Léna's Lit.Life

Léna (me): Lit, as in literature, Lit, as in light, Lit, as in a little kooky: Life.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Feeling Twitter-ific!


Memorial Day and the wonderful Vets who served and sacrificed themselves aside, today will be the day that goes down in my own personal history as the day I finally got the point of Twitter.

My friend and fellow writer Courtney has been waxing poetic over Twitter all year and I have just looked at her blankly thinking, yeah babe, whatev's, with you having almost 500 followers and just as many follow-ing, it may be a more exciting way to connect with readers and friends, but I don't even have a book out yet . . . However, I took her advice and set up an account for myself, not understanding why I was doing it.

I've gotten the hang of Facebook and have way too much fun with it, and I'm loving keeping the blog up-to-date, but Twitter? So I've been checking it and updating my STATUS maybe once a month. I have 24 followers, and am following 33 . . . and then yesterday I was fooling around with my sassy new cell phone, noticing a Twitter feature . . . and I noticed something. Not only do I now have 25 followers, but there is a mention of EDGES from May 24th . . . what is this? I clicked on the link, and lo and behold, EDGES has been chosen by a blogger as COVER OF THE WEEK! (It is an amazing cover, I must admit!)

I hit REPLY to message author of The Hiding Spot, Sara Grochowski,(a college student in Michigan with almost 600 followers!) that I am thrilled with her write-up, and I start following HER . . . then today, I see a retweet from her, telling her "followers" that applications to be a Deb at the next Debutante Ball are being accepted starting . . . tomorrow! It is a group blog for debut authors - very, very clever idea.

A light bulb went off in my head. Hey, I thought. I wouldn't have known about this if I hadn't been on Twitter and was "befriended" by Sara! I started my application to be a "Deb," and now I see the light! It really is another way to communicate and get information that I wouldn't get otherwise. So I will keep plugging, blogging, tweeting away, not expecting world domination, but loving you who read my blog and tweets and engage me in word play on Facebook! Let's have fun!

5 comments:

  1. I just shut my Twitter account down last week. Since I'm still trying to get the first draft of my WIP finished (as well as juggle three kids, which I know you can relate) those few minutes a day reading/writing Tweets were taking too much of my precious "free" time. I can barely keep a blog going and stay up with FB. But I might reopen a Twitter account if I get a book published. It is a great tool.
    Good luck with becoming a Deb!

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  2. I'm thrilled that I've had such an impact! I never saw the point of Twitter, until I realized how it could be utilized to help increase traffic on and awareness about my blog. Now I use it to chat with blogger friends and authors too... and I've met some wonderful bookish people that I never would have otherwise!

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  3. i am now your 28th follower! woo! xoxo

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  4. Good morning guys! three kids and writing and all of this social networking - yes Wonderwegian, it can be helpful to set some parameters and boundaries, something I continue to work on!

    And Sara - thank YOU!

    And Amanda - I'm following you too! Woot!

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