How much is a tweet worth to me? In 2014, I’ll find out

It’s hard to believe that 2013 has come and gone already. It seems like it was just yesterday I was writing a post like this one for 2013. But alas, another year has come and gone, so it’s time to set my sights on the future and decide on what I should better myself with.

First though, here’s a look at how I did in what I set out to do in 2013.

Get out of debt
OK, that one didn’t go quite as I hoped (getting married will do that to ya!), but my husband and I are on a good place to do that this year (and a little more if I stick to one of my 2014 resolutions below!).

Run 750K this year
OK, that didn’t happen either. BUT I did start cycling to and from work this summer, and cycled a total of 1522 kilometers in three months and a bit. Running-wise, I clocked in at 129.44 kilometres, and ran my first 10K. A personal achievement. So I say check here.

Read 100 books
OK, I know, it was ambitious. But that included Baby-Sitters Club books, so I had to have a high number. I actually read 64, and think I would have hit 100 if I had the energy (and time!) to keep up with my BSC Bloggin’ project (which I plan on getting back into, honest!).

So on to 2014! Here’s what I hope to accomplish this year

Spend less time online frivolously. That’s it.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I tweet an awful lot (and if you don’t follow me on Twitter, what are you waiting for?). I didn’t realize how much I tweeted until last week, when my husband asked if I noticed I had recently surpassed 48,000 tweets.

I did some math, and in the six years I’ve been on Twitter, that works out to an average of 600 tweets a month. Which a Twitter follower of mine worked out to mean I tweet one and a quarter tweets every waking hour. That’s a lotta tweets.

So on our way to the U.S. for New Year’s my husband wondered what a tweet was worth to me. How much would I be willing to pay to tweet?

I had already decided that one of my goals for 2014 was going to be to save money, so why not save money AND tweet a tad less.

I was still working out the “rules” for my resolution, when I came across an article in the New York Times entitled For 2014, Tweet Less, Read More. Since I’m always challenging myself to read a certain amount of books per year, this article interested me. But this interested me even more so:

It feels at times as if contemplation has given way to expectoration, with speed overtaking sense and nuance exiting the equation. And I’m talking about more than the rising count of reputations forfeited and careers dashed in 140 characters or fewer, of crackups like that of a prominent New York publicist who recently tweeted what she apparently meant to be a joke about not having to worry about AIDS in Africa because she’s white.

Bruni goes on to say that people who read more fiction tend to be more empathetic than their peers, and goes on to hypothesize it also likely contributes to a “coolheadedness, maybe even open-mindedness, definitely deliberation.

“It doesn’t just yank you outside of yourself, making you consider other viewpoints without allowing for the incessant interjection and exaltation of your own. It slackens the pace. Forces a pause.”

Sold.

So here is my big 2014 resolution: I will tweet less, and read more. I will put my money where my thumbs are. Each month, I will get an allowance of 140 tweets. Those are freebies. Anything over that, and a quarter goes into a jar.

As for reading? I vow to read 75 books this year. I will take at least an hour at the end of each day where it’s just for me. I won’t be online, or watching TV. I’ll be reading a book, or writing, or just sitting by myself with my own company.

As of the publication of this post, I’ve tweeted 46 tweets this month (and it’s only the fourth!), which means I have just under 100 more to go.

I’ll keep you all posted on how this “project” of mine goes. Each month, I’ll post how much money I put aside because I couldn’t keep my thoughts to myself, and tweeted. I’ll also be chronicling the books I read over on my Goodreads page, if you’re interested in trading recommendations.

What are your resolutions for 2014?

  • http://hellomelissa.net melissa

    Good luck! Sounds like a win-win challenge all around. I just sent you a friend request on Goodreads. I want to read more this year too.