Not a #TwitterBug · 31 December 2016

Photograph of Jitterbugging
taken by Marion Post Wolcott
This work is in the public domain.

I know that in this day and age of social media, writers and other content providers need to be self-promoters, but I cannot find it in me to be a #TwitterBug. At least not yet.

I do not know if a TwitterBug is even a real thing, but you would surely know one if you saw one. Those people who are constantly typing stuff on their phones. Sometimes, even while you are talking to them. In person. (They will tell you that they can listen and text, and they will prove it by texting you a reply to your in-person question.) Even though they might be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or any myriad of social media sites (sorry, cannot name them all, but I did list the ones I am on, hint, hint), I liked the moniker TwitterBug. After all, it sounds like something already out there. A dance called the Jitterbug.

Now, I cannot tell you what the Jitterbug looks like, but I am sure there are lots of videos out there to show this old dance. You can learn just about anything on the internet and I am sure Jitterbugging is one of them. It is not quite as easy as “One, two, cha, cha, cha,” but it was popular at one time, so I am sure it must be fairly easy to learn. But probably not quite as easy to learn as TwitterBugging.

Then again, I am not quite getting the hang of this whole social media thing. After all, who has time to post and tweet and post and tweet and post and tweet? The answer of course, is anybody who is serious about attracting others to their content. Writers, artists, entrepreneurs, and anybody else on the internet all need to strut their stuff on the content catwalk. At least if they want to grow their audiences.

Which brings me back to this TwitterBug thing.

I used to be a bit of a shutter bug. I would take pictures of stuff all the time when I was learning. Back in those days, photography was a bit expensive. After all, you had to pay to print the pictures. All the pictures. I am not sure where all those old pictures are, but I have most of my negatives and slides I ever took. (The one roll of film I still wish I had contained the pictures I took of my grandparents’ old farm. It had a great picture of the old outhouse. At least it was great in my mind.) The point is that I had to get used to taking pictures to be a shutterbug.

I guess that is what I really need to do to become a TwitterBug. I need to learn how to post more than one thing per day. I need to learn how to interact with people on the internet. I need to promote my brand and still be authentic. Of course, being authentic is easy. Like Popeye, I yam what I yam. Yuk, yuk, yuk, yuk.

Maybe someday, I will be a TwitterBug. Not the kind that tweets and pretends to listen (I am not a multi-tasker), but the kind that interacts with and engages with content consumers. One that is engages with his audience. More than once a day. Hopefully, someday. But for now, I am just not a #TwitterBug.

© 2016 Michael T. Miyoshi

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