Monday, September 12, 2011

Twitter has killed my blog

To Whom It May Concern,

I took a long hard look at what my blog has become, and I am pretty disappointed in what it has evolved into. The whole point of this blog was to document my transition from a meat eating lifestyle to one of peace, serenity and a plant based diet. It was a pretty big deal. If you knew me, you would have never in a million years have thought I would omit so many things from my lifestyle. I admittedly didn't know why I was doing it, and I had this idea that writing an online journal would somehow be a fun way for me to document things as I discover them about myself. I thought it would be an interesting perspective down the road to understand how I could make such a transition. I wanted to document my ups and downs, successes and failures. I wanted it to really trend my life and help give me a greater perspective on what I have chosen to do. I had a lot of thoughts of what it would become.

Shortly after starting this, I got my first few followers on this blog, and like the addictions I have had, I quickly got the high from people tuning in. So how could I get more people to tune in? I added a Twitter account. (@crabbyvegan if you haven't figured that out by now). I got a feedburner account, and pointed my posts to twitter. This was pretty limiting, since I only had a few followers, so I started following vegans. I searched on the keyword, and started following. I remember the first time someone tweeted to me. Oddly enough, she never followed me, still doesn't. I followed dozens upon dozens, and my follow total started to grow. At this time my follower total on my blog started going up, and comments on my blog took off. I was obsessed with who was following me, and getting people to comment on my blog. I obsessed over blog entries that didn't get as many comments, and it was obvious that I wasn't writing for myself anymore.

It was early into the year when my workload and travel schedule went off the charts that my blogging really slowed down. I had a lot of things to say, but I could never get my entries funny enough, or have an interesting enough story for myself, or find a funny enough picture to go along with what I was writing. So posts went unfinished, and before too long I couldn't remember what I was writing about, so I just deleted the post entirely. I was more interested in telling an entertaining story than just opening up and just letting it pour out. That really was the original point.

Now my twitter feed is a endless stream of liberal rhetoric, recipe blogs, foursquare check-in's, complaints about work, sports updates, and food porn. I will say, that there is a certain positive that has become of this, I've managed to find a handful of people that I am truly interested in hanging out with. I don't plan on deserting them, as they have always stuck with me. Some of whom have noted my absence. I think that's a real sign. When you post a blog and solicit comments, you are bound to get some. But when you are noticed for being absent, you have to think that maybe some people really are interested in what you have to say.

So tonight I had made an abrupt decision to remove my twitter account, and delete my blog. I thought about that for a little while, and realized I was spiting myself with that decision. I tend to do that. Punish myself, instead of trying to really solve the situation. So I took a step back and thought I would first disconnect my blog from my twitter account. If I know a notice is not going out when I post, maybe I'll be a little more liberal with the "Publish" button. So I can post away, and only you sorry few who followed me here, and those following me on Google Reader will get an update in their feed. Feed updates are much less "in your face" than a tweet, so I am OK with that.

I don't anticipate my blog updates will be nearly as entertaining as they have been, but you never know. Sometime I can be my most charming, when I'm not even trying. And I need to stop trying. This blog is for me. Its not a political blog or a recipe blog, and I'm not trying to win any more popularity contests. If you choose to follow me, I thank you deeply. If you choose to un-follow me, I understand entirely (which is another thing I used to obsess entirely too much over).

Next, I need to evaluate my twitter account. I'm not sure what to do with it. I may take the lead of some other of my online friends and simply start another one, and follow my friends, and just keep it cosy. I currently have 1400 twitter followers, and I'd rather have 20 or 30, who are actually interested in what I have for to say.

If you are really following me because they are interested in what I have to say, I thank you. I'm really a fascinating person, if you haven't already determined that.

Warmest Regards,



  1. Lots of changes but I know how that goes. I have been trying to clean down my twitter too. It becomes a mess!

  2. I don't read your blog for charming posts-- which isn't to say you aren't charming. :) I started reading your blog because you and I are on similar journeys. We went vegan post 40 and decided to share the experience via a blog. I look forward to whatever you write, whenever you write it.

  3. I will still read! Glad you aren't deleting your blog. I agree twitter can be a time suck. I just pop in and out as I can, no need to go back and read everything that is going on, it will drive you nuts. Sometimes it says you have tons of followers, but a lot of people aren't even on twitter all the time or just signed up but don't read. I follow more people than are really even active. Do don't let the number deter you.

  4. I have definitely missed your blog posts! I've drastically cut down my twitter time. I deleted 3/4 of the folks I used to follow and have it down to the people I actually talk to and consider real friends. It really can be a time suck. But, you're in my blogroll, so I'll see whenever you post new blogs and I'll do a little happy dance.

  5. Brian,I'm so glad you didn't delete your blog. The toughest posts to write are the ones that come from the heart.Don't worry about including a picture or being funny, when you write from your heart we can see a picture when we read your posts. Keep being you.

  6. I will definitely read your blog! I have enjoyed following your journey and appreciate your honesty about the trials and tribulations of going/being vegan. Contrary to what some will tell you it is not always easy and I admire your willingness to tell it as you see it. Look forward to continuing to read whatever you post and at whatever frequency you post. Hugs!

  7. Just landed on your blog and have enjoyed having a look around. Thanks for the heartfelt post. I found it very very moving.

    I started a blog when I started my vegan "apprenticeship" a year ago, still haven't graduated to 100% vegan 100% of the time. (Don't hate me for being weak - I will get there).

    I can relate to the temptation you describe to chase the numbers. I started to feel that pressure a few months after starting my blog but then I realized I was spending more time on worrying about how to get readership than on how to transition to being vegan. I have a few close friends and family that follow and occasionally comment (often face to face rather than on the blog) and that gives me the support I need to keep on. It has been very encouraging to read this post of yours today to remind me that this is what it is about for me - support on the journey, not blogger "fame". And if I can ever help any one else to move in the vegan direction then I am happy.

    So,... how is your vegan journey going? Hope real life in the real world is going well :)