Hey…have you heard? I’m on Twitter.
First things first: you can follow me here. Please do. For sure I’ll follow you back.
Even though I’m new to Twitter, I’ve actually been on the fence for years, hesitating about jumping in. Mostly that’s because I thrive on juicy face-to-face conversations and I also struggle with the distractions of technology. I figured that if I already find it challenging to pull away from the screen then Twitter might become my own personal sinkhole.
Of course, it didn’t help that during the past few years there’s been an avalanche of blog posts, comments and articles about the addicting nature of twitter (and other social media). I’ve even seen workshops and tele-classes about how to cope. Not to mention the surplus of advice about the right and wrong way to be on Twitter.
Seems like lots of people want to give advice about social media.
Now me, I’m not much of an advice fan. Although I have my moments of needing it (or alternately getting caught in its trance), I’m absolutely certain that we all possess a quiet deep-down knowing that almost always trumps advice. In fact, much of my work is about helping women hear and trust the wise and soulful voice within. So all the early noise and advice about twitter, coupled with my own inclination toward internet overload, left me feeling wary.
But lately, I’ve been sensing a shift around social media.
People are talking about backing off. Taking digital sabbaticals. Limiting the number of their connections. Relaxing and removing the urgency. Focusing more on building community and less on the constant drone of self-promotion. Seems like the perfect time to jump in and experiment, when the pressure’s off and its popularity might be waning. And I know there are lots of lively, creative, smart, fun, thoughtful people on Twitter. I’m looking forward to engaging with them.
So in honor of Art Every Day Month, I decided to pull out my art journal and Crayola paint brush pens to see if I could capture the wise and soulful voice within that’s telling me to hop on the Twitter train.
Okay. She was totally unexpected. And she makes me laugh.
Not only did she want a hat, but she wanted a bird hat. A love bird hat. I do believe she has a rollicking sense of irony. And when I try to channel her, here’s what she tells me about Twitter: Go ahead. Try it. Experiment. Release any expectations. Do it your own way. And by all means, have fun!
How about you? I’d love to hear stories about your adventures with Twitter in particular or social media in general.
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