For a long time I have wondered how I could better automate a twitter list (Authors-Engaged-Online
) I created out of one of my most popular blog posts: Chatting with Hemingway in your study
. This post explains why I created the list. A while back I created a paper.li
that pulled from that list and also sent out a message promoting the top story from that list (I am still not sure how it picked a top story). Some people love it and I am glad it added value to your day. Some people hated it.I realized something when I sat down today to dig into some ideas of how to better automate what my favorite authors say . The number of Authors that actually do engage with their readers on twitter or any place for that matter is very small. It really is a great resource. Why then should it be automated? If it is as valuable as I think it is then I should be the one picking the top story posted from that list. I should be the first one who drinks from the well.
Some things just should not be automated. So here is what I plan to do. I will be pulling something everyday from that list (it may include something I found from them on Google Plus, their blog, Facebook or any other site they frequent, (or even their books!). It will supplement instead of replace one of my regular blog slots on each day. I will try to write a short summary of why what they posted is being highlighted.
So there you have it. Instead of automating the list I have moved it up into something I touch everyday. Why? Because I think it is that valuable! I think you will too.