Beginning on June 18th 2015, the #FolkloreThursday journey has been amazing! Here’s a little more about what #FolkloreThursday is and how to take part.
What is #FolkloreThursday?
#FolkloreThursday is a place where you can post all your folklore related blog posts, quotes and other oddments. Read about #FolkloreThursday in the press here.
We now have the #FolkloreThursday website, where you can read excellent posts about folklore! The Creative Corner is a section of the website dedicated to some of the best creative works inspired by folklore.
When is #FolkloreThursday?
#FolkloreThursday is a Twitter hashtag day that happens every Thursday. The host take regular breaks throughout the day (to hydrate and stock up on retweeting power), so sessions will run:
- Morning session 1: 9 – 10.30am GMT/BST (usually hosted by @WillowWinsham, will be covered by guest hosts until maternity leave is over — usually @BenTheEpicure)
- Morning session 1: 10.30 – 12pm GMT/BST (usually hosted by @WillowWinsham, will be covered by guest hosts until maternity leave is over — usually @BenTheEpicure)
- Afternoon session: 1 – 2.30pm GMT/BST (usually hosted by @DeeDeeChainey)
- Afternoon session: 1 – 4pm GMT/BST (usually hosted by @DeeDeeChainey, will be covered by guest hosts until Willow’s return)
- Evening session: 5 – 6.30pm GMT/BST (hosted by our wonderful guest hosts!)
- Evening session: 6.30pm – 8pm GMT/BST (hosted by our wonderful guest hosts!)
How can I take part in #FolkloreThursday?
Simply visit this page: #FolkloreThursday on Thursdays. Read the posts that you find there, and retweet them if you like them. Do feel free to add your comments if there is something that excites you, if you have a question, or if you disagree! If you would like to share a post for #FolkloreThursday, just tweet the title of the article or a little information about it, along with a link to the article, and type ‘#folklorethursday’ at the end of your tweet. It will then appear in the #FolkloreThursday hashtag feed on Twitter for everyone to read and retweet too.
What can I post for #FolkloreThursday?
We try to make #FolkloreThursday a friendly place where everyone feels comfortable to come to read, share and learn about folklore. Folklore can be difficult to define, so we try to take a broad approach and include things that people will find interesting. We do try to make sure that what we retweet is accurate, so it’s best to add a link to your tweet to a place where people can find out more about the topic you’re tweeting about.
#FolkloreThursday is happy to retweet anything formally classed as folklore in academic and public opinion, and believes in an inclusive policy to celebrate all cultures across the world, irrespective of creed or race, and promotes an inclusive dialogue with people from all walks of life, including indigenous groups.
‘Folklore’ can be defined as:
‘The traditions, beliefs, customs and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth.’ ~ Oxford Dictionary.
Types of folklore include narrative folktales (like animal tales, fables, fairy tales, tall tales, myths, and legends), material culture like objects (made from pottery, woodwork, or other crafts) and vernacular architecture (everyday buildings like houses or barns). Folklore also includes folk music, folk art, sayings, foodways, customs, and childlore (street games, traditional games, songs, riddles and rhymes). Folklife includes: music, dance, storytelling, crafts, costume, holidays, life-cycle rituals, and occupational skills, folk religion, folk medicine, and superstitions (folk beliefs).
That gives plenty of scope, so tweet your blog posts, quotes, music, artwork and images that cover the following:
- original legends, fairy tales, folktales and myths
- objects and buildings with a folkloric story behind them
- folk music, folk dance, folk art and crafts
- customs, traditions, rhymes, and games that are traditional
- the folklore of food
- festivals, folk religion, folk medicines, superstitions and sayings
- We also accept heritage and archaeology posts as they are thought to be of interest to the #FolkloreThursday readers.
- We will accept posts about writing, artwork, music and dance inspired by folklore, but will only retweet the best of these, as actual folklore is the main focus of #FolkloreThursday. We do treat promotional posts a bit differently, so if you’re promoting your own work do read below.
What can’t I post for #FolkloreThursday?
While folklore gives plenty of scope, there are a few restrictions. Please refrain from tweeting:
- Anything containing offensive language.
- Sexual references, pornography or nudity.
- Any of the ‘isms’: racism, sexism, etc.
- Anything unrelated to folklore!
- We don’t generally retweet post about:
- circus ‘freaks’ – #FolkloreThursday realises that historically these people were thought to be sources of entertainment, but we don’t really agree with this. We prefer to think that everyone should be treated equally, irrespective of illnesses or disabilities.
- recent legends – we won’t retweet if posts contains names of people (or other identifiable information) that have lived recently, as we don’t want to encourage internet rumours and cyber-bullying. This might include some urban legends and also:
- murders – we will retweet murder posts if they are entirely historical or have passed into legend. We won’t usually retweet these if they have happened within the last century or so, to avoid upsetting existing family members.
- posts featuring children with photographs of faces or identifying information due to our child protection and safeguarding policies
- Please see below for posts relating to personal/business promotion.
How can I support #FolkloreThursday?
Firstly, just be taking part each week! If you would like to do more, do consider making a monthly pledge to help support us through our Patreon page. Alternatively, do look at our wondrous recommended folklore books list – each time you click a book image it will take you through to Amazon.co.uk; if you buy the book from there, we get up to 10% of the purchase price, at no extra cost to you!
How can I sign up for the #FolkloreThursday mailing list and get all #FolkloreThursday news?
Sign up HERE.
Where else can I find #FolkloreThursday on the internet?
Can I promote my book/ event/ business using the #FolkloreThursday hashtag?
We realise that your book or event might be of interest to folklore enthusiasts, so rather than a blanket ban on promotions, we have decided that:
- 1 promotional tweet per person can be posted each Thursday using the #FolkloreThursday hashtag if your book, event or product is folklore related.
- If it is unrelated to folklore we will consider it to be spam.
- Please do not post your product/ event more than once – everyone has already seen it and this will clog up the lovely folklore feed, and you wouldn’t want that, would you?
- We still reserve the right not to retweet promotional posts.
- If you spam us continually, we will report you for spam I’m afraid.
How do I make sure my tweet appears in the #FolkloreThursday feed?
- Make sure you add hashtag (#) then ‘FolkloreThursday# to your tweet, e.g.: #FolkloreThursday.
- It doesn’t matter if you use capitals or lowercase – your tweet will still come through.
- You can tag us personally into your tweet (e.g. @FolkloreThurs), but this won’t appear in the feed – it will just let us know that you have mentioned us.
Why might my tweet not have been retweeted by the @FolkloreThurs account?
- Make sure you have added #FolkloreThursday to your tweet otherwise we won’t see it.
- Make sure you have read our posting guidelines (this page) and your tweet doesn’t contain anything we can’t retweet.
- We might not be able to retweet you if you post during one of our breaks during the day.
- Some Thursdays, just too many tweets come through and we can only retweet the most informative posts. If your article has been posted by someone else first during the day, we try not to duplicate posts to help us stay within Twitter’s limits.
- Sometimes even excellent posts slip through the net! We do try to read all tweets posted, and the articles that you link to, thoroughly to keep #FolkloreThursday relevant and share the broadest selection of folklore tweets. This means that sometimes we might just have missed your posts due to so many coming through at once.
- Comments and messages: we do like chatting to people during #FolkloreThursday. Sometimes we do miss comments too, and might not reply, just because so many come through. This doesn’t mean we don’t like you – we really do! If it’s important, send us a direct message on Twitter or Facebook.
Where is the best place to read the #FolkloreThursday posts?
The best way to read the #FolkloreThursday posts is to type ‘#FolkloreThursday’ into the search box on Twitter, then click the ‘live’ option at the top of the page – this will make sure you see all tweets and not just the most popular ones. You can also see this page by clicking here.
How do I chat directly with hosts during #FolkloreThursday?
It’s hard to keep track of private messages, so just send us a public message by starting your tweet with @FolkloreThurs then type your message after. Sometimes we miss comments and messages on Twitter, just because of the sheer number coming through.
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What about referencing on #FolkloreThursday?
Please do credit any images that you post that are not in the public domain (e.g. artwork by modern artists). You can do this easily by mentioning their name, or linking to their social media accounts or website. It’s always good to give credit to people when we’re enjoying their art, writing or music, and lovely to connect with them and show them their work is appreciated!
Aside from this, it’s always nice to know what an image is and where it is from, but we don’t enforce this on #FolkloreThursday for images in the public domain (e.g. when the creator died a long time ago). This is for two main reasons. Firstly, Twitter does not lend itself to long references due to the character limits. Secondly, #FolkloreThursday is not just for academics; it’s for everyone to use and feel comfortable with. We won’t make people feel excluded or marginalised because they are unaware of academic standards, this includes referencing.
This also applies to referencing sources for folklore. While we try not to retweet incorrect folklore, we accept that folklore is primarily based on oral tradition and often does not have a source outside of the family or local community for many people. We won’t insist that people quote a source; the onus is on the reader to check accuracy.
Why is #FolkloreThursday not on Fridays?
Because someone was already using that hashtag. (Yes, we prefer alliteration too.) Although one of our regulars did come up with a better reason on his blog!
What if I have a question that you haven’t answered here?
Let us know! We don’t bite. Although, we may wave a hand of glory at you …
FolkloreThursday will endeavour to retweet as much as possible throughout the day, but we reserve the right to not retweet material at our discretion.
The official Twubs page for the hashtag can be found here.
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