Monday Musings

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Today I’m thinking about how we use different social media as book bloggers, in part because (shameless plug here), Doing Dewey just got a facebook page! So if you like to get your blog updates that way or just like Doing Dewey, please do hop on over and like the page. I’m also just starting to really like twitter, have always loved goodreads, and am on the fence about Pinterest, so those are a few of the other sites we’ll be talking about today…

Twitter – I started using mine to enter contests, moved on to sharing my blog posts and goodreads updates that way, and am finally getting up the courage to strike up some conversations with the many wonderful authors and bloggers who use twitter. It also seems to be a great source for random and interesting bookish news.

Goodreads – I love goodreads. It’s great for getting and giving book recommendations, which is one of my favorite activities. I’ve also discovered many of my favorite reads through groups and always post my reviews there.

LibraryThing – A lot like goodreads. Oh, and both have great giveaways I forgot to mention earlier!

Pinterest – I think Pinterest is a fun idea, but I don’t use it very much. I think the lack of interaction is why this isn’t more of a favorite of mine. Although you can re-pin things, there’s not a commenting system that I’m aware of and what I want out of social media is a conversation that just isn’t happening here.

Riffle – see Pinterest. As advertised this is a Pinterest for books.

Slice  – This new book sharing website reminds me of Riffle, but is probably most like facebook. You can share status updates and comments and I think it has potential. At the same time, it still does a subset of the things goodreads does for me and I’m not sure I need another book website.

Facebook – And finally, facebook. The latest addition to my pantheon of social websites. I love that facebook connects so seamlessly to my other social media, from goodreads to klout to (best of all) wordpress. I love that I can automatically have my posts displayed on facebook, providing a new way for people to follow if that’s their blog reading method of choice. However, I feel like other people do more with theirs and am not sure if I could be using it better.

Which social media sites are your favorite? How do you use them and what do you want to get out of them? Any advice on how to best use a facebook page?

 

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16 responses to “Monday Musings

  1. Oooh, I’m excited to hear about Riffle! I’m off to investigate!

    • It hasn’t become a site I use all the time because, like Slice, it does a subset of the things I can do with Goodreads. However, it does have some great curated lists of book in particular genres that I find very useful.

  2. That is quite a bit of social media. I LOVE Goodreads, its the best. I am on Twitter (I followed you) and on Facebook. I can’t like your page from this computer but will later. And of course I love WordPress. Thanks for checking my site earlier.

    • It would probably be too much if I used it all actively, but so far I do just let wordpress post to facebook and only use book sites other than goodreads occasionally. Thanks for liking my facebook page! I’m following you on twitter too 🙂

  3. I just use Twitter and Facebook. Oh and Goodreads and Library Thing. Interesting to hear about the reat.

    • It’s crazy how many different social websites there are these days! I’m still working out the best way to use them myself, but Goodreads and twitter are definitely my favorites at the moment 🙂

  4. Twitter used to be a mass of white noise to me until I was introduced to lists. Now it’s all starting to make sense. I still haven’t made the plunge into Facebook for the blog, but I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the matter in a few months.

  5. I love Library Thing…and are not really involved in the rest. who has the time??

    • Goodreads is definitely my primary social media, although I am starting to use twitter more. The rest I only use occasionally because you’re right – there are too many sites to be actively involved with them all!

  6. im not familiar with riffle and splice … i don’t like pinterest either, it’s much like weheartit and i find weheartit easier to use. There’s a site called booklikes and it’s much like tumblr, except it’s mainly for books. i have an account in booklikes though i don’t use it much. i like goodreads better. i also use twitter for giveawats but i also post some personal stuff there. i dont use facebook much, i don’t update my status/post pics regularly. i only use it to chat with the people i know.
    oopps sorry for the long comment. haha
    my musing mondays:
    http://wp.me/p3v5T1-6h

  7. Jennie

    Mostly I use Goodreads and The Reading Room for bookish stuff. I also have a book related Facebook group ( The Book Nerd) and I use Twitter mostly to promote my blog posts. I’ve no interest in Pinterest – tried it and didn’t like. Congrats on your Facebook page 🙂

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