Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my Twitter experience, and my online experience in general. Let me tell you something.
I was a Twitter holdout.
I never understood Twitter. 140 characters? What am I supposed to do with that? I had the image of the old days of social media, when people posted live updates (usually beginning with the word is) and I thought of Twitter as some sort of stalking network.
Then I decided to start a blog.
In my Googling hysteria, I ran across the same piece of advice over and over again:
You need to be on Twitter.
Okay okay okay. I gave in. I crumbled like a dry cracker. I went against all my social media convictions, and I did it. I made a Twitter. Internet Deity, forgive me.
But let me tell you something else.
It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. Right behind caving and buying that box of Tagalongs.
I have met so many incredible authors, writers, and readers on Twitter. And I’m not talking about my number of followers or my “conversions” or my “reach.” I’m talking about people. Real people who share in my passion for books and writing and the journey I’m taking. Writing can be lonely sometimes. It’s easy to feel like nobody understands what it means or feels like to write. But there is a whole community of people who understand and who want to share your experiences.
It’s a competitive industry. There’s no denying that. But I have never met so many people, all fighting for the same thing, who truly revel in each other’s successes. Who encourage each other. Who help each other.
And if you haven’t met these people, you’re not looking very far.
But that’s okay, because I’m bringing them closer. Below you will find a list of authors, writers, readers, bloggers, musicians, artists, and all-around great folks you need to meet. Follow them, start conversations with them, stand outside their houses with boom boxes.
Join in the community.
I’ll be updating this list as regularly as possible, in connection with this Twitter List.
Go on, make a friend!