Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Video Killed The Radio Star
Everything is getting smaller except my waistline.
Hi-Fi sets became transistor radios, then Walkmen, and finally MP3 players no bigger than your thumb. Computers once took up an entire floor, and now you can check your email and work on your manuscript on a teensy weensie laptop.
Big, clunky mobile phones became sleek cell phones. A guy even wrote a novel on a cell phone!
Heck, our laundry detergent is getting smaller! 65 loads per ounce!
It didn't take long for networking to follow suit. First, we passed out newsletters at meetings and left them in foyers. We attended meetings in person, and talked to our friends on the phone. Now we combine several internet social networks in order to get our messages out.
When I started writing, I joined Blogger and got a shiny little website. Later, I joined several Yahoo groups to pimp my books. Facebook soon followed and I reconnected with old family members and school chums. Then all those book reader sites cropped up and I dutifully posted book covers and attempted to keep up with ravenous readers everywhere.
When Twitter came along, I rolled my eyes.
"I don't need another beak to feed."
"Only 140 characters to get your thoughts across? Pffff! What's up with that?"
"I'm wasting enough writing time already."
One Saturday night during a weak moment (and after a vat of wine), I gave in. I became a Twit.
Every half hour, I check to see what the latest hot celebrity is having for a snack. My faltering ego crawls up a notch when a bestselling author or a dream agent decides to follow me. Oh, the pressure!
Which brings me to the title of my post. Is Twitter killing blogs? I'd noticed a drop in visits here and wonder if it's just a summer lull. Or are buddies reading tweets instead?
I have to admit it's fun, but I gotta rope myself in. I need to finish one of my two works in progress. I struggle getting past 40K in a novel, but tweets seem to curtail the real messages. Does a 140 character statement really bring across a message? Along with the fun of spying on movie stars and Martha Stewart, I suppose I could use Twitter to post links to this blog (whenever I get around to an update).
'Scuse me while I Tweet this Post. Gah.