Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sayonara, Twitter!! I Won't Miss You When You're Gone

I did it.


I deleted my Twitter account. Twitter did nothing wrong, seriously. I just couldn’t hack it, and didn’t have any more energy to put into Twitter. Because, you know, Mi Vida Loca. My life is not my own.


So shoot me.


Eric likes Twitter. Suzy loves Twitter. VodkaMom freakin’ rocks at Twitter. Of course, that heifer rocks at everything. But I enjoy her blog posts so much more.


Me? I can’t figure it out, this Twitter thing. And I got tired of being followed by wanna-be porn stars. I had to block them all the time. (Get a freakin’ room and leave me alone already. I got me some man, I promise! And he's awesome!)


I admit it...though I work for one of the greatest technologically savvy companies of all time, I’m just not Twitter-savvy. I don’t think I want to invest the time to be Twitter-savvy. Though my friends consider me the queen of one-liners, I just can’t make it work on Twitter. I don’t really have the time.


I prefer the story. The written word. The funny anecdote that’s more than a sentence long. Something I can savor. Taste for a while on my tongue before I digest it. I don’t think a Twitter post will ever make me wanna go read it again and again...or cry. Or laugh until I cry. Or circle in my brain for hours. Or cause me to cry out your name to God because you're hurting, or to praise Him.


But bloggers, now, that's another story! The Irish at Irish Gumbo? He's a prolific writer - blows me away. He's been through it lately, and he keeps on going. I like that. Braja at Lost and Found in India? She constantly amazes me, and has shown tremendous strength through the last year as well. And that Jilly at JillJillBoBill? She is one seriously funny chick (when she blogs, ahem, Jill??) and she's become like a sister to me. There are many more of you I'd list, but...I have an early breakfast date!


As for my personal posts, well, that’s just how I debrief. Breathe. Heal. And ThatManILove likes “my voice”, as he calls it, in my posts and in my more serious writing. Good enough for me.


Throughout my day, as things occur, I wonder how I can translate them into the written word, and keep my life as entertaining for you as it is for me.


So call me old. Decrepit. Behind the times. I barely watch television or listen to the radio. I get my news on...(gasp!) blogs! Seriously. The news got so depressing, and their perspective so twisted, it was killing me. And if something truly newsworthy happens, I can count on bloggers to let me know. Music? On XM Radio or iTunes.


And the 365 posts challenge thing? A personal number, set merely to keep me writing regularly...and mostly reading your blogs. I’m almost a month into it, and I’m just now catching up enough to read your blogs on a regular basis again. Getting back into the drill of it. Because I’ve found this blogging thing is all about relationships. A give and take type of deal. And I like that.


I treasure your comments, relish your stories...but mostly, it’s all about friendship. Your friendship.


I love having you for friends. So shoot me.

29 comments:

3 Men and a Lady said...

I don't blame you a bit. I think Twitter is sort of pointless, to be honest. Or maybe I just can't "mini"blog.... I gotta "regular"blog. There's no way I can get to the point in 140 characters.

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

one-liners are often brain-storming.
I love one-liners but not too often.
I am @ twitter but very seldom I talk with 140. I am talkative.
And yes, emotions requires no words or lots of words.
Keep writing dear friend. Cheers.

i beati said...

Here's the twitter thing for me..too time consuming without lasting reward, whereas blogger for me has some real savers..

hip chick said...

I'm right there with you sista. i can't stand twitter...I tried it didn't like it. I like blogging much better. And, I feel the same way about facebook. I don't like all my peeps together like that. There are things I might say to a friend that I wouldn't say in front of my mum but there is no privacy on facebook. And, how interesting do people think it is to know that you went to the grocery store or played a good game of bejeweled?

Em said...

Oh how I hear you! Twitter feels like a really cool party that I'm just watching from the outside.

And didn't you hear? Miley Cyrus just deleted her Twitter account as well - so you're on the cutting edge of throwing off the Twitter shackles - go girl!!

Jeanne said...

I don't get Twitter -- don't tweet it, don't read it.

Between working, blogging, keeping house and trudging forward with my novel, there's barely enough hours in the day already.

So, more power to the Tweeters, but I think I'll stay on the sidelines.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

I hear ya. I am NOT a Twitter fan either. I love Facebook much more. You can breeze thru the news feeds and comment on everyone's wall and done! It's fast and easy. I don't have time to check tweets all day long!

You go Girl!

- Jennifer

Angela Stephens said...

I'm with you - have never been able to get Twitter, either! Although, I must say, you are inspiring me to start blogging. Don't know that it will happen right now - maybe a New Year's resolution? Maybe for Lent next year? Hmmm....

Snooty Primadona said...

I don't get the whole twitter thing at all & probably never will. Don't have the time.

I admire you for your goal. I've really fallen off in past months & still trying to get it back. There never seems to be enough time to comment on all the blogs, although I do read them.

Apparently, we're never going to get together for lunch unless I come & kidnap you, which I'd do if I knew where you were, LOL! Someday...

Warped Mind of Ron said...

I have a Twitter account, but turns out I really just use it to see what others are up to as I don't have that much of interest happening in my life to keep it rolling. And I agree blogs are about friendship to most people.

Bleu said...

I have a twitter account for the Big Red Lunchbox cause it's the "cool thing" to tweet where you are if you are a mobile operation like I am. I just tied it to my business fan page on Facebook so it tweets whatever I put on the page so I really don't have to bother with it. That being said I really like Facebook the most out of all the "social networking" pages.

Bob said...

Tweeting? I figure that if anyone's that interested in my minute by minute day they can pay for a webcam that I'll wear on my hat for a constant feed. But I'd forget to turn it off when I go to the bathroom. That wouldn't be nice. Facebook is enough and the blog is great, allowing the whole world to see what I'm not doing.
365 posts Janie? Just pile on ten in one day and take a break for a few, or is that cheating? Anyway, we love ya.

darsden said...

Amen me too... never could tweet cuz I am from the south babe' you know how long it takes us to talk and get to the point!!! That is MY Point, I don't shrink to fit to well.. I can't talk that short ;-)

Oh My Goddess said...

It's like Mom always used to say: Neither a tweeter nor a twitterer be.

Okay, it wasn't really her who said that, it was me. But we can roll with it, right?

I am so with you on this!

Linda said...

I don't twitter, but then again my husband and I are the last two people on Earth without cell phones, except my parents.

We do all use email though ;) and I figure my blog is doing well if I amuse anyone besides myself. Or just me-

Kyddryn said...

I don't twitter in public - I was raised better than that.

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Suzy said...

Okay Janie, that was not nice. I was not talking about you and your 365 posts nor did I name you. Out of 200 blogs I read, you can't imagine how many people do this.

And are not as defensive about it as you are.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

Suzy, no offense was intended, nor did I think you were poking specifically at me. i have removed that part.

Again, I ask your forgiveness. To offend you was not my intent. I only link to those I love.

K said...

I never even tried twitter. I know I couldn't handle it.

Blogs I like. Much more my speed.

Captain Dumbass said...

To each their own. I like the challenge of having to pare down what I want to say into 140 characters.

That, and I think of a lot of stupid things throughout the day.

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

That's probably my problem, Captain...I work on a company phone and can't access Twitter through that, so my Twitter posting was limited to nighttime; I never could get in the rhythm of it...dang it.

Divine Chaos said...

i usually don't post anything on twitter, but i like following a few different people .. mostly for the cool links they find and post while I'm working. I probably have less than 30 tweets, and I've had twitter for months.

and I much prefer reading blogs too ;)

larshannon said...

I enjoy the relationships of blogs too. Thanks for letting us into your life.

Fragrant Liar said...

Screw Twitter. I have an account, but never use it, and like you, I get hazed by porn peeps on a regular basis. For something I never use, it's a waste, so I'm going to delete my Twitter account too. Screw 'em.

Gwynne said...

Completely with you on the Twitter thang...I want the whole enchilada. Not that I don't like a good one liner once in awhile, but you don't get the quality time on Twitter that you can find in blogs. You said it well!

staceyjwarner said...

Never got into twitter...just popped over from OMGoddess...and was so happy to see its you! I've been seeing your face around "town" and have been wanting to say hi...please stop on by the respite sometime. I'd love to see you.

much love

Vodka Mom said...

no, not gonna shoot ya, but I WILL buy you a drink.

Come on over!!!

Joanie M said...

I've been thinking of getting rid of my twitter too. I forget about when I'm online and I get updates on my phone, which is NOT an iPhone, so I see the link but never get to go to the link. So, yeah. I think I'll join you.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I have a love/hate relationship with twitter. I love the instant gratification of getting a response to my thought that is 140 characters or less. I hate that it's only 140 characters. It's difficult if not impossible for me to get my whole thought into that character limit. And yet I tweet. And I love it. Except when I hate it. *sigh*