Courtney M. McSwain, Writer

Anatomy of a Freelance Writer’s Life: Self-Definition in 160 Characters

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How many revisions does it take to write a Twitter bio? Eighteen. That’s how many times I’ve re-written the bio for my Twitter profile. It’s difficult to try to cover all scenarios by which someone might come to know me on Twitter. Is it better to focus on the type of writing I do, which might appeal to a potential client for consulting, or what I write about, which might appeal more to blog readers or editors. And does making such a distinction mean I can’t tweet about something that isn’t within those buckets—like my affinity for Reece’s Pieces in the middle of the afternoon, for instance?

To reach a resolution, I had to take a step back and think about my goal for social media in general and Twitter specifically. I use social media to build a community of engaged readers. Twitter is an important tool because it allows me to share information that I find thought provoking or inspiring. In essence, Twitter lets me share my personality and the things that interest me. And let’s be honest—Twitter is also a great promotional tool and outpost for connecting with readers and other writers. But more than just a promotional tool, I want my Twitter followers to feel that they are really connecting with me.

These days Twitter can seem like the land of a thousand robots, with auto messaging and tweeting for trends and online traffic spikes. Don’t get me wrong, I want to drive traffic to my work and increase my followers—to say otherwise would be silly. But a bigger priority for me is ensuring that what I tweet is really a reflection of who I am. I want people to know that I am on the other end of the Twitter screen and that they are hearing my voice. When I think about it that way, the most important message to convey is trust: I want my followers, readers and friends to be able to trust that they are really hearing from me, because they are.

So, here’s Twitter bio version #18. What do you think?

Writer. Consultant. Creativity enthusiast. God person. I tweet about stuff that makes me think, makes me laugh, or inspires.


  1. I like the Twitter bio version #18, but I do have a question. What is a “God person”? Is that similar to when Stevie J. on Love & Hip Hop – Atlanta wore the t-shirt that said “I AM GOD”?

    • Courtney M. McSwain says:

      Hi, thanks for asking. It just means I believe in God. I wanted to share with my Twitter followers because my spiritual connection is important to my creative process. I’m not familiar with the t-shirt you reference, but it doesn’t sound like something I’d wear:)

      Thanks for reading!

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