4 Things I Learned From Twitter.

Been a bit exhausted following leaving work, especially so considering I basically removed a year worth of mess from a friend’s house. People seem quite pleased about this whole “nesting instinct” thing!

But that means I’ve been able to go through my Twitter patterns of the last month or so. And here are 4 lessons to learn from Twitter.

1: Finding data matters. Research matters more.

Twitter is great for grabbing links, facts and stats. But every single one needs to be investigated. With all the fake news hysteria and mass media being as fake as fake news, it’s important to check our information not just against various sources, but against sanity itself. And if it doesn’t matter: then don’t file it as fact or fiction, file it as a random anecdote which does not matter.

2: Writing succinctly is a skill.

I’m finding my writing is clearer and more succinct from using Twitter. Forcing myself to fit long essays into 140 character shouts is expanding the vocabulary I use without making me sound like a massive nerd who uses words nobody understands.

3: Exchanging ideas is great, but you need space.

Twitter is amazing for swapping ideas, provided you can get on the same page and sum up your points. But you will always need to take some time out to process your thoughts. Most of the people I know who blog well and use Twitter have their own form of meditation where they set time aside to think through new ideas and formulate them better. Talking is wonderful, but we have to think too.

4: The wittiest, most liked stuff is also the most useless to you

Seriously, the stuff that gets the most favourites will be stuff that people agree with and are comfortable with. Being snappy and witty makes you more popular and puts you in contact with more interesting people, but don’t confuse that for personal growth, achievement, or important material. Instead, look to the things you talked about more and were recognized for less. That is where your ideas are developing, being challenged, growing solid. That is what you need to work on.

That said, I probably need to quieten my Twitter habit back down a little. Not entirely sure yet where this new activity fits into my old #NoNothingNovember challenges. What do you think?

TTFN and Happy Hunting.

Elspeth, bless her heart, has given me an award.

Elspeth nominated me for the Liebster Award.

I’m not quite so sure about being the model wife, but I’m working on it. 🙂 Thank you so much.

Anyway, I need to say seven things about myself that are not easily guessed on my blog and then nominate some people.

1: I have a very deep passion for words. Learning new languages, tracing etymology, hypothesizing about sayings, reading anything at all, reciting poetry and songs by heart… all of this gives me a sort of thrill followed by deep peace. Anything I perceive as abusive towards one of the languages I speak greatly offends me and I always feel the need to correct it, even if I don’t act on that urge. When writing I read my own words again and again and correct them several times until they are pleasing to read both aloud and silently. A well-metred, gently rhyming piece of iambic pentameter or a clever haiku are definitely in the top-10 of life’s greatest pleasures.

2: I have a strange relationship with caffeine. As long as I’m overall feeling well, it just enhances my senses and gives me energy. If I’m depressed or hormonal it calms me and evens me out. If I’m stressed or ill it makes me feel angry and sick. And I won’t know how I’m going to react to it besides having a cup.

3: I prefer the boring, slow or repetitive work of tutoring over the people-facing part. Correcting homework, sending emails and translating help me unwind and are far better than face-to-face interactions.

4: When I was 100% positive I would never meet someone who resembled myself enough for me to love him, my life plan was lifelong celibacy, become a traveling journalist and spend my free time on a bike with a sidecar, keeping a dog, painting and writing novels.

5: I abhor throwing food away. It’s a waste of time, money and good food when it goes off or when someone doesn’t finish their plate. I’m probably going to be one of those mothers that doesn’t make herself a serving because she knows she’ll eat all the leftovers off the kids’ plates and then finish a bowl of something nobody else liked. And I’d rather miss out than get fat.

6: I don’t actually understand people who are attracted to drama, gossip and conflict. I try and get involved when I think it helps my social standing to do so or when it may help me get rid of someone who’s annoying me, but it’s very confusing to me and I somehow even manage to get gossip wrong. When I disagree with someone I work overtime to keep the tone neutral and the matter as a debate rather than an argument. Overall, I’d rather talk mechanically and amorally than let my conversational partner take it to an emotional level, where I have no interest in continuing.

7: I spend far too much time watching anime and cartoons and have moved onto dubs now that I have to do my chores or essay marking whilst watching it. It’s far easier to mark an essay whilst listening to an anime than whilst reading subtitles.

I award Magoosa and Emma, because they’re brilliant and I don’t think they’ve been tagged yet. No-obligations tagback to Elspeth and another no-obligations one to Hearthie and Jennie.

Anyway, the rules of the award are to say 5 random things about yourself, answer my 5 questions and pass the award on to five bloggers who show sweetness, dedication and community spirit. So here are my questions.

1: How did you come up with your blog? How do you decide what to write?

2: What is the hardest fact you’ve had to accept in life?

3: Who do you love the very most in this World?

4: What is your most time-consuming activity and what would you put the time into if you could get it back?

5: What is your dream home like?