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I still say I love it. Goodreads, first and foremost, is my library — where I keep track on books I have read. I use my own review to remember details (and why I like/dislike a book). I often go back and check here because my memory sucks. Despite the drama llama between readers vs. authors OR readers vs. readers OR readers vs. fans, that is how I use the site since 2007. It’s the easiest place to do so.
My suggestion? I dunno, it’s a price to pay when the site has been getting bigger recognition and pretty much used as marketing place, where ratings and reviews become important for authors. That it has become a community rather than just place for people to catalogue their books. But I believe users/readers can use Goodreads accordingly. Even probably to check only few friends to be on his/her top feed. So no need to be involved with the fiasco.
I like Goodreads, always have.
I don’t have the issues that seem to filter through my feed. *shrugs* To me, Goodreads is what you make of it. You can go for the drama and marinate in it until your fingers are pruny making updates or reviews have comments that last for numerous pages and no one ever gets the point – OR – you can ignore the Llama’s and just talk about books. It is a sight for books after all. You have the right to not accept friend requests or filter out whose updates/reviews etc you want to see, as well as deleting those who you don’t interact with. *gasp* You have the option block users and not engage with them at all. You also have the right to follow the rules Goodreads establishes, however crazy they may be or rebel and go full on anarchy and have them discipline you however they see fit – OR – you can go to the site, make fun/sad/interesting/ranty status updates about the book you are reading, chat about the likes and dislikes and possibly make a few book friends. It’s what I have enjoyed since I joined. Meeting like minded people and finding new books to read. I am simple that way.
The only suggestion would be with the blocking of members. I would like it to be more along the lines of FB or even Twitter, where you block the person and they are gone. I have blocked users for many different reasons and if mutual friends like something or comment on something, that shows up in my feed. I want to block them as in NOT see them. That I think needs to be looked at and remedied.
Goodreads? Love ’em.
When I joined GR it was to help me keep track of my books and lead me to new exciting finds. I had no idea I would also gain such amazing friends as well. It opened countless doors for me and I am forever grateful.
I’m not on any other social networks. Honest, I’ve never had any part of Facebook or the others…for personal reasons. But GR has always been my safe haven.
I believe that Goodreads has the potential for many things *cough…drama…cough* but it’s up to you.
Either you throw yourself into the boxing ring, observe from the sidelines or simply walk away…it’s your call.
It’s easy to get caught up in the word slinging and add to the disgusting hurtfulness that has occurred (myself included) on goodreads.
BUT…shit happens everywhere. For some strange reason people seem to air their dirty laundry freely on GR. I’m not certain, but I think most of the drama on fb and twitter occurs behind others backs. ‘Cuz if you think people don’t talk shit about your fb and twitter, I hate to break it to you…they do.
But like I said, you don’t have to get sucked in.
I think in general, you are responsible for your own happiness in life…ditto for goodreads; if you want it to be good, you make it good. If you want to bitch, moan and whine, well, then you do that too.
Goodreads is nice. I don’t hate it by any means, but I wouldn’t say I love it, either. I super like the idea of cataloging all I’ve read or hope to read; that’s my favorite part, I suppose. Frosting/cherry on top: I’ve met some really lovely people through the site. :)
I joined GR in 2012 and I have not been interacting there for one year 1/2 or so, but I didn’t delete my account. I don’t hate the site, but I don’t feel good there anymore. When I first joined it, I discovered a whole world of new books to read and I met the m/m village. It has been a fantastic experience and I miss friends I’ve made there. However, even if it’s an nth drama that triggered the decision, it was only the last straw because I was growing tired of the concept. I’m not crazy about this whole ‘transparence’concept; I do not wish to know everytime a friend of mine liked an update or a review and I do not wish my every move on the site to be advertised. Generally speaking, I had this feeling of something like a permanent scene, with a lot of spectacle, noise and movement, but all things considered not a lot of genuine discussions about books. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that some friendships over there are not genuine, but I am more at ease in a perhaps less entertaining, but more discreet and cozy environment.
I don’t know what could improve the site. As far as I am concerned, the improvement would be to shut the noise, but the system itself is bound to favor build-up and popularity contests, to spread rumors, dramas, and well…hubbub.
I do like GR. I really do. I don’t like the occasional drama, but I do love finding books, and I love that I’ve met some wonderful GR friends who live all over the world, but who read the same genres that I do, and are so fun to talk to. I probably wouldn’t have developed the passion and love for these books if I didn’t have such a fun community to grow with, listopia lists to pour over, and book friends to chat with and get recommendations from. If GR could fix something, i would vote for the Android phone app, which hasn’t worked well since it’s last update. :(
Despite some of the drama that has surfaced, I still find myself enjoying GR. I find it a great way to organize my books in a way that satisfies my OCD needs. In terms of socializing with friends, I would say it was “alright.” I still get some notifications that are lost in the virtual abyss, but nothing’s perfect. In terms of making it better, I wished there wasn’t a word count limit when making status updates while reading!
I love it. I joined GR to be able to have a conversation with others about the love I share for books (romance books specifically) and GR provided me with and introduced me to a community that is lacking in my real life. So for the purpose that I wanted to achieve with joining GR, it has fulfilled that goal and even gained me some friends – some that I have met with in real life and some that I someday look forward to meeting. But with that being said, everytime that I use GR, I keep in the back of my mind that it is a social media where often times conflicting views converge – sometimes harmoniously and sometimes explosively. I think we are all well familiar with the fact that in our quaint M/M romance community there seems to be a melt down/ scandal every six months – in these instances I try to steer clear and let the dust settle before reengaging – and maybe it is good for every once in a while that there be a reminder that for every positive aspect I take from my experience on GR that I do engage in a lot of social interactions with strangers on it and that often times being cautious in word choice and privacy is something to always keep in mind. As with Facebook, I could do with out the advertisements and corporate monitoring of my actions on it. But I think that is the new normal for any social media site in these times.
Without GR, I wouldn’t have found and read so many of the great books I have. I think at it’s best, it’s a good site for book recs and organizing your library and sharing reviews. I’m not a huge fan of the social media aspect of it, however. I like meeting other readers and talking about books, for sure. I’m not as interested in the hate-spewing, the mob-mentality, every us-vs-them drama, and just to be honest, the gifs drive me bonkers.
I used to be very actively involved, but have chosen to back away a lot in recent months. I realized I was engaging more on GR than I was actually reading. ha! So, I gave myself more time to just…read. And it’s been lovely.
And for heaven’s sake, GR, you’d think, for once, you’d listen to your users! GR never improves in ways that the users suggest or demand. My biggest beef from the very beginning? 1/2 stars for ratings!