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Yeah okay, the basics aren't too hard. Type stuff and press the 'Tweet' button. But I don't get this hashtag thing. Are we meant to use existing ones (apart from those currently 'trending' is there a list somewhere??) or do we just make them up? And is making up funny hashtags to end your tweet with considered a joke in itself? A satirical take on the art of indexing?
I'm sure it will all make more sense in a week or two, but at the moment I'm #lostinthewoods, #confused, and feeling like a #luddite. Sigh.
My poor blog has been languishing since my last post a month ago. But I have been doing some writerly stuff. I participated in an online conference, and got involved in some forums and chat rooms, 'cos talking about writing is so much easier and more fun than actually writing. (Why is that?)
Anyway, the summary.
RWA Claytons Conference
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This is also something offered by the RWA (you may have guessed I'm a member) that I signed up for in July, and it's led to some actual writing. It's a chat room (for members only, sorry), and basically you log in, and participate in writing 'sprints' of up to half an hour with other likeminded souls, reporting back at the end of the allotted time to tell everyone how much you wrote/edited. Nobody really knows if you're writing furiously - you could be spending half an hour making a deluxe hot chocolate for yourself. But the whole accountability thing really works for me for some reason.
I've even logged in in the middle of the day and sprinted by myself. Crazy? You betcha, but it worked.
On the non-writing front, I've been battling a new online addiction. I think I've beaten the thing down - for now. It's called Etsy, and many of you will be aware of it (it's a site dedicated to all things crafty and handmade), but for those who are not that site is DANGEROUS. So dangerous that I'm not posting a link here. If you feel you absolutely must visit, you'll have to type the name into your browser yourself. Approach with extreme caution, and don't say I didn't warn you. I lost about a week of my life wandering in the world of Etsy.
So, progress on the actual writing front has been somewhat minimal this month. But that's about to change. Stay tuned. And if you want a blow by blow account of how I'm going with my struggle to get back on the wagon, join me on Twitter. I may yet tweet something appended with that special little hashtag, #amwriting.
So, what are your most insidious time-wasters, online and off? Does belonging to writing-related forums and chat groups motivate you or distract you?
Any tweeteriffic tips, advice or favourite follow recommendations for a Twitter newbie? Favourite crazy Twitter hashtags?
And who wants to join me for a deluxe hot chocolate?
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