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@dr.Annpetit sent me a tweet: “How come you have many tweets?”
Knowing Ann, she means well. It’s not a question uttered in clenched teeth, both-hands-on-the-hips kind of question. She’s just making conversation. She’s not my mom after all. And she has her hands full in her real role as a doctor in her part of the world. I can understand her puzzlement at my odd behavior.
Perhaps this explains the sudden surge of my tweets lately: Hard choices of life and death in a third world setting confront Dr. Ann daily. I am not.
So why do I have many tweets?By the way, my twitter stats are in the hundreds only – puny by Twitter standards. But let’s take a closer look anyway.
Because I am happy. I am connecting with new found online buddies in Twitter. We share common interests. We point to interesting links we found useful in the internet. We laugh at amusing pictures and videos. We do it in real time. Sometimes time constraints only allow me to just mine useful information that will become fodder for my writing tips for this blog. A quickie dip into twitterverse and an even quicker and immediate pull-out.
For somebody who has aspirations to uber blogging (I do, I do), I find Twitter a blessing. In this time of want and depressed economic realities, Twitter experience has become – excuse me, Mr. Barack Obama – the ultimate stimulus package. For the creative mind at least. And this makes me very happy.
Because I am lonely. When I’m having the blues I don’t need to tweet. I can just stay there and listen. And chill out. And once in a while, I read a tweet which says, “Anybody home?” to no one in particular.
And I suddenly feel I’m not alone. Loneliness does not exist specifically to torment me. It’s a human condition common to us all. And in an odd sort of way, I feel a little lighter and strive to pull myself together.
Because I want to connect in a more fundamental way. Twitter delivers that promise. This blog is still the heart of my online existence, but Twitter – sweet Twitter – effectively becomes the five senses that connect me to what’s out there in the digital wilderness. A listening post like no other.
Now, let me ask you – where do you find the mother lode of blog post ideas that powers your blogging? Care to share?
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