That is the question. Those eagle-eyed of you, and I’m sure there are many, may have noticed the shiny new social media links on the right hand side menu; therein making it quite clear what my stance is. Yes, I am firmly embraced in a loving clinch with Twitter and Facebook, afraid that if I let go and fail to heap enough attention, those demanding social media bitches will leave me wanting more. Needing more.
You see, that’s the thing with social media websites. You may resist for a while, then eventually succumb and open an account. And that’s when the pain starts. Sure, you can input the bare minimum of information and spread the word a little, hoping that your friends will do the evangelising for you.
But then comes a time when you realise that maybe, just maybe, your friends and acquaintances are not actually that influential, so you will have to put in some elbow grease, and actually exert time and energy into making your Twitter and book of faces pages exactly how you want them, and how the online guides say they should be.
Because once you’ve set up these links to the world of social media, the last thing you want is to have a handful of followers. It’s just embarrassing. Just like if you volunteered to foster a child and, when you take him home, you find out that his worrying habit of headbutting the wall is bothering the neighbours and interrupting the arguing on Eastenders, you can’t just change your mind. It’s essential to keep plugging away, trying to boost the numbers, as each additional follower is yet another link in the chain. The more links, the quicker the numbers will grow larger still. And so on.
So why should you like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter? Apart from pity? Well, because it’s a great way to stay in touch with latest posts and the content will also be different. Such sites allow for the kind of spontaneous, short bursts of creativity that would look out of place on this blog. I promise to only Tweet interesting and/or amusing statements. You will never know what I’ve just eaten for breakfast. Unless it is truly bizarre, of course. Like an ostrich egg.
I will also re-tweet the best comments from those funny and insightful people who I follow. Which could be you! Yes, I will reciprocally follow or like anyone who does likewise to me. A little bit of mutual back scratching goes a long way.