I don’t follow anyone I don’t know unless they send me a message first.
That goes for both Twitter and Instagram. If someone really wants to get to know me, they’ll do more than just follow me and run away. They’ll say that they saw something I wrote or mention something having any relation to what I’m doing. I’m sure that I’ve mentioned it enough, but it should pretty much be evident that I’m a proud protestor against the follow-back method that has been quite the common culture in social media. If I don’t plan on aimlessly following a bunch of people, how do I expect to meet new people? I had mentioned the answer to that on my previous post, how to get noticed on Twitter, now I want to talk about what to say on Twitter.
If you see Twitter as an actual physical venue, or more specifically we see a #hashtag as a typical lounge, we may want to emulate that we’re the most interesting person at the bar. However, the person who tries to be the most interesting person at the bar, is usually not the most interesting at the bar. The keyword in that previous sentence is, ‘tries.’ The most interesting person at the bar never really needs to try. They just need to exist. Everyone knows how interesting they are. Everyone is waiting for them to say something. . . anything. Every single person at the bar is wondering when the most interesting person will come up to them, and it never ever matters what they say. The most interesting person in the bar could come up to someone and say, ‘Do you like ketchup?’ They could say anything out of context. ‘. . . and then there were sofa cushions.’ It really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the most interesting person at the bar exists.
When I use Twitter, I write the most mediocre and remedial lines. I write about every single thing that I’m doing. The catch is, every single thing that I am doing has to be relatable to the #hashtag that I am in. The hashtags that I’m in are all the same hashtags that are being used by other authors (#amwriting, #WritingCommunity, #writerslife). Because I’ll be in the same #hashtag lounge as other authors, my tweets pretty much begin when I start what I define as the typical workday. My workday right now is practically reading and soaking up as much about marketing as possible. So, I do that and I tweet about that.
Here’s an example:
Morning tweet: “Back to learning about book marketing #amwriting”
2nd tweet, 30 minutes later: “Just read this article about marketing *insert article here* #WritingCommunity”
3rd tweet 20 minutes later: “Just read this article about marketing *insert article here* “WritingCommunity.”
4th tweet 20 minutes later: “About to take a break. I’m going to eat a cookie “Writerslife”
5th tweet 15 minutes later: “I just ate a cookie #Writerslife”
6th tweet 10 minutes later: “Just read this article. . .”
And the list goes on. It’s not the most interesting thing that needs to be said. But, you’ll find that most people on Twitter are not interesting at all, especially if they’re writers. You’ll go to any of these hashtags and have to dig through dozens of people talking about how many pages they wrote before you actually read something that remotely looks like it was tweeted by a human being and not a calculator. Every so often, not too often but it does happen, I’ll sprinkle in something interesting. I’ll say something random or reference something. I’ll post a picture that is actually worth posting. I’ll post about a book I wrote. I’ll post about a short story that I made and am giving out for free. But, that’s not the majority of what I tweet on Twitter. If that was what I strictly used Twitter for, the people on Twitter would only see me tweet something every other week. I wouldn’t be the most interesting guy at the bar, I would be the guy only the bartender knows who says, ‘Hey, I haven’t seen you here for a while.’
Twitter is just another place for people to be social. People put too much effort in trying to say something when people are just trying to talk to anyone. Don’t overthink it.Read my latest book, 'The Day Sex Robots Said No.' For exclusive updates, subscribe to my mailing list.