Now that I have an ‘official’ teen, she possesses a cell phone and a fledgling presence on various social media platforms. For the split millisecond that she had an account on Twitter, she checked @CatBallouMealey to decide whether my profile was worth a click to follow.
“Wow, Mom – you have over 1,000 Twitter followers?” she asked incredulously. “Who are they? And why do they follow you?”
For a moment I basked in the glow of her Twitter awe, secretly knowing that even 1,000 amazing followers is mere peanuts to most hard-core social media types. Together, we scrolled through my feed. “Mostly book people talking about book stuff,” she concluded.
Newsflash: I did not gain a new follower.
But I’m OK with that, and here’s why. As I scrolled down memory lane through all the tweets I had shared,”favorited” or “RT’ed” I had an epiphany.
Most of those tweets were really for me.
The cover of that book I had read and loved? I should post a Goodreads review.
That illustration I had admired? It sparked a story idea I must jot down.
The social media events I promoted (#LibraryWeek)? Gather some books to donate!
So while I might occasionally nudge bookish friends to join the Twitter bandwagon (Yes, I do mean you Jama and Maria) it is probably for my own rather selfish reasons. If you are already one of my Twitter followers, thanks for helping me share and spread the book love!
Have you ever thought about what you choose to tweet and why?