I am a big fan of Twitter. It is a great way to develop online relationships and engage in interesting conversations (albeit in 140 character bursts).
Twitter can be beneficial on a personal and professional level for individuals and can be a great way for businesses to engage with their customers.
Twitter is also a great resource for blog ideas but it is far too easy to get stuck within Twitter trying to shoehorn a blog post into the microblogging format.
All in all Twitter is a great resource for individuals and businesses but I have found that it is indirectly killing my blog.
Twittah the blog killah
Aaron Wall wrote about how Twitter is hurting blogs and bloggers recently.
carrotcreative's photosWhile that is in an issue that many blogs may be experiencing the problem about which I am concerned is a different one.
You see before I became addicted to Twitter I would express my thoughts and opinions on my blog.
If a topic piqued my interest I would take the time to sit down and write about it.
While I don't have many readers I do have a few and if the topic was interesting enough it would result in some discussion.
Now with Twitter I can just post my thoughts and have an engaging conversation with all of my followers. I can have discussions in real time with a wider range of people.
It is quicker and much easier than taking the time to write a blog post. That's one of the reasons that my blog has become so sparse lately after I rebuilt it.
Twitter is killing my blog and I am letting it happen; is it happening to you too?
Find Time for Twitter and your blog
Between real SEO work and family stuff finding time to blog can be difficult.
Instead of writing a blog post I can express my thoughts in Twitter quickly and without a lot of preparation. I would be willing to bet that there are a few of you out there who are in the same situation.
Twitter allows for immediate feedback but the conversations can sometimes lack depth. That is what a blog is for.
Twitter conversations are limited by the 140 character limit and tweeting 5 times in a row to express your point and it stifles the conversation.
Set some time aside to write on your blog and devote the time necessary for an in-depth analysis of the subject matter.
If you are like me you have spent considerable time, energy, and even money on your blog. Dont let Twitter, or any other social media platform, kill it.
Use Twitter and the other microblogging platforms as they were intended but make sure to spend time with your blog when you need to go deeper.
Mark Pilatowski has been involved in search engine marketing with an emphasis on SEO for the past 9 years. Follow him at Twitter and check out the piloSEO blog.
28 thoughts on “Twitter is killing my blog”
Everyone was so gung ho about twitter that it is good to see someone talk about the other side of the coin that is twitter.
Twitter is a good tool, but it’s killing many websites, not just blogs. To be honest, I didn’t think typing in just one liners would be so popular!
I so totally agree with everything you have written. Twitter is good but it so adictive that unknowingly we spend lots of time just twitting messages. If same time could be utilized for other marketing techniques, it will be more benficial.
I don’t use Twitter yet. I thought Twitter is good for generating traffic. My suggestion after reading your post is to have usual conversation at Twitter like usual but do post about the conversation in depth at your blog. By doing this, you can put a link to your blog at the Twitter conversation and this can brings traffics to your blog. I is it sounds?
I use Twitter, no traffic it generates. I think it waste of time to submit website or blog regularly.
As I stated on a recent post Twitter should be used for all miscellaneous ramblings whle your blog is for formal posting 😉
Would it be terrible if
twitter was my blog?
Enjoyed the post
and although I find
massive value in
twitter, I feel that
it does take away
from my time to
One things for sure…
it’s a great source of
I know why Twitter is so popular. It’s a chat room where everyone focuses on YOU. Every single person is vain and every single person LOVES going into a chat room where the other chatters respond and focus on your every word. That only happens to a select few. In Twitter, you are the star of your chat. All the time. And yes, everyone thinks that they are ALL THAT.
It’s an ego trip. Some good may come out of it for a handful of users, but for the other 95%, it is one big fat ego trip.
Go back to your blogging where you actually make a difference.
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