I’ve never claimed to know everything about writing or publishing, but I’ve been committed to the craft for a long time. I’ve been writing almost every day for nineteen years.
However, on this subject, I’m purely a student. I don’t understand it and am reaching out to you in the Mudpie Writing community for expertise.
What I want to learn more about is…Twitter.
I don’t get it.
Isn’t Facebook Enough?
I’m not on Twitter and feel fine with that, but so many of my published-author friends keep telling me:
You’ve got to get on Twitter!
You’d be fantastic on Twitter!
You will love Twitter!
I’ll admit, I resisted Facebook for the longest time for Mudpie Writing and it is fun. I enjoy the spontaneous, free-flowing comments on little snippets that are too short for a blog posts.
Sure, it takes just a few minutes everyday to maintain. However, those minutes over the course of a week add up to more time – writing time.
Do I really want to add Twitter to the mix?
From the conversations I’ve had with zealous Twitter fans, here’s my understanding.
Twitter – Pros
1. Accessibility – You can follow and connect in real time to your favorite authors, as well as agents and editors with whom you’d like to work. Now, you can learn what Stephen King ate for lunch, what novels Awesome Agent and Excellent Editor love. (I’ll admit, that is pretty cool).
2. Industry News – Whatever is happening in the publishing world (good or bad) today, you can be up to date, firsthand.
3. It’s Easy – Since each Tweet (Twitter message) is 140 characters or less, you can send a tweet in under one minute. That’s appealing to a technologically-challenged gal like me.
Twitter – Cons
1. Wasted Writing Time – This is reason enough not participate onto Twitter. Ever. There are only 24 hours in each day. I already feel weighted by so many responsibilities, why would I want to add another time-suck to my life?
2. Twitter Addiction – Seriously. I have friends who love it so much that they are on Twitter all the time. I struggle enough with balance as is. I worry about inviting more chaos into my life.
3. It’s Massive – Millions of tweets are sent each day. Each person seems to follow hundreds of profiles. Standing out in that sort of crowded arena makes me feel tired.
What to Do?
I have a habit of acting first and thinking later. I’m still undecided about Twitter, so I plan to stay on the Twitter sidelines for now, but really what to hear your thoughts.
Twitter. Do you like it? Hate it? You do not have to be on Twitter to join this discussion.
Please leave a comment. I’d love to chat.
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