I'm just beginning to get the hang of Twitter. If you're not a user, I urge you to check it out. There follows ten tweets I've posted in April, 2019. A quick perusal of them will tell you whether or not you're missing out on anything.


These are screen-saves, so the clarity is not great and the links won't work. But the links in this mediating text should. Starting with this:


That tweet didn't get much response. This is partly cos I've only got 150 followers at the moment. And partly cos the exercising of a sense of absurdity is not the surest way to popular success. Having said that, two likes are better than none.

The next tweet comes from reading my own twitter stream. I'm following 160 individuals and organisations, and these prompt all kinds of responses. In this case, what I'm saying is genuine.

So first you read the tweet from Royal Society of Literature, then skip back up to mine.


Of course, no one has taken me up on this. That would be too much to expect. Hopefully, I'm sowing seeds. One or two of them may come to something if I nurture them.


One like. One retweet. If I'd made the composite image 60/40 Waugh/Bowie as opposed to 60/40 the other way round, would I have got a better response?

Quite a lot of this month's tweets have concerned the talk I'll be doing next month at Chipping Camden.


These things have to be promoted. And so, ticket sale by ticket sale, one builds up an audience. Hopefully, more than the four that liked the above tweet. But I mustn't obsess about numbers.

(I wonder if the four that liked the last tweet are the same four individuals that liked this one. Correction: I do not wonder that.)


I'm surprised this has only been liked four times given that it's been re-tweeted five times. What's more, re-tweeted by organisations that have
a few hundred - or even a few thousand - followers. The Chipping Campden Literary Festival itself has got 3,000 followers and Vicky Bennett there has been generous at re-tweeting, helping me to get off the ground with this initiative.


Only one person liked that tweet. I blame Melvyn Bragg! On his Radio 4 program, 'In Our Time', the subject of April 18th's broadcast was A Midsummer Night's Dream. I fancied I saw connections between the play and Scoop. Boot as Bottom. Journalists chasing stories as lovers chased lovers. Puck as Waugh himself. And a sense of upbeat frivolity from start to finish. Oh, well.


I did the same kind of analysis for Decline and Fall in Penguin. The result can be seen here. And then I jumped to an attempt at an overview of the orange penguin period:


I was seeing penguins in my sleep by this time. But, at the risk of doing that to yourself, try this


I was going to stop there, but I did tweet on the last day of April, so here is that:


The Margot essay is not new, but it goes without saying that lots of people will be unaware of its existence. This was a way of mining anew audience for it.

Because the above tweet went to four carefully chosen individuals who have lots of followers, it was retweeted to thousands. And so many people ended up reading the essay on this website. It even instigated bit of chat:


I think that's an apt tweet to stop. But I can't stop. See for yourself where this stream of twaughdle has got to, post-April 2019, by going into Twitter and looking up my handle: @duncan_mclaren

Oh, and please follow me. If you want to.