The internet is the biggest little small town

Last night I was insane with my Twitterings… Everyone had gone on to bed and I still had some work to do. Rather than talk to myself, I Twittered.

No, this isn’t another shameless post begging for you to follow me.

In fact, I don’t want you to follow me unless you really want to.

And I’ll tell you why:

I’ve seen a lot of people discussing Twitter recently. And without a doubt, the common thread in these posts has been the sense of community that has begun to develop. In fact, there are people who I have gotten to know through my blog and/or their blog. But not until I began Twittering have really begun to feel a depth to those relationships. Additionally, there are people who I have gotten to know strictly from Twitter.

It’s been sort of like watching something in 2-D and then putting on the 3-D glasses and getting the full perspective on it.

On my blog, as transparent as I think I tend to be, there are still things that don’t get conveyed. Not because I don’t want to, but because they tend to come in little snippets that don’t qualify as a real blog post. My brain tends to work in random bits of information anyway. Like a little strobe light flashing all day long.

Also, on my blog, I tend to speak in a certain voice. It’s my blog voice. And it is the real me. But again – it’s not the complete picture. I also have a dumb, flighty side. A confused, “duh” side. And an irritable, “arrgh” side.

Shocked? (I hope not!)

I hope I don’t ever give the illusion of having it all together. Because I don’t.

But blogging gives me a place to sort through it all. And to see that we all go through the same sorts of things.

I’m kooky, silly, dimwitted, rambling and talkative.

And Twittering gives me a place to prove it.

Comments

  1. Laurel Wreath says:

    Oh what a great post and I could not agree with you more. So many times I don’t have a “full post” but just time to pop in say “hi, you are in my thoughts” and then leave again. I too love twitter.

  2. Jenn @ Frugal Upstate says:

    This is so true. Twitter does make me feel more like I really know people. And I follow lots of folks whose blogs I don’t read (*blush*). That’s probably bad etiquette or something, but hey, there is only so much time in the day.

  3. Kelly - PTT says:

    I totally agree. There are comments I like to make on twitter, that I wouldn’t want to ping my readers about. It’s a way to have a side blog without all the added work. Very fun.

  4. Megan (FriedOkra) says:

    If blogging is the new “talking over the fence,” then Twittering is the new “quick wave and HI on the way to mailbox and back” except better, because you can do it in your jammies and bedhead.

  5. I actually came here to your blog by a link on twitter. I love twitter now that I’ve figured it out better. It’s like I get snippets of my twitter friend’s lives. I also like that I can just make random remarks instead of planning out a whole blog posts, or I can link to an interesting blog post I read somewhere. I’m also finding that twitter search gives me up to date info on subjects I’m looking into.

    I’ve had a twitter account for awhile, but just really figured it out in the last few weeks. It’s kind of overwhelming at first, but now I really like it and pop on quite often. Even put twitterific on my iphone.

  6. Jo-Lynne (Musings of a Housewife) says:

    I totally agree! I’ve found the same thing.

  7. R.L.Scovens says:

    I agree too! I can really relate to people more on twitter when I can see what their everyday life is really like.

  8. Amen, sister! Twitter has been a great experience for me and it has definitely helped to establish stronger connections with other bloggers and readers!

  9. Monica @ Paper Bridges says:

    another twitter addict here. i just wish i could get pple to interact with me more. does anyone else feel that way?

  10. melissa @ the inspired room says:

    I’m new to Twitter. But yesterday I almost gave up, I felt like a twitter failure. But maybe I just need to stick with it. I love my blog because I feel like I have so much interaction, but on Twitter so far it feels like I am talking to myself. Which is not unusual, actually. Perhaps in time as more of my peeps find me or I find them on Twitter it won’t seem like a one-sided experience. Plus I need to get better at interacting and finding friends on Twitter, It was and still is a bit confusing to me.

    I do like the idea of being able to communicate in short bits. Especially since my blog is not so much a personal day to day type of blog as it is a design blog. Twittering seems more personal, so I can talk about what I had for breakfast or the brownie binge I went on last night, as if people really care about that.

    My only concern with using Twitter is the possibility of over-connection. I like to connect, but sometimes I get overwhelmed by so much internet communication and I fear (and know) I am not giving enough attention to my real world here at home. It is easy for me to pick up my computer and chat away when I should be doing other things. I am trying to find the balance.

    Thanks for your insights! :-)

    Happy day!

    melissa

  11. Elizabeth says:

    yes to all of that. :-)

  12. Michelle Pendergrass says:

    Following you now on Twitter and Google Reader. :)

  13. topsytechie says:

    Haven’t gotten on the Twitter “bandwagon” yet, but I’m thinking about it. Hey, that would be something to Twitter about, wouldn’t it??!!

  14. I have to say that I do not get Twitter. I always feel like I’m saying something into a dark soundless void.

  15. I admit, I have yet to twitter (hiding my head in shame!)

    I think maybe, just maybe I will sign up today :)

  16. Theresa says:

    I have enjoyed following you on twitter … still figuring it out, but what I know, I like!

  17. The Nester says:

    girl, i wish i twittered. i have a twit and never say anything. i should just read everyones. but, i love what you say about how you see a new deminsion {only spelled corectly} of people!

    miss you!

  18. I just started Twitter and looked through my feed reader to see who I could follow.

    Glad to see this post so I could find you!

  19. Guinevere Meadow says:

    I just recently joined Twitter as well, and I’m LOVING IT!! You’re right, you really get to know the people whose blogs you read a little bit more. I’ll be following you now!

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