Wow! I have been a baaad blogger. So sorry. But as usual, I have a good excuse! Thank you God, I have been completely drowning in work lately.
Why has this happened? I don't know, but I'll tell you that the feast came after the famine. For months there this fall, I was working for peanuts, and seriously struggling. So let that be an encouragement to you if you're currently enduring a peanut famine.
But now, let's talk about my twitter meltdown.
And yes, I should be working right now. I have plenty of stuff due by midnight. But I have plenty of time, right? It's only three.
Anyway, my twitter meltdown.
Here's the deal. I love twitter. I mean, I really love twitter. I love it more than I should love it. I love twitter the way the rest of the world loves facebook. (I fail to capitalize these proper nouns out of rebellion.)
Anyway, my twitter meltdown.
I think I've been going about twitter all wrong.
Here's what I've done. Somehow, I developed this philosophy that there were three reasons to follow people, three "twitter rules" if you will:
1. Follow people because they are interesting.
2. Follow people when you want them to follow you back.
3. Follow people because they followed you first, and you want to be nice and follow them back.
And of course, any combination of the above.
But this led to complete tweet-chaos. This led to a twitter stream clogged with people trying to sell me things and people trying to get me to vote their way. It was giving me a migraine (I am an introvert after all) and my twitter stream was moving so fast that I was having mini-seizures and my phone kept crashing.
To make it worse, the people whom I actually find interesting, ya, you remember them? Their tweets kept getting buried in the mayhem.
So, today, I did it. I had a twitter meltdown. I unfollowed everyone except for those whom I followed under rule #1. Then I added a new rule #2. Ready? Here it is: I have to really really want to follow these people, like as in @PhilWickham-and-@Tahmoh Penikett want to follow.
And instantly, I felt better. My twitter stream is neat and tidy and I care about all of it! No one is trying to get me to vote for their uncle in Oklahoma or trying to sell me a timeshare in Tahiti. Now it's full of people I really want to spend (virtual) time with. Ahhh...
But, you know what's going to happen. My twitter follower count is going to plummet. And the funny thing is, I was almost to the 1,000 followers mark, something that many tweeps sincerely celebrate. Here: I took a picture to prove it.
See there in the upper right? 936 followers! I should be proud of that. But alas, my pride will be short lived. Because everyone else is following the aforementioned rule #3. And part of rule #3 is that when someone unfollows you, you unfollow them right back!
Oh well, soon the fascinating tweets of Robin Merrill (most of which center on Hawaii Five-0 activity) won't appear in anyone's stream, because Phil and Tahmoh don't follow me.
But that's okay. For now I will just enjoy the simplicity of my new and improved twitter stream. If I have unfollowed you in the last few hours, please don't be offended. I still love you. And if I haven't unfollowed you, you know that I really really love you, as much as I love Phil and Tahmoh! (Okay, maybe not that much!)
Okay, back to work. Children's books to write. I'm not complaining. Happy tweeting!