This sign by Wordbilly sort of sums up my feelings today.  My shop's site has had some sort of weird bug (like its mama) and decided to get all wonky on me, no photos have been showing up.  We have been behind the scenes for nearly a day trying to figure out what in the world I did to it, what in the world could be wrong. Honestly, I did nothing but my Coder seems to believe otherwise; I can read into emails like nobody's business, you?  I see that his 'let's try this or that' actually is a trap to see if I haven't already tried 'this or that' on my lonesome. I am a doer after all so it would make sense that I would try something, but I am terrified of repercussions of fiddling with my sites, that's why this here blog still does not have a simple subscribe feature. One day.  I found Wordbilly above via Twitter's Tweet Deck (I downloaded yesterday).  I mentioned earlier this week I am not much of a Tweeter (is that even the proper verbiage?) but Meagan Camp (you must visit) gave me the sweet advice of being more Twitter active for my little shop, she obviously does not know how absolutely boring I am. So, on this Friday morn I am going to ask all of you about this Twitter thing and see if you can give me any tips + tricks, links to figure it out.  I feel like I am in the vortex of cacophony and I don't want to get sucked in and feel like I am just adding to the noise and not adding to the conversation, if that's what it is-- a conversation. It seems like people are just photographing their breakfast a lot, but please help me see the light.  With much appreciation.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family (August 10, 2012 at 12:52 PM)  

I adore Meagan, and you! I see my package is on it's way! <3

Kathy Campbell (August 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM)  

First off, what is going on with your store? Want me to take a look to see about helping?

Secondly. Twitter. It's a great place to connect with other people in your network. Not necessarily for getting new business so much as connecting with people currently in your network. It's a great way to share in the moment items and direct people to interesting things on your blog or to others.

When breaking down the three major social network bits (Twitter, Facebook and blog) I use this to help describe:

Twitter: RIGHT THIS MOMENT things happening, because 2 minutes later it's gone and passed. Not for important information.

Facebook: RIGHT THIS WEEK. Also, great for re-networking and connecting instantly with clients and people in your market as well as your vendors. Also great for connecting with friends of friends since you can tag them and their friends see notifications.

Blog: This is where your information will be read more than just from the past week. People will go to a blog and read more posts. They can search easier and find things that interest them.

Miss B. (August 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM)  

Thank you Lynne, she IS awesome thank you for heads up;) Kathy, it was something to do with the Hosting company they fixed it, so you see I didn't do anything, yea! I love the easy breakdown for this internet dolt, thank you!

Susan (August 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM)  

Haha, love this sign. Twitter has been so amazing for my business...seriously. The best free marketing tool there is. I do try and tweet with substance 90% of the time, but sure, sometimes it's breakfast. ;)

Naomi Shiek (August 13, 2012 at 1:44 AM)  

That's my catch phrase during art school. But with a russian inflection, don't know why (not Russian). It did amuse everyone, though. Sometimes you just gotta scream out your frustrations:)

Rachel (August 13, 2012 at 11:37 AM)  

I use Twitter extremely selectively. As in, I follow fewer than 20 people almost all of whom I was previously having email exchanges with and I don't plan for that to change. I think of it as a conversation that happens all day, I can contribute or not, as time permits.

Good luck with the site headaches!

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