Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Been Over a Year Since I've Been to Goodreads...An Update by @KarynGerrard



I left Goodreads in April 2013. 

First, a little background. I joined over four years ago as a reader and reviewer. I liked that 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 review 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, but I decided to continue to rate/review books for my own pleasure.

 I was told as an author I should join some of the Goodreads groups and interact with readers. Okay, sounded plausible. I was immediately told "You're an author. Goodreads is for readers." Errr, okay.  After a few more chilly receptions, I left the groups.

Well, after witnessing poor behaviour in so many corners of the site, I'd had enough. I 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 had rated and/or reviewed over 600 books in two years, why should I delete it?  That was a lot of hard work. So I took down my avatar and haven't looked back.

Guess what? I don't miss it. I can't tell you as an author how much stress has been removed from my writing life. If you like Goodreads, that's great. Enjoy. Me? Done.

I decided to take it a step further. I don't write reviews, I usually don't read any reviews (mine or anyone else's), and in most cases, I don't solicit for reviews. More stress gone. It has been so freeing.

Hardly a day goes by and I see someone on Facebook upset over a poor review/rating or treatment at Goodreads. Please, take my advice. Stop going there. Believe me, your blood pressure will thank you. Its not worth getting upset over. Yes, I became rather distraught over my first gif laden, snarky 1 star review. Now if I come across one, I laugh it off and move on. I will admit it took a long while to get my head in that 'let it roll off my back' mode. It can be done—by no longer looking at reviews.

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, reviewers, and bloggers. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and are free to voice them. Just as I am also entitled to ignore Goodreads and focus on my writing. I would never try and tell someone how to write a review or how many stars to give a book, movie, or restaurant. Its all subjective. Hell, I toss quite a few DNF's in the recycle bag. We all have our likes and dislikes.

Social media is a great tool for getting the word out and connecting with readers. For me, Goodreads is not one of them.

4 comments:

  1. That sounds like such a wonderful way to let go of stress, you're brilliant for doing so! I'm halfway there. I never look at my reviews on Goodreads. I did with my first book, but after that I refuse to. There are unfortunately too many on that site that either abuse the review system, or are just flat out mean. We can't please everyone and we shouldn't try. Bravo to you!

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    1. It did elivate a lot of stress. I came to the realization I write for me, and shut out the rest. There is meanness everywhere on the web, I try to avoid it where I can, thanks for commenting!

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  2. With the other Social Media sites, I don't get a lot of time for Goodreads. I've heard about the nasty behavior of some of the people, though. That's not for me. It's good that you were able to let go. Not an easy thing to do.

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    1. Nana, I don't like drama of any sort, so avoid it where I can. Goodreads seemed like a good place to start. Thanks for commenting!

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