T is for Twitter


I have a Twitter account. @marisSouthHaven. I Tweet. I retweet. I favor tweets. I have no idea what I’m doing.

Several years ago I watched Jane Friedman demonstrate how to manage a tweet account. She made it look so easy. I went home and downloaded a program that was supposed to do that. I never could get the people I wanted to follow where I wanted them and now I don’t even remember what the program was.

I’m a Twitter failure.

I have somehow (with the help of my virtual assistant) managed to get over a thousand followers. I know, that’s not many. And supposedly I’m following over a thousand people (or sites), but all that means is when I go on to Twitter, those who just recently tweeted something might (not necessarily will) get read.

Last year I did manage to figure out how to follow the tweets about the RITA award ceremony during the RWA National Conference, and I do, whenever I can, participate in #1lineWed that’s an off-shoot of the RWA Kiss of Death chapter. I tried following the Oscars this year but gave up after a short while. Too many tweets about people I didn’t even recognize.

Every week I Tweet that I have a blog up. I include how to find it and a bit about the topic, but I don’t know if anyone ever sees those tweets or cares. I certainly don’t go scurrying to read other peoples’ blogs when they Tweet that they’re out there.

So why am I on Twitter?

Because I’ve been told I should be, and maybe more important, because someday I may actually figure out what I should be doing. Meanwhile, if you would like to follow me, that would be great. @marisSouthHaven I’ll gladly follow you back. I may even retweet your tweet or favor it. As I said, I do know how to do that.

I will be tweeting about this challenge. #AtoZChallenge   A-to-Z Blogging Challenge


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14 Responses to T is for Twitter

  1. Paula says:

    Wow! A thousand followers. I better get a move on. Seriously, I recently posted on my blog about a short break I took in blogging and about “followers.” I probably should be more concerned about and tenacious in getting more followers, but I’m not sure, with that many, all of them are actually reading anyway.
    Here’s a link for you that I found on my Twitter feed. Read #1 carefully; it sounds like he’s repeating himself, but he’s not. I especially like 13, 14, and 17.


    • Maris Soule says:

      I looked at his list, Paula. I still haven’t figured how to sort out the few Tweeters I’d like to constanly follow. But thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Mia says:

    My mom has 10x more twitter followers than I have.

  3. ann bennett says:

    The problem with twitter is the same problem with pinterest, etc. When do you have time to live a life?
    I have a twitter account and when I find the password, I shall follow you. The only reason I have a twitter account is to live in the twenty-first century and not let times change without me.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Ann, you sound like me. Now, I have enjoyed #1LineWed where writers post one line from a WIP, but most of the time, I simply read a few tweets and then I’m out of there.

      • Paula says:

        I’m with Ann. One of the reasons I’m on Twitter is because I can be aware of what’s happening in the world from news sources I want to see (since I don’t have TV). I scroll a lot and don’t even follow that many people!

        • Maris Soule says:

          Paula, you probably have a lot more control on the feed you see than I do. I’ve followed so many people, there’s no way I can keep up with all of them. One of these days I’ll find a way to sort out those I really, really want to follow from those who I only occasionally want to chek on.

  4. Ha, Ha. I have no idea what I’m doing, either. Although, this is twice in one week that I’ve been pointed to #1lineWed. Must mean I’ll have to check it out.

    @ShonnaSlayton from
    Shonna Slayton YA Writer – Blogging the 1940’s from A to Z

    • Maris Soule says:

      Shonna, I’ve been lax in posting on Wednesday with my #1LineWed tweet, but it’s been fun to see some of the tweets. Has been introducing me to some writers I would like to read. Do check it out.

  5. L. Moon says:

    I guess I got onto twitter when it was still new so I learned the value it had for artists, writers poets.

    Twitter is an awesome way to get help promoting your work and there are some exceptional people there.
    Case in point: A writer/ friend I met years ago (on Twitter) is going to help with the promotion of a book I am the facilitator for. Because of our long standing relationship, he will get this little book (that will benefit orphans of Ebola) seen by thousands more people than I could. All because of a few tweets a week over years.

    ~ following you on Twitter

    • Maris Soule says:

      L. Moon, I know some people make valuable use of Twitter. I have been more active this year, but I don’t feel I’ve gained as much as I could. I need to find a way to separate the tweets that I’m not really interested in from those I definitely want to see/read. But I’ll keep trying. I think you’re one I would like to follow. Loved the pictures I saw on your web site.

  6. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of the A to Z Ambassador Team! (I’m a minion/volunteer under Arlee.)
    Great post. I’m looking forward to more. Let me know if I can help you in any blogging way this month. Congratulations on making it this far! Finish strong. You can do it!
    Don’t forget our after party. The Relections Linky List will open on Monday May 4th. (For links directly to posts, not to general blog addresses.)
    I’ve followed you on your listed social media sites.
    -J @JLenniDorner

    Twitter is a crazy site to figure out. What I did notice is that your blog post tweet for this post lacked the #AtoZChallenge hashtag.
    Hashtags make it easier to find your posts. (Just never use more than 3 in one tweet.)
    Hashtags are also automatically retweeted by people using certain programs. This also makes it easier for people to find your post.

    I think I know the program you are talking about. (Tweetdeck) It doesn’t exist the same way anymore. Twitter updated the site and made the program fail. There are other programs that now do almost the same thing. It has been re-released, but I haven’t looked into it. SocialBro once also had a downloadable version. I don’t think they still do. That’s a great tool, if you have a few hours to learn how to use it properly. It can be a time-suck if you’re getting less than 7 new followers a week though.