When I first jumped on Twitter just over two years ago, I had no idea what to do, whom to follow or even how to get followers. Slowly but surely, I built up a core of friends that in large part included writers of the amazing kind. Regular people, not well-known and celebrated authors. They are published and unpublished (for now) authors of many genres, screenwriters, bloggers, producers and more. You see, at the core of who I am, I am a writer. I have been writing “something” since dirt was new and dinosaurs just left the earth.
I have enjoyed some of the most hilarious, down to earth discussions ever with these friends of mine. We have laughed, we have cheered each other on when it came to deadlines, writers block, etc., and we have commiserated and sympathized with each other. I wrote a 55k+ word novel in a thirty-day competition last November (NaNoWriMo) on a dare made in July (I’ll bet you didn’t know that), that I would not have finished had it not been for them. I cherish my friendship with each and every one of them.
With that said, I almost left them in the dust (unintentionally) when I became seriously involved with “social media” and my small circle of friends grew to what it is now.
New friends, new focus?
Somewhere along the way, I became caught up with new friends that had a different focus. Now, I realize we all have friends/followers that we choose for many reasons. We talk with them in specifics – whether it is business, leadership, social media, local issues, etc., or we have personal conversations. If you’re like me, you may try to talk to everyone about a myriad of topics.
In my zeal to learn and absorb everything I could about all things social media, somehow I left my writer friends behind. Oh, I still spoke to them, but not as intensely or as often as I had in the past.
I blame myself for that and have started to change that.
Have you talked to your core folks lately?
In the past few weeks, I have started to reconnect with my writing friends and have actually added a few new ones. I miss them and frankly, there is so much more to life and me, than social media, business, leadership and marketing.
We are talking about writing projects new and in progress, books that are being published soon, screenplays that are being optioned, short films that are being made, and a new writing anthology that I’m thrilled to be a part of. Some of us are also making plans to participate in NaNoWriMo again (lord help me). I have missed my writer friends – the people I connected with when I was learning Twitter with training wheels.
Does my reconnecting with old friends mean I’m going to stop talking to the “newer” friends (who aren’t that new anymore)? Of course not, my newer friends are just as important, but for different reasons. I just plan on spending a bit more time with my core friends than I have over the past months. After all, without them, I wouldn’t know you.
Do you still connect with your core friends? Are they still as important to you as mine are to me?