaycee Writes. But I’ve gone through the hashtag on twitter, and it looks like the chats were quite the discussions! Definitely going to try and be there for the next chat.

storysocial twitter

#storysocial is hosted every Wednesday at 9PM EST by Kristen @ She’s Novel and Jenny @ Blots & Plots. This is a chat for writers, but it’s definitely given me inspiration for blog posts, and made me think more about what I’m reading. It’s a little more slow-moving than the bookish chats, but it’s widened my circle of writing friends quite a bit.

I am sure there are more chats. I’ve seen fellow blogger friends participate in other chats that I have not been able to make, for whatever reason. But these? These are the ones I love and have had a chance to participate with.

What are your thoughts on twitter chats? Which ones have you participated in?

2016-04-12 11:46