Lately, I’m on Twitter all the time. I’m suddenly learning that maybe it isn’t waste of time. I was late to the social media party. I joined Facebook in 2016, more than a decade after everybody else. Here’s something to consider: by jumping on the platform after everyone already figured it out, it was difficult to discover the tricks of the application. No one talks about the cool things you can do with Facebook anymore, everyone just does them. It took me two years to learn that I could “tag” someone in a post. I find it hard to catch up.
I joined Twitter a couple months later. Both Facebook and Twitter were the outlets where I planned to share my writing. I was new to WordPress too. I didn’t understand how people were going to find my blog unless I sent it directly to them.
I set up a Facebook page exclusively for blog posts. They all automatically post there. But no one ever reads that page, no one knows it exists. I marketed it once, I sent out a post with a link, but I’m too self-conscious to do it again. I feel like my flesh-and-blood contacts are sick of Jeff, the writer. They just want witty banter or nothing at all.
I haven’t figured out Twitter. I have a few dozen followers, and I follow about twenty of them. I follow new people all the time, but they all tweet so darn much, I can’t keep up. I get stressed out and fall behind. In variably, I unfollow them all a few days later. My blog posts automatically post on Twitter, too. Those tweets don’t get much action either.
A few weeks ago, my friend Angela, one of the few people I follow on Twitter, connected me with the Good Men Project—An online magazine that explores what it means to be a good man in today’s society. She’s a regular contributor and I asked her about it. She tagged me and her editor in the same tweet, and after a bit of back and forth, they asked me to become a syndicated contributor. That’s a fancy term the Good Men give to someone like me who allows them to mine my blog for stories to republish. We’re like symbiotic species. They constantly find new content, and bloggers like me get much craved exposure.
Once I was accepted, my editor offered some advice. I need to connect to more writers on Twitter… a lot more writers… starting with her. I’m now connected with a small core of her followers. I’m falling behind again, but I’m trying to accept that. Apparently, I don’t need to click every link that’s posted.
So, I’m giving this a try. It’s my big experiment. I’m going to see if I can build a network of writers on Twitter. My hope is that I’ll find new bloggers to follow, and new followers too. The Good Men Project would like me to direct more people to their site, and personally, I’d be happy if more people read the long unread posts they are resurrecting.
If your interested in joining my experiment, let’s connect on Twitter. I want to read the articles and stories you tweet about, and meet your friends who write posts of their own. And if you’re interested, my first syndicated contribution on The Good Men Project is the first story I wrote for this blog: Hi, I’m Jeff.