My first experience of being tweeted about.

I’ve been blogging for just under a year now, and will be carrying on for another.  I will endeavour to keep it e-learning related a fair bit of the time, although it may well stray off the subject on occasions.  In all honesty there’s not been a lot of e-learning going on in my life over the summer, folks.   On a few occasions over the past year I’ve sent the link to my blog to friends if I’ve posted about something I thought they might be interested in, and then got terribly excited when the ‘Stats’ section showed I’d got (comparatively) lots of hits.   “You must get out more, Rosie”, I hear my lone reader saying gently to their computer screen.

A few weeks back I had my first experience of being tweeted about.  I’m not on Twitter and as yet I’m not persuaded I want to be.  The first time I logged on to it, some months ago, the laptop I was on instantaneously caught a virus which resulted in a £40 trip to the local Computer Doctor.  However, at the end of August I went to the Greenbelt Festival and had a great time, then wrote a poem, ‘If heaven (2)’, in response to having been there.  I sent it to a few friends who had also been there, and one of them, media gal and writer Jo Ind (formerly a journalist on the Birmingham Post), tweeted it about the place.  Now, as Jo is apparently an ‘influential’ tweeter, as Topsy tells me, this meant my poem got sent to lots of people and they forwarded it on to other folks and it ended up back on the Greenbelt Blog.  I was delighted that the poem seemed to be enjoyed by people, and the buzz of it all was fun for my five minutes of fame.

I tend to think that (some) poets are often still quite suspicious of the flickering unstable screen of the web.  When the poem was first put up on Jo Ind’s blog some of the line breaks were wrong, so it wasn’t presented correctly.  Jo corrected this straightaway when I pointed it out, but I fully understand the nervousness of poets at having their poems misrepresented or just not copied correctly on the internet. And to put something up on the web is of course to publish it.  The paradox of this in relation to poetry is that a poem on the internet has far more likelihood of reaching a wider audience/readership than if it is published in many a slim volume…

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