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If you have not yet signed up for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, today is a great day to do it. I'll tell you why at the end of this post. First though, if you're not already on it, click this A to Z sign-up list link and add your blog to the ever-growing roster of participants. You'll be glad you did and sad if you didn't. We'll wait while you do it, but don't forget to come back to this post.
And Now A Word About Twitter
Twitter is a strange place. Have you been there yet? It's the cacophony of silent speech. A lingual assault on the eyes and brain. Twitter is all at once funny, wise, stupid, enigmatic, shallow, callow, repetitious, and marketing-focused. With millions on Twitter it's millions of intents from millions of different minds. It is the crazy monster of social media.
I'm still trying to figure out what to do with Twitter. I experiment with it. I play and have fun with it. Sometimes I make discoveries on the Twitter feed, but mostly it's just a passing parade of quips, links, and peculiar observations. It's like trying to hold conversation on a busy street with everyone who passes by you. You might catch a thought that goes by but then it's gone. Of course it's kind of frozen in time where you can go back to see what was said, but with so much happening it's difficult to revisit those moments that are lost in the endless thread of tweets.
Sure, I guess you can mark certain tweets as favorites. It's kind of like assembling a scrapbook when you're drunk. You have a collection of stuff that you saved, but when you look back you might not remember why you saved it. A mind under the influence of Twitter can be a befuddled mess.
From what I'm saying, you might be thinking I dislike Twitter. I do like Twitter. Don't get me wrong. Like I indicated earlier I'm still trying to figure Twitter out, understand it's effectiveness, and learn ways in which I can make it work better for me.
Like having a goodly number of blog followers, a lot of Twitter followers might be a goal for some of us. I feel like I have a pretty respectable number of followers. Most of them probably see my tweets as much as I see theirs--not very much. Who has time to sit and watch that passing progression of Twitter feed? And read every tweet and follow every link? It's a madhouse of mostly non-communication disguised as a form of communication.
It can be kind of fun in the same sense as talking to oneself is sometimes fun. I've told myself some very funny jokes that I never tell anyone else because I usually can't remember jokes very well. Likewise I think I've tweeted some rather clever stuff that I don't know if anyone sees or not. When I get on a roll I feel very creative I'll crank out the one liners and wonder if anyone is laughing.
But when I see something I've tweeted get retweeted or favorited then I know at least someone in that vast population of twitterers has noticed me. I feel validated and smile. For a millisecond I'm a star--a passing thought in someone's mind until the next thought that enters the space that mine once occupied.
Yes, Twitter can be a strange chaos.
Don't be discouraged about Twitter! There is a place where you can find fun, friends, and community. It's the A to Z Chats or in Twitspeak #AZchat. For those of you already on Twitter, you can enter the hashtag #AZchat in the search box and see what's been happening already in the #AZchat community.
A chat helps create a focus to your Twitter communication. You might find it a bit dizzying if you're not used to it, but if you jump in the midst of the chat you're sure to pick up some useful information. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The #AZchat is a great way to find out whatever you've been wondering about the #atozchallenge and maybe make a few new friends while you're at it. You can discover other bloggers in the A to Z to follow on Twitter while adding new followers to your own Twitter account. No downside there!
If you're looking for a stream of tweets with a common topic then #AZchat is a great place to visit. Just remember when joining in the conversation to use the identifying hashtags #AZchat and #atozchallenge. Currently #atozchallenge chats are now every Thursday at 1 EST and 8 EST. Follow #AZchat to join the fun!
Not on Twitter yet? Give it a try. Visit Twitter and open your own account. Once you have your account it's something that doesn't take up much of your time at all. If nothing else you can start by retweeting anything you see about the A to Z Challenge. And don't forget to tweet the links to your own blog posts.
These days Twitter is almost a must for every author or anyone with a marketing interest--in other words everybody. After you've become adept at the Twitter game please fill me in on what you've learned. There's always something new under the sun when you're tweeting.
And Don't Forget These Resources
The Blogging from A to Z Challenge Blog is your go to site for help tips, interesting news, and other relevant information about the A to Z community. The site just passed 2000 followers. If you aren't following yet, please go to the site and click on the Join This Site button at the top right of the sidebar to show your support for A to Z.
Your A to Z Team of Co-hosts and their teams of helpers have been hard at work promoting the Challenge and making sure everything goes smoothly now and through April. Show them support by following their blogs and stopping long enough to say "hello". You'll also find A to Z information on many of these blogs over the months leading up to April. You'll find the A to Z Team links a short ways down the right-hand sidebar of the A to Z Blog. Co-host helpers are listed on a page at the A to Z Blog.
REMEMBER to join us Thursday on Twitter at 1 PM EST and 8 PM EST (or Daylight Time where applicable). Use hashtag #AZchat and #atozchallenge.