That was then:
A way of staving off boredom on the bus. I mainly followed comedians; occasionally the odd ‘informative’ and/or ‘political tweet’ slipped in, but I was a true lurker.
Stalked an ex to make sure he wasn’t dead, ignored endorsements from family members who seemed to think I had skills in ‘event management’.
Publicised my crime fiction briefly under duress from my publishers/agents – it’s really time I updated the bloody thing it’s got spiders spinning cobwebs on it.
A way of keeping in touch with people – I was pretty engaged, shared photos, made sarky updates, commented on others’ posts.
This is now:
I’ve come to realise the pleasures of conversing with friends on Twitter rather than just reading strangers’ tweets. However, I’m not sure this is much different from what makes Facebook fun. I’ve yet to make a concerted effort to engage with some of those strangers whose tweets entertain me. I think it would feel a bit like going up to the coolest person at a party and doing the running man dance in front of them.
Ok Aunt Tallulah, I’ll accept that “dog-grooming” endorsement. Can’t hurt.
Turns out blurting out your thoughts to WordPress can be quite good fun – especially if you get to decide what to blog about! The only thing holding me back here is time – it’s been almost impossible doing our SMDL homework plus my day job, so Lord knows how I’ll manage doing it in my OWN TIME – but we’ll see…
I’m going to become more relaxed about accepting friend requests from colleagues and students. In the past I’ve worried that it will be hard to maintain a ‘work persona’ to someone who’s seen my posts extolling the virtues of Channing Tatum or my photos of hedgehogs, but why are we trying to maintain this bland exterior? Why not let some character shine through? You never know, you might find your colleague is a hoglet-loving ChanFan and you’ve made a friend for life. The worst that’ll happen is that they point out Channing looks a bit like a confused potato with biceps, but hopefully you can rise above this. Just follow Twitter Queen Caitlin Moran’s advice – “don’t be a dick” – and as long as you avoid uploading any pics where you’re either naked or so drunk you’re throwing up in a wheelie bin, you should be ok.
I’d like to thank Andy Priestner, Ange Fitzpatrick and Georgina Cronin for all the work they’ve put into the fantastic SMDL course. It was a huge amount of fun. SPACESHIP!