Sunday, 29 August 2010
Quote Me Tweet Me Kiss Me Beat Me
"After all, all he did was string together a lot of old well-known quotations."
-- H.L. Mencken on Shakespeare
It is easy enough to be twitty. Yes, that is witty on Twitter. People think there is such limitation to being forced to sum it up in 140 characters but they are wrong. You actually have 120 characters so that you can be retweeted (your tweet copied in to someone else's tweet) and it isn't actually that hard.
Say it. Don't explain it. Own it.
What is actually difficult is writing an entire blog post with a beginning , middle and end. Holding the readers attention is much harder when it involves scrolling. I used to be thrilled when I saw a random tweet retweeted over and over again by a hundred people but now I feel very meh. It often takes no effort and there is little reward in praise for an off the cuff remark. Not saying that a speedy retort isn't brilliant but it's passing. Lost in the stream. Giggleworthy but not noteworthy.
Twitter killed the video star
For a while there, there was nothing to blog about because everything was half exclaimed on twitter. It was a lot like standing on a wooden box and calling out the headlines for the local rag. You get the idea that something is going on and you think that you should read more about it but that doesn't always happen. Just like a low cut top, the promise is all there is for most people.
I'm not going to let Twitter silence me with all my own noise.
Summarise in 140 characters or less
Must blog more and give substance. That means tweeting less.