(Before I get to the blogpost - question for all you writers - is anyone planning on doing Savvy Author bootcamp in April? I'm considering it and was just wondering if anyone else is. If you don't know what I'm talking about and you want to - go here.)
UPDATE: I just signed up for bootcamp. Signed up. Paid up. Committed. April wip here I come!
I'm currently working on a couple of blogposts but neither is ready so - I'm going to talk about SHELFARI.
I've been a shelfari member since Feb. 28, 2008. Play along as I struggle to explain shelfari to you. It's a community of readers where anyone can have a virtual bookshelf.
My shelf currently has 982 books and I'm definitely not the person with the most.
I use shelfari to keep track of what
-I plan to read
I've found it useful in several ways. If I'm thinking of a book I read and I've forgotten the author I can look through my lists. It's a good place to keep a tbr pile. And it's a safe place to put what I actually think of a book, be that positive or negative. I don't like to do negative here. I actually don't write reviews there, though you can, but I definitely make use of the star system.
And when I'm looking for new ideas for reading - I can look through other people's shelves.
If you search for me on shelfari, I'm MS Judy L and my current avatar is the cover of Believe It Or Not by Tawna Fenske. In my little public profile thing I have a few sentences about how good the book is. I like having a venue for this.
Shelfari also has groups you can belong to. I'm in a few of them.
I belong to some groups that are fans of particular authors:
Jayne Anne Krentz And Her Alter Egos
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Je Suis Priest (I joined this one instead of other Gabaldon ones because I have issues with the Outlander series but I love the Lord John Grey books unconditionally.)
Alas, there is no Crusie group. I've thought of starting one but who's got the time?
I belong to one group that allows me to express my beliefs about a certain subject in a place designed not to offend others:
Just For Atheists
And there is a group I started with a friend of mine:
Lighten Up Club
LUC started out to be about weight loss. Specifically it was a group of women who were studying the book - The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size by Julia Cameron . (Julia Cameron is famous for the book, The Artist's Way - sidebar to this sidebar - she has also written some books for writers) - but the group has had several evolutions. It is now about lightening up in all areas of your life.
None of these groups is active daily. Currently they range from one whose last activity was 6 days ago and one whose last activity was 3 months ago.
I've garnered 3 good friends from shelfari:
Jane, whom I started LUC with. She lives in Florida. We talk on the phone, e-mail, facebook and shelfari.
Natasha who co-administers Just For Atheists with me. She lives in New Zealand. We im on facebook, e-mail, shelfari and read each others blogs.
Ursula who shares my love of books and blogging. She made me co-admin of the Jayne Anne Krentz group because we both love her.
Shelfari has given me a lot. I don't always go there as much as I'd like but I do tend to obsess about keeping up my shelf and making my profile current to my interests of the moment.
Amazon.com is shelfari's babymama or babydaddy so if you have political reasons for not liking amazon, it won't work for you. Your personal login is the email address and password you use for amazon.
I sympathize with you if you have reasons for not liking amazon - but please don't share them with me because, frankly, for this woman who lives more than an hour from the nearest bookstore, amazon keeps me sane. And I don't need one more thing to feel guilty about. Kay?
To sum up, shelfari gives me; my own personal, virtual bookshelf, a little venue for my interest of the moment, groups with a common interest and friends who share my love of books.
Where else are you going to find all that for free?