Until very recently, I was a Facebook junkie. Seriously, at least every 10 minutes scrolling through my feed, liking posts indiscriminately, sharing with equal recklessness, and posting more than a few questionable statuses. It was so bad that I swore off it for a few days, which turned into a few weeks, and I still don’t spend a whole lot of time on there (although I plan to do a bit more for the sake of this blog). I think the reason I never really got back into Facebook is the fact that most of the people I really care about are those I see in real life, text, talk with on the phone, email, and otherwise interact with on an individual basis. Plus there are a lot of political rants that I really prefer not to see.
Then when I really started getting serious about growing LeilaReads, I noticed that most blogs had Twitter accounts. I dusted off my own account, started tweeting and following, and now I’m hooked. Like, seriously. My husband gets really annoyed, and I just tell him I’m doing all the Twitter stuff in order to drive traffic to my blog. He’s got this idea that I may actually make money with this some day. Just ask Ashley at Nose Graze: not gonna happen.
Anyway, there are a few reasons I heart Twitter.
- It moves way faster than any other social media platform. Who has time to read more than 140 characters? Well, I do, but I like how there’s a little snippet that allows me to determine whether to click and spend my time on something.
- I have access to way more people. It’s really tough (at lease for me) to discover new people on Facebook. On Twitter, I see what everyone else is doing, who everyone else is following, and I discover new awesomeness everyday.
- People talk to me on Twitter. No, I’m not some type of hermit or leper. People do like me in real life. But people I admire from afar, like authors and other bloggers, talk to me on Twitter. Nowhere else have I found (outside a book signing) where such venerable persons as Courtney Summers, Seanan McGuire, Sherry D. Ficklin, Amy Ewing, Lauren Oliver (!) and several others actually (squee!) respond to my tweets. I’ve had actual conversations! Freaking amazing!
- And of course, the readership and stats of LeilaReads has grown exponentially since I started tweeting with purpose.