I have often said that I am a social media neophyte. I am. And, for the most part, I don’t care. However, there is one social media platform that I’d like to know more about: Goodreads. Yes, I am the only person in the entire world, perhaps the entire Universe, that does not have an account. yes, I know that’s strange. I know so very little about it…
Here is my understanding. I put down the books I want to read. I say which book I am currently reading. I check them off as I read them and rate the books. Then Goodreads recommends new books to me based on my likes. It also lets me know what people I know are reading, have read or want to read.
Is that pretty close? Did I miss anything? Say anything wrong?
I don’t read as much as I should. I have a stack of books, both real and virtual, that I am waiting to read, enough to last me the rest of the year and beyond. I know something will come up, such as a fellow blogger’s book, which will jump to the top of the list and push everything else down. I don’t need social media to tell me that. I have my own ways to get recommendations. I know what I like. I don’t care that much about what others are reading (unless they are reading Seasons of Imagination ;) ).
But since so many people like it, I feel I must be missing something.
Here are some questions:
With my reading style, how will Goodreads help me?
Since I do read fellow bloggers’ books, would it help them if I am on and tell Goodreads that I read those books? How?
How does it help me as an author to be on Goodreads? Does it even matter? Do I have to (or should I) “push” my books there?
Anything else I need to know?
I am very serious about wanting to learn. Any tidbits of information you can give me is much appreciated!