A funny thing happened on the way to web stardom

3 07 2009

Tomorrow, it’ll be 300 days since I signed up for Twitter.

Since then, I’ve launched two blogs, been picked up everywhere from the Atlantic to Huffington Post to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, met some amazingly talented people, garnered more Twitter followers than the entire population of Hot Springs, South Dakota, got sued, got even, and moved 3,000 miles to take a job that’s largely focused on new media strategy. It’s been an incredible ride, and my head still hasn’t stopped spinning.

But in my new role as a “respectable adult” I’m under some obligations that don’t allow me to speak as freely as I’m used to, particularly when it comes to my twin passions of profanity and politics. I completely understand the reasoning behind these restrictions, and I’d respect them even if I didn’t as I am not especially keen to get myself fired and/or sued (again). But watered-down me is not me, and if I can’t tell Meghan McCain to eat an economy-sized bag of dicks in front of everyone on Twitter, I’m not sure why I’d want to tweet at all.

So I’m going to step back, drink heavily, take a week or so to think about the relationship between authenticity and new media success and consider where I want to go from here.

I’d love to hear what you all think. Send me an @ reply or DM or leave a comment below.

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3 responses

4 07 2009
Lynde

I don’t know what an “@reply” or DM is, so I’ll leave a comment. I’ve been lurking on your blogs all year, gasping aloud while internally relishing the outrageousness. It’s juicy, and I love juicy. But I don’t live off it; nobody does. There comes a point in life where the respect of a few starts to mean more to you than the attention of many. I’ve been there. At first you feel like a loser for abandoning your “principles,” but then you realize that those principles never really had your back. When the shit hits the fan, those few people whose respect you’ve earned will keep you from getting buried, and it will be worth more to you than all the adoration of all the juicy political gossip sluts on the Internet.

19 07 2009
Aimee

I followed you on Twitter. Realized today that you had gone silent, seemingly, and looked into it. No page.

I’m sorry to see you go, but understand your dilemma. If you do start tweeting again, please let your adoring public know.

24 07 2009
kristentsetsi

This sucks! I JUST started following you, JUST found your blog, JUST added your blog to my blog roll. You’re going to have to do what you have to do, but I fully understand what you mean about “watered-down you” not being YOU. My blog entries range anywhere from Pure as a Librarian in the Children’s Section to Boring as an Accounting Professor – all in the interest of maintaining what I guess is a semblance of professionalism.

Any chance you can quit twitter, but keep the blog??

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