How Twitter has hurt and helped my blog

Originally I didn't want to spend my time and energy in yet a new online fad or social network, but after the dozenth person asked me if I was on Twitter yet, I finally signed up and started twittering back in June. As I feared and predicted, I soon became addicted, which previously happened with me and MySpace, then Facebook, etc.

What is Twitter?
  • It's dubbed as micro-blogging and is a cross between blogging and text messaging where – in 140 characters or less, you "tweet" to your group of "followers" about what you're doing, seeing, talking about or hearing right now

I started twittering not only because of the peer pressure I was experiencing among my tech and blogging friends, but because I thought it might be yet another place to market and bring attention to my blog. On that level, it has worked in some respect and also failed. People who normally didn't read my blog are filing in, including perceived "influencers," however, some only read and follow my tweets but do not explore on to my blog. Also, the people that I follow aren't necessarily my typical blog reader who wants to read about my adventures and LA happenings. Plus, my Tweets vary from the personal, local to the professional.

A negative to Twitter for me is that I find myself twittering stuff that at one time I would have expanded upon and turned into a blog post. Twitter is also monopolizing what little free time I have to blog, thus affecting the amount of times I blog in a week. On the other hand, Twitter has helped spark my creativity and a blog post or two by following the different discussions and articles being sent around. Thus, a good research tool that can spark blog posts.

The worst part though is that people will now twitter responses to my blog instead of leaving a traditional comment here, so although I'm glad they are talking about it, it's now on a different medium.

In the end though, Twitter might not have helped my original goal of building my blog, but it has helped me to virtually meet others in my space and has aided my job in PR by understanding the space better. Oh, and if you want to follow me I'm @tarametblog.
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