I love twitter. No, seriously, I think I have a little bit of a man-crush on it. It's like every single one of my tweets is a mini-blog post that I get all giddy and excited over hitting the "publish" button on my computer. And the fact that I've gathered together such a great mini-community that sometimes will respond to my tweets that I think are so clever and amazing with adulation and praise - that's awesome.
But, as with all great loves, I've got a little bit of a quarrel with my crush. Sometimes, I just don't have anything to say.
So my twitter account will sit idle, waiting for some twit-spiration to arise and per-twit me to be clever and twitty for a couple of days. And all my followers will get in the meantime is a couple of tweets a day that say,
"hey - I know you're super busy and all, but I just wrote this really long diatribe about nothing of any importance to you. By the way, what's the difference between a monologue and a diatribe? I know what a dialogue is, but can you have a monotribe? Haha, I really love these kinds of linguistic questions, don't you? ok, anyway, here's the link for my blog, come see me, please? no seriously, come!"Although not in so many characters.
In addition to the lack of inspiration when it comes to funny and clever tweets (we can't all be Marinka @motherhoodNYC) I have a phone that is about as current as those massive brick phones of the early 80s, so even when I DO have something awesome to say, it takes me about 30 minutes to type it out.
So my question to you all is really two-fold:
First, how do you all manage your twitter account in terms of actual substance and tweets that promote real connections between you and your followers vs. self-promotion. And second, how do you perceive those people who will, for days, do nothing but self-promote (albeit sparse self-promotion, but absent any real content).
Writing that last sentence, I feel like I should add a disclaimer: if someone follows me, and I look through their history and all I see are links, I will not follow. What does that say about me?