Friday, April 10, 2015

I'm on Goodreads, Again?

Wow, this is awkward.

I operate my social media in a distinct manner, and this run contrary to most others. Twitter is to talk with people, share jokes, retweet news stories or sports. It's my casual center. Google Plus is a little more serious, in that I don't share jokes or stories. The reason being is I feel my Of Note series is tied directly to my Google Plus account. Sometimes the links go dead in older Of Note articles, so if you were actually interested in finding those articles, you can quickly go through my G+ wall and not get bogged down in fluff.

Today I'm adding a new piece of social media to the list, Goodreads. I've had a Goodreads account since 2012, but I never really used it in a significant way, or in a manner to bring up in conversation.

The biggest reason I'm embracing Goodreads is because I'm turning most of my library digital. Some books are bought on Kindle, others are bought elsewhere. Goodreads allows me a convenient place to store all that information, while putting books I find out about in a To Read pile. This may seem kinda, "Duh!" to most people, but it wasn't to me.

Last year I practically didn't read anything. There were a lot of different factors, many of them also connected to the writing delays. That was the past and many of those troubles are long gone. If you take a look at my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I'm taking reading more seriously this year.

I'll have an update on social media, because it's another Internet thing people just don't seem to understand. I think I've done multiple posts on this every year. Why stop now? What I will include is how I'm adapting myself to some of these services.

The truth is I don't feel like I'm using Google Plus to its fullest capacity, and I'm planning on fixing that over the next couple months. In my honest opinion, Google Plus is still my favorite platform out of all of them. People can keep their Twitters, their Tumblrs, their Facebooks, and all the other nonsense. Google Plus is clean, its organized, and it works damn well.

Google themselves hurt their launch and continued support, to the point I'm wary if G+ will go the way of iGoogle, Wave, and a ton of other amazing services that were untimely axed. Whatever the inevitable fate will be, I'll be using it and singing praises.

I'll keep the rest of my adjustments and plans for that post, which should be out in the next few days. I'm on Goodreads and hoping to really delve into it over this spring and summer!