I love the post, but I am one of the guilty ones. I do have some giveaways peppered in with my other posts. Don't ban me, please!!!! I also have some pretty good shit, too, but I know giveaways of things I like (cash, jewelry, clothes) make people happy, and that makes me happy. You will never see me giving away coupons, breast feeding pads, or other items tha a lot of people might have no interest in. Can I have my cake and eat it, too? Dino, I can give you 20 bloggers who should be banned (or more), but I won't count myself in the mix.
I agree with your sentiments, but not your definitions ;) I used to burn different feeds for different tribes, based on what would fit their interests better. Unfortunately, that feature in Triberr is not 100% and it was constantly dropping my feeds. I got tired of setting it back up. I used to say I'd share anything but politics or religion, but I've tacked on "mommy" posts now. Anything book related, travel, or humor does fit with my crowd so I push it through (one every 2 hours). At this point, if people want to share my stuff, awesome. If they don't, well, then, maybe next time. And I might be back logged, but it will come through when it comes through. I DO get about an extra thousand unique visitors a month from using Triberr though.
I freaking love this post, Andi! I am seriously considering dropping out of a few tribes because I don't want to be spammy. There's always a few people I don't want to miss though so I'll likely shadow those tribes. And yes, Triberr needs more people, but I just L-O-V-E it. :-) I may not share every one of your posts, girlfriend, just because I try not to do politics, but I adore your blog!
I've read several blog posts on this topic. This one differs in one major respect, the definition of the word "Crap." I agree that poorly written material is crap. The rest of your list? It's all in the eye of the beholder. My blog is about book reviews, promos, the occasional giveaway, and so forth. Not every post is top notch, but I would like to think I don't fall into most people's definition of "crap." One note about reblogs. Some of my most visited posts are reposts or syndication. If you didn't read it the first time, it is fresh material. Posts that receive more comments than the average also fall into this category. Once again I think it's an eye of the beholder thing. "We are all sharing each other’s blog posts…" You say this isn't a good thing, but I disagree. It's simply a byproduct of niche marketing. You are correct that more people need to join Triberr, and on an unrelated note, I wish Dan and Dino would tweak the tribe methodology. I should be able to team up with just one other person. So what if we are all sharing the posts from the same people? I get comments (via Twitter mostly) from ones that have never heard of me or my blog before that moment. Doesn't matter who shared it. It's the fact that someone new found it. My twitter feed is probably worse than yours. Why? Because I share just about anything. There are a few lines I don't like to cross, but I don't check each and every blog post that passes into my feed. Plus, I try to share blog posts from anyone who shares mine, and I am member of almost 30 tribes. I share so much that I use Buffer to get it all out. On average, there's probably a Triberr related tweet every 5 minutes or so. Few if any ever complain. I've seen the argument before: "I only share what my audience will like." Or something to that effect. My question to you: how do you know what your audience likes? Given enough followers on Twitter, there is bound to be someone who likes each and every tweet. I get retweets and comments on blog posts that are definitely not in my niche and even from things that I wouldn't put on my blog. Such tweets I would not have shared if I was filtering based upon my opinion. Does this stance hurt my reputation? Maybe a little but I don't care. I have great traffic, regular readers and nearly 10,000 Twitter followers and growing. Actually, I don't think a busy, complex Twitter feed hurts a person's reputation all that much. When people are browsing their feed, they aren't looking at the poster as much as the message. Unless you are spamming links 10 times a minute, most people probably don't even notice the wide range of tweets. At least that's my observation. Unless you only follow 10 people, your Twitter feed will be complex, as most people share some form of "crap."
Hehe. I am one of the multi-posters. But, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. I understand when people don't push everything through and would never expect anyone to. I do my best to keep up with sending out what other people are posting. Since I've always billed myself as a "mish-mash of mommy stuff", pretty much anything goes in my stream. And I agree with Christopher in the fact that I'm republican (for the most part), but I'm willing to listen to and share other peoples' opinions. Differences are what make the world go 'round! What a boring place the world would be if we all agreed on everything. There would be absolutely no spice!
You hit the nail on the head with regard to differing tastes. I know you do a few reviews &/or giveaways now & then. Your "regular" posts are awesome-sauce, so I share those. The other stuff, I skip --- not because they suck one way or the other, but because they just ain't my bag, if you know what I mean. And that's why I tried to be clear that "crap" is subjective. I will never write what I don't like to write, & I won't be sharing what I don't like to read. You do not have a "crap" blog. And moreover, you are one of my favorite peeps. So you have no fear that I will be cutting ties with you, my friend. Just as some of my own posts are way too vulgar or over the line for your tastes, I don't like every single one of your posts. That's what makes our friendship good, in my opinion. We can share what we like about each other & skip the stuff that tastes like asparagus. I do want to clarify again, too, that I do not blame Triberr for the lack in engagement. I blame its users, myself included! You know I haven't been as accessible the last couple months. That's not Triberr's fault. It's because I wasn't being a good tribemate. This two-shot series is part of my rehab. I aim to be better henceforth. PS - I received a giftcard for my bday to get my hair done, so now I just need to call the hair-place & make the appt. I'll be sure to post pics --- you can bet on it! :)
Hello Andi-Roo. First, I found your post in the Paper.li Twitter paper of one of my tribe mates Stormnetmedia. I try to subscribe to everyone's papers if I can find them. I agree with you that Triberr has become difficult to navigate in the respect of finding quality posts, or at least post that might appeal to my followers. I had NO IDEA there were so many social media"experts" in the world...they must all belong to Triberr. I, like you, am generally 4 days behind in sharing and with the limit of 100 shares at any given time, I may never fully catch up. I must admit that I took exception to your naming "interviews" in your spam comment, I do celebrity interviews and write for Yahoo! and aggregate those articles to my blog...as a good marketer would do. I also do music reviews and original content surrounding the music industry for my blog. I do not see how that type of content could be considered spam. As you stated, there is no possible way I can read EVERY post before I share it, and there is, in my humble opinion, an over abundance of social media 'stuff' on Triberr but there are also book authors, economists, etc., who write relevant content...it's just that there are SO MANY! I do agree with your statement on leadership of your Tribe and vetting those who belong to it...thus avoiding "crap" but just how do we apply that Triberr-wide? Crap is a subjective term so may not be the most fair way to describe what is going on with our community. I have met good people and learned quite a bit from the many different writers I have been privileged read. I don't have any suggestions to make it better and really started to write this in defense of my lil niche LOL. But hey, if people don't respond, it's hard to measure impact so out of respect, this is my two-cents. Thanks for the post
Hi Andi-Roo. So true! In the beginning I was in a tribe with quality bloggers. One blogger got kicked out for reblogging lame material. He remedied his ways and got let back in. I now am in quite a few tribes but have to mute a lot of people because of the low quality of the posts. If you have the opportunity to have your post shared by your tribemates and be viewed by thousands of people, isn't that incentive enough to produce quality work? It should be!
I had the same issues. I loved Triberr, and still love the intent, and Dino and Dan. But when you have tribemates who write one paragraph about what they ate for dinner, I think that barely qualifies as a blog post. And then there's the confrontation because you're not sharing. Ultimately I left, because I couldn't find the balance between reading through tribemates' posts to make sure I was sharing quality, and looking like a purely spam account. I felt compelled to be on Twitter more, actually talking to people, so that followers would see past the Triberr tweets. And then suddenly I'm freaking out because I'm spending so much time promoting and social media-ing that I have no time to be writing. I think the ideas you put forth are marvelous, again, in intent. I think a large portion of people are just approving without reading, and could care less as long as their post is tweeted out. I've noticed, after being away from it, that some people I followed solely because the were tribemates, are, at this point, ONLY tweeting out Triberr and links to their own posts. There is NO interaction, which kind of defeats the point of "social" media. Thank you for putting this out there. It's some very valuable insight and much needed commentary.
I think we are on similar pages here. I have blogged about it a bunch of times. Part of the problem is people are thinking about broadcast and not engagement. Triberr is a tool and the value/usefulness is contingent in many ways upon how we use it. Be selective- it makes sense and it is effective.
I thought I was the only one thinking that most of this Triberr stuff was crap! But again, you can't say anything because someone will bi*ch at you for not sharing posts in a share all tribe. It pisses me off to no end when I see posts like "I got a dog..." or "Jeeps", ish with some random titles about absolutely nothing to do with anything!!!! Thanks for the post I hope some people will listen! Edit: And another thing, I'm not reading every post to see WTF someone is talking about. Not gonna happen I'm to dang busy being a full time single mom, with a 40+ work week, running my own blog. People need to get their sh*t together! Seriously.
Oh Amberr! I would certainly not include you in my list of "guilty" parties! You produce a HUGE amount of quality product, & your giveaways are spread out enough as to be practically negligible. I don't have a problem with giveaways in & of themselves. I have a problem with people who do ONLY giveaways, or ONLY giveaways plus the rest of what I consider "crap". You may certainly keep your cake, darling. Eat a piece for me! PS - Do give those names to Dino. DON'T include yourself in that mix. You are priceless! :)
Rainy, we all have our own personal set of morals when it comes to how we define "crap", & I'm perfectly okay with some of my posts being on that list for some people. I've said it before & I'll say it again: I'm well aware my material's not for everyone. If more people were selective & stuck to their guns about it, I think we'd all collectively have less caca to slag through. heehee --- with regard to "mommy" posts I'm mostly right there with you! I know there's a place for it because many people enjoy that sort of thing, but I'm not in that crowd. I love my own kids, but DAMN! lolz! And yet, one difference between us is your tolerance for travel posts, whereas they on my "no way, not ever!" list. But again, I recognize that sort of thing has its own following. I'm cool with that. I have been shadowing several of the tribes of which you are a member --- as I writer myself, I have been stalking other writers, too --- & have begun sharing a few pieces from various members who aren't in any of my tribes. I'm enjoying this, & want to thank you since you led me to those individuals! :)
Thank you for the support, Jenny! I am absolutely never offended when you don't share a post. On the contrary --- I prefer it, because that tells me who is being selective & who isn't. I would never want you to share something you didn't feel comfortable passing on. You have shared enough of my stuffs, & commented & interacted with me often enough, that I am always grateful when I hear from you in whatever fashion that may be. I have been shadowing some writing tribes lately & am enjoying being able to pick out individuals who put out decent material, so I highly recommend trying out that method. I think you'll enjoy it too! :)
I think you might have missed my qualifying statement, so I will copy it herein: "Now again, please note that this is just MYYYYYYYYYYYY opinion of what it means to write “crap”. Maybe you like reading all those sorts of things, which is fine. But if that’s the case, I can’t figure out why you’re reading my bloggy-blog. And maybe you like writing all those sorts of things, which is also fine. But if that’s the case, you won’t be in my tribe." I'm not trying to be a smart ass, so much as point out that arguing about "eye of the beholder" is something I admitted right up front. I get that everyone's opinions will differ on this. I am perfectly fine with you disagreeing on the definition of "crap". As I said, adjectives are subjective. I also feel led to point out that if you are really putting out that much material, & you really aren't reading the majority of what you push through your feed, then you are, in fact, spamming. Which is all well & good, until you try & deny it. If you're gonna spam, own it. And if it works for your krillions of followers, well then I guess I have to eat my shorts. But I can tell you right now that it doesn't work for *MY* followers, & my numbers show that. Granted, I don't have the lofty number of followers you claim, but I'm betting I have a lot more personal interaction --- particularly now that I've stopped flooding everyone's reading space with shit I don't even care enough about to bother glancing at. As for all of us sharing each other's posts with very little new material from outside the Triberr-verse... look at it this way. Say we each have a pack of gum, & we give each other a piece. I have grape, & you have strawberry --- hoorayz! We go on in this back-n-forth fashion for a while, till it becomes clear that there will never be any chocolate, because we have a closed loop. In biology that's called inbreeding & leads to children with large noses & other strange defects. In my gum example that's called an empty larder which leads to scurvy & vitamin deficiency. In Triberr, that's called boring. I don't ever claim to know what each individual member of my audience likes. That would be silly. I do claim to know, based on statistics & interaction, what my overall readership leans toward, & it isn't the material I define as "crap". I absolutely cannot understand how hurting your reputation even a little, as you admit is likely, is acceptable. As I point out in my Part 2 of this series, your online presence is your identity --- it's how people see you. If you want to be seen as a spammer, that is certainly your prerogative. But let's call it what it is & not pretend otherwise.
Michelle, you are one of the people I'm talking about that I absolutely adore... which makes me feel bad when I don't share your stuffs. You're also one of the few who is actually okay with that, which makes me like you even more. Please rest assured that if you don't share any of my posts for any reason, there will be no hard feelings on my end, because I totally get it! Really there is only one Republican in particular (NOT you or Christopher!) who I wish wouldn't share my stuffs, but that's only because he on purpose sends it to HIS followers & then they all harass me about it... which to me is caca. But whatever. That's beside the point, lolz! I am glad to know you get my perspective. That makes me breathe a little easier.
Andi, I think you already know how I feel about you (Amberr and Mary too)! You three make being a blogger a little brighter. You are always great peeps to ask questions about fairness or content quality (or anything I might think of). I also know all three of you are welcome to ask or me questions and shoot things by me anytime. It is the reason we all get along so well. We all are brutally honest (with good intentions of course) and respect one another. The reviews for me are just a dream job right now. It's those darn video games they give me for free. Heck, I just received Assassin's Creed 3 for talking about why I wanted and loved it. As a dad, I can't under emphasize the word free enough (especially when it was a game i wanted...okay my 3 -year-old won't be watching me play that one) I was even brutally honest enough in my post to talk about games are rated for reason. I do LOVE your blog and I share most everything I can find of yours. Like I said before parents (my main focus) don't read just parenting blogs and anyone that things we do are crazy. We have to be willing to share more than just reviews and such (the reason I share counterpoints to my own). I am hoping to become more engaging again and focus on ones I read all the time. In my opinion, it was much easier when I just belonged to one tribe! lol Aaron P.S. I totally am looking forward to the pictures!!! I think we should consider doing another post together over it somehow my friend (it has been far to long since we teamed up)! if I had known we shared a birthday I would have tried to get us to share one on it....(you read my AARP comments....lol)
Hey, Jerry! Thanks for weighing in. Let me start by saying that you should absolutely NOT take umbrage to my classification of interviews as "crap", because that's just my opinion. It's all subjective. If that's what you do & what you like & what you excel at, then by all means --- do it! Doesn't mean I have to like it, & doesn't mean I have to share it. That's just not my cuppa joe. I'm sure if you read my blog regularly, you'd find that I am way more foul-mouthed than pleasant to more refined tastes. Which is absolutely okay! To answer your question regarding a Triberr-wide ban on "crap"... I don't know that any one user can take on that job. Nor do I think any one user should be expected to do so. What I do think --- & expect --- is that each of us be more responsible for our own corners of the kingdom. We are all housemates of a sort, & to ask any one individual to take on the task of cleaning up the joint would be ridiculous. But as housemates, we can --- & should --- each clean our own personal living spaces. What this means on a person-to-person basis is that your room is going to look a LOT different than my room will look... but they will each be reflective of who we are as individual bloggers, & they won't be weighted down with "crap" that doesn't belong. In my room, that means interviews & giveaways & whatnot. It's up to YOU to decide what your room looks like. If it doesn't include my potty mouth material, it will absolutely not hurt my feelings. Over all, I wish the best for each blogger in carving out his space. PS - At least we both agree that "social media experts" are a dime a dozen! Guess one thing our rooms will have in common is a lack thereof, lolz! :)
First of all --- HUGE kudos to the chief that kicked out & then readmitted the lame blogger! That takes a huge amount of moxie as well as objectivity, & I salute both. I haven't been as gifted in that area. I think the mute button is one of the single most powerful tools on Triberr. I was reluctant to use it at first, but now I'm much less hesitant to do so. If more tribemates actively hit that button, we'd all be better off! I know if I found a huge amount of people stopped sharing my material, that would def. make me question what the heck I was doing --- incentive, indeed!
I can appreciate absolutely why you left Triberr, for all the reasons you cited. I have gained so much from Triberr on a personal level that I am hoping to be a positive force in turning things around. You're right, though, that "intent" will not necessarily mean much if it gets swallowed up in all the "noise". My own Twitter feed is exactly what you describe, & it sickens me to think what I've become --- no social, all media. That's so NOT me (or at least, not the *ME* I want to be). I'm going to "be the change I want to see", clean up my act, & hope others follow. Maybe at some point you'll consider coming back! Luring good bloggers into the fold is, of course, one of the points tantamount in putting Triberr on top.
Broadcast versus engagement --- I couldn't have summarized the problem more succinctly! Unfortunately, I have been part of the problem. That's a humbling thing to admit. I'm on the road to recovery, though, & hoping many will join me! :)
LMAO! Gurl, you are so funny! And also --- thank you, because your edit indicates that I must have some of my sh*t together! :) I do want to clarify --- I absolutely LOVE Triberr!!! Triberr itself is not crap IMO. Its users, however... mmmm. I'm with you on hoping some people will listen. If we work together we can make Triberr a better place! :)
I did see your qualifying statement, and if anything, much of my comment was a positive reaction to your post. I agree with much of what you said. However, since most people who comment on posts like this tend to agree completely with the poster, I wanted to present a few alternatives. I wasn't trying to be confrontational. Just providing another opinion, based upon a different set of observations. I ran a post recently about the definition of spam. Spam comes in two varieties: the acceptable (or tolerated) kind and the not-so tolerated kind. The not-so tolerated kind comes in two varieties as well: frequency based spam and non-opt in spam. If you don't sign up for something or didn't realize what you were getting into, most people consider that spam. However, if you can easily stop the messages, it becomes tolerable—perhaps even acceptable. For example, receiving unsolicited emails is typically considered spam, the bad kind. Following someone on Twitter naturally leans toward the tolerable kind because you can easily unfollow that person. That's probably the few people who stop following me, the ones who think my feed is too busy. However, I consider my "spam" tolerable because I have far more that stick around, retweet, and comment. Even tolerable kinds of spam can be taken to extremes, such as posting 10 tweets a minute over a long period of time, especially promotional tweets. (Conversational tweets have a little extra wiggle room.) I'm curious: what numbers do you speak of when you say your followers are better off now? (And I agree, our two accounts are very different, which will naturally lead to different results) 83 of your followers (13%) also follow me, which tells me that your followers can tolerate a lot more than you think. Or, at least they can ignore my "crap" that others enjoy. Personally, I don't see how anyone can skip the crap on Twitter. I don't care how many you follow or don't follow. Unless you only follow 10 people that merely chat (few if any promo tweets IOW). I don't know of a way to measure personal interaction on Twitter, unless you manually monitored who you talked to over a period of time. As far as sheer numbers, I have the potential to interact with more people, but it's not really about numbers as it is about time. Personal interaction is about the amount of time you spend on Twitter. There are days I spend none and others where I'm on all day. Perhaps you've had an off week, which happens to the best and worst of us, but judging from your tweets the last few days, I have a ton more conversations with people, but I only use Twitter, so that's not really evidence of anything. Perhaps you are active in a lot of other places. Plus, I work really hard to be "social" since my feed is the way it is. What I do works for me. What you do works for you. I do what I do because I make money from my site, hopefully enough in the future that this will be my main source of income. I love your gum example, and I agree. More varied content means a better mix overall. Extending the example, I tend to share as many flavors as possible right now as that will attract more people to my feed. If you don't like one flavor, maybe you'll like the next. In time I'll have enough followers (hopefully) to be a little more choosy about my flavors, which means I'll probably move some flavors over to another account. I already have a few other Twitter accounts set up when I'm ready for this move. No one can have a pristine reputation. The more you are known, the more your reputation will have to suffer some negative effects. Look at any well liked famous person. My blog is books, so I'll pick an author, such as Stephen King. He is beloved by many, admired by others, respected by yet another group. However, there are lots of people who don't like him or his writing. He receives low ratings on all of his books. Even some of his fans may not like a particular book over another one. If he writes something that a group doesn't like, his reputation is hurt ... but not enough to matter. If a few people unfollow me because my feed is too busy, I don't worry so much, as I have tons of other followers to attend to. Some have even come back when they run across something of mine retweeted or shared by someone else. In any case, the positive effects are so much more powerful than a few small negative ones. I consider myself a marketer who uses tolerable spamming techniques to gain a following and traffic. I adjust my technique from time to time when I notice more negative effects than I am comfortable with. If I didn't need to share a ton of stuff I didn't want to share, I wouldn't. It's a means-to-an-end sort of thing. But even if I wasn't sharing Triberr stuff, my tweet count wouldn't go all that lower. My feed would be just as busy nearly, promoting the authors who use my service.
Hi Andi-Roo...i am an NCO in the Army...I actually prefer the realness of someone not afraid to dig into a colorful bag of language...trust me...my privates get an earful from time to time...you are good by me!
I am thinking about coming back. But one of my criticisms about Triberr is that I was told, repeatedly, that being selective defeats the purpose, for reasons that have been stated in other comments-some people who follow you on Twitter MAY be interested in that content. The advice I was given is that if a particular tribe mate is posting things that you don't like, or find offensive (one guy in one of my tribes blogged dirty jokes-which I don't particularly find offensive but many of my followers might), or are just crap, was that I should leave that tribe. But all of those things are subjective, meaning that the tribe chief may not have a problem with them, or find the content to be crap. So that would have left me with only my own tribe. Which, again, is not necessarily a bad thing, but I did find that it could be difficult to attract quality bloggers to a tribe with only a handful of people. I really appreciate the comments and content here. Thanks for replying!
If I completely disagree with a blog post, I don't tend to comment for I want to bring a positive reaction to the discussion. I didn't say things like "you're wrong!" Instead, I politely disagreed with your assessment or part of it. I also acknowledged that you were correct about certain things, either directly or by tone. That's a lot more positive than calling you out on every one of your errors (which for all practical purposes don't exist). By just sharing one article or link on Twitter you are presenting information that could be viewed as spam. After all, did every one of your followers opt in to your promo tweets? By default, yes, but many could argue the other way. What if someone gets on just to talk with their friends and wouldn't want to see even one link? First of all, that's not likely to happen, so they have to tolerate the few they do see, and heaven forbid they have a friend that shares links on a regular but not too regular basis. IOW, any form of advertising can be viewed as spam based upon your perspective. Some people hate advertising, so much so that they complain every time they see any, even in small amounts. They aren't tolerating it, so they call it spam. I grew up around advertising because that's the field my dad worked in, so I was indirectly taught to appreciate it. For me to consider something spam, it has to be pretty extreme, and even before I get there, there's a neutral zone that's tolerable. Facebook use to be a place to chat with your family and friends and ignore the semi non-existant sidebar ads. How FB makes money is beyond me! Anyway, it's not that way anymore. Twitter has gone through a similar transformation. The problem? Everyone is trying to sell something, be it a product, service, or an opinion. Triberr does something you would be hard pressed to do on your own, but you have to sacrifice something to get there. What you sacrifice is up to you, but it's a balance issue. The more you sacrifice, the more you get in return. Sharing other material is the currency. The reach you receive is the byproduct. If you want to limit your shares to what you agree with or like in some way or fashion as many people seem to prefer, that's your prerogative. Your ideas to unspam Triberr are valid, but unless Dan or Dino can come up with some fancy upgrades, it's a personal journey. You have to decide for yourself where you stand. If you only share what you have personally read and put your seal of approval on, that's fine, but that will limit your reach. I don't want to limit my reach, so I've chosen to forego that step. I've had a follower or two ask about the varying degrees of quality among the stuff I promote through Triberr. Once I tell them why, they understand, at least as far as I can understand through their words. The new mute feature on Triberr might help if you aren't already using it. Once you decide that someone's content will never be shared by you, mute them. If you do that with everyone you don't like, what will you be left with? A list of blog posts you want to read and possibly share. Of course, you may have to mute new people from time to time.
I thought maybe I misread tone that wasn't there, but in re-reading your original post, I’m still finding it hard to see how it was a “positive reaction.” I will admit, however, that I do tend to be IN YOUR FACE & ultra-reactive, so maybe I’m just missing it. I’ll assume for the sake of agreement that you are right on this count. I can see that there are varying degrees of spam --- much like the varying shades of grey, har har --- but I don’t agree with your assessment that certain ends of the spectrum are “tolerable”. If that’s part of the definition (like how the definition of “not guilty” in a court of law doesn't necessarily translate to “I didn't do that shit!” in plain English), I guess I don’t have much wiggle room. But if it’s a statement of opinion, well, I think you’ll agree that I've made mine perfectly clear. And, from the other comments here, I’d say I’m not alone, & may just be in the majority. I do find it telling that others in completely different genres indicate they are experiencing similar issues with their tweets, feeds, streams, & followers. Apparently it's the one big thing that draws us together across the board, & I think that is more encouraging than problematic because it gives us a common bond. “Perhaps you've had an off week”… um, yeah, dude! I haven’t had just an “off week”. I've had an off MONTH. I've had an off LENGTH OF TIME. That was kind of my point. When I first started Tweeting, not really that long ago, I was conversing with people like ALL HOURS OF THE DAY. I was a Chat-osaurus Rex. Now I don’t have time for that shit. I’m too busy sharing sorting through intolerable shades of spam, sharing crap I can’t stand, & wishing someone would shoot my brains out because this is not what I signed up for. ((( To clarify, that was a figurative shooting, not a *for realz* invitation to assassinate me. ))) I think the differences in our approaches to Triberr / Twitter arise in how we define ourselves. You call yourself a marketer. It makes perfect sense that someone referring to him/herself as a marketer is going to use marketing techniques to market marketable markings to their “target audience” of marks. I’m not a marketer. I’m a writer. Running a non-niche blog, & furthermore being a blogger who cares little for what people think, I have a "target audience" of one: ME. I don’t write for my followers, therefore I won’t read for my followers, either. I’m not treating my readers as potential customers. I’m treating them as potential friends. I don’t write something & then scream, “Come buy my shit!” Typically when I write something, my reaction is more along the lines of, “Holy shit! I just cracked myself up!” … & then I faint in amazement when someone else enjoys it, too. That’s why I can afford to be selective about what I share. And since I like to view everyone online as a potential pal, I like to think that they’ll be selective as well. How disappointing to learn that I still have to receive junk mail even though the political campaigns have passed. *blah*
LMAO --- I served in the Army myself, which is probably where I picked up the majority of my bad language & my comfort with such. I appreciate you letting me know that it's my message, not my phrasing, that might stop you short, from time to time. For some people it's the other way around. *cheers*
hmmm... I will differ from a lot of people when I say this, but it's my two cents on my own blog so I'm gonna go with it. I'm not worried about what my followers or readers "might" like. I don't write for my audience. I write for myself, & in doing so, have somehow magically found an audience. But as I've stated multiple times in other posts, picking up a following is merely the gravy on my "I shall write whatever I want" mashed potatoes. Since I don't write for my audience, why on earth would I "read" for my audience? Which is, in essence, what sharing posts is all about. Up to this point I have been sharing posts with a sense of duty --- so I was sharing under the gun, & doing so because of that unspoken law that we are supposed to worry over the varying tastes of our audience. I cry bullshit. Since I don't write my blog in consideration of my audience, I shall henceforth no longer read other blog posts in consideration of my audience, either. I'm on all this social media stuff to figure out what I like, & to meet others of similar ilk. I am not going to be held captive to anyone else. Period. If do you consider coming back, I would urge you to be as selective as you like, & if chiefs don't like it, make them kick you out. Then shadow that tribe so you can follow who you please with zero repercussions. Of course, I'm perfectly fine with being called a bitch for all of this attitude, lolz! Matter of fact, I'll be the first to say it of myself: I'm a bitch. But I'm also the only boss of me I'll ever have, so... that's my opinion, for what it's worth! :p