I’ll Have the Usual

Posted on 27 April 2011

When I find a favorite, I tend to stick with it to the point of insufferable predictability. This one takeout lunch place near my office starts making my order when I walk in the door (noodles with tofu and peanut sauce, by the way). I almost always order the vegan pesto burger at another cafe. And at the restaurant I’m going to later this week? You can safely bet that I’ll have the seasoned rice/bean/vegetable dish.

It’s not that I’m afraid of trying new things. I’ve ordered and enjoyed other meals at each of these places. Sometimes, it works out really well — like the time I ordered a special (spinach and white bean ravioli with truffle sauce) on my birthday instead of my “favorite” meal and almost passed out, it was so good. Or maybe we can chalk that up to the pear martini. The point is, aside from a few exceptions, I’m very loyal to my favorites. When I know that pesto burger is my absolute favorite thing on the menu, why forgo it for something else?

Apparently, I feel the same about social media. In her May/June Poets & Writers article “Social Media for Authors,” Lauren Cerand wrote:

“…I eschew the idea that anyone should be everywhere all the time. I encourage writers to consider what they are already doing, and to focus their efforts there.”

I like that. The thought of trying to be everywhere at all times exhausts me.

I’m thinking about all of this because I finally, finally left the dark ages and signed up for a Twitter account. I did so mostly to keep track of fast-moving publishing news, and at first, the whole thing seemed fun and useful. But before long, and certainly before I gave it a fair shake, I felt overwhelmed and ready to de-tweet myself.

Maybe I can only handle so much social media. I have a Facebook page, but it’s just a personal page and I don’t use it to actively seek new literary-minded friends. Plus, since I don’t currently use my middle name on Facebook and there are a million Laura Walters in the world, I’m probably not very easy to track down unless you went to my high school or were tagged alongside me in some of the photos from the many, many weddings I attended in 2009.

But now I’m on Twitter, or trying to be anyway, and maybe with time I’ll warm up to it. Or even add my middle name to Facebook. Or astonish the good folks who work at the noodle place by ordering something different.

In the meantime, if you do want to find me on Twitter, I’m @LauraMaylene. If you’re a regular commenter on this blog, I might already follow you — when I signed up, I went through most of my RSS feed to see who had Twitter handles. (I didn’t make it to everyone, though — at some point I was overcome with a wave of Twitter-related despair, abandoned my search for friends to follow, and still haven’t resumed the hunt.)

Incidentally, many of the closest people in my life don’t tweet. Maybe that means something about me or how I interact with people or how I create my circle of friends; I don’t know. All I’m certain of is that 1) now that I finally joined the tweeting ranks, Twitter will immediately head the way of MySpace and I’ll have to struggle with whether to bother signing up for The Next New Thing and 2) I’m hungry. Peanut noodles, anyone?

Photo: mhaithaca


10 responses to I’ll Have the Usual

  • Averil says:

    I have to admit, Twitter is not my noodle dish. I set up my account to tweet when I have a new blog post, and that’s about it. Really, everything I do is designed to lure people to my blog, because that’s where I focus my energy. (Publisher’s not happy about that, by the way, but there is only so much in the tank. Speaking of which, I’m supposed to be working right now.)

  • I occasionally satisfy a bit of an urge, but I wouldn’t say I’m twitterly active.

    I steer clear of it primarily because I’m afraid I’ll fall in love. An addictive world, me thinks, if you allow it to be…

  • Deb says:

    I can barely write and put out a blog post. Never mind Twitter. I have friends who seem to do it all – well. Think I’ll have to tap their brains. Until then, I’ll be ordering blintzes with farm cheese and blueberries for breakfast.

  • Lyra says:

    Laura,
    You and I are cut from the same mold. When I find a dish I love, I stick to it. Every time.
    That being said your “wave of Twitter-related despair” is why I don’t have a twitter account. I’ve gotten almost superstitious about how much I can put myself out there without it eating into a crucial part of me, the creative part.
    The blogging, I think, is helping me in ways I had no idea it could, the friendships alone, and I love it for that. But just the idea of twitter…okay, seriously, look at the length of this comment. 140 characters is what I need to formulate where I’m going without even beginning to get there…

  • lisahgolden says:

    There’s a definite addictive quality to Twitter because it’s so fast moving. I’ve learned to open that window only when I have time to burn. Okay, “to burn” is highly subjective. It’s more fun on days like yesterday with the bitch slapping between our President and The Donald because I follow a lot of of really funny, erudite political folks. But I have to use it in small doses.

    I follow you and you’ll see that my tweeting is very intermittent. Just like everything else I do lately.

    And I understand on the dishes. Everytime we pull up to a Dairy Queen Drive-thru I think “I’m going to try something new” and every time we drive away, I’m clutching a small M&M blizzard with chocolate sauce.

  • Downith says:

    Blogging is addictive enough. I’m afraid to open the twitter door.

    • Teri says:

      You got that right, Downith.

      Laura, I’m afraid of ‘social media’…. It’s truly a misnomer. My husband works in high tech, so he spends his evenings telling me horror stories about our lack of privacy, tracking by our devices, and explaining how everything is stored for all eternity. I’m terrified of Twitter, and I only have a Facebook account so I can spy on my extended family and keep up with who’s mad at, or not speaking to, whom.

      Aside from my blog, I’m not in the game at all.

      • Teri, you reminded me that there was a reason I never bothered with a Twitter account before. I still feel uneasy about it, like I’ve somehow sold out to join a 140-character conversation. Hmm.

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