Even though I have a Facebook page to promote my books, I don’t post to it very often. Forget my personal Facebook page; a Christmas ham from Australia in 2012 is still on the front page.
I’m comfortable doing my social media thing here with my blog. I can bloviate about my writing and my books, but I can also just be myself.
For some reason, I’ve been terrified of Twitter. I made a tweet once, but I deleted it a few months later. Quite a few of my fellow bloggers encouraged me to give Twitter a whirl, but I always resisted.
This past September, I finally made a couple of tweets. I hyperventilated a little, but nothing bad happened. I figured out how to get someone’s attention via a tweet, and I think a *favorite* is like a blog *like,* so that’s how I’ve been using them. I’ve even retweeted a few times. After almost four months, I’m now following a whopping 39 people, and I have a whopping 33 followers. Woohoo!
I’m following a few people who tweet about writing. I follow some blogging friends. (A huge thank you to Carrie Rubin and Tim Dittmer for engaging me. You kept me from feeling as if I was floundering.)
However, I’m still trying to decide what to do with Twitter or what to take away from it. I’ve made a few tweets when I’m writing or editing, but I don’t want that to be my main focus. I simply don’t want all of my social media to be about books or writing.
When Rich and I started drinking fruit smoothies this past summer, it was because I found Jessica Seinfeld’s recipes. These smoothies are awesome! I started following her on Twitter, which then led me to Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Rich and I love watching this series!
One evening while editing, I was listening to Mary Lambert sing. Her voice is beautiful. I promptly ran over to follow her on Twitter. She’s lovely, and her tweets make me smile.
In October, I discovered Hugh Laurie had just started using Twitter under the name of jlumbrozo, because the name Hugh Laurie was taken. I thought it was hilarious when he finally realized he was the scoundrel who had reserved the name years ago. I get a huge kick out of his tweets. He’s a funny man.
The show, Kirstie, starring Kirstie Alley, recently premiered on TVLand. I’m a Kirstie Alley fan from way back, and I was tickled to see Michael Richards and Rhea Perlman in the cast, too. The new show is funny (I’ve had sink cake before!), and I was especially surprised by Eric Petersen. He plays such a lovable character. I’m following him and Kirstie both now – because they’re fun and they’re funny! I was thrilled when I responded to one of Eric’s tweets, and he favorited it! (Ok, he favorited everyone who responded, but still …)
I’m just getting such a kick out of looking in on what other people say and do. And OH.MY.GOSH William Shatner. I love him! He is everywhere these days, and I love his tweets. What a character!
Forget this book/writing stuff on Twitter. I want to tweet John Travolta and ask him if he remembers meeting me in Cleveland at the Keg & Quarter in 1976 when his song Let Her In debuted.
There’s no denying the internet has made the world a much smaller place. You no longer have to write a fan letter. Simply tweet!
I’ve thought about people who are no longer with us. I would have loved to read tweets from Frank Sinatra. Swoon! And Walter Matthau! I bet his tweets would have been epic.
I admit it. I’m a fangirl at heart.
How are you using Twitter? Who do you like to follow? Do you follow celebrities?