Pencil with the word TWEET on a piece of paperAre you familiar with the poem I Meant to Do My Work Today by Richard LeGallienne? “I meant to do my work today, but a brown bird sang in the apple tree…”

My mother used to recite that often, sometimes when one or the other of us had been enticed by something that seemed more alluring than things we knew we *should* do, such as reading just one more chapter instead of doing the dusting. I have been reciting it to myself lately when I think of Twitter.

I am aware that the best way to connect with the target audience for my books (well, future books) is to network on twitter, using hashtags intelligently. I have made some connections with kids’ theatres and such groups, both by following them and by them following me. I know that’s a good start…

But it’s just a start. I know that I need to be on Twitter more, to tweet both my own content and retweet others’ content on a regular basis. But the truth is, in the midst of all else I do in a day, I tend to forget Twitter. I have TweetDeck set up, with columns to search the subjects I’m interested in. But if I have it turned on, the constant updates are too much of a distraction — and if I turn off the updates, you guessed it, Twitter rapidly flies out of my mind.

Debbie Ohi has a detailed guide for writers using Twitter, entitled (very aptly) The Writer’s Guide to Twitter. Scroll down past the Admin posts to get to the real meat of the guide. It’s great, except that it doesn’t leap out of the computer every now and then and say, “Hey Beth! Go on Twitter for a little while!”

Katie Davis has what looks like a valuable course on social media, I Hate Twitter and Nine Other Stupid Things to Stop Saying…which I may take when I finish her Video Idiot Boot Camp.

Meanwhile, perhaps I need to set a couple of times a day to at least go on Twitter, retweet a couple of things, respond to a couple of people, and take it from there.

If you want to follow me — and keep me accountable — just click the little Twitter bird icon near the top of the dark blue sidebar over to the right.

Do you use Twitter? How do you make it work for you? I’d love to see your thoughts and suggestions in the comments.

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