I’m thinking about giving up tweeting for one week, and instead write out all my thoughts and reactions on my blog.
So far this year, I’ve been having a lot of fun blogging more. In the past decade when I have an idea, I would head to Twitter and blurt it out. Now, writing out my thoughts and reactions in a slightly longer form on my blog feels more enriching.
Benefits of blogging instead of tweeting
- The ideas get a little more developed
No more limits of 280 characters
- The blog posts are archived forever under your control.
I absolutely love having ALL my blog posts going back to 2001. I also have all 25,000+ comments left on my blog. All in one place.
- Other social channels get utilized more
The blog posts can get posted across several different channels instead of just Twitter.
- All comments are forever archived in one central place.
Although I suppose if I’m posting links across different channels, the comments still do get splintered.
- Potential ad dollars
There’s always the potential that a particular blog post might hit it big in Google, and thus get a good amount of traffic, and some ad dollars. It does add up.
- Waste less time on Twitter
Spend more time developing out thoughts.
Downsides of not tweeting
- Quantity of ideas don’t get published
I have over 900 blog drafts—and that’s during the time when I would tweet quicker ideas. What will happen if I don’t tweet the quick ideas? Will they get backlogged into my drafts? I’m betting that if I make it a habit to quickly write up a blog post, then the blog drafts will actually go down, while the published posts will go up. YAY!
- Less opportunity for interaction on Twitter
Twitter is a conversation medium. Not a broadcast medium. At least, that’s how I like to use the platform. By not posting native tweets with my ideas, I’m just posting broadcast links to my blog posts. Maybe I can bridge the gap by tweeting a couple replies to the initial tweet with the link. Each tweet can have a little clarification and further explanation.
- Quality of your tweets go down
This is very related to point #2. Since tweets are auto-tweeted, I can’t put in multiple images. It’s sorta generic to do the auto-tweet. But like I said, sometimes I’ll do a couple replies to the auto-tweet to give more personality.
During this week off Twitter, I’ll continue to read Twitter, and reply to comments. I just won’t write native tweets. The only native tweets I’ll make are the ones tweeted by WordPress when I publish a new blog post. Currently, my WordPress is set up to post to @spudart on Twitter, my personal profile on Linkedin, and the Spudart Page on Facebook.
In fact, this very blog post was going to be a tweet announcing my week-long test. But the draft just got so long, it has to be a blog post. Very fitting!