I closed my Twitter account yesterday. I had it open for about 8 months. Before I joined I was decidedly anti-Twitter but by the end of it I actually really liked it.
It was a challenge to write something in only 140 characters. I participated in a daily poetry prompt to begin with but then I just began engaging in conversation with my fellow Tweeters. There are some really great people on Twitter who are funny, entertaining and just plain profound. I already miss many of them.
So why stop something you really enjoyed, I hear you ask?
There are a few reasons.
The time difference was one. Most of the people I followed lived in the northern hemisphere so I was up to 18 hours ahead of them. I was constantly missing out on the gist of conversations and there were many things it wasn’t even worth responding to because it was so long after the fact.
I also had a problem with people who tweeted more than ten things in a row in the course of a minute. I like haiku as much as the next person but I don’t want to read your ten versions of haiku based on the word boat. No offense.
The main reason, however, is time management. Twitter is great for those of us with procrastination in our blood. It’s fun and it can be a good way of keeping abreast of current events, but it really does add to the amount of time you spend online.
Recently, I have felt that I don’t devote enough time to getting the projects finished that I need to finish – like my novels. Oddly enough, they are not going to write themselves, so I really need to bite the bullet and get them done because I am becoming increasingly aware of how quickly time marches on, of how easy it is to make excuses; and I don’t want to look back when I’m fifty and wish I hadn’t wasted all that time.
So something had to give. And it was many of the items in my Google Reader – no more messing about with the LOLcats and their ilk – as well as Twitter, that got the chop.
Bye bye Twitter. I will miss all the friends I made there and the great chats I had but it’s time for me to get serious.
At long last.