If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tweet Me Tuesday: Connecting with Community

I have lots of acquaintances. I'm sure you do, too.

But, like me, you probably only have a small group of truly close, intimate friends.

The same is true in the social media world, right? You may have 1,000 Twitter followers, but you can't possibly interact on any meaningful level with all of those.

The more Twitter followers I get, the more it seems like I lose touch with the ones I really want to connect with the most.

Here's a few ways to keep connected with your community:

1.) Make "Lists" or groups in Twitter. You can label them according to interest, such as "Scrapbooking," "Writers" or "Bloggers I Love." It is SO much easier to keep up with people on Twitter when you break down your followers in this way.

Twitter provides the following instructions for creating lists:
1.Visit the profile of the first user you would like to add to your list
2.Click the list drop-down, which looks like the icon above
3.At the bottom of the drop-down menu, click "Create list"
4.Enter the credentials of your list, and choose whether others can see it or whether it is private
5.Check to see if the user you wanted to add was successfully included in that list: to do this, click the list drop-down. A blue check will be added next to lists in which that user is included (shown below under "Adding or Removing People")

2.) Make a point of Retweeting, recommending via Friday Follow and interacting with these groups as much as possible. The give-and-take is what helps make great social media relationships.

3.) If you don't already, visit as many of these groups' blogs as possible. This helps you to know more about them and they'll often reciprocate, thereby adding to your blogging community, as well.

4.) Use an application such as Tweepi to periodically rid your Twitter stream of inactive and/or spam accounts.
Just a few common sense, practical ways to be purposeful about connecting with your growing community!
Finally, thanks to all of you for your sweet comments regarding my recent car crash. Your comments really lifted my spirits and reminded me that I am not alone!!

Okay, now on to Tweet Me Tuesday! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, uhhh, 4...

1.) Tweet this post! Be sure to visit Kristen at MamaBytes, too! She is my wonderful co-host in this Blog Hop!

2.) 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.

3.) Follow me and Kristen on Twitter! (if you’re not already)

4.) Visit the links below and Tweet as many posts as you'd like (linked below).

You can 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, it's nice to leave a comment telling them you tweeted it as part of Tweet Me Tuesday. Not required, but leaving comments is always good!

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.

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.

To add the Tweet Me Tuesday button to your blog, just copy the code below!

Alright -- get to tweeting!



  1. Great tips!!! I tend to lose track of my Twitter followers...it's a mess over there. I need to better organize it.

  2. I love lists-and wouldn't survive without them lol. All great tips as usual!!

  3. This idea is very creative. I like it a lot!

  4. Ahhh boo! I missed it again!!! I get so confused about the days cos we are a day ahead here!
    But this was the post I wanted tweeted :(
    Loving all your twitter tips!

  5. Sorry I missed TweetMe Tuesday this week but I did enjoy reading this AND your interview that follows this. As a grandma of several, including a passel of boys - after raising all girls, I've discovered boys definitely are different BUT delightfully so. They are all such blessings. Thanks for an interesting post. :)


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