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Twitter is a valuable resource for a wide variety of people and industries.  For many people, it is a way to keep up with friends, celebrities, authors, you name it.  For others, it is a great networking and marketing tool.  I use it to network, eventually will for marketing, and to rub elbows with other authors or people I find interesting.  It's a great tool.  Except when it's not.

I am a procrastinator by nature.  I bring it to an art form.  If there is a way to be distracted, delayed, or sidetracked, I will find it , utilize it, and waste the rest of the day at the enterprise.  It is not uncommon for me to start cooking, get distracted, and end up burning my food.  Or I forget I put on a load of laundry and let it sit way too long.  Or I forget to do the laundry entirely and end up on the seconds portions of my closet (or decide I just need to buy more socks because, clearly, fifty pairs of socks just isn't enough to tide me over...).  I've been known to spend entire days reading (I get absorbed).

Lately, twitter has been a major sink in my time.  I can write three blog posts in a day, which most people would be baffled at.  "How do you find the time?" they might say.  Well, it doesn't take near as much time as my twittering.  On days when I am actively twittering, I can spend hours on it.  Hours!  And what's worse, I have a hard time convincing myself that I'm wasting my time because I'm networking.  "You need to do this," my subconscious says.  "When you publish your book, you'll need to have a following," it continues, mocking me and my attempts to stop procrastinating and continue editing.  Still, twitter draws me back, enticing me with the line that says "X new Tweets".  I have to check.  I have to know.  I click and get absorbed for another half hour.

I'm not saying twitter is bad.  I love twitter.  I just have no will power.  I imagine it is probably the same as my tendency to eat a bag of chocolates or chips.  Can't stop at just one.  It's always, "Just one more."  Productivity?  Not tonight.  If I'm lucky, I'll continue reading Lichgates by S. M. Boyce.  That's being productive.  Hopefully, I'll have the review up in the next couple of days.  Anything else?  Not a chance.  My browser tab says, "(20) Twitter".  I wonder who tweeted...




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