Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Goodreads and Good Books

For some reason my interweb access lately once I get home to my abode has been nothing short of craptastic...so I've had to choose my posts wisely. Write what I can at work and then post whenever the internet cooperates at home. It's been a fun, lemme tell ya!


So I've been trying to become the best possible blogger I can be (you can do it!) by utilizing myself of all the various social networking tools available, but it's been a slow process. I am now on Goodreads but my shelf is not complete and I have yet to upload my reviews there. But I swear I'm doing it! You can find and friend me: HERE. But since I'm new to this whole blogging game I don't really know what other things I should avail myself of...I'm thinking of starting a Twitter account, although I kind of loathe the thought, haha. Maybe a Facebook page that corresponds solely to this blog...what else am I missing ya'll? Tell me in the comments!


And so this post isn't all me me me me (but who am I kidding, aren't they all?) I'd like to leave you with a highlight from the book I just started. It's All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren which won the Pulitzer Prize way back in 1947. I'm just over 50 pages in and while I have no idea where it's going exactly I must say the writing is FANTASTIC. I was captivated right away. You can just feel it if you get what I'm saying.
"You saw the eyes bulge suddenly like that, as though something had happened inside him, and there was that glitter. You knew something had happened inside him, and thought: It's coming. It was always that way. There was the bulge and the glitter, and there was the cold grip way down in the stomach as though somebody had laid hold of something in there, in the dark which is you, with a cold hand in a cold rubber glove."
Tomorrow I plan on posting my review of Tess of the d'Urbervilles. So be ready for that! See you soon :)

11 comments:

Red said...

If you do start Twitter I have to tell you it's addictive. I can't tell you exactly the benefits to it but I do get a decent amount of people stopping by my blog from Twitter.

What I haven't quite figured out is Goodreads. I see a lot of people use it but not sure exactly what it is. Is it like Shelfari? I have that set up (and I notice you do as well) though I really only use it so I have that image on my blog. No reviews there, no groups, etc.

Shannon Young said...

I'm resisting Twitter as well, but I've heard that it can make a big difference for your blog. I recommend reading www.alexisgrant.com for advice about social networking. She knows her stuff and she's a great writer, too.

llevinso said...

@Red, yes Goodreads is like Shelfari. But I find it waaaaay more confusing. Shelfari is really simple and I think I'll always have most of my stuff on there. I'm not in any groups or anything yet on Goodreads yet, but I might in the future. I'm baby-stepping it.

@Shannon, I wanted to resist Twitter but I just think for blogging purposes it seems everyone does it. We'll see. I think I need like one whole weekend of free time and complete internet access to figure this stuff out. Thanks for the website though! I will look into that.

Evie said...

I just befriended you on Goodreads :) I really like the design of your blog, it's simple, but very cute!
Let's stay connected! :)

Cat said...

I don't know. I'm on Facebook and Twitter, and I've linked a lot of my different "connections" to one main hub, so when I post somewhere, a lot of times it will appear on FB or Twitter as well.

Love your blog! The title and the panda were an instant hit for me. :-)

Darlyn (Your Move, Dickens) said...

I have a Goodreads account, but I haven't really utilized it. I do have a Twitter account, though, and I agree with the above commenters that it's addictive. I've met a lot of great bloggers and found a lot of great blogs through Twitter. :)

kellyhashway said...

I on Twitter, and I'm loving it now. At first I was reluctant, but it really can be helpful once you get the hang of it. Plus all the tweetchats are great places to meet other writers and talk with agents and editors.

llevinso said...

@Evie, thanks! I want to try to keep it pretty simple because #1 I not very techy and #2 I think it looks nicer that way.

@Cat, once I do this (whenever that is!) I'll look into connecting everything. That'll be nice. And thanks :)

@Darlyn and Kelly, yeah, it's sounding like I'll HAVE to get into Twitter soon...

bookspersonally said...

Twitter! not only can it help attract new people to the blog, I have found so many interesting folks to follow and be inspired by out there. When you get on, please come find me :D

tl said...

I started using Twitter for my blog about 2-3 months ago. I got a bit sucked into the vortex for a while but I climbed back out and it works for me without taking over my life. I see as I wrote this that you're on Twitter now (thanks for following me :)) so welcome and I hope you enjoy!

Kathmeista said...

Woops! I posted that comment while signed in to my work email account. Sorry!