From May 2015 to February 2017, I ran the moderately successful anonymous Twitter account known as Seminary Girl (@thtseminarygirl). It was some of the most fun I had ever had on social media – and most of the people I interacted with I had never met in real life! I made some great friends through that Twitter account, some of whom I am still in regular contact with today. Twitter really can bring people together.
But, as indicated by the end date, I left Twitter. It was a decision I’d been considering for a while and ultimately, I still believe that it was the right decision for me at that time in my life. I was in my hardest semester of grad school yet, planning a wedding, working, and just trying to survive. Additionally, there was quite a bit of drama cropping up between some people I followed and interacted with. I was concerned about getting dragged in when I really didn’t have time to deal with it. I made the decision to bow out of Twitter, not just by leaving my account dormant but by actually deleting it altogether. I made a promise to maybe be back someday. I revealed my identity, directed people to this blog and my Goodreads account and deactivated by the end of the week. It was a difficult thing to do. I was sincerely heartbroken over leaving the community I had found on Twitter.
But like I said, it was the right decision for my life at the time. I was so overwhelmed by everything going on and running a Twitter account was the last thing on my priorities list. I probably could have just scheduled a bunch of tweets and sent them out into the oblivion. But if you followed me previously, you will know that I made an effort to interact back with those who interacted with me. I didn’t want to just be a tweeting head – I want to be your friend. I want to talk theology, commiserate about seminary, and joke about quirks and heretics in the Christian world.
But now my situation in life has changed. I have been toying with returning to Twitter for months. And now, I believe it is finally time I do. I have all of my old tweets downloaded in a special archive file. Over the next few weeks, I will tweet some of more popular and favorite tweets from my original account. I will also continue tweeting original content with as much sass and nerdiness as before (if not more!). I hope my eight month hiatus will not deter you from following again. I am on Twitter to stay.
I was able to use the same handle (@thtseminarygirl) and profile picture as I did previously. I hope you’ll join me back in the Twittersphere where I’m picking up right where I left off.