Not only that, but Twitter has really opened the doors for me to so many discussions about social justice and feminism. And let’s not forget about Twitter’s importance in bringing issues like the events in Ferguson to the public. Now, controversial topics are not everyone’s thing, but I really feel like by being on Twitter I’ve been opened up to so many opinions about issues that I never really thought about before. I wouldn’t particularly have identified myself as a feminist a couple years ago – before blogging and being active on Twitter. But I’ve really started standing up for these issues that I believe to be important, so I think Twitter’s shaped my opinion for the better (or at least encouraged my growth in that).
BUT. But. While I love Twitter for all those things, there are downsides. And every community has its drama. And it can get horribly upsetting, demotivating, and oftentimes leads to me retreating into myself and just needing a break from it all. With every such instance, I get the desire for a Twitter break and consider whether it isn’t just better for me to start limiting my presence there – because if things are upsetting you, it’s okay to just cut them out of your life. I’m not strong enough to just ignore those things or *cough* Shake It Off. (But I’m trying to get better at it.)
There are a lot of problems with that though. First of all, and obviously, I would miss my blogger friends. But aside from that, I fear the blog would be impacted negatively. I’ve noticed lately that if I don’t spend time tweeting about my posts and promoting them that way, my traffic and comments are WAY down. I’ve posted something that I was rather proud of and after 18 hours or so there’s still like barely any interest. And then I think, “What went wrong? I thought this was cool, dudes.” And then I realize that I hadn’t promoted it via Twitter. I did that, and people finally came reading and commenting.
I don’t blame them though! I’m also NOTORIOUS for falling for Twitter clickbait. Though I do have a Feedly that I use to follow blogs, when I see tweets that really catch my interest, I’m much more likely to drop everything and go read that NAO. With Feedly, I can store up those posts for weeks before finally looking at them. As such I’ve been working on my promoting skills, thinking about what would be most likely to attract attention, and using services like Tweetdeck where you can schedule tweets to go out while you’re out/sleeping. And it really works. I see the difference in the number of hits and number of comments.
And when you’re on Twitter, you’re also visible to the public eye – the community. It reminds them that you’re around and that you’re still active, which can prompt them to look up your blog. Though I do enjoy my Twitter breaks when I take them, it can be really scary to jump in again after a while because it does move quickly – if I’m not online for a few days, it feels like I kind of don’t exist anymore, like people have forgotten about me totally. I see all the conversations that people are having without me and I’m just like…