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 7, 2010

Tweet Me Tuesday: Friday Follow Tips

Everyone loves to hear “thank you.” To me, that’s what it means when you recommend someone for other Tweeters to Friday Follow.

It’s like saying “thank you” to someone for great information, for encouraging you, for inspiring you or for retweeting your posts. It lets other know that these are people who provide valuable conversation and content.

So, how do you give a “thank you” that truly makes the person feel appreciated and inspires others to follow them? And how do you reward others who recommend you?

Here are five tips to help make your Friday Follow experience more meaningful:

1. Get personal. I’ve mentioned this one before, but it’s worth repeating. You probably don’t have time to do this for every person you recommend, but for those who you really want to give a special highlight, devote an entire to tweet to their wonderful-ness! For example here’s one I tweeted last Friday: In the mommy trenches? @Melissa_DrMom has the prescription for your mama struggles ... honesty & support. You should #FF her!

2. Group Tweeters. I've seen this recommended on several sites. And I realize that it sounds like the opposite of my last tip. But like I said, you can’t always write a separate tweet for every single person you recommend for #FF. Another good option is to group like-minded Tweeters together. An example: "Great writers to follow: @salmicat @RindaHahn @JodyHedlund @JulieGillies @jeanwise" Again, it helps other Tweeters know a little bit about the people you’re recommending. (These really are all fabulous writers to follow, by the way!)

3. Plan ahead. I admit, I haven’t been very good at this one, but I it’s a great idea. Take some time before Friday to make a list of who you want to highlight. You may even want to write your tweets earlier in the week and schedule them using an application like AutoTweeter. Anytime you don’t do something “on the fly,” you tend to do a better job.
4. Be appreciative. Be sure to say thank you to anyone who recommends you for a Friday Follow. It’s just a nice thing to do when someone pays you a compliment.
5. Retweet. If you see someone you like and respect being recommended by another tweeter, retweet it. It’s just another way to give him or her some well-deserved props.

In Acts 20:35, Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.” I’ve found that the more I genuinely give and recognize others in the social networking world – and in life in general – the more I enjoy this whole experience of blogging, Tweeting and living life.
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. Hmmm, I hadn't really thought of scheduling tweets in advance for #FF but it makes sense!! Maybe that way I could have time to remember anyone I inadvertently left out!! Great tips Melinda!

  2. Melinda I am learning so much from you guys... I had no idea about a friday follow in twitter... and I have no idea to to schedule tweets either - but at least now I know they exist! thanks heaps! (I have tweeted this post)

  3. I am really enjoying your Tweet Me Tuesdays. Lots of great insight for believers who want to enjoy and participate well in crazy twitter-land. I do what you recommended about notes in advance, but I do it by keeping a list of the mentions and conversations on my Tweet Deck board. Makes it easy for this mama to remember the whole week :)

  4. Thank you Melinda! That was really kind of you and you made me feel special. I've been doing group tweets but I really like this idea of highlighting one with a special comment on why we should follow. You always give great twitter tips:) Thank You!


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