Since the election ended, I have had more time on my hands. Yes, that is the understatement of the year. How does someone like me fill up about 20-40 extra hours a week? I pay more attention to Duranland, including the Twitter-verse. In many ways, I have enjoyed this because I like to talk to people or to see what others are thinking and talking about. As part of my more frequent observations of twitter, I have noticed a bit of a pattern. This pattern, which probably won’t shock any of you, is that people tweet to John and Simon. I realize that isn’t new. Of course, it isn’t. What I noticed this time, though, that I somehow missed before is that people tweet to them ALL the time, even when they aren’t on and haven’t been on. Sometimes, the tweets will be repeats from previous tweets that was sent. Other times, they will be tweets that people think would be interesting to one or both of them. None of that would be that terribly noticeable to me but I couldn’t help but to notice the sheer volume or number of tweets. In many cases, these tweets would be from the same people, too. My timeline would be filled with them so I cannot imagine what it must be like to go on to Twitter if you are John or Simon. As I noticed this, I obviously realized that I didn’t do this and wondered what they said about me.
I don’t tweet very much to John, Simon, Dom or even Duran’s twitter. Now, I won’t say that I never have because I have. I do it in two certain circumstances, generally. I either do it when they are on and I have a burning desire to respond to something one of them (usually John says) or when some event is happening. For example, I’m sure that I tweeted to John when his book came out and I finished reading it. I also tweeted before the signing/book talk in Chicago. Basically, I tweet when and only when I really have something to say. I don’t try to find a reason to say something. If I have something to say, I say it and I say it only once. Now, I’m not criticizing the people who do tweet to them all the time or say the same thing more than once. I understand why they do it. I even wonder if I should follow in their footsteps. I don’t know. That is what I’m trying to figure out by this blog post.
It seems to me that the people (fans) who tweet to the band members do it to get a connection with the band member or to get the band member’s attention. (If I’m wrong, please, let me know. I’m just guessing here.) I can’t fault them for that. After all, don’t we all want a connection or be noticed by a band member, especially a band member of choice? I’m sure the idea here is that the more you tweet, the more likely the band member would see the tweet(s) and feel compelled to respond. I get that. Maybe they are on to something with this idea, too. As I have already stated, I don’t tweet to them very much at all. I also don’t ever get responses from them. Heck, the couple of times that John responded to a tweet from the Daily Duranie, he responded to tweets that Rhonda had typed. Would I love, love, love to get a tweet from John? Are you kidding? Of course, I would. Who wouldn’t? I do notice that many of these people who tweet to John or Simon do get responses. I have no doubt that some of those fans are the ones John even referred to in his book. So, why don’t I follow in their footsteps?
First of all, I won’t lie. I’m not great with social interactions to begin with. I can observe until the cows come home but actually going and being social isn’t very natural with me. Could that be part of it? I’m sure but I don’t think it is the only thing. Second, sometimes, I think I’m not a very good fan. Why? I don’t feel very comfortable doing many fan like things. For example, I wouldn’t approach any of them if/when I see them in public unless I totally knew it was okay. Why? Simple. If I was them, I wouldn’t want to be approached by fans all the time. I would want to be allowed to go into public without feeling like I was “working”. For me, it is a respect thing. I’m sure that many of you are saying that twitter isn’t the same. That’s true. It isn’t. Yet, I do have to wonder what it is like to get so many tweets at you. Is it flattering? Annoying? A bit of both? I guess there is a part of me that would be worried that it would be annoying to them, which is part of the reason I don’t do it much. I would hate for them to see my “name” and think “annoying”. Of course, if I’m really being honest, maybe I don’t think my tweets would be interesting to them. Maybe, they would think they are stupid. Again, I wouldn’t want them to think badly of me. I’m sure that some of you are thinking to yourself that this seems particularly stupid since I blog about what I think. Yes, that’s true, but the band doesn’t know about it and wouldn’t read a FAN blog. Lastly, and perhaps, most significant for me is that I’m not friends with John or Simon. I don’t have a connection with them (as much as I would like to). I’m a fan of theirs. They have no idea who I am. Heck, even if we were friends (yeah…dreams are free) or had some sort of association, I wouldn’t tweet to them all the time. I don’t do that with my friends or associates now. It feels unnatural for me to attempt to do that with them. *shrugs*
So where does this leave me? It leaves me tweetless, that’s where. It leaves me continuing to have a battle with myself. Am I approaching this the right way or should I try to be more like others? What do I gain if I do? What do I lose? How do you approach twitter with the band members and why? Do you think I’m approaching it the wrong way?