|Hello? Is there anybody out there?|
I’m one month into my social media experiment, and I’m left feeling both good, and a wee bit not so good about it.
Twitter is a beast. A wonderful, horrible beast! I’ve managed to gain almost 400 followers and have had some genuine interactions with a few people. But at the end of the day Twitter makes me feel a little invisible. Sometimes I feel the way I did when I was in grade 7. I was going through my awkward phase (my younger sister likes to remind me that my awkward phase lasted exactly 4 months, but I digress.) It was 4 months of horrible though. Bad haircut, braces, zits, shy and socially very awkward and uncomfortable. Not cool in the slightest.
Sometimes that’s how Twitter makes me feel. Like I’m at a cafeteria table alone, and all of the cool kids are sitting together laughing and joking and having a great old time. THIS, in a nutshell is the “not so good” part about social media. I know others who feel the same way. I’m NOT alone, after all! Ha ha!
There are so many people on there, and so many are trying to get noticed any which way they can so it sometimes feels disingenuous. I’ve never been good at marketing myself, especially the hard sell, so I’m just trying to keep on my Twitter trajectory of trying to inspire conversations with my tweets (so far, not so much) and reply to tweets I find interesting to try to get a foot in there.
It’s tough, because in the travel writing/blogging world there are the “superstars” of the industry, and being the established ones they get lots of re-tweets (the biggest Twitter compliment you can get!)
For anyone not on Twitter, what that means is that some one else has tweeted a tweet you posted to their followers. That means you will reach that many more people and gain more followers. I’ve had a couple of re-tweets, and it was very exciting. In learning the etiquette of Twitter I know it is polite to say THANK YOU for the re-tweet, but I’m Canadian, so I over thank regardless!
The best thing about Twitter is the inspiration. There are so many people out there living their travel dreams, and making money along the way. I had no idea, until I joined the “Twittersphere.” I actually thought my blog was unique, until I joined the Twittersphere. It IS uniquely MINE, and has my stories and my authentic voice, but holy sh*t, there are a lot of blogs out there, it’s kind of overwhelming.
I love to share my stories, and this blog is helping me hone my writing skills, fuels my desire to take better photographs and connect with other travelers. THIS is what keeps me going. THIS is what makes me happy, and at the end of the day, that’s about all we can ask for, right?
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