Monday, January 17, 2011

I am Twitterpated

For those of you who have seen Disney's classic matricide film, Bambi -- I know people who haven't -- we all remember the scene where Spring is in bloom and the owl talks about how everyone is "twitterpated."

"For example, you're walkin' along, minding your own business. You're neither looking to the left, or to the right. Then all of the sudden, you walk smack into a pretty face! Woowoo!" ~Owl from Bambi

This described my first relationship with Twitter. I always thought it was strange that people would give a random internet audience updates on their daily lives. It's like asking for e-stalkers. Then I read that it was actually a good way to...get ready for this...connect with people! So, I decided to give it a try. At first it was okay, I minded my business, followed a few of my friends. I had a few freak-outs over Glee episodes, informed people about my blog, and everything was swell. Then smack into the pretty face, I found people whose blogs I follow and followed them. I commented on their tweets, they commented on mine. Woowoo! It was a mystifying experience, really.

"You begin to get weak in the knees. Your head's in a whirl! And then you feel liiiiight as a feather and before you know it, you're walkin' on air." ~Owl from Bambi

I continue to tweet myself and reply, and retweet anything I find interesting. Then strangely enough, people continue to follow me. I even get a few direct messages. I check it on a once-daily basis, read a few more tips about how exactly to twitter well, then just decide to go with it. If this is what "e-stalkers" do, then I like connecting with other people's life updates.

"And then y'know what? You're knocked for a loop! And you completely lose your head!" ~ Owl from Bambi

The more fellow writers I follow, and helpful bloggers and everything, the more resources I'm finding. It was just like when I first started blogging and found so many wonderful people through that avenue. Not only has Twitter helped me feel encouraged as a writer, but it's also shown me some good tips to improving my craft.

"And that ain't all...It can happen to anybody. So you'd better be caaareful. It can happen to you, and you and...yes, it can even happen to you." ~Owl from Bambi

So, if you aren't on Twitter at the moment, I would love for you to join me in being twitterpated for Twitter. I'm BETartaglia if you feel like following me, and even if you don't, feel free to leave your name in the comments so I can e-stalk you in your writerly, interpreterly, regular personly journeys.

If you are already tweeting away, what's your experience with the site been like? Am I still riding the beginning high of the relationship or does it just get better from here?


  1. B.E.T.

    I loved the quotes you put in from Bambi! Its been a long time since i have seen that one. Thanks for the smile.

    Twitter- I'm not fond of it. I tried it out a while back, but I guess i have to be able to do something with it in order to like, and well I just shrugged my shoulders and played with blogger and facebook instead. I'm glad you like it though!

  2. It's very easy to get addicted to it isn't it *grin* I love being able to have fandom chats with people anywhere in the world!

    The Arrival, on Amazon NOW!

  3. I tried it a while back. It's on my "to do" list. Glad you're liking it!

  4. Twitter is fun, but can easily become a distraction. I like it though because there's loads of information and links and, of course, people!