Rob Jenkins: Elvis was right, and I'm not feeling so bad myself

At last the day has come that was long foretold. For thus spake the Prophet Elvis: "All the little birdies on Jaybird Street love to hear the Robin go tweet, tweet, tweet."

You see -- and this is something very few people know, even among my close friends -- my given name is Robin. I've gone by Rob ever since I was in elementary school, for reasons that will be immediately apparent to anyone who has ever been in elementary school. But Elvis had no way of knowing that.

And now, at long last, all of you other little birdies will finally get to hear me go tweet, tweet, tweet. For I have established an account on that legendary social network known as Twitter, and I have begun to share with the world my innermost feelings, fondest dreams, darkest fears, and other random inanities, all in 140 characters or less.

Long I held out against the idea. Anyone who knows me can attest that I'm not exactly an early adopter. In fact, I'm writing this column right now on a large piece of granite with a hammer and chisel. Do you have any idea how hard something like that is to scan and email?

But I realize that as a columnist I've attracted a large following over the years. OK, I have a following. And I know that some of you probably wish you could hear from me more than once a week. The rest just wish that I would limit myself to 140 characters.

Also -- and this is the main reason I created a Twitter account -- I was told by my publisher that I needed to create a Twitter account. You see, I've got a new book coming out in a couple of months, and as anyone knows who has not spent the last decade living in a cave, or in Alabama, social media has become an incredibly potent marketing tool these days.

The book will be produced by Dogwood Publishing, a small company in Gwinnett County, and sold in local bookstores as well as on the Internet. I don't know the exact date yet -- the publishing business is like that -- but probably sometime in early fall I'll be hosting a book launch and signing at my favorite local book store, Books For Less in Buford. I may also have similar events in Conyers or Covington. I'll be sure to keep you in the loop.

As for what the book is about -- well, that's what Twitter is for. Over the next couple of months, I'll be tweeting brief excerpts and other information about it. For now, suffice it to say that the working title is "Family Man: The Art of Surviving Domestic Tranquility" and that, if you enjoy my column, you'll love the book.

If you don't enjoy my column -- well, buy the book anyway. How else am I going to afford a new, heavy-duty scanner?

Rob Jenkins is a local freelance writer and college professor. E-mail him at rjenkinsgdp@yahoo.com and follow him on Twitter@rjenkinsgdp.