Tuesday, 16 February 2010

One year older, but am I wiser?

It is hard to believe that I have been tweeting for almost a year. I was very dubious about the whole thing until I went to a seminar entitled 'Organic PR'; Twitter seemed a fairly harmless, even potentially mercenary, way to fill in the hours.

My preconceptions have undergone a major reversal. I developed a severe Twitter habit: Initially I needed to get my first ten followers, then thought that I would be happy when I got a hundred ... and then I grew up!

I am still in the throws of a Twitter affair - but it is so different from imagined. It is so much more about what I can hear, contribute towards and learn rather than how I can sell. I am not interested in numbers, but in the people behind the numbers.

I have also learnt about the personal rewards of blogging. Finding this 'Sleep is for the Weak' writing workshop has been a highlight. I had never imagined so many witty, thought provoking and times heart wrenching blogs were out there, so many inspired by this workshop.

I have had personal and professional ups and downs - when the site got amazing national press coverage, when the sales failed to flood in, when we shared amazing recipes, and when I miscarried, when rediscovered my love of books. Yes, the on-line community has been a catalyst, a comfort and an eye opener.

There is so much to do, so much to learn but if what I have learnt over the past year is anything to go by, I'll be sharing it with you!


  1. This last year for me has been one dominated by virtual things. I discovered blogging and twitter this year and my life is very different as a result!

    It sounds like you've had an amazingly transformative year, good and bad. And I'm honoured that you have mentioned the workshop as part of that. Thank you x

  2. I also discovered twitter and started a blog this year, and it's been a true highlight. I can't imagine life without it any more.

  3. What a great post and what a tremendous last year you've had. I was also made redundant from my job in IT PR after only being here for six months and have been restricted from working until Dec when I got my papers - finally! I've been surprised at how difficult it is to get out there part-time in the UK. I've worked part time around the kids successfully in Aust/NZ for over 17 years. We should get together on Twitter and revolutionise the UK scene! :-) Enjoying your blog x


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