Thursday, April 18, 2013

I'm Done With Goodreads~


I had my foot halfway out the door anyway. Let's recap. I joined over two years ago before I was published. I liked it as I could keep track of what books I've read and what ones I had lined up in my TBR pile. I also reviewed books at the time for my own blog and for another more popular one and cross posted them at GR.

Then in May 2011 I became a published writer. My review time was cut, then disappeared altogether, but I decided to continue to rate/review books for my own pleasure.

I never found it effective as a social media tool. I was told as an author I should join some of the Goodreads groups and interact with readers. Okay, sounded plausible. I was immediately nailed to a wall and told "You shouldn't be here in this group, YOU'RE an author. Goodreads is for readers." Errr, okay.  After a few more chilly receptions, I said feck it, and left all the groups.

Well, after witnessing more poor behavior in so many corners of this site, I've had enough.

 I have deleted the bookmarks and apps, unconnected Goodreads from Facebook and Twitter, and removed my blog and bio. Unsubscribed from all feeds, notifications and emails.

I was going to delete my account, but decided against it. I want the option to add my own books to my author list. Besides, I had rated over 600 books in 2 years, why should I delete it?  That was a lot of hard work. In trying to cut stress from my life, I looked at my writing and realized social media gives me more stress than anything else, even more than editing. So bye-bye, Goodreads. I will be joining an ever-growing group of authors who refuse to go there for many different reasons.

Since I used to do reviews, I know it's not easy to write one. Neither is writing a book. So know I appreciate all reviews. Chances are though, if you put it at Goodreads, I may never see it.

UPDATE: 10 days of not going to Goodreads and my stress level has dropped quite a few notches! Mission accomplished!

8 comments:

  1. That all seems like utter bullarky!! :| Im sorry you ran into such rude over pompous entitle twit-tarts. *sighs* I figured Goodreads was for readers AND writers. Ive never met a reader who WAS NOT a writer as well. Im sorry to hear about your experience, the world seems filled with jerktwits lately.

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    1. There are many different reasons I am giving up on Goodreads. I agree, writers are readers too. I wanted to cut back on my social media, and Goodreads was my way of cutting stress out of my writing life, lol! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. After some of the stuff I have seen, I don't blame you and i go less and less.

    jaundyce

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    1. I had enough. And I saw no benefit social media wise for me. I'd rather focus more on Twitter and yikes, Facebook. thanks for commenting!

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  3. I am sorry you had such a bad experience with Goodreads! As a reader I adore it because it helps me track my reading and new releases from authors I love. I have also discovered so many new authors and books i may never have encountered.

    I really disagree that it is just for readers! Personally, I love it when an author joins a discussion or comments on one of my reviews.

    It is awful when some people take it upon themselves to speak for the whole group. I have limited my involvement in groups because of those types. But for tracking reading, sharing opinions on books and finding new books Goodreads is my top choice!

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    1. That is what I was using it for more than anything, for keeping track of my reading. I can use something else for that, like Shelfari. As an author, I was not seeing any benefit for being there. The fun had gone out of the experience.

      That's why I'll keep my account. I will keep my list of releases up to date, but for social media, I will go elsewhere. Thanks so much for commenting, April~ :)

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    2. I tried the other sites Shelfari, LibraryThing and Bookish but found Goodreads the easiest to use. Mind you I am not an author so I am not looking for it to be a resource.

      I am hoping the merger with Amazon will add to Goodreads, especially if I can connect my reviews on both platforms.

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    3. As a reader, Goodreads is by far the easiest. It will be interesting to see what changes Amazon makes. Connecting the reviews would be a good idea. I do hope they implement some benefits for authors in the future. Thanks for popping by again! :D

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