After a really long time of “not getting it”, I’ve decided to join the Instagram craze. And I have to confess that I’m loving it. I’m loving sharing my moments of daily joy with others in this way. I’m loving seeing the inspirations and moments that others capture. It’s lovely. I don’t know why I didn’t see it before. Find me on Instagram here.
“Most humans are just incapable of intimately knowing more than 150 people.” This interesting video posits that social networking places demands on us that can actually limit our ability to effectively and intimately know a small amount of quality people, creating “a paradoxical situation” in which we have many “friends” but are still lonely. Do you agree?
I’ve been using Sussle for a few months now, trying to win one of their college scholarships. In the process I’ve gotten a chance to learn a lot about the site, poke around some really interesting categories of information, add content in my favorite topic areas (including, of course, crochet) and was even their first ever featured member on the site.
In September I succeeded in winning their scholarship for my contribution. It’s much needed and so appreciated!
I also wanted to note that they’ve started sharing the top contributors in each topic area and I’ve ranked high in a few of them including being a “savant” in the crochet category.
Yesterday I shared some of the community Pinterest boards that I am a part of. However, I mostly post to my own boards that I’ve created. The majority of these are crochet-related boards but a few of them are for other things I love. Here they are:
Crafty Wonders. For all of the craft things I love that aren’t crochet.
Books. Things I’m reading or interested in reading. And also good organization of books in the home.
I started using Twitter years ago. I go through ups and downs of using it. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t. Here are some different things I’ve said about Twitter over time:
“For the most part, I don’t enjoy Twitter. I don’t like the format that it’s in because it seems messy and complicated and overwhelming. Even with the use of Twitter clients, I don’t find Twitter to be friendly on the eyes (or the brain).” – 2009
“I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on Twitter lately. After a lengthy period of adjusting to using the site, I’ve finally come to really like Twitter. I feel like it’s giving me a great opportunity to share links and ideas with other people.” – also in 2009!
“Now that I use TwitterFeed, the posts update automatically to Twitter. This way, I can use my time on Twitter to actually respond to people and to post updates that I actually specifically want to share with my Twitter friends.” – 2009
“I’m happy to say that I’ve been included on two different lists of Top Writers to Follow on Twitter. I try to follow the other writers on both of these lists as well as bloggers and writers who aren’t on these lists but who are active on Twitter.” – 2009
“Recently I’ve been reading a lot of articles online by people who believe thatTwitter can improve their writing. It’s an interesting idea and goes to show that technology tools can be used in different ways to achieve different ends by different people.” – 2009
“It occurred to me today that I could probably stick to a schedule of daily Spanish practice if I did it through Twitter. The short 140 character DM messages allowed by Twitter keep it concise enough that I can mostly understand what’s been said and I can respond promptly without much hassle. I have already found a few friends on Twitter that I can exchange thoughts with in Spanish. I would love to find some more!” – 2009
I was quoted in 2009: “Writer Kathryn Vercillo of KathrynVercillo.com says she’s seen comments around the web that Twitter is actually increasing blogging because bloggers are encouraged to post new items so that they can tweet the link. Her theory is that people who are half-involved in blogging might find Twitter to be a better platform for what they have to say whereas full-time/serious bloggers find that Twitter can only supplement what they’re doing and not replace the blog.”
“I recently started Tweeting at the end of each day. In 140 characters or less, I try to succinctly describe what happened during my day. I think it’s an interesting challenge that keeps me better aware of how I’m spending my time. I also think it’s a great complement to other types of journaling.” – 2010
“There are some topics I tweet about on both of my accounts but with more frequency on one than the other – crochet mostly on @CrochetBlogger of course and books mostly on @KathrynVercillo for example. There is lots of positivity, gratitude and happiness over on @CrochetBlogger whereas on @KathrynVercillo I tend to be a little bit more mind-oriented and research-focused.” – 2012
I received a Tweeting award – 2013
What are your thoughts on Twitter?
Earlier this year I was the publisher of the month for Sponsored Tweets, which I use to earn a small bit of extra income for my social media activity.
Here’s one of the things I had to say in my interview:
“I like the way Sponsored Tweets offers me some control over what I advertise and creates sponsored messages in ways that aren’t super intrusive to the rest of my message stream. I can choose to share those things that my audience would actually be interested in, which is important to me.”
I studied Spanish for five years in junior high and high school. At the time, nearly all of my friends were from Spanish-speaking homes so I was able to practice the language regularly. I became mostly fluent. However, I graduated from high school over ten years ago and I have failed to realy practice my Spanish since that time. I keep trying to find new ways to practice it but nothing’s worked consistently so far. I am hoping that I just stumbled across the answer – perhaps I can use Twitter to practice my Spanish.
The problem with practicing is that I don’t do it regularly right now. I occasionally read books that are in Spanish with English translations. I sometimes watch movies in Spanish. Every once in awhile I’ll check out a Spanish class or group but then fail to follow through with it. I guess the truth is that I’m not committed enough to keeping up with my Spanish to consistently study and practice it.
However, I miss the Spanish language. I love Spanish. I think that there are some things that you can only really say in Spanish because the English equivalent doesn’t express the same type of emotion. And I don’t want to lose my Spanish. I’m actually surprised at how much I’ve retained over the years without too much practice and I know that it’s only a matter of time before I lose it all. As it stands now, my vocabulary is pretty good but my ability to conjugate verbs or speak in the correct tense is almost non-existent.
Enter Twitter. It occurred to me today that I could probably stick to a schedule of daily Spanish practice if I did it through Twitter. The short 140 character DM messages allowed by Twitter keep it concise enough that I can mostly understand what’s been said and I can respond promptly without much hassle. I have already found a few friends on Twitter that I can exchange thoughts with in Spanish. I would love to find some more!
Find me on Twitter @KathrynVercillo and send me a message en espanol!
As I’ve mentioned here before, I try to stay active on Twitter. After disliking it for quite awhile, I finally got pulled into using it daily. And I admit that I was wrong about it in the first place. It’s a great place to communicate with people on all different types of topics.
Some of the major types of people that I follow on Twitter include:
- Other writers. I’m happy to say that I’ve been included on two different lists of Top Writers to Follow on Twitter. I try to follow the other writers on both of these lists as well as bloggers and writers who aren’t on these lists but who are active on Twitter.
- Frugal living twitterers. I love learning about how to live frugally or to save money on different things so I follow a lot of people who offer tips about that.
- Mobile news writers. I like learning about mobile phone news. Cell phone twitterers really help with that.
Some people that I exchange thoughts with on the site really stand out because they offer good conversation throughout the work day. Ten of those that I’d recommend are:
Who do you follow on Twitter?
I’ve mentioned here a few times that I’m trying to stay active on Twitter. This can be hard sometimes because there are so many people on Twitter who are there just to spam you. (I can’t even count the number of posts I see about how to get more Twitter followers – more people who will just keep posting those same posts about getting more followers!)
However, there are some people on Twitter that I really enjoy conversing with. These people bring great thoughts to the Twitter table and I enjoy hearing what they have to say. They also offer good links that I actually want to follow.
Here’s a few of those people to check out if you want some good conversation on Twitter:
- @dragonblogger – I mentioned this Twitter user here not too long ago because he does a really cool thing where he gets random words from fellow Twitter users and writes Twitter poems with them.
- @Scout66com – This is the only music blogger or music site that I’ve seen so far that doesn’t just promote music but also engages in intelligent discussino on a range of topics!
- @kashicat – Check out the blog Confessions of a Cultural Idiot to learn more about this cool Twitterer.
- @marcandangel – They share life advice on their blog and through their Twitter account.
- @spreadingjoy – The name says it all but there’s a corporation to go along with this Twitter account.
Who do you recommend following on Twitter?
Another link that might be of interest to people on Twitter is this article with links to over 100 different Twitter tools including tools for analysis, information gathering, networking building and sharing.