I joined Twitter on July 27th. The week after, I set up a WordPress blog. This was all relatively new to me and I’ve already learned a lot in a month…
- There are so many friendly, kind, supportive people out there – including YOU, the reader! Willing to give advice, to support newbies and discuss random things, these folks make the internet a happy place.
- Cats rule Twitter. Not really surprising, as they rule everywhere else. And why not?!
- It’s easy to find and make connections with other social media users who have similar interests, such as book reviewing, writing, mental health awareness and… cats.
- The laughing/crying emoji appears everywhere on Twitter. By the way, I knew emojis as ‘smileys’ or ’emoticons’ until recently.
- Some people on social media are very popular and have thousands of followers. Assuming that each one of their followers is a real person, it’s incredible how the following has been built up.
- Memes are often used in addition to, or instead of, written comments. I’ll play the GIF when it’s in a reply to me, but otherwise I’d rather read original thoughts. Just my preference…
- It’s impossible to keep up with all the stuff constantly updating into my feeds. The more accounts I follow, the more content there is to catch up on. But it’s hopeless already, I’m certain to miss a lot of good content.
- Email notifications for WordPress are useless. I can’t deal with all the mail generated by the blogs I follow. Instead I keep on top of it by checking my WP Reader once a day.
- Twitter is good writing practice because it encourages people to be concise when expressing thoughts (unlike Facebook, where people can ramble and rant for longer).
- Some people are putting pressure on themselves to gain a certain number of followers or views and to produce a certain amount of content. I don’t want to have targets like this, because then blogging will become a chore and it won’t be fun any more. The exception would be if I was making money from the blog and then of course I’d have deadlines.
I know there’s still a lot to learn. It’s been a brilliant first month of Tweeting and blogging. Roll on September!