John Grogan - The Longest Trip Home


Call Me a Twitter Head

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Many months ago, I signed up for Facebook, mostly because so many of my journalist friends and former colleagues were on there. I quickly reconnected with my old work pals from both South Florida and Philadelphia, and even a few from my days as editor of Organic Gardening. Then slowly old high school and college friends found me, and they joined the circle of chatter. And eventually readers of Marley & Me and The Longest Trip Home came to the circle, too.

Now I've made the leap to "that other" social networking site: Twitter. I've always had a bit of a prejudice against Twitter. I think it was the name. It just sounded like a forum for twits. And the rule restricting all messages to no more than 140 characters seemed like an artificial conceit. But more and more people -- people whose opinions I respect -- were telling me how smitten they were by it, and how connected it made them feel. They said the forced brevity equated to a refreshing rarity in today's world of bloated blogs and online blather: succinctness. Haiku for the masses. One of the Twitter converted was my agent, Laurie Abkemeier, who twitters regularly, often about the business of books and publishing. She suggested I at least check it out. And so I did, and now I'm officially a Twit in Training. I'm still getting used to the social conventions on the site and to writing in abbreviated bursts. ("Rain but no raincoat. Wet walk with wet dogs. Where is the sun?") But it's fun and interesting and an utter time sponge.

If you want to join me on either site, I'd love your company. The more the merrier. (and search for me by name)

See you there -- and of course, here.

posted by John Grogan at 8:08 PM


Blogger Shorty said...

In today's technological world it's so hard not to be converted. I too joined Twitter not long ago. See you in cyberspace!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I am hoping to find from financial help for a one year old golden retriever who lives in Ca.He has a fractured hip and has been confined to a crate since early May. His name is Rootbeer and his parents do not have the 3K required for surgery. On (a social network also, for doggies) set up a "chip in" campaign for him but as of today only have $810. Our hearts are breaking for this poor one year old. Can we get some help for him? You can contact me and I'll get the name of the vet/animal hospital. I think it's a teaching hospital and they will pick up whatever over 3K it takes. Please help!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Lindalou said...

I'm been avoiding the "twit", but have been discussing it with friends and collegues as of late. Might have to join the ranks, just not sure yet.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

ahhh, you've been sucked in! I'm a rebel, no facebook or twitter here. I do blog though. I'll have to study on this plague of bloated blogs and online blather to make sure I don't fall into that category. I personally think that my blog is interesting, if only to me. :)

6:59 PM  
Blogger Gi said...

Hi John! It has been a while since the last time I read your blog... The last time was on the post of your mom's birthday, but I didn't leave a comment because of my short time. Anyway, then I came in and read about twitter - I don't have one, but there's so many people that I would like to follow that I'm thinking about creating one for myself! And I'm certainly gonna start reading yours! I guess it will be weird at first to read just a couple of lines from you... Anyway... then after reading the first post I saw the one about Avett Brothers! Dear Lord, John, you may not believe but ever since I read your post talking about them I downloaded a few songs to check it out and I just loved! Unfortunally here in Brazil is a little hard to find CD's from certain artists, but I could find a lot of material and I'm addicted! They are so great! And it's all thanks to your tip! I'm always listening to the Avett Brothers, at work, at college, while I'm driving... and everybody says "Oh, cool band, how did you find it?" and I say "Oh, John Grogan gave me that tip" lol good to hear that you went to their show! I hope that some day I'll have that opportunite too! ;) Thanks for presenting me to that amazing band! Oh, one other thing that I wanted to mention is that just the other day I was looking for a book. Any book that could capture my heart just for reading the back cover. A book to read that once I started reading I could just not drop it. I book that I could relate to and I could "live" the book. That could make me laught and cry and fear and cheer. Could not find it! And my first tought was "Oh how badly I want John Grogan to publish another book...". Of course I will find a great book the next time I drop by a book store, I just have to take a better look... but I want so much to hear news about a new book...
Well, see ya on twitter!
Kind regards,
Giovana - SP - Brazil

3:31 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Hi John,

I tried twitter for s bit and thought it was ridiculous, but that's probably because I didn't have anyone to read what I wrote... :)

So how does it feel being the spokesperson for Labs everywhere? ;) We just got a new lab puppy named Harley (just a coincidence, he's named Harley Doggidson) and he is the cutest puppy in the world. Now if I could only get him to stop chewing my toes when they hang over the bed... :)


10:38 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Tried to find you on Facebook, but there seems to be quite a few people with your name, and/or posing as you. Trying to find the real you but to no avail.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Grits the Dog said...

Hi John,
I just began blogging about my dog Grits, started an etsy shop and joined facebook recently. I guess twitter is inevitable...
One positive of the economic slowdown is that it's given me more free time to enjoy creative endeavors.
I'd be thrilled if you had time to comment on one of my entries!

9:18 AM  
Blogger renata said...

Your book is relly great, because of the theme ,because of the way you write (you're a great writer), but teh best thing of "Marley and me" is the bound you made to that dog..I have had already listened Incondicional love of dogs to humans, but NEVER of humans to dogs.. This is the most astonishing thing of your book..
I'm thankefull to you, but i never had thought to leave a message..
Today I lost my Rotweiller and I decide it was the moment to tell how that book changed my life..
Good luck to all of us..
Renata- Brazil

7:38 AM  

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