I have a confession to make.
I never really understood why people (including my boyfriend) were so into Twitter.
About a year ago, I made a personal twitter account on a whim. I’d say I spent a good 5 minutes looking up celebrities and the like to “follow,” and after seeing their tweets fill my screen with a crazy number of updates, I quickly found myself feeling overwhelmed with what I had just signed up for. Hello, useless-information-overload.
I didn’t see the point in following a bunch of celebrities that I really could care less about, and I didn’t really know who out of my friends had twitter, and who didn’t.
Now, facebook? That’s a different story. I’ve been using that baby since 2004 and feel quite at home with it. I can easily find any of my friends (and their brother’s sister’s second-cousin) on the-book-of-face. So to make a long story short, my stint with twitter lasted about… mmm… a day.
Fast-forward to 2011.
When I created this blog I was pretty against the idea of creating a *new* twitter account to go along with it. But for some reason (still) unknown to me, I decided to create one anyway.
Enter: happytalesblog, my new twitter account.
Now let me just say one thing: I never saw this coming. I never thought I’d actually be utilizing this social networking tool. But I’ve got to admit, this girl is definitely enjoying’ the world of the little blue tweety bird.
And why am I enjoying it so much? Well, that’s easy to explain.
This time around, I created my account and “unfollowed” all of the pre-loaded celebrities/businesses that new accounts come with, and I restrained from “following” any celebrities that would cause my twitter-feed to go crazy. Starting from scratch like this allowed me to follow the people/blogs that I myself choose to follow.
Now that I’ve been using twitter for a few weeks, I’ve realized that it has opened my eyes up to a whole new dimension of the blog world. Conversing with bloggers in ways other than blog comments has really helped me build upon the relationships that I’ve started to establish. I really like knowing that I am still a part of the blog world even if I don’t get a post up every day (because yes, I am human… and being in graduate school, working at the Y and training for a marathon (and training a puppy), believe it or not, takes up a lot of time!) I really enjoy having this additional avenue to converse with others.
Oh! And I must say, all of y’all who did that little #FF thing to me this past Friday? Y’all are awesome. I had no idea what #FF meant until I looked it up, and it made me so happy to see my name thrown out there!
For those of you who have no idea what #FF (Follow Friday) means…here’s an explanation: Every Friday, twitter users recommend/highlight people they follow and “promote” these people by tweeting #FF @twittername.
I can’t thank these girls enough for selecting me as their #FF this past Friday…I am sure it helped get my name out there so others could find my blog…
– Kelly (another adorable Charlottean)
–Morgan (a rockin’ Ohio girl!)
–Meg (a fellow Furmanite)
–Lindsay (she did it last week when I had no idea what #FF meant!)
– and Tiffany (another hilarious Charlottean and doggy-mama to bebe Lincoln)
Oh, and of course a shoutout to Heather for just being all-around awesome and welcoming me into the blog world with big open arms.
So tell me, do you have a twitter? If you do, leave your twitter name in the comments section so I can follow you! And if you feel so inclined, you can follow me @happytalesblog.
And for those of you who are not on twitter… I highly recommend you join in on the fun! I never thought I’d stray from the good ‘ole Facebook, but it looks like I’ve become a convert (but don’t you worry diehard facebook fans… I’ll still be a facebook user, too).