Recently, I disconnected the social networks and applications that I use from Twitter. These include Goodreads, Instagram, and WordPress.
Why? On the surface, it was just a tantrum attack. I just felt like withdrawing from Twitter. I realized that I was too updated with the mundane things that the people I’m following are doing. I know what food they are craving, what TV show or movie they are watching, what body pains they are experiencing, what places they are staying, etc.
Don’t get me wrong. I like updates, but only to a certain extent. I wouldn’t want to know if people are eating plain oatmeal for breakfast or if they are watching infomercials or if they are having symptoms of skin disease or if they are at the train station or if they are so bored that they have to tweet it three times in a row in a span of five minutes. I don’t mind people who seem to talk to themselves or if they are gushing with excitement, so long that 1.) it doesn’t happen everyday, 2.) the tweets are sensible, and 3.) they are not invasive to other people’s Twitter use and enjoyment.
And then I realized that I might be annoying other people with my tweets. I already discussed this with a bookish friend when I aired my annoyance with an app that I firmly believe is a security threat. I told her that torrential tweets from this app annoy me. Then she presented a point: what about your Instagram (and Goodreads and WordPress as well)? Aren’t they behaving like this security threatening app? Haven’t you considered that they might be annoying other people the way that you get annoyed?
Very good point. So I thought about it for a couple of weeks. I don’t mind taking Instagram out of Twitter because I don’t use it that often. Goodreads is fine; I log in everyday so I don’t think I would miss bookish tweets. But WordPress? Well, that’s what I was worried about.
I reminded myself why am I blogging. Do I blog to get a lot of followers? No, but it’s a small part of it. I blog because I like writing and I’m hoping that my posts will generate discussions among people who care to post comments. If you really want to know, I have very weak blog hits, and yet, I still do this. I don’t even reach a hundred per day, which, come to think of it, is quite unfair because it takes me more than a hundred minutes to finish a single post particularly book reviews.
And I don’t mind that. I still do it just because I love it. Heck, I even paid for this theme that I’m using so that my blogging experience will be elevated to a higher notch. And I love talking about books, period. Even if people wouldn’t read my posts, I would still have a sense of completion, and that is always achieved every time I hit the Publish button.
The very helpful statistics dashboard of WordPress revealed to me that I don’t get a lot of hits from Twitter. In fact, I am getting more from a very loyal friend’s blog. What I’m trying to say is that people will come to your blog whether you publicize your posts in social networks. If they feel like checking out pictures, they will log on to Instagram or whatever photo sharing app that they are using. If they feel like blog hopping, they will visit blogs. I have one exception though. I still publicize at Facebook just because I believe it’s my personal dump hole for my random stuff and because it’s the home of The Sunday Salon.
I also studied my Twitter behavior. I mostly check out real tweets, not those automatically generated tweets. I don’t visit blog links from Twitter. I visit them from Google Reader. It’s the first thing that I do every morning when I arrive at the office (don’t tell my boss!). On weekends, I try to take a peek, and this I will be doing later.
So there goes my Twitter story. I signed up February 29, 2012, and already, I’m slowly withdrawing from it. I am not abandoning though. I prefer to lurk around for the moment.