Draft Jokes on Twitter, Finish Them Also On Twitter

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People always want to know how I’m so productive. Well, at least one person has once wanted to know that. It’s really hard to put a finger on it, especially because productivity isn’t a tangible thing that anyone could actually touch (once again, this column gets into the Mind-Body Problem). But here’s my biggest productivity-hack: Twitter.

While many think of Twitter as a cesspool of hate and wasted time, I prefer to think of it as a place to draft my jokes. I spend a lot of time (about 41 seconds) tinkering with the wording on my tweets before I write them. Then, I put them out to the world and wait to see if they go viral, which they never do but I still believe could happen on any given tweet, including the one I wrote yesterday that just said, “ugh I’m tired”.

How does this benefit me as a writer, you ask? Well, Twitter is a place to write short jokes in less than 240 characters and get an immediate reaction on them. I could use my followers’ feedback to figure out which jokes could be turned into longer articles, stand up bits, monologue jokes in a writing packet, or sketch ideas. I could A/B test the wording of two different jokes to see which is more understandable. I could check in on which concepts are offensive and immediately lose me 12 followers. I could do many, many things to make Twitter useful to me. The fact that I choose to do none of them doesn’t make Twitter any less effective as a tool.

I personally start my jokes on Twitter, and then, when I’ve figured out whether they’re funny, I just kinda leave them on Twitter. Honestly, it would make me really self-conscious to read a joke out loud from Twitter at an open mic when all (3) of the comics already saw it on my Twitter. I’d prefer to just tell a joke that every single comic in the room has heard me say 17 times because I’m an original. And if I never tell a joke at an open mic, it’ll obviously never make it on stage at a show, so all my jokes basically begin and end with Twitter.

So, in conclusion, Twitter is a really powerful writing tool, especially if your end goal is just to leave your jokes on Twitter and do nothing with them. I can’t applaud it enough! Follow me @ginnyhogan_.

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