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Well. After reading post after post about how it takes about three years to build a solid platform, I took a leap, figuring I might as well try it out for a couple of weeks before I decide it’s not for me. I made a pact with myself that if I reached 150 followers, I’d finally start that blog I’d been putting off for so long.
I didn’t really expect to meet my goal, especially not in a couple of weeks. But I did. And something weird happened: I realized I actually liked Twitter. A lot.
Because for every “my cat just threw up a magical hairball on the carpet” tweet, there were three of these:
“The biggest thing separating people from their artistic ambitions is not a lack of talent. It's the lack of a deadline.” Chris Baty
— Quotes for Writers (@Quotes4Writers) April 13, 2011
It is as easy to dream a book as it is hard to write one. HONORÉ DE BALZAC #amwriting #writing #writetip
— Jon Winokur (@AdviceToWriters) April 19, 2011
Ways to annoy Muggles: Look closely at someone's face, then mutter, “definitely a Hufflepuff.”
— Half-Blood Princess™ (@HarryPotterish) June 25, 2011
Because I was suddenly able to connect to a whole community of wonderful writers I never knew existed.
Because I was discovering incredible new books and blogs daily.
Because people like @taherehmafi post tweets like this:
i want to be that guy who screws the cap onto the toothpaste without flinging it into the toilet bowl. i hear that guy is one hell of a guy.
— Tahereh Mafi (@TaherehMafi) March 20, 2012
Because hashtag groups like #wordmongering motivated me to keep writing.
Because Twitter is more than just a site where people post about their ferrets and one-eyed gerbils; it’s a place of connections, of relationships, of sharing things that make us laugh and cry and smile and think and feel.
A year later I am convinced more than ever that Twitter is a fantastic resource for writers, and I couldn't be happier with my decision to join the party.