Last week I went along to a panel to discuss legal blogging.
The question was asked: why bother blogging? What do you get out of it?
My answer, as it usually is: the reason I blog is because I enjoy it.
But it must be said, I don’t really have the same feeling about tweeting.
Indeed, tweeting often leaves me upset and depressed, especially if I get the tone of a tweet wrong or get dragged into an unpleasant exchange. In both cases, it is usually my fault. But, all the same, I am not enjoying it.
That said, there is no reason to leave Twitter. I have done that before, and it is too useful a tool of commuincation, and there are too many interesting people using the medium, for anyone to go completely.
So, Twitter suits my interests but not really my temperament; especially as my follower figures (most of whom must be pornbots or people who joined Twitter once but never looked again) mean that any grumpy or misconceived tweets now seem to end up with a blogpost of their own.
What I expect will happen is that I will use Twitter more and more just as the means to promote links, especially to my own writing or to things which should have a wider audience, and less as a way of participating directly in Twitter discussions and debates.
Unless one pays you to tweet (and no one pays me) then one should only tweet because it is fun or you get something out of it.
I have no doubt I will get drawn into some unhappy Twitter exchanges again, but I would rather spend my spare time putting together blogposts like my recent NightJack one or perhaps getting on with a book on privacy law.
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