January 15, 2011 by Jools Stone
Last Gasp? Yes and No!
Twitter’s a bit like smoking. In the words of Peter Cetera, it’s a hard habit to break and you’d better believe him, cos he is a man who will fight for your honour. And lord knows there aren’t enough of those to go round.
Where was I? Ah yes, that’s it, twitter and being a quitter. Yes, so why exactly is twitter like I hear you sigh wearily? Well once it grips you it’s really very hard to imagine life without it. To truly commit to quit either you really have to cast your mind back to a time before you’d tried it. You yearn for those days. Oh how you yearn.
If you Leave me Now
Try doing it now. Not easy is it? I speak as someone who has recently quit cigarettes. Important to say that as a definite statement. If I allow the wooly weasel words ‘trying to’ any breathing room, they’ll gradually winkle open that stinky door to relapse.
(Of course if I do fail, then this post will forever mock me with its yellowed fingers and shame me back into hiding. Which is why I’m not quite foolish enough to write up my original plan of something on my yearly bogging goals.)
Like most people when I first tried twitter I really could not see what all the fuss was about. I followed a dozen people I knew from the ‘real world’, was bemused by strangers following me (though amused by one guy who followed purely because we share a name) scratched my head and prepared a superior tone of detachment from the whole silly business.
The Glory of Love
Similarly, few smokers will tell you how much they enjoyed their first cigarette and in fact many a pious non-smoker falls foul eventually. Now I’m hooked on my twitterette fix and (unless I’m away) rarely a day goes by where I don’t at least check my @msgs and scan the top of my feed a few times.
So anyway just a few days after I had this thought about the parallels between twitter and fags something weird happened:
I quit the cancer sticks but I also almost quit twitter too, by mistake.
One of the strange early withdrawal symptoms was a horribly oppressive feeling that I needed to smoke to write – and that included tweeting. For a few days I just stared blankly at my laptop, I couldn’t concentrate at all, couldn’t get started, completely incapacitated save for a bit of lurking and the odd ‘thanks’ return message.
Now I earn my living by writing so this was definitely bad news bears country. I’m not really sure how I shook it off, but I’m pleased to say that I did eventually. Twitter may be just as addictive in my book but it’s arguably not quite as harmful.
As to why I love it so, I’ll save that for another post another time soon enough when I can’t be bothered to craft anything vaguely approaching a pillar post but suffice to say that it has prompted me to pen limericks for people I’ve never met, invent daft titles for #lessambitiousfilms, communicate in morse code and today I even unlearned a bad grammatical habit which has Stuck with me for many a year. At least I hope I did.
You’re the Inspiration
You’re probably wondering by now what the hell all this has to do with train travel. Well not much really, I could insert a rubbish puffing pun if that’ll placate you? I think I have well and truly exhausted the limits of my tenuous analogies anyway, so I won’t push my luck. But it’s a round about way of flagging up a few wee changes to this blog.
While I have quit some things lately, reports of my blogging demise have been exaggerated… a little.
I’ve finally made a conscious decision to broaden the focus a bit. I touched on the reasons for this after my Travel Blog Camp experience. I want to cover more ground and reflect more of my interests.
Hard to say I’m Sorry
Expect some stuff about general travel and crossovers with music, film, games and yes social mejah, cos that’s how I roll baby. And umm rail travel isn’t too cheap, so while I plan to do a bit of it this year of course it may not be enough to sustain the blog on its own long term.
I’m finally looking forward to 2011 and I think you should too.
In a foolhardy bid to man up to the bloggodrome I’ve decided to join Todd Wassel’s Travel Blog Challenge. Check out the site some time. This challenges bloggers to increase their traffic to 1000 unique visitors a day and in doing so earn $1000 a month for their efforts. I’m much less bothered about the monetisation side, I just want to build a decent audience. Any money I make will just be a rather nice bonus-some by product of that.
Talking of making a little pin money from the site *cough* there will be a couple of posts coming up soon, I hope you like them. (Actually I hope I like them!)
And there will be some other shiny new shit for you to break, such as dream rail trip itinerary posts and a fair bit of stuff about my two imminent trips. One to Canada and one to… somewhere else of an interesting cultural bent…
Intrigued? You bally well should be!
Now don’t just sit there man, I’m back from the dead, leave me a comment goddamit!
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