Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Floating In Twitterverse

I've just done one of the scariest things in my life. Joined Twitter.

I debated for months about whether or not to do it. Why? It is a social media vortex where many writers lose themselves and no longer have time to write.

Yes, I've heard some writers claim, "I only tweet ten minutes a day tops." My question to them, "are you really reaping the true benefits of Twitter from ten minutes a day?" *Sound of birds chirping as writer friend doesn't respond.

Making friends and building a network of connections takes an investment of time, especially in the beginning. I knew this going in and I'll be honest, it terrified me. Still does.

So, many of you are probably wondering what convinced me to do it. Kristen Lamb.

My calling is to write. Getting published is the bridge to my ultimate destination. The land of successful authors selling books.

According to the brilliant Ms. Lamb, "In order to do what you love–WRITE–you must learn to do what you hate–SELL."

Building a "twibe" and becoming a tweep of other twibes is just the beginning.

After coming to terms with this nugget of wisdom, I knew I had to join, but still came up with excuses to wait. Today, I finally had a big bowl of courage and decided to dive in. I don't have my sea legs yet and it's scary to have no followers, so I'm appealing to all of the friends I've made so far.

If you'd like to connect with me on Twitter, you can find me HERE. I'll gladly follow all friends back.

I feel like I've just crossed the threshold into a frightening, yet thrilling new world.

55 comments:

  1. I joined last year. Some days I breeze through, others I have time to respond to others. It is really wild when you see other people sending out your tweets or information about you. I try to remember to tweet interesting blog posts as I find them, since that's where I spend the bulk of my time online.

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  2. I admit, I don't put the time into twitter, like I should, but I like to bounce in there a few times a day to see what others are up to. Welcome to twitter.

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  3. Hi Isis. I'm following you on Twitter, but I don't really work the site... shame on me. "Building a "twibe" and becoming a tweep of other twibes is just the beginning." Ha! Great nugget of wisdom. And, unfortunately, so is this: "In order to do what you love–WRITE–you must learn to do what you hate–SELL." That is the part I really HATE!

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  4. I was on it for some time before I even did anything on there. I don't tweet as often as I should and I hate sitting and scheduling tweets. So, I strike a happy medium by tweeting when I have a promo going on and when I remember. Not good, I know, but it's what I can manage right now. For me, it's important not to become a slave to anything.

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  5. Can one be an introvert and be interesting on Twitter? If so, then I am making a grand effort to do so. I believe it is worth it.

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  6. Alex ~ You are a trailblazer in social media, to me anyway. I've already learned a lot from you.

    Miranda ~ I'm not making any time commitments just yet. First, I want to get comfortable with it.

    Doralynn ~ You are NOT alone in disliking the sell part.

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  7. Okay, may the force be with you. Ack...I mean, good luck on Twitter. Just joined your following @ingnis_fatuus_11. You're going to love it!

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  8. I failed at whistling, so I dobt if I could tweet. Between all these social network thing-a-ma-ags, does anyone have time for life?

    Good luck and have fun.

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  9. Welcome to Twitter, Isis :) It *is* one of those dreaded marketing tools, but... it's also a lot of fun. You can make some great connections and enjoy it a lot. I dedicate maybe 15-30 minutes a day to Twitter, and I feel like I get a lot out of it.

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  10. Good for you. I joined Twitter a while back and haven't been on it since. It scares me, not because I might have trouble understanding how to maneuver the site, but because I might get addicted, which means it'll eat up a lot of my time. Have fun! :)

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  11. Great job! I joined last week and I was so confused at first! Now I can't pull myself away from the site! Though I think it's worth it!

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  12. Yay! For some reason it took me a while to join Twitter too. I was on FB and thought do I really want another thing to take care of. Well, I had a friend that talked me in to it. I realized a lot of editors and agents are only on Twitter and some share great info. So I jump in. It really isn't as difficult to maintain both. Sometimes I use Tweetdeck, that helps. It's great to connect with others. Welcome!

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  13. I like twitter. I'll become part of your twibe. I've met a lot of interesting folks thru twitter. It's a useful tool. You don't have to drown in it to make good use of it. @mpax1

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  14. I've yet to step into the Twitter world. I have enough trouble just keeping up with Facebook! I joined Google+, but I'm not impressed with it. Let us know what your impressions of it are as time goes on.

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  15. Hello Isis, it's good to meet you. Can I ask you how you pronounce your name?

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  16. Good luck with twitter. I hope you enjoy it!

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  17. I joined Twitter a while ago but didn't do a lot with it. I don't spend a lot of time on it a day. Maybe 20 minutes. Yes, you can reap the benefits of it with just a short amount of time if you plan.

    I use Hoot Suite to follow my timeline and to respond. I can set up post dated tweets as well. I take some time on Sunday sometimes to set those up.

    The more you tweet the more followers you get. The more followers you get the more followers you get.

    Besides tweeting you should reply to others and retweet tweets that have useful information. I also follow conversations (hashtags) and I participate in chats on Sundays.

    I followed you! Welcome to Twitter!

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  18. I joined twitter not too long ago too - well, I think I actually joined a LONG time ago but have never done anything with it! lol. I am not huge on twitter right now but I am trying. :) I will find you on twitter and give you a follow.

    BTW - I love the look of your blog! AWESOME!

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  19. I like twitter. I actually found out about the earthquake as it was happening--before CNN even. And I've picked up some really great articles off of there.

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  20. Yay! Don't worry, you'll love it there and we'll take good care of you. Once you get the hang of it be sure to drop in on the weekly #WritersRoad Twitter chat every Monday!

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  21. Welcome to the Twitterverse! I just followed you.

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  22. Fellow Campaigner stopping by!

    I don't social network beyond Blogger--it never really held much appeal, though I'm not putting it completely off the table. :P

    BTW, I love your header!

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  23. JL ~ Tks for the #WW

    Brinda ~ I think twitter makes it easier for introverts.

    Lindy ~ I will definitely need the force. Tks for the follow.

    Starting Over ~ I had to force myself to disconnect just to walk the dogs with my husband. I think it's all about establishing parameters, but I already feel overwhelmed.

    Steph ~ Once I feel established that will be my plan.

    Laila ~ I know exactly what you mean. That's part of my fear.

    Jess ~ Oh goodie, we're newbies together.

    Mart ~ Yay!

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  24. I joined Twitter recently too and met a lot of new, cool friends. It's time consuming if you let it, but I check it only when I see a backlog of tweets building up so that it doesn't eat up my writer time. It's also a really good tool to get your blog out there to more people. Traffic picked up greatly once I started tweeting about updates.

    Now I will go off to friend you!

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  25. M Pax ~ Many thanks!

    Christine R ~ I'm not really on FB. With blogging and now this, my hands are full, but I'll let you know.

    Mel ~ Eye-sis

    Belle ~ Lots of luck will be needed.

    Cindy ~ Thanks for the advice.

    Abby ~ Tks! Will follow you as well.

    Julie ~ If it's faster than CNN, then I've been missing out.

    Heather ~ Thanks for the twitter love. Will do.

    Kirsten ~ Thanks. I really appreciate it.

    Golden Eagle ~ Glad you love the header :).

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  26. Marlena, I never thought of that. I'll see how it goes. TKS.

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  27. I'm following you on Twitter. I've been on Twitter for a year and I don't spend a lot of time on it and certainly don't reap all the benefits because of that, but I simply don't have time. I try to check in as often as I can, though.

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  28. Hello! My first visit, will visit you again. Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your posts. Congratulations for your work. If you wish to follow back that would be great I'm at http://nelsonsouzza.blogspot.com
    Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I just recently joined twitter too. It's pretty crazy with all of the @'s and #'s. I guess you get used to it...maybe? Best of luck in the endeavor. Great blog!

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  30. I've just recently joined twitter also. I haven't a clue what I'm doing. I've never felt more inept.

    We share the same thoughts about writing. That's what I'd rather spend my time doing.

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  31. I've been sitting on this fence for quite a while. I've filled out the boxes and hovered the arrow over CREATE ACCOUNT, but I haven't had the nerve to go through with it. Maybe after a few months, you could give us your take?

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  32. Good luck on Twitter! I also have mixed feelings about it for myself, but I've heard how important it is for successful writers. I like Ruth's idea about giving us an update in a few months. Julie

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  33. I'll find you and follow you on Twitter. It's good to support each other. I was dragged into Twitter a year ago when I wrote an article for 1stTurningPoint.com and was encouraged to get a Twitter account. A few people tweeted about my article. Since then, my Twitter account languished until the RWA New York conference. I found out that national was being tweeted about and that there was a following for conference news. So, I activated my account by following some of these tweets.

    It's been fun setting up my account. Eventually, I'll tweet but for now, I'm just following and listing. It's amazing how much useful information you can find on Twitter about writing, RWA, and publishing. A relative goldmine.

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  34. Lynda ~ I don't understand how people can spend all day on it and still write.

    Nelson ~ Thanks. Happy to return the follow.

    Casey ~ Glad you like the blog and hope you'll return.

    Wendy ~ I guess it's about finding a balance for it all.

    Ruth ~ I was so nervous the entire time I went through the process. In less than 24hrs, I can say it's addictive.

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  35. Julie ~ Not all successful writers are on Twitter. Carrie Vaughn says she's doing just fine without it, but will keep you all posted.

    Vonnie ~ Would appreciate the follow and would follow in return. I have to look around to start finding the gold.

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  36. Hi Isis - from a fellow campaigner! I've joined your blog, and am following you on twitter now as well! I'm still a novice at it myself - never sure whether to tweet about books, or bore people with my daily goings-on!

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  37. Hi there fellow campaigner! I love Twitter, but can definitely see how it can drain time if not used wisely:) I'll look you up on it today!

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  38. I've only been on Twitter for a few months, but I've so far managed not to let it gobble up my writing time. That said, it IS dangerously addictive! Lol... Good for you for taking the plunge! I'm totally joining your 'twibe'!!!

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  39. Amanda ~ I'm like you, not knowing exactly what to tweet about. Guess we'll figure it out together.

    Lindsay ~ Yay! Another follower...I mean friend to connect with in Twitterverse.

    Crystal ~ Thanks so much.

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  40. Twitter is an amazing tool. I'm still learning how to Tweet. :) I'm relatively new to it. I think I joined about four months ago.

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  42. Ciara, It's very different from all the other social media tools. I'm still a bit intimidated, but taking it one day at a time.

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  43. I'm only on twitter to post my posts and they post automatically. I don't really spend any time there but I know I need a twitter account.

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  44. Hi Isis,
    Like you, I had my reservations about joining Twitter. A friend convinced me and I took the plunge. However, I only use it as a link for my blog.

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  45. Eeek...Twitter is a necessary time suck. It's a great way to stay in touch w/other writers, agents, etc. but BE CAREFUL, before you know it, an hour has gone by and all you've done is tell your closest tweeps about your weekend plans ;)

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  46. I completely understand. I didn't really care to join at first, but I figured I should for the same reasons you joined. Twitter is how all the cool kids are communicating these days, so if you can't beat 'em...

    I'm not really into twitter, but what I've found is that it's similar to blogging. Once you join, you find a niche of people to follow. You eventually find some interesting characters and simply respond to their tweets. It's not as hard as I thought it would be.

    Word of warning-- avoid the spammers. Twitter is full of spammers. I always check out the tweet site of who's following me. If they're trying to sell me face cream, makeup, porn, etc., I delete them. I don't want spammers following me.

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  47. Isis, I felt the same way and still do. I'm sure, I'm not utilizing this site to it's fullest potential. I read Ms. Lamb's blog, too.

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  48. Hi Isis,

    Nice to meet you. I am a bit overwhelmed with twitter right now myself. There really is a lot to learn. But I think once we find our stride and the right tweeps we can continue to tweet and write.

    Happy tweeting/blogging/writing!

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  49. Hi Isis! Welcome to the Campaign and Twitter. :) I've been a little absent this summer on the whole social media front but I find Twitter to be a great tool for writers. Enjoy!
    See you around the Campaign. ☺

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  50. So glad to see you building your "twibe," Isis! Kristen's advice is also what compelled me to use Twitter much more seriously, and I haven't regretted it. I didn't expect to actually make friends via Twitter, but I've met people who I really enjoy and who are incredibly supportive. I have to limit my usage, of course, especially since I'm using TweetDeck, where new tweets show up in a pop-up window, but I think this might be my favorite form of social media.

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  51. Hi Isis. Welcome to the Twitterverse. I resisted it at first, but Kristen drug me in kicking and screaming. I've found many friendly, decent people there. I'd be happy to introduce you around the block. I tweet at @piperbayard. Looking forward to chatting with you. All the best.

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  52. I actually stumbled on Twitter before I even considered attempting a career in writing again. I just wandered aimlessly around all the celebrities and followed their tweets until I started stumbling into writers. Within a month I dropped nearly every celebrity and was following dozens of writers, completely fascinated with their journeys. That's all it took to make me scratch that writer itch that had been buggin me the last several months. I'm a little late, but welcome to Twitter!

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  53. Shari ~ Hi there.

    Clarissa ~ You should come play in cyberspace. It's fun.

    Claudia ~ You can get more out of it, but it can suck up time.

    Bethany ~ Very true.

    MsMariah ~ No spammers please.

    Sandy ~ It's a scary medium and tough to get into at first, but once you get the hang of it...:).

    Liz ~ Hope you find your stride soon.

    Amanda ~ Nice to meet you. I will definitely see you around.

    Jamila ~ Surprising how great Twitter can be.

    Piper ~ We've connected in Twittervers, YAY.

    TL ~ Happy to meet and connect with other writers like you.

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