Why bother with a hashtag when you post your slice?
I’m nearing 1,000 Tweets. This is shocking to me since I was resistant to signing up for a Twitter account. I had a-go with it and got into a groove with it in December. I follow other educators, writers, publishers, chefs, news organizations, etc. While I could spend hours clicking on links I find on Twitter, I’ve set boundaries for myself (e.g., no Tweeting or even accessing Twitter during Shabbat or Jewish holidays) so I don’t become a Twitter addict.
Last year, Kevin Hodgson set up a hashtag (#slice2012) for Slicers to use. Back then I didn’t even know what purpose a hash tag served. A year later I’ve come to understand that it’s a way of categorizing Tweets so they can be found more easily by others. (Click here for more information about what hashtags are and how to use them.) Therefore, I took the liberty of updating the one he created on New Year’s Day. It’s #slice2013. A few Slicers use it. Feel free to use it if you wish. For instance, if your blog automatically publicizes anything you post to your Twitter feed, then you might wish to add #slice2013 to the end of your post titles (see above). While it’s not necessary for you to use the hashtag (After all, each call for slice of life stories is a round-up of everyone’s posts!), it is a way of categorizing all of the slice of life stories that are tweeted about during the weekly and March challenges. While I don’t think #slice2013 will ever be trending the way #26acts or #bindersfullofwomen has, I still think it’s something you might consider using if you’re active on Twitter.
Please use the same hashtag (#slice2013) this March, whether you’re slicing in the adult challenge or having your students slice as part of the classroom challenge. This will allow us to have one place, on Twitter, where all of Slices that you tweet can be accessed.