If you’re going on Catholic Twitter to become famous, think again. Instead, change your motives and look to find connection on Catholic Twitter. Also, God looks at the heart, not at your follower count. People will know immediately if you are on this platform for selfish motives.
Here are 5 ways to find connections on Catholic Twitter and make your experience on the platform enjoyable!
Look to Make friends, NOT followers
I had no idea what I was doing when I got on this social media platform; but through the advice of new relationships on Catholic Twitter, I soon figured out that this was all about connecting with people. I’ve written before on How to Use Catholic Twitter for Good, and how our motives really set the tone for how we experience our time on the platform.
Additionally, as my Catholic Twitter account has grown, I have focused more and more on cultivating those relationships; emailing many people, speaking to them over the phone, and even meeting up with some of them! This is beyond what I could have ever imagined. When our souls are aligned with the work of God, we focus on these connections through our work, so that those who need hope, help, and healing know that God is close at hand.
Above all, if you are a Catholic Content Creator, keep your dm’s open; how else are you going to connect with people if you don’t let them in? I have always had that function turned on in my settings, and I respond to every sincere message. This really personalizes the experience and keeps your humility in check. Again and again, comes God’s great reminder that I am there for His people.
Taking that one-on-one time to communicate with someone is key. I have prayed with people, had personal life conversations with people, and have been moved to tears.
Open your heart and connect, you will not regret it!
Don’t Post to Get likes
I see this one all the time. People trying too hard, or trying to get a laugh or start controversy. This isn’t a stage, these are real people with real lives! Post things from the heart, from sorrow, joy, or from a perspective of gratitude. Slowly I am seeing a moving away from all things “influencer.” Even the word gives me agita.
Because the thing on Twitter is that you don’t have to be clever, you just have to be real. Post prayer requests, quotes, or a work of art you may have just finished. Independent artists in the creative spaces of Catholic Twitter are loved. We are there to make the space better, offer beauty and consolation, and spend our time in thought over what material we will present in the world. And the world could certainly use more beauty now!
I used to spend my time on apps like Canva trying to create content that people would enjoy. The great thing about Twitter is you don’t have to do that! Just speak! Speak up but speak kindly, the words that you yourself need to hear; joy and wisdom.
No fancy pictures or hours spent on backgrounds needed!
Pray BEFORE you post
As many of you know, my conversion to Catholicism happened because of Edith Stein. You can check out my story on EWTN here. One of the quotes that have always struck me from St. Edith Stein is this, “Let go of your plans. The first hour of your morning belongs to God. Tackle the day’s work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it.”
Without prayer, we are missing the very foundation for our work.
Here is what my prayer time looks like in the morning. I begin with a Morning Offering prayer, offering my work to God and for His greater glory. Then I say a prayer before I read the readings for the day, asking for the Holy Spirit to enlighten my eyes and open my heart to God’s wisdom, praying that God helps me share that divine wisdom with my Twitter followers. Using Lectio Divina as I read each part of the sacred scriptures slowly and carefully and waiting for God to speak to me is also key for me. It may be a word or a phrase, but God always shares something with me.
I take those words and send them out on Catholic Twitter in the form of a meditation, posting a thread that includes the topic for the day and focuses the reader on prayer. Including a prayer from my copy of Liturgy of the Hours which is now offered through Word on Fire in a much-needed easy-to-follow format that is also a must!
From there are personal prayer intentions and my day is set! Do not leave God out of any of the work you are doing! Remember, you are there because of Him!
Retweet the Things You Love
I cannot say this enough times. You are not the end all be all of Catholic creativity! There is so much beauty and rich content on Catholic Twitter if you only search for it. Say No to mindless scrolling, but instead, look at Catholic Twitter as a treasure hunt. You can indeed fancy yourself as a missionary on that platform bringing people from across the globe the wonderful and unique treasures you find!
There are so many beautiful prayers, photographs, and stories to retweet as part of curating my content for beauty. I enjoy finding these pearls of great price as I bring these foreign gems ashore. Learn to skip over the hate- don’t get sidetracked in arguments that are going nowhere. The greater community of Catholic Twitter wants to see beauty for ashes.
Think of all of the wonderful content that you may be missing out on! Some of my favorite accounts are Sachin Jose and Ralph Capocci who are always sharing their positive and uplifting content. They are lovely to interact with and I can feel their sincerity through the screen. I look forward to their daily content!
Who are your favorite Catholic Twitter creators? If you don’t have any, go out and find them! Interact with them and support their mission for God. Each is needed, beautiful and unique.
Let the Process Unfold
Don’t expect to get on Catholic Twitter and make your mark immediately. It takes time to navigate through all of those deep waters! Find your voice on the platform by deriving inspiration from other Catholic creators. And don’t hesitate to call yourself what you are- a writer, author, or artist. Forget imposter syndrome. Do you write? Then you’re a writer. Draw? Then you’re an artist! As my editor always tells our staff, You have to crown yourself!
Test the waters. Not everything will do well. Delete when needed but try not to. I only delete items that have typos or that I may have put up when I was not in the right mind frame. Remember to stay in your lane! I recall that I am not here to tweet on any other subjects than what God sent me for, for God and His one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church!
It’s fun to scroll back in time and see where I started. How I have gained the confidence through prayer and community to be my best out there. You will get there too. With some patience and the gift of the Catholic Twitter community, you’ll get there in no time!
I hope these tips helped you. We need your beautiful and unique voice on Catholic Twitter to change the landscape.
And feel free to reach out for help. We stand ready to help you!