I’m one of those folks that likes social media. A whole bunch. And my favorite is Twitter. Twitter has become my “water cooler” of sorts – a place I have filled with folks who share many of my interests and pursuits. Through Twitter I have “met” both in my cyber-world and IRL (in real life) lots of people who are interested in the same stuff I am today. And that is great.
I have tried to explain Twitter to non-Tweeters and it never quite translates. I’ve thought about why some folks like me L.O.V.E. Twitter and others are just “meh” about it and my only explanation comes down to this: it’s all about community. Some people are just more comfortable bellying up to the bar, so to speak, and making conversation. The introvert may find a Twitter community a refreshing experience, while the extrovert may be frustrated. And reverse.
For me, the best part has been connecting with other writers, both Young Adult and non-YA writers. My Twitter is like the perfect table in the cafeteria’s lunchroom. A collection of great people who support one another in the ways they can. Need a great recipe for lasagna? I did and three of my Tweeps sent me theirs. Need a hotel recommendation? Restaurant recommendation? Advice on bullying? These are the kinds of tweets I share with my tweeps and then some.
And now, especially, I am thankful for my Twitter cafeteria table full of friends. I am heading out of the country tomorrow and instead of worrying about this blog and trying to find wi-fi and all those other bits of bloggery, all I have to worry about is the flight over, back, the train schedules, the subways, losing my passport and other such things.
Starting on Monday, there will be five guest blog posts here. They are all my Twitter friends (well, I’ve known one for 32 years) and they all graciously agreed to write a blog post for me.
So please come back on Mondays and Fridays and read what my friends have written. Their posts are a great mix of funny and serious, observations on parenting and life. I cannot wait to read your comments!
And Twitter? Thanks for having my back.