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Rarasaur Meets Twitter!

I recently started a Twitter account, but didn’t know what to do with it.  I can’t say much of anything in 140 characters– brevity is not my forte.

I’ve finally settled on just posting compliments under a #rawrLOVE tag.  They aren’t for anyone specifically, but at the same exact time– they are for everyone.

Specifically you!

I think I have so much rawrLOVE to share because I’ve been lucky enough to have a good deal come my way.

I am grateful for those who have taken the time to write something kind about my little blog on their own piece of the blogosphere.  I have posted some of these links before, but I’m constantly floored by the kindness of them.  The first one, by Jonathon Hilton, even includes a video testimonial of some blogs he likes, and mine is included!  Amazing!

For those of you on Twitter, feel free to use the #rawrLOVE tag to spread some kind words.

For those of you who love meeting generous people, and have enjoyed my blog, please check out these awesome blogs and keep passing the rawrLOVE on:

(I know there have been other mentions of Rarasaur on the blogosphere, even if it’s just a sentence or two… feel free to remind me and I’ll post your link here, too.  Maybe I’ll make a dedicated page out of it so I can revisit them anytime I’m having a bad day. ;))

 

From a comment, into a post– read some more helpful beginner Twitter tips and thoughts from braith an’ lithe: http://braithanlithe.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/and-dipping-a-toe-in-twitter/

45 Comments

    1. I made one to donate something for a fundraiser, and then needed it a week later to re-tweet C4C… the more I look into it, the more it seems like the social media vehicle that does the most good in terms of rallying support and raising funds. I felt like I should keep mine for that reason alone, but had no idea what to do with it, haha. 🙂 Usually I tell people not to get overly invested in multiple social media things because it just confuses and distracts your audience… but in this case, I figure a few nice words going up every day isn’t so much of a commitment. Plus, I set it up so that I can post by email… and then pre-scheduled a set amount of emails using an email-scheduler… that way the page will never be dead. It’ll never be as active as some of the pages either, but it won’t be a deserted island either. 😀 Sorry for the rambly answer, obviously I’m still thinking out this twitter thing ;)… I hope you have a lovely day, too!! 😀

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  1. I’m not sure if you saw my ‘building a new routine’ post; if you did you’ll already know my Twitter story so… I’ll just say, I’m trying it, but I’m feeling a bit lonely in the big new Twitter playground! If anyone else cares to join me there, you’ll be welcomed. I will go and follow that dinosaur now 🙂

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    1. Yay! (And in case anyone reading needs babysteps like me, you can follow her by searching for @CatCattanach, or visiting her blog and clicking the easy link on the side. :D)

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  2. I love your posts Rara….always you have a way of making me smile.

    You know, I don’t even have a cell-phone anymore, little lone a twitter account. Brevity is not my strong suit either. That line made me laugh 😉 … so true. One of my favorite actors, Donald Sutherland, said something similar in a documentary I once watched. It was something like…”I could say what I have to with less words, but than it wouldn’t express exactly what I’m trying to say”… or something along those lines. Twitter therefore boggles my mind …the whole nose to the screen society actually blows my mind. I do though recognize its merits…but not yet how they sync with me. Still processing that one.

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  3. Duly followed and in on the LOVE. I have no idea what to do with Twitter either except that I get totally shocked when I mention I’ve been at a place like Sudeley Castle, or Blenheim Palace, they Tweet back and say thank you and come back to see us…blows my mind. 🙂 Off to check out your recommended LOVE blogs. Much LOVE to you.

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    1. Hurrah! That does sound awesome! I wonder how many companies and locations keep up with it… it’ll be fun to get some response! Once I figure out how to do that, haha! Thanks for being in on the love, Veronica! 😀

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  4. I have a Twitter account – had it for years – but, frankly, can`t see the point. Perhaps my life these days is not interesting enough to be condensed into a few punchy words 😦

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  5. I like using twitter to follow events and get a glimpse into things happening elsewhere, but for normal day-to-day stuff, I find it way too overwhelming. I constantly feel like I’m missing something. Which, in case, makes me feel like I’m totally missing the point of twitter. And maybe I am. 🙂
    Love your idea of sending out compliments and kind words into the world!

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    1. Yes, I can’t forsee updating it for day to day events. 🙂 But (so far) I like the idea of keeping it active with silliness and kind words, even if it’ll be nowhere as active as other users. 🙂

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      1. It doesn’t need to be. Just a few days ago I got together with an old school friend who I hadn’t been in touch with for forever and we were talking about what we were doing with our lives… all the usual stuff… and she said that she didn’t measure her accomplishments against those of other people, just against her own wishes and feelings. Of course that’s what you’re supposed to do, but most of us don’t manage it – and then to hear someone actually live like that… And I think you live the same way, and that’s always impressive.

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        1. 😀 Why thank you! I actually think I do live like that… but only because the things other people want rarely seem to be the things I want, haha! 🙂 *hugs* Your friend sounds as fabulous as you.

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  6. I too have a twitter account, but not sure what to do with it. See there we are soul sisters! thinking of things the same. Going to go add you now. 🙂

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  7. I don’t have a Twitter account…I have considered starting one every once in a while but the truth is I just don’t really have that much to say. Certainly not on a CONSTANT basis which is my impression of Twitter. Nevermind that 140 characters is just too short for me whenever I do have somthing to say. I really don’t get the fascination with Twitter; even those constant status updates on Facebook cause me to shake my head.

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    1. 🙂 I shut down my FB account, actually, which is probably why I suddenly magically felt ready to open a twitter account. 🙂 I do love the celebrity activity on Twitter… all my favorites, even the puppets 😉 seem to be active on Twitter. It’s kind of neat!

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  8. I have a twitter but I linked my blog to it so every time I write a post it gets tweeted. Other than that I just follow my brothers’ adventures and quips, but I know a lot of products and companies use twitter for promoting and you can win contests and prizes sometimes!

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    1. I set up my blog to do that, too… I saw the prizes and such, it looks fun! 🙂 I don’t know how active I’ll ever be, but it’s neat so far. 😀

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  9. Hello again Rarasaur Commentors! I completely agree with the brevity thing. I’m pretty long-winded, as you’ll see from this comment. It’s a whole art form in itself, learning to say a lot in a few words – you could think of it like haiku… Another option is you don’t have to say anything at all – the friend who persuaded me to try Twitter doesn’t – she just follows news and other organisations and people she is interested in.
    I am ambivalent about Twitter, but then that’s true of blogging too – I am (still) freaked at the idea anyone, anywhere, could read what I write. But I decided I’d give WordPress & Twitter a good go to see what it was all about. If you’re thinking about using Twitter, or have a Twitter account and are thinking ‘what now?’ a really helpful guide is ‘Tweet Right’ by author Nicola Morgan (see her website & blog http://www.nicolamorgan.com). It’s a mini, 21st version of that great big etiquette book… Lots of useful info & tips. I won’t go into them all here, but one she flags up as very important is to remember your normal social skills. If a friend invited you to dinner at her house with a group of her other friends you hadn’t met before, you wouldn’t walk in yelling ‘Read my blog post about diamonds & zen!’ Or at least I hope not. You’d get chatting, show interest in people, listen – then perhaps later in the evening when someone asked you how you spent your time, you might say ‘I work in a diamond mine / I’m a monk / I write …’ and if they were interested, you’d tell them about your blog/book. I think Nicola Morgan calls it the 80/20 rule – ie at least 80% of your tweets should *not* be self-promotion / product selling. Having hung out in Twitter for just a few short months, I think this is right – I have already ‘unfollowed’ an author who did nothing but tweet several times a day about her own books and where you could buy them. Whereas, e.g. Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat, blueeyedboy, etc) rarely does that – she tells you things she’s up to, tweets stories in instalments, and sets little fun writing challenges that she wants you to contribute to.
    I don’t have a smartphone, the time or the inclination to be looking at my Twitter feed constantly or even often – all I’ve done is vowed to myself I will try to have Twitter on for at least half an hour a day while checking my email or blog, and dip into it to read bits, and send at least one tweet a day myself. Most of those tweets are just replies to someone.
    It feels hard to get started if you don’t know anyone who uses Twitter, but I’m glad I did. I’m working at home in a very remote rural area – and there are lots of writers on Twitter, so it’s a bit like having a wee chat in the corridor if you work in an office. Sure, it will sometimes just be trivia, but trivia can take you some unexpected places & it can be really nice making a little connection with someone you’d never bump into in the normal course of things. A bit like Rara’s madhattery, perhaps? Also, Twitter can bring new people to your blog – for example, a sighthound rescue organisation sent out the tweet about my greyhound post to all their facebook followers, and I got more readers in a day than I ever had before.
    Anyway – dear Rara, I am sorry for hijacking your blog with a Twitter amateur’s impromptu tutorial! But I felt really *lost* starting out blogging and tweeting, and was very grateful for any helping hands that hauled me up the learning curve, so I just wanted to offer that help back to anyone reading this and feeling ‘maybe I ought to try Twitter but I don’t know what to say or do’.
    I look foward to meeting some of you in the twitterverse – I am @catcattanach !

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    1. This is such great information!! 🙂 Thanks for it. I admit that even though I wasn’t sure how to get started, I didn’t bother looking anything up yet, haha! Thanks for the resources. You should make this into a blog post– I think it’d be helpful, and posts are more searchable than comments. If you do, let me know and I’ll update my above post with a link. 🙂

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  10. I started on Twitter long before I even knew of blogging. Once you get used to it, you can say a lot in 140 characters – U just have 2 get used to all the abbreviations.

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    1. I’m getting there!! 🙂 I’m actually impressed by how much 140 characters is. I guess it just sounds like a half a sentence, but can actually be a bit of a mouthful. 🙂

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