Fumbling Through

Twitter makes me dizzy.

I followed a few more people yesterday and my God! Do they post. Some of them, about once a minute. I’m not kidding. Every. Single. Minute. The whole thing has started to remind me of Craigslist. Like when you’re selling something and you have to repost it every hour or so, so your item doesn’t get pushed to the bottom. At least Craigslist has a system to stop you from doing that. Sort of, anyway. Not on Twitter. All though, to give the writer folks I started following credit, they do mix it up quite a bit.

It makes me wonder what the whole point of self-promotion is. I mean, I get the “point”: to promote me, my work, blah, blah, blah. What I don’t get is how to figure out what the best strategy is when you aren’t famous yet. When you aren’t even known. When you’re just another voice in the crowd. I’ll say this much, I’m not sure retweeting every single thing you see and posting about how awesome your new book is every two seconds is the way to go. Of course, if I had a book out right now, I’d be pretty excited, too and probably want to tweet a lot as well.

I’ve been reading up on it. Using hashtags to get noticed, proper etiquette (there’s such a thing), how to retweet properly, when to retweet, so on and so forth. It’s pretty straight forward and yet, utterly damn confusing. Such is the nature of the Internet and these newfangled communication channels.

And, as far as I can tell, it hasn’t pulled any traffic toward this utterly anonymous blog. Of course there are people who would say blogging is dead. They might be right, but I’ve always considered myself sort of a “long form” writer. I don’t really see limiting myself to just 140 characters, as fun of a challenge as it has been. It’s the same reason I don’t really do short stories. I have too much to say. Also, I find them to be very challenging. So much to say with so little space. They always feel unfinished to me. That may have something to do more so with my skills as a writer (or lack thereof) than anything else.

But, Twitter is the place to be, so I hear. So, I guess I’ll be sticking around for awhile. Until the next big thing.

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