Returning to Twitter

I last seriously used twitter when I was about 16. I was quite possibly depressed and I did have anxiety attacks. I was not happy with my life I have since made the adjustments I needed to and left twitter behind. I made some really great friends during that time (Shout out to @growingdark@threeboy@londonjustin, & his family). I have dipped my toe in the twitter ocean a few times, lost week I returned once again under the instruction of the current guiding force of this blog, my university.

I made a new shiny account (rather than using my original account with 12k in tweets)

I mostly stuck to the minimalism tag but I also thought about the content I was summarising and looked at the accounts of the users that wrote them. They didn’t seem to use those tags, they used the tags for the projects they are creating or sharing but not topical tags. I don’t know if this is a twitter trend a minimalism trend or just representative of the users I follow.

No-one directly responded to my tweets or retweeted them but I got two likes on one of them. I am sure I would get more engagement as I created and shared more content.

Twitter to me is work, not as in effort work but as in something that I am doing to promote myself and my content (even when sharing other people’s) for the hopes of fame or profit. This space might do well but I am not planning for it to. I feel like I talk about CGP Grey too much but this reminds me of his urge to create work out of his hobby of playing games. His fans want it and every now and then he considers it; then he thinks about it and realises that ruins the whole point of having a hobby that is an escape from his work.  I don’t participate on twitter for my business because I don’t think that’s where my audience is but I get the same feeling when I create posts for facebook and instagram. Part of the point of this blog is to disconnect it from work and the obligations of writing as a brand. I don’t want this blog to turn into a project where I spend as much time writing as promoting. Sapping the fun out of it and adding more online clutter.


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