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To Twitter or Not to Twitter?

That is the question.

And though I personally would advice everyone to stay away from Twitter, for many aspiring and indie authors, it just isn’t that simple. Building an audience is important. So, what to do?

Here are some simple questions you can ask yourself.

When you answer these questions honestly, you’ll end up with your own personal answer on whether or not you should Twitter.

Q1: Is Twitter benefiting you, your book, or your blog?

What benefit, exactly, is Twitter bringing to your mental health, to your book sales, to your blog reach? The more precisely you answer this question, the better.

Q2: Is Twitter eating up your time?

Is your writing time being interrupted by Twitter? Do you find yourself blocking out chunks of time for it? Or do you fall into a rabbit hole and come out confused 3 hours later?

Q3: Is your Tweet count higher than your WIP word count?

This one is a tough one. I used to have Twitter. And when I saw that my Twitter word count was worth a trilogy (and I had no book trilogy), it was a rude awakening. I knew it was time to stop.

Q4: Is it fun or stressful?

Do you leave Twitter feeling inspired, invigorated, and ready to tackle your day? Or do you feel hopeless, drained, and sleepy?

I hope that sitting down and doing a brief Q&A with yourself will help you figure out whether Twitter is something you should spend your time on.

I personally don’t stress about not having Twitter.
It’s there when and if I need it.

Take care and write on,


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11 thoughts on “To Twitter or Not to Twitter?

  1. I’ve had a personal Twitter account for lots of years, but over the last two years I don’t tweet much and that will come to about zero this year I think.
    It might be seen as a good way to connect to other publishers. writers, genres of your books but needs time for investment.
    May need to consider my stance on whether to start a new one just dedicated to the debut novel I am writing.

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  2. Fair points.
    I don’t like Twitter all that much and I probably wouldn’t have it if I didn’t want to promote my writing somehow.
    Does it generate sales? Not yet. Do I get clicks on my blog from Twitter. Some but not many.
    No, it does not eat up my time. I would not let it. I carve out very small chunks of time and that’s that. I have other things to do that I enjoy a lot more.
    I don’t Tweet often and my Tweets are short, so I am happy to say that it is not more than my WIP!
    It’s not stressful and sometimes it can be fun.
    As you can see, I’m not a big enthusiast, but I still have it. WHy are you so against it? Is it your inability to control it?


  3. I have a Twitter account but it’s inactive. That’s because I spend a little or no time on it.

    Anyways, my WordPress account is connected to it but I don’t get engagement from there.

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  4. I was on Twitter for awhile but got bored and signed off. I got off Facebook too when someone set up a bogus duplicate-account pretending to be me. It was so exasperating trying to convince my friends I wasn’t saying what they thought I was saying. So I deleted that account too. Enough of that business!! WordPress is one of two social media accounts I have. I’m also on Goodreads.

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  5. Excellent post, Yari. I do have and use Twitter and know just how easy it is to get swept away. I found the best way for me to be active on Twitter (and all other social media) was to use a scheduling program (I use Buffer).

    This means I can block out time once every two weeks (for Twitter) and once a month (for other platforms) and fill my scheduler to do all my posting.

    I think if I was on it, writing all my Tweets each day it would drive me insane and definitely eat all my time. It’s also one of the reasons I now barely visit Facebook – I found it to be a pointless platform that barely develops any connections.

    Shockingly, Twitter is actually the best for me at helping connect me with other writers and build engagement, but I think that’s because I run a #Hashtag game on there for the Writing Community.

    You are so right about checking whether it benefits you, I keep an eye on my stats and analytics to know where the best places are to drive traffic, build engagement – I think if people want to use social media to build their brand, connect with people or drive traffic, they do need to make sure those platforms are actually doing it.

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