It’s the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.
So, I’ll be bold and just say it: As much as we all love Twitter, is it possible that maybe we love it a little too much?
I have to say, when I first heard about Twitter, I didn’t get it. Couldn’t understand the fascination. But when I finally plunged into the Twitter Universe a couple of months ago, it sucked me into its vortex and I’ve had trouble finding my way out.
But anything, no matter how good and fun, can be unhealthy when taken to extremes.
So I recently evaluated my purposes for being on Twitter and made a plan to help me set and stick to reasonable limits. Below is what I came up with:
Reasons I Twitter:
1. To connect and interact with blog readers in a more personal and interactive way than is possible via blog comments and email. I had found that Twitter has really helped me to turn “acquaintances” into friends.
2. To find new blogs. Since I follow mostly moms, it’s like having a great list of blogs that are just waiting to be discovered! I’ve found some awesome ones that I probably would never have stumbled on otherwise.
3. To drive traffic to my blog and gain new readers. I’d like to say that this is always my #3 priority, but, honestly, sometimes it’s #1, sometimes #2. I’m trying to keep it at #3 because I truly want my social networking to be mostly about encouraging others. But as a writer trying to build her platform (audience), getting known is important to getting my message out.
Keeping my purposes in mind has helped me to be more deliberate and productive with my time on Twitter.
My Plan for Twitter Sanity:
• After getting kids to school and morning devotions: 45 minutes (30 minutes blogging & 15 minutes Twitter time)
• Lunchtime: 15 minutes of Twitter
• While kids are doing homework (if they don’t need my help): 15 minutes of Twitter
• Evening: 30 minutes of Twitter and visiting blogs
I’m even setting a timer. When the buzzer goes off, I’m done. Where I’m at with raising kids, this is about all the time I can spend and still do my freelance writing and all the things I need to do to care for my family.
I’m not saying this is the plan for you, or that you need a plan. You'll have to decide what's right for you. But I’m a structure girl. If I don’t have a plan, I flounder -- and Twitter. Far too much.
Okay, now on to Tweet Me Tuesday (within reasonable limits, of course!)
• Tweet this post! Then visit Kristen at Hands, House, Heart Full. She is my co-host in this Blog Hop!
• Link up a post you’d like Tweeted using Linky Tools below. It can either be your most recent post or an older, favorite post you'd like to share with a new audience.
• Follow me and Kristen on Twitter! (if you’re not already)
• Visit the links below and Tweet as many posts as you'd like (linked below).
• Follow as many of these bloggers as you’d like on Twitter. (You can follow their blogs, too.)
• When you Tweet a blogger’s post, leave a comment telling them you tweeted it as part of Tweet Me Tuesday.
If you tweet at us/about us/for Tweet Me Tuesday please use the hashtag #TMT. It makes it easier for us to find your tweets! Not sure about hashtags? See Kristen's post from a couple weeks ago.
Finally, please remember that Tweet Me Tuesday is about Linky Love! Please don't just leave you link and fly off! Visit as many of the others listed as you can. The more you interact with others, the more benefit to everyone.
Alright -- get to tweeting!