I recently attended a blogger’s convention in Jerusalem. Here’s what I found out about myself:
1. I am a terrible Twitterer. I never start conversations with others on Twitter. I didn’t even know what @ or # mean. I am shamelessly using Twitter as author’s marketing ploy and not for its real use: sharing information and keeping in touch with online friends. I am now rethinking my Twitter use due to these revelations. I learnt all this from a session with @Ahoova from Tel Aviv who has thousands of followers, who follows thousands, and who’s put out an impressive 14,000 tweets so far. My only questions, leaving this session, was a) is Twitter more of a girl thing? b) is it perhaps a good thing that I’m not addicted to Twitter?
2. I’m not sure to whom I’m writing my blog. Is my blog for kids, is it for agents/authors/publishers/book stores/libarians, is it for my friends and fam, or maybe, just maybe, is it for me? The answer to this question should help me determine what kind of posts I should write.
3. Anonymity. A lot of the bloggers at the convention are anonymous – and maybe for a good reason. Maybe I’ve been sharing just a little too much information about myself. Those pics of me in the kitchen making pizza for example – does every need to know that the dishes need doing? Maybe it’s time to get smart.
4. Youth counts. I’m only 33, but I”m starting to feel as if this blogging, Facebooking, Twittering generation is a few years younger than me, and that what I’d really like to do is sit down for a few hours and play a Sega game. Or King’s Quest II. I learned to program Basic (not Visual Basic – just Basic) on a Commodore Vic 20. That should say something.
5. There are a heck of a lot of bloggers out there. I’m a very little fish in a very big sea. And the bigger fish are out there each day with schools of varying sizes following them. I’ve got a few loyal stragglers, but I’m going to have to take some serious pellets if I’m to come with you to Alderaan.
6. Bloggers are real people. I guess the best thing about a blogger’s convention is that it gets most of the blogger’s unstuck from their computer screens for a few minutes and actually talking to other people in person (not counting the ones who were glued to their laptops for much of the time, of course). Some of these bloggers are really nice people in real life, and it’s refreshing to see them using their legs, arms, faces and hands instead of just fingertips and flitting eyes. I guess that goes for me as well.
Well, out for a jog!