Success on any social media platform, including a blogging platform like WordPress, requires building relationships with other users.
Here, on WordPress, where I am very active, I have formed warm relationships with other writers around the world; but on Twitter, where I don’t engage much with others, I have failed to do so. That’s why I have incomparably more subscribers on WordPress than I do on Twitter. Really, I should have predicted this from the start.
Twitter is its own community, just as WordPress is, and those who succeed there are those who are invested in it. For me, Twitter has never been much more than a channel to promote my WordPress blog, and this is obvious to anyone who interacts with me there.
I’ve long since given up on responding to any poetry prompts on Twitter. Instead, I have found a number of prompts on WordPress that I enjoy; and whenever I look for sources of inspiration for my writing, I always turn to writers on WordPress. Also, much of my poetry is not well suited for Twitter because it’s too long, and I never bother writing poems for Twitter itself – I only cross-post poems from my blog to my Twitter account.
Most importantly, I don’t engage much at all with other poets on Twitter. Sure, I retweet a lot of people’s poems, but that’s about it ~ and that’s not exactly a major time investment. Most of the tweets I actually respond to on Twitter are those of individuals I know from WordPress.
All of my creative energy goes into The Skeptic’s Kaddish blog – not only into my poetry, but also into creative initiatives, such as Poetry Partners and W3 Poetry Prompt. I have no interest in creating a new poetry prompt on Twitter or anywhere else. Ultimately, I don’t really feel myself part of any other community.
In terms of gaining exposure for my poetry, this is somewhat unfortunate, but, unlike many other writers, I have no immediate intention to publish a book of poetry or market my writing services. So, I have no pressing need to promote myself widely. Besides, the interactions I most enjoy are the discussions that blossom here, in the comments section of my beloved blog, and those take place almost exclusively between WordPress bloggers.
So, in my final assessment, I am deliberately choosing to continue failing at Twitter, and I feel completely okay with that.
Sure, I’ll continue cross-posting my poetry there, and maybe I’ll decide to respond to a poetry prompt at some point… But my heart is here at The Skeptic’s Kaddish blog on WordPress; I simply don’t see myself investing significant time or energy into any other social media platform for the foreseeable future.