#MNINB April Platform Challengers, Bends In The Road, Charley Kabala, Exiled from Royal Street, FaceBook, GoodReads, John R. Woodward, MNINB, Monique Liddle, Novel Publicity, Paul Ellis, Pinterest, Platform, Terra Luna, Tools of the Trade, YouTube
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A week or so ago, fellow MNINBer John R. Woodward posted a fleeting tribute to Day #27 of the MNINB April Platform Challenge which I quickly memorialized in a copy-paste doc titled John’s Post. This should be viewable by the general FaceBook public. The quotes below as well as the bullet-pointed features are pulled from that text.
To my mind, John was being overly kind. By day #27 most all of us Not Bobbers wanted fewer not more social media projects to manage. Or in the eloquent words of Paul Ellis, “Ah, come on, Robert! Another, Social Media site … really?” [cue evil laugh track]
John not only persevered in creating (yet-again) a new profile, but he was able to discover features that helped him grow his fan-base and get meaningful feedback.
But first, here are some basic features of GoodReads for those of you new to this particular social media platform. (That hotlink opens to my username. Go ahead and ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ me, too.)
Goodreads is tightly integrated with Facebook. In a sense, Goodreads is the ‘book lovers community/ application’ for Facebook members. Goodreads will automatically generate Facebook updates based on actions you select.~JRW
GoodReads allows you to:
- Post a brief profile
- Post a list of books you have read, rated and/or reviewed.
- “Friend” analogous to “FaceBook Friend”
- Personal message, private/public
In addition, GR:
- Hosts dozens of forums for books, genres and topics like coffee, food and travel.*
- Features book comparisons that allows parallel of reading habits with another GR member.
- Provides automated book recommendations
- Allows you to recommend books to friends
Although I admit that I’m still not much of a Facebooker, I’ve drawn a lot more attention to my work on Goodreads. Is anybody else using it? How well does it work for you?~JRW
John was tantalized by other features for authors, that included:
- A Creative writing section for posting WIPs (that’s writers’ talk for Works In Progress) one chapter at a time. Each chapter allows feedback from the readers. Emails notify when comments are posted.
- A detailed author’s profile
- A free blog hosted on their site. John’s blog: Exiled from Royal Street
- A book link can be applied to every post and message. John chose to send folks to his Amazon page.
- GR members who “fan” you are rewarded with notifications on their messages as well as “some other marketing frills”
Who knew? I certainly didn’t.
Of course if you look in the comment section of Day #27, I sheepishly admit that although I had opened my account last fall, I had neglected to fill out my profile. Oops! So yes, go ahead and friend me, but be forewarned I’m very much behind on all things GR. I have hopes, however. And when I’m all dressed up for company, I will use that wonderful WordPress widget on this blog site to link to my GoodReading profile. Look for it in the bottom widget bar sometime this fall.
My favorite GR feature?
One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. ~Helen Keller
More fun with GoodReads: The often overlooked features at Novel Publicity
Now it’s your turn. Share your social media likes and dislikes. Are you social curious about any site in particular? Any tips or secret handshakes you discovered along the way to becoming a social media star? Share, please do. Maybe Charley can give us a recap of his LinkedIn poll.