Well, yesterday I did it. I succumbed to the world that is Twitter.
I’ve got a Facebook (several, in fact, when you count the Facebook business pages), this blog (actually, three blogs, when you count www.narratoraustralia.com and the oft-neglected www.creditcardartist.com), a Google+ page (or three – not quite sure!), a LinkedIn account, a website (or seven/teen/ty, when you count the ones we operate as a business), a work email (or twenty), a private email (or three when you count my husband’s), a mobile phone, an office landline (with both local and 1300 numbers attached), and a home landline … so why would I want a Twitter account? The answer – because I’m seriously not being communicated with enough. Joke.
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As a small business operator, it’s very hard some days to work out what I should be doing as opposed to what I should be doing. Yes, you read that correctly. There I things I’m being told I should be doing, by all the business and marketing experts, and then there are things that I should be doing simply because they’re the ones that are going to help make my business a success (i.e. profitable enough for me to retire in the manner to which I would like to become accustomed).
So again, why did I sign up for a Twitter account?
- To work out how to use it before I establish an account for Narrator Australia, and
- Because I felt I should.
And what happened? I signed up to follow about 15 other people/personalities/businesses on Twitter, because that’s what you do, and by the end of the day I was feeling overwhelmed. There is only so much information the average person can absorb in a day, and with all the emails, phone calls, Facebook posts and other items that go in one ear/eye and out the other, I think I have exceeded my limit.
I once heard it said that, in the Middle Ages, the average adult died after a lifetime in which they consumed the equivalent amount of knowledge held in one edition of the Sydney Morning Herald. They might not have progressed too quickly as a society, but at least they had time to fight plague and pestilence without having to understand it and communicate about it first!
Today is my second day as a private Twitter account owner, and it will probably be my last. I get it, I think, and as a private person, I don’t want to. I have enough ‘feeds’. However, I will probably bite the bullet again in a day or so and set one up for Narrator Australia, as I can see how that will help Narrator followers, and contributors, but as for this little editor, sorry, but you’ll have to talk to me on Facebook!