I should start by saying this post is not entirely travel related. Although, I have a feeling I can find some connection. My sister and I discussed twitter that other day. I know. We are nerds. Not to make her or I sound pathetic but she turned to me and said, “Twitter can be hurtful.”
This morning I woke up to notice a few people who had started following me, whom I followed in return, hit the dreaded de-follow button at some point. Now I wouldn’t care if they de-followed me after I initiated the follow, but what is so transparent is they were merely trying to get followers and not have to follow anyone in return.
My sister, Laura Guese, is an artist and a successful one at that. She receives critical acclaim on a daily basis. Her work has appeared so many places I have lost count. We started talking about the difference between the art community and the travel writing community. As a whole, we came to this conclusion. The art community does not tend to support one another, whereas the travel community does. Most are jealous of an artist’s success. There may be those few that will RT an opening of another artist here and there, but for the most part it is a cold canvas world.
The travel writing community, on the other hand, is quite supportive. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to get comments from other travel writers, or to get those RTs (Re-Tweets) on articles I worked hard on and enjoy sharing. I also love doing the same in return. Finding new writers to read and reading about places I have never been is something I think twitter does a great job towards connecting people. If a person dealing with travel follows me on twitter, I follow them back. If you are a travel writer reading this and I didn’t follow you, please comment. You slipped through the twitter cracks. I will follow you, not to sound cheesy.
I have noticed those travel writers that I will follow, up and coming ones, not even head honchos, that do not follow me back. Here comes the twitter burn. I don’t get it. If you are trying to advance your travel writing career, why would you not follow back every travel writer that follows you? You never know who will RT your prized blog post and give you additional readers. Same thing goes for the art community. If you show a little kindness to another artist, who knows how that will domino.
I guess it could just be forgetfulness. Not everyone notices how many people follow them regularly or who they may be. However, I have noticed this with younger travel writers, perhaps thinking already they are too good to follow back another young travel writer. These writers are handicapping themselves and doing so with their noses in the air.
For the most part, this profession is still extremely open, and I am grateful for the fact. Some of the biggest names in travel writing have followed me back and I think that says a great deal. They are successful because they are open to new writers, because they know that that new follower means one more reader.
Well this is my twitter sob story. I apologize to those of you who came here today looking for a travel piece. Sometimes that redheaded temper gets the best of me and I just have to rant.
Main twitter image provided by alfaresy.