Twittering Away: Why do we do it?

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I’m just a bit messed up on my blogging but that’s ok.  I’m not exactly a straight as a string  kind of gal. My actions just go with my flow at the time.  My blogging was intended for three times a week but there’s nothing to say I can’t add extra’s.  Consider today an extra. That being said let me get on with what I want to blog about.

Today, Twitter is on my mind.  You want to know why? Whether you do or don’t I’m about to tell you.  I joined and became active on Twitter last week.  Since I am an author and everything I read states I should be using Twitter and others to build my platform.  I have spent the past week getting close to 1000 people to follow me and will be doing more. Those 1000 people are doing the exact same thing I am.  They’re trying to sell, whether it is a book, or some kind of other product.

I really can’t figure out why I’m doing it.  It’s not like the majority of these people really want to get to know the real me and I have found some really scary individuals that I don’t want to know and refuse to follow.  I spend the majority of my time going through my email and following whom ever replied to my  tweet or their letting me know I’ve followed and are thanking me for doing so.  That is really the extent of our contact.

How is this helping me sell my books? I have to admit I have seen  some interesting titles and covers flashed before my eyes.  At  some point in time, if I remember them, I might purchase and read some of them.  The key word in that sentence is remember.  There are so many books and titles my brain is scrambled (more than usual.)

So why do we do it? As for me it is because someone said it was the thing to do.  Weather it is or isn’t, I really don’t know.  What I do know is it keeps me busy.

About shirleymclain930

I'm a retired RN enjoying my retirement to the fullest. I liked adventure and travel and making friends. I have 6 dogs and 1 cat. They are like having a house full of three years olds. Now for the rest of the story. My Granddaughter and her husband now live with us and they have 4 dogs and 4 cats along with a giant Flemish Rabbit. My Granddaughter has now added beautiful, Olivia to our household. My fourth Great Grandchild. They are a large part of my life and I can't imagine them not being around. I spend most of my time sitting in front of my computer working on my latest book or talking about Essential Oils. On the personal side, I'm married to a wonderful man who spoils me and I love it. I am very much a country girl. I love living on our 5 acres on Pole Cat Creek watching the deer and other animals occasionally stick their​ heads out of the trees. It's a fun life.
  • Martha says:

    Hi, I find Twitter useful when wanting to discuss any particular issue — re: writing, reading, software or whatever. I have a group of people I follow most, added onto a list that I access via Hootsuite. So I follow thousands, but if I’m busy or tired, can just hook up with a few at a time. You can’t follow everyone all the time but a ‘dip in and out’ approach with a few friendly words here and there can be a friendly and encouraging experience. Different people use it in different ways, that’s OK too.

    • Thank you so much for your advice, I appreciate it a great deal. I think that dipping technique sounds great. I think all followers can be a bit intimidating when your new to Twitter. Thanks again.

  • Hi Shirley. I’m one of your new followers and I agree about Twitter. I find when I advertise on Twitter I get a good response for my blog posts and sometimes for my book. It helps me connect with people I know in a more personal way. Sometimes I’ll be on Twitter and find I’m having a cool conversation with someone. It’s fun. Sometimes I find out things before anyone else. I like that too. Mostly, I’m there to get to know more people who will hopefully want to buy my book.:) I don’t follow people who are obviously trying to get me into a scam, though. I’m about to follow you too.

  • Hi, Shirley. To me the real value of Twitter is a chance to chat with people real time, like the old IM’ing. But with Twitter, you’re talking to a whole bunch of people, most of whom you’ll probably never meet. I was tweeting during the Superbowl a few weeks back, enjoying the celebration with other Giants fans. (And yes, I seem to be still celebrating!) 🙂 When I first joined Twitter I was tweeting book/marketing events, but I’ve come to the conclusion that’s not the best use of the tool. In fact, it could be considered a mis-use. The point is to connect with people, IMHO. 🙂

    • I enjoy interacting with everyone. I have not been doing this long but even with 1000 people following me, I have asked questions that no one will take time to answer. I think everyone is just to busy following and building a base they don’t take time to really read what is being tweeted. Thanks for commenting, and your welcome back anytime.

  • Hi, Shirley! I too was told I should twitter and sometimes wonder why. But if it wasn’t for twitter, I would never have discovered your blog, or “met” you. So perhaps that’s the true value of the site–to meet those with like interests. 🙂

  • rachelleayala says:

    Hi Shirley, same here. But I’m glad I “met” you, even though yes, it’s hard to distinguish so many people. Thanks for following my blogspot. I’m still new at all this and not sure how all works. I don’t usually have anything to post either. I’d rather write, revise, edit and crit.

    But, best of luck in your writing, too. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Thank you for the good wishes. I’m in the process of getting my cover done for my book of short stories. I think it is fun to do but you just never know if you make the right choice. I have to leave that in God’s hands.