Nurturing Relationships = Join Twitter

Today’s topic is about nurturing relationships in this lovely little book blogging world. I’m putting a little bit of a different spin on it and using it as a chance to convince all of you nonbelievers why you need to be on Twitter. Because I really think that Twitter is where I nurture relationships. I find that I can sometimes go days weeks without checking Google Reader and during those periods the only way I stay connected outside of my own blog is through Twitter. It’s easy to check while you are anywhere and it doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. When I am not reading blogs in my reader, I still click through links via twitter and read blogs that way. I chat about books and not books and anything I feel like chatting about. Someone is always game.

Which brings me to my biggest point: you get to meet the most AMAZING people. And it often starts with something really innocent and unremarkable. Some examples:

NOTE: I have many twitter friends that I love and talk to every day. These are the people that I specifically remember bonding with over a particular subject early on in our twitter friendship. And that one little conversation led to the solid blogger friendship we have now.

Jen/ Devourer of Books /@devourerofbooks
We bonded over: Books based in Ann Arbor.
Result: She is pretty much my best friend. Which makes my husband insanely jealous.

Jen / Makeshift Bookmark /@makeshiftjen
We bonded over: Michigan Football.
Result: She makes me read super awesome YA books.

Jamie / Broke and Bookish and The Perpetual Page Turner / @brokeandbookish
We bonded over: Music
Result: She cracks me up every day. She might be #1 on my Must Meet IRL List.

Jennifer / The Literate Housewife / @lithousewife
We bonded over: The Decemberists and being Michiganders
Result: I cheated here. Jennifer and I were friends long before the bonding at issue. But I think it took our twitter friendship to the next level and I now consider her one of my very best blogging friends.

Lessons:

(1) Twitter is TOTALLY worth it
(2) I really like people named Jennifer (+ a Jamie)
(3) One little conversation can spark a more meaningful friendship.

AND, for those of you who still aren’t convinced, you get to talk to authors and publishers and bloggers all day long. And when a favorite/famous author tweets you, you get to squeal with delight like the fangirl you are. Yes, I am talking to you R.L. Stine. You made my day a few weeks ago.

Join Twitter. Use Twitter. Follow me.

12 thoughts on “Nurturing Relationships = Join Twitter

  1. Twitter: devourerofbooks
    And likewise, re: pretty much my best friend. HA! I say to those who say you can’t make and nurture real friendship on the internet! You people have clearly not met Twitter and gchat!

    Thank goodness I read all those books set in Ann Arbor last year!

  2. Twitter: suziqoregon
    So so true!! I’ve found that the large number of folks I chat books and reading with on Twitter has become my best source of book recommendations.

    Interestingly enough, and perhaps because we talk often and nearly every day, it seems to be largely a different group than those who are posting comments on my blog. That’s fine with me – I’ll talk books pretty much anywhere with anyone, and the conversations on Twitter often go much further than conversations in blog comments ever do.

  3. Twitter: youvegottaread
    I’d guess that this post is aimed right at me! I do Twitter once in awhile, but I lurk more than I chat because I am always getting in on the end of a conversation. I do most of my socializing via blog visits, but you do have a good point, that is much less a two way conversation. I love my blogging friends. I never imagined the community and support I would find!

  4. Twitter: thelittlereader
    i definitely agree. when i fall out of blogging when school gets busy, i still maintain a hint of a presence on twitter. and in almost all cases, the people that i feel most connected to through blogging are those that i engage with on twitter.

    i hope those that weren’t twitter converts before reading your post are swayed to join in the fun now. 🙂

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