Twitter-gaming

BL smThis isn’t a post about playing games on Twitter, so if that’s what you are looking for, keep searching. What I’m thinking about is the aggressive quest for Twitter numbers. I’ve gotten some, I suppose, well-intentioned comments encouraging me to Follow all my Followers or no one will share my work and I will have no audience. Well, that may be true, but considering I am posting this missive to a blog that at best gets 7 reads, winning the popularity contest is not really that high on my priority list. Obviously.

I’d like to think that the people who Follow me on Twitter do it because they like my work or maybe like the things I choose to share from other feeds–that’s why I follow the ones I follow. It’s not bribery; it’s feeding my mind on the pleasures of the kind of intellectual companionship I love the best. Now, I admire a man-with-a-plan as much as anyone, but in this part of my life, because my work means so much to me, I don’t want to lean on strategies and gamesmanship. I want the work to stand on its own, or even fall, if that’s the merits of it.

It could be that I am thinking about this all wrong, and I’d be interested to hear some opinions on the matter, but for now, I am happy with my tiny, yet honest, market share.