A Full-Time Job, a Wife, a Kid and Dial-up Internet: How to Keep up with the ‘Big Boys and Girls’ on Twitter

by Dayne Shuda (@DayneShuda

It’s easy to assume you’re behind the ball if this situation describes you.

In fact, we can all come up with tons of excuses as the reason why we can’t do something on the Web such as becoming a Twitter Superstar like @Scobleizer and @kevinrose and @problogger.

The truth is Twitter is all about creating quality relationships that add value to you, your business, and most importantly to those people you engage with.

An opportunist would see the above situation as a way to endear oneself to the Twitter community.

Speaking directly to the above situation, it’s likely there are other Twitter users who currently have a dial-up Internet connection. There is a better chance that more or even all of us at one time remember using a dial-up connection.

It’s something people can relate to. And when people relate to you and your situation, you are able to show your soul and engage users.

There are many articles on this site and others that describe the benefits of Twitter.

Here are three situations that on the surface may seem difficult, but can really be used as an opportunity to take advantage of Twitter and use its influence to grow your personal brand, your personal or business blog, and your business.

My hope is for those of you can relate to these situations directly; you’ll be able to see past your false restrictions and start to really benefit from Twitter.

If you don’t directly relate to these situations I hope you can at the least be inspired to look at your own situation and find ways to turn your current restrictions into great opportunities.

“I have a family and dial-up Internet.”

As I mentioned above, you’re not the first person to have a family and/or have dial-up Internet. In fact it’s likely you’re still not alone in this circumstance.

What does this mean?

You have the unique opportunity to reach out to those with similar circumstances to your own.

No matter if your blog covers hunting, sewing, personal development, yoga, blogging, etc. you can use your unique situation as inspiration to fuel your blog posts and your Twitter contributions.

Think of ways you have or can work around your time consuming life. Maybe you’ve come up with a unique time management trick to split your time between family and blogging. Maybe this trick would help those who operate small businesses.

Use your wife and kids to inspire your blogging and Twitter use.

Maybe your kid said something funny or even profound.

Share it on Twitter.

It’s likely that others will find this experience interesting and find it valuable.

An interesting thing your child says could be fuel for a possible retweet.

Retweets spread and as a result, others follow you.

The more quality followers you have the better the chance is that more people will click on the link to your blog from your Twitter account.

“I have another Full-Time job besides blogging and Twitter.”

Having another full-time job is common among bloggers. It’s rare for a blogger to be able to make blogging their livelihood. Just look at Darren’s poll on blogging income.

Again, because you aren’t alone in this situation you can use it to your advantage.

If you’re employer allows, use Twitter as a way to describe successes at your day job.

Share things from your job experience that give insight into the world of what you do.

People will find this valuable.

If you’re a full-time accountant, share some quick tips on Twitter that may help others with their accounting needs. Share resources that may add value to others for their accounting situations.

Your full-time job is where your expertise is. Use Twitter as a way to share your expertise with others.

For those with full-time jobs and a personal blog or business blog on the side, Twitter is a great medium of exchange for ideas.

Twitter Search is a great way to get ideas for blog posts. Search for questions in your niche. Answering questions is a great way to create amazing and valuable content for your blog posts.

Use the questions of others’ as a way to add value to their lives and watch your status on Twitter grow even while you’re at your day job.

“My niche isn’t ready for Twitter.”

I love hunting and I’m in the business of hunting on the Web.

I admit that at first I thought, “What hunters are going to be using Twitter?”

It didn’t seem like a logical relationship for hunters to be using Twitter.

However, when I started searching Twitter I soon realized that there was a nice little group of hunters on Twitter.

And better yet, it was a great way to connect with others hunters.

I don’t claim to be a pioneer in the Twitter Hunting Community, but I think I’ve joined the growing the number of hunters using Twitter.

Twitter has been a great way to share information and resources that have added value to my life as a hunter. I try to add value to hunters that follow me.

And to be honest, Twitter has been a tremendous source of traffic for my hunting blog.

So if you do think your niche is not represented on Twitter, go and do some searching and you will probably be pleasantly surprised at the number of new people you’ll meet and connect with in your niche.

If you truly find that there is a low representation of your niche then congratulations!

If you are ready you have the opportunity to be the pioneer on Twitter for your niche.

As your niche catches up to you on Twitter, you’ll be seen as a leader.


Even if you think you have restrictions there are ways to use Twitter as a way to improve yourself and your business.

As all great entrepreneurs do, use your weaknesses and setbacks as advantages and opportunities.

Twitter is a great way to make meaningful connections and your potential restrictions are great ways to foster valuable connections. Your restrictions are ways to relate to others and form lasting bonds that will be beneficial for you, for them, and hopefully for your business.

Turn your restrictions into opportunity and that’s how you’ll become a “Big Boy or Girl” on Twitter.

What current restrictions do you currently have that you can turn into opportunities on Twitter?


  • February 4, 2009

    Lovely post, worth reading :-)
    Am following you.

  • February 4, 2009

    Great post. It has given me a whole new perspective on what I should be aiming for on Twitter (and in general with my online presence). Thank you!

  • February 4, 2009

    Great post. I liked your tips very much

  • February 4, 2009

    Hello Dayne, Gret advise that extends beyond just twitter. Using your family for inspiration is a great source of continued insight. It can help your family grow closer, continue your personal growth and can be just down right fun. Thanks for the article @glulife on twitter. I am following you also.

  • February 4, 2009

    @Farrhad – I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

    @Rahul – I’m happy the tips were beneficial.

    Any questions or additions to the post are welcome. Further discussion is always encouraged.

  • February 4, 2009

    You’re right, excuses abound. Just get out there and do it!

  • February 4, 2009

    Great post on how to make lemon aid out of lemons. We all can contribute as long as its quality content and you are willing to be a trust agent (Chris Brogan) for you niche.

    The nicher the better on the net . I love to work with clients that have a true niche business and take them to a national level using internet marketing and social media.

  • February 4, 2009

    Excellent post. Your thoughts were very informative and inspiring – showing us that anyone can become a respected blogger. I especially enjoyed your thoughts regarding Twitter and small niches. Why not be one of the first – and grow with the community?

    Thank you,
    Smart Boy

  • February 4, 2009

    Thanks for the post Dayne!
    These articles are making want to integrate Twitter more and more into my sites.

  • February 4, 2009

    This is exactly my position at my job. I created a new niche blog that relates to it and hopefully I will gain more traction on this problem of keeping up with the big dogs.

  • February 4, 2009

    Thanks Smart Boy – I’ve always admired people who come across a new technology such as Twitter and work to become pioneers in their area of expertise. It’s a great way to show yourself as a leader in your industry.

  • February 4, 2009

    Great set of tips once agian. Finding your Niche is great for “tweeting” — and groups get way to interact.

  • February 4, 2009

    @Ben – Best of luck!

    @GluLife – Great points. The Web is a great way to enhance connections and relationships. Twitter would be a wonderful way for families to grow closer.

    @Cory – Right on Cory!

    @John – Great point. It’s all about quality content and a willingness to succeed and grow.

    @Chris – I wish you luck! That is a great idea.

    @Rowell – Good luck! I’ll be rooting for you. Great content on your blog as well.

    @Cristhian – Very true!

  • February 4, 2009

    Nice read -> “Twitter is a great medium of exchange for ideas.”
    And i agree with @cbedon “and groups get way to interact”

  • February 5, 2009

    I hunt and tweet from the woods. Lots of hunters on twitter!

  • February 5, 2009

    @Pierro – Glad you enjoyed it!

    @Todd – Tweeting from the woods? That’s awesome!

  • February 6, 2009

    Finding a niche and focusing on it can be a good way to build a strong and loyal following. Even if you don’t believe your niche is ready for twitter and blogging – you may be surprised. Use it as an opportunity to MAKE THEM ready for twitter – be a trailblazer and start a blog and twitter account devoted to the niche!

  • February 7, 2009

    Good pots, i have to find a good niche.

  • March 24, 2009

    Thanks for this post—
    I enjoy blogging, and there have been fellow bloggers that have started to use Twitter-
    – So, is Twitter just a faster and more global connection like Facebook?
    I have only been on Facebook for a while– but I use it manly to keep in touch with family.
    And …yup I am still on dial up — with two kids and a husband and a blog that keep me —in word “busy”!

  • March 24, 2009

    @Pete – Right on!

    @Stacey – If you’re used to Facebook, Twitter is basically the ‘Status’ feature on Facebook. People share what they’re doing as well as share links to interesting stories, articles, photos, videos and other content on the Web.

    As you say, it’s great for connecting with people.

    There is no better place to learn about Twitter than on Twitip. Lots of great advice from great writers.

    I hope you find success with your blogging and with Twitter.

    Remember to use your family as inspiration. People are drawn to honesty. =)

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