Talking about why Twitter is my absolute fave

I wanted to write the term ‘social network’ in the title of this post, but I thought that made me sound like I’m a 25 year old trying to be young and ‘hip’. Oh.

Funny story about social media actually, I was hanging out with my very nearly 12 year old sister (she teaches me about Snapchat, I give her my old clothes) and I mentioned something about getting post. She got confused, I explained I meant a letter from the bank and she replied with ‘OH, I thought you meant like an Instagram post’. Kids of today ladies and gentleman. The world’s a changing.

Now I really do sound uncool, and maybe my love of Twitter is no longer cool either, but hey, I love it quite a lot and here’s why…

Community
Absolutely number 1 above anything is what I would call my Twitter family. Yes, I’m Facebook friends with a lot of people I’m much closer to IRL (in real life, more on that later), but on Twitter you have your very own little community. A support network if you will. This includes people I follow, who I support and have a lot of love for, and some pretty awesome people who follow me and tweet me, or retweet and favourite the random stuff I come out with over there.

It’s a really hard thing to explain, but for some reason I just find Twitter to be a really warm, welcoming and super lovely place to be. And I’m only really talking about the people I interact with on there. Yes there’s a fair few odd people and trolls hanging around, you just have to laugh at them.

Freedom
Recently a friend asked me why I don’t post to Facebook anymore, and I guess I hadn’t really thought about it until that moment. But in my mind, when I think about Twitter I think about how lovely and supportive everyone is. And when I think about Facebook I think about people I used to go to school with screen-grabbing my statuses to send to around on Whatsapp.

Alright, they probably don’t even care, but posting a Facebook status feels like a big deal. People judge every single little thing that’s posted over there and I know because I do it, and I bet you do too.

You just can’t win on Facebook; if you update your status when you’re out with friends you’re not having fun because you’re too busy on Facebook, but if you don’t post you might as well be at home in your PJs. Upload a few pictures of your kids and your non-parent friends will moan, but a picture of you on a night-out makes you a bad parent. The only way you can win is with amazing holiday photos because that’s what people really want to see, but they’ll probably still have something to moan about.

Meanwhile, over on Twitter a tweet is either scrolled past and soon forgotten, shared around or discussed and debated. You can talk about your opinion of things, and you can also tweet about what you had for breakfast without anyone getting too judgmental, because they’re doing the same thing.

Content
On Twitter you follow whoever you want to, you’re totally in control. For me, this means my Twitter feed is absolutely full to bursting with awesome content shared by people I admire, because that’s what I love. If celebrity updates are your game, that’s great, you can follow all your fave celebs. If you like pictures of puppies, COOL, follow accounts that share puppy pics. Want to read jokes all day long? You get the picture. It’s not hard to stumble across the type of accounts you’ll love on Twitter.

I find new people to follow almost every day because the people I love share things from the people they love. It’s a beautiful thing.

That’s just not what Facebook is about. Yes my Facebook friends will share news or something they’ve read and loved, but not regularly throughout the day.

Inspiration
This is partly procrastination, but if I’m having a quick social media break, I find that looking through Facebook just reminds me to message the friends I haven’t spoken to in a while, or that I still haven’t uploaded the pictures I took at the party I went to at the weekend. But Twitter is bursting with inspiration, whether that’s from brands I follow that can help with ideas for clients at work, or life inspiration of the GIRL POWER sort. Because I don’t know about you, but the people I follow are AMAZING, and doing awesome things that fill me with pride and joy and make me think that I can too.

IRL (in real life)
Facebook friends are people you know in real life (whether you met once in the girls toilets on a night out, or they’re someone you actually know). But Twitter friends are internet friends that you can totally end up meeting and befriending in real life.

I’ve been to a bunch of events that I wouldn’t have known about if it hadn’t been for Twitter, including work stuff like BrightonSEO and Digital Hampshire. But also, the incredible IRL Panel which is a real life event set up by Emma Gannon and Laura Jane Williams who met on Twitter themselves. I went to the first one and I’m itching to get to another. It’s basically a room full of incredible women, and unlike any event I’ve ever been to before.

At #IRLPanel there’s no awkwardness, everyone is friendly and treated equally. There’s no forced ‘networking’ and they remind you that it’s okay to end a conversation with someone to talk to more people in the room. It’s a beautiful thing.

Alright, I may currently look like a weird Twitter lover who thinks she’s too good for Facebook. And I already offended all my Facebook friends with this post. But it’s really not that. I’m just all about ease of getting thoughts off my chest without over-sharing to my friends and family. I’m kind of about an easy life, and this way of doing things just really works for me. I’m not going to stop posting to Facebook altogether, and maybe, now I’ve realised I’m not very active over there, I’ll start posting more…

But for now, let me show you what I mean. Here’s some of the epic people I love to follow on Twitter. I should put them in a handy Twitter list for ya, but I’m just not that organised.

Update: The captions may be a bit much, probably best to ignore them and just click the links to see for yourself.

Me, duh @EmmaBudd
Wouldn’t like Twitter so much if I didn’t like my own tweets (sorry not sorry). Mainly tweeting about life, Harry Potter and what I’m reading right now.

Emma Gannon @girllostincity
Major girl crush, mentioned above, doing amazing stuff right now including an epic blog, podcast and a book. A BOOK. Hello!

Laura Jane Williams @superlativelyLJ
Serious girl power. Recently wrote this post about burnout which I love. Also has a book coming out, so effin awesome.

Ali Lanning @sparklypips
Major inspiration in my life, so much love for Ali and the exciting things she’s doing. Follow her new project @appylab_people too and be able to say you liked it before it was cool.

Ryan White @Ryan_White_22
The perfect ratio of tweets involving wine, sarcasm, marketing, moaning and life in general.

Hannah Gale @Hannahfgale
I probably check Hannah’s social media accounts about as much as I should probably check the news, but I just love the way she writes.

Laura Brice @teambrice
I’m potentially her number 1 supporter on Twitter, and she’s probably mine. Laura taught me everything I know about lipstick and skincare. But she’s also hilarious and I actually have no idea how someone can be that funny on social media.

Buffer @buffer
I also use this for scheduling social posts at work, but Buffer have the best approach to customer service (to start with they actually reply). Follow them if you’re half as interested in social media/marketing as I am.

Beth Gladstone @bethgladstone
Beth an internet friend who I don’t actually know but I feel like I do. She’s a freelance Digital Marketer and I love how honest about life she is.

Kathy B @KathyB5710
Kathy is a new find and I love her inspirational, yet down to Earth tweets. Perfect Monday morning kick up the bum stuff.

Beverley @pckyourpassport
I briefly met Beverley at IRL Panel and have followed her since. She has an awesome blog and newsletter. You’ll notice that all my fave people have a running theme about being honest about life and she is no exception. Go follow.

I’ve had to cut myself off or I would be here all day. Who have I missed? Who are your faves on Twitter?

On being present

Daffs

Starting something is half way to finishing it. I think I just made that up, but I needed to get something down to get going with this. I have the best intentions in the world when it comes to blogging. ‘I’m going to sit down, pour out some words and get a blog post up this weekend’ I think to myself. Every weekend. I think of blog post ideas about 10 times throughout each day and I have endless notebooks full of drafted posts to prove it.

But I’ve completely failed in delivering you something to feast your eyes upon (even my Nan has been requesting posts). And for that I am sorry.

In my head I always toy with the phrase ‘build it and they will come’, because I work in marketing I know in my heart that this isn’t true. You can put something amazing out there on the world wide web (does anyone call it that anymore?), but if you don’t tell anyone where to find it (using email marketing – I love email marketing more than I care to admit, social media, a billboard, whatever) an audience won’t ever arrive. They just won’t.

But at the same time, if you don’t built it, ‘they’ absolutely won’t come. How can they, there’s no where for them to go.

I’m not looking to build a massive audience (famous last words of every massive YouTuber ever), but when I think about the blogs I love to read, I love more than anything that they’re consistent. They bring me regular blog posts, social media posts, YouTube videos and even podcast episodes – I’m very late to the podcast party but how great are they?

I don’t care whether the writing or content is perfect; I care that it’s there for me, that it’s interesting and that it’s an insight into the lives of these people I feel connected to via that funny old thing that is the internet.

The thing that I really want for myself, via this little old blog, is to stop being afraid. You see I’m one of life’s double-checkers. I can’t leave my flat without double or TRIPLE checking that the curlers I didn’t even use that morning aren’t plugged in, or that the balcony doors are locked even though it’s too cold to open them and I’d already checked them before bed the night before anyway.

I have the same attitude to writing. Before sending copy to a client I’ll always take extra time to double-check it with a fresh mind, ideally coming back to it the next day, but at least after a walk, cup of green tea or half a pack of jaffa cakes.

And shock horror I’m the same with this blog. Which is why I have a shit load of posts saved on my mac desktop (I double check things but I don’t tidy them up), waiting for my final seal of approval and probably at least 3 more rereads before they’re uploaded. It’s not surprising they’ve never seen the light of day, is it?

The other thing that stops me writing is getting so truly stuck into the incredible things being created by others. I’m not ashamed to admit that I lose entire evenings reading blogs and watching YouTube videos because omg there are some amazing people doing amazing things right now. 

This week I tweeted about a blog post by Laura Jane Williams in which she talks about burnout, and it really resonated with me in a bunch of different ways. Not necessarily in a ‘that’s exactly what I’m going through’ way, but as a reminder to always take a step back and check you’re happy with your life. The things you’re aiming for, your goals, aren’t everything. They’re important but there’s so much more going on, or at least there should be.

This is, along with her bravery for publishing a book that I’ve preordered and cannot wait to get my hands on, has inspired me to pick up my proverbial pen and get blogging again.

Here’s to being less afraid of putting raw, unpolished content out there. And here’s to building it and not caring whether they come, but enjoying getting my hands dirty in the process.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter and hound me if I don’t upload another blog post really soon.