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Loved reading this wonderful message that was very much written in YOUR voice :D
"With that permission, I was soon roaming around Twitter, commenting on everything. It felt like I was crashing a wedding, engaging with the guests before anyone could tell I wasn’t actually invited." hahaha
I remember when I first started dipping my toes into this world. One of the first things I did was DM you, because I loved your writing and we had stuff in common and you seemed cool. You took the time to hop on a call with me and talk through a lot of the stuff you've discussed here - the reluctance to be on social media, the tension, the fear. Our conversation gave me the information and courage I needed to dive in, and I'm so grateful that I did. This piece is in many ways an essay version of our conversation, one that we will all benefit from by virtue of more people diving into this world.
Thank you for being you, Michelle
Great, encouraging piece, Michelle. Nobody could have written this better than you did. You’re a benchmark for all of us. And -- even for you -- the journey has just begun! I seriously hope this lasts forever. :)
needed this today! been self-concious about my writing and sharing online lately, and this gave me a gentle and kind kick in the butt 🤪 and you DO have good reply game! thanks for writing this and letting us follow along.
It feels so friendly and encouraging reading this piece.
Another gem on a perennial topic while delivered with your distinctive voice.
Thanks for your continued and ongoing support!
My favorite read of the week. And now when I finally get my butt around to creating a Twitter account I know who the first follow will be. Such a fun and informative piece, Michelle!
I think 'feel good self-promotion' should be a new thing! Really like how you framed this and share so openly!
This was great! I've always had a fear of self-promotion, but have found it useful to frame it as if I was giving advice to a friend . If my friend was writing a blog, I would tell them to share it far and wide - because no one will read it if they don't know about it
Your writing on distribution (and other things) is a breath of fresh air!
Reminds me of the conversation we had last week with the group about follower counts and focusing on what really matters. Thanks for putting these thoughts into an essay I can share with others
As someone that is currently in the "screaming into the void" stage, this essay really resonates with me. Thanks for sharing your experiences, it helps us keep plugging away!
Wow Michelle, reading your story of how you actually got started online totally surprised me. You totally give off the 'she knows something we don't' vibe so I loved the part where you couldn't find your DMs on Twitter when you started out.
This is like one of those things you read that humanizes your idol.
What a great reminder that there is another way outside of the Twitter hustle and algorithm dance. You're an inspiration for us all. And I'll gladly join your Substack Pod if you want to
But really where’s the link to that jay shetty episode!?
Great piece Michelle. Already has my wheels turning...
You’re my favourite twitter follow and my favourite kind and authentic person on the internet M 💜 Great essay. Thanks for writing it. Will take your advice more seriously with my new found bandwidth to be a full human again.
I also want to add that you don't have to force yourself into writing a reply that is very deep and life-changing. I learned that the hard way.
On Twitter before, I couldn't reply to most of the posts I wanted to reply to because I had no idea how to write my agreement in a lyrical and deep response. And because of this post, you helped me realized that I can just reply with whatever I want to say and just leave it as that because, in the end, all that matters is conversing and letting out your own thoughts about it.
How did I just get to reading this now??