Don’t believe the hype? Jump in anyway.
Career columnist Penelope Trunk wrote an interesting blog post last month about Twitter — specifically about why it’s good to jump into stuff like Twittering and blogging when you have no idea what you’re doing — or even if you don’t “get” it. On a grander scale, I believe in this advice, too. Writing a book, pitching to top-tier magazines, starting a novel … you don’t know how to go about it? Just jump in. You’ll learn what you need to know along the way.
I confess that I thought for a long time that Twitter was dumb and boring and who-the-&^%$ cares about so-and-so being on his fourth cup of coffee before 10 a.m. Do I really give a rat’s ass? On the other hand, when I learned the basics of blogging, I remember feeling this twinge of excitement and my brain started churning out possibilities. Then of course my inner naysayer raised her eyebrows: “I bet there’s a lot of software stuff involved,” she whined. “Plus, you’ve got so many other things going on your life. Do you really have time for these shennanigans?”
But I jumped in anyway, just like I did with Twitter. I started a food blog with two other writer friends on Blogspot. Then I decided to use WordPress‘s blogging platform on my business website because I figured out it made updating much easier. I suggested to our publisher and Linda that we move from a monthly newsletter to a blog, the blog you’re reading right now. And lately, I’ve gone on to develop other blogs as I’ve decided to shift my writing away from newspapers and magazines; I believe deep in my heart that traditional publishing avenues are changing, and not for the better. I’m slowly learning about stuff like blog monetization and SEO — and yeah, it’s overwhelming and often I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, but life’s little instruction books are pretty skimpy anyway, so what the hell?
I’m still not sure how Twitter will improve my life, but I’m willing to put myself out there to see what happens. Oh … and here’s my twitter: http://twitter.com/dianaburrell. And I promise I’ll try not to blog too much about my coffee-drinking habits. [db]