Wednesday, September 8, 2010

5 Reasons Twitter like pregnancy.

Social Media Experiment, Twitter and Pregnancy 
New Blog name - Social Tweetle 
- due to fact I had chosen a trademarked title originally

The 30 Day Social Media Experiment has reached the 30 days. Next is for me to report on my findings thus far.  Please be patient, as my head is full of 'stuff' to organize into coherent thoughts and words. I shall be refining, and continuing to analyze the effectiveness and - who the heck should be using, and which Social Media tools and apps are for the different uses.

I was thinking  of how joining Twitter effected me, and found myself comparing joining and becoming accustomed to Twitter as very similar to going through pregnancy.  Let me explain 'reasons that joining Twitter is like pregnancy'.  Just to verify my expertise - I have been pregnant twice in my life (that I am aware of) - so feel qualified to explain this analogy.

5 Reasons Joining Twitter is Like Pregnancy:
  1. Choosing a  name is nerve wracking.
    What shall I select? Should I use my real name? Should I have 2 names/ 2 accounts. What is the perceived message when I use my real name compared to a name such as @sexygranny? This is very similar to the many hours, days, weeks and months agonizing over selecting the baby's name. And equally the same as when verbalized the wonderful name of Abigail Aloysius (a deligtful sounding alliteration I thought) - to the spouse, and was subjected to being informed that pregnancy hormones had surely kidnapped my brain. Of course in the case of Twitter, it was allowing friends and T-Pals to voice opinion.

    In the end:
    I have gone with @darleenw and so far is attached to all my blogs on differing topics. Advantage to Twitter name - I can change it at anytime! As far as Pregnancy - somehow we did name 3 daughters with each 2 names, although I usually forget their names and call them all 'Hey You'.
  2. I am voraciously trying to learn everything as fast as possible.
    When newly pregnant (about 3 hours after conception), I was buying books, asking every woman I came in contact with (that had given birth or might have even thought about giving birth) all the details. Details, about pregnancy, about giving birth, about being a mother and what university to enroll the most amazing child ever born. With Twitter, I have been following everyone with Social Media expert status, and those with lots to say on topics that interest me (all but gay grey apes), following every tweet until eyes bulging and bleary. Also reading as much data online, and purchasing books about Twitter until totally thinking of nothing else each moment of the day.
    Best Advice:

    You cannot possibly read all that there is online or printed re Twitter.
    For Pregnancy - relax millions have done this before you, without studying.
  3. Sleepless due to being concerned with might happen.
    When pregnant I lost sleep due to imagining the worst possible scenarios, and every movement and twinge. With Twitter, I lost sleep due to first thinking I had to follow every tweet and respond ASAP, or I would fail and be excommunicated - or worse yet, lose followers. Gasp. What-if thoughts plagued me in both situations.
    In the end:

    Realized I could not possibly keep up with all tweets and is not expected.
    Pregnancy - well for most part (except when those said hormones clicked in) I relaxed due to realizing millions of women had done this before with great success.
  4. Afraid no one will appreciate me.
    What if my child hated me, and my husband turned on me due to now being a mother , and lost all my friends since I now had a baby and they were still single and childless - I was not appreciated for being me? What if I was ignored? Same as joining Twitter and concerned that no one would follow me, and would not like what I had to say if they did - and thus quickly unfollowing.
    Best Advice:

    It is not about the numbers of followers, but engaging with those you connect.
    Pregnancy - Of course your child at some time will hate you, but it is too late to worry about that now. Do your best - and enjoy yourself.
  5. Concerned that I really don't know what I am doing.
    Oh my, yes with pregnancy I was sure I had made a grave mistake to think I could be a mother. I could barely get myself out of bed in the morning, how could I go with little sleep with a baby? What did I know about parenting? What if I wrecked this perfect human being? With Twitter, I struggled with fact I don't yet have a niche, or specialty, or I am not a Social Media certified expert. Who do I think I am?
    In the end:

    No one really knows what they are doing!
For Twitter and all things in Life
- just do it, have fun, love what you are doing, do your best!

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1 comment:

  1. Great post, funny, informative and it's all true. I've changed my Twitter name a few times - currently @getinthehotspot but got @annabelcandy as a back up in case I need it. Speaking of backs - pregnancy gives you back ache doesn't it and I think too much time on Twitter and the computer has done it for me too:)

    Thanks Darleen, that was fun:)