Updating my internet presence: goodbye Goodreads, hello StoryGraph

My brief dalliance with Goodreads ended almost before it began. The account isn’t going anywhere, particularly since I have been been reading on a Kindle and Goodreads remains one of the easiest ways to see my highlights and comments after I return the e-book to the library.

However, on the suggestion of a commenter on the previous post, I started using StoryGraph for the handful of purposes that I had been using Goodreads. StoryGraph as a platform is less mature than Goodreads and I have noticed a few kinks while using it, but I like the interface and that a lot of its features are more sensitive than over at GR. One of the selling points of StoryGraph is personalized recommendations, but while I haven’t been particularly impressed by its suggestions, I also recognize that I am idiosyncratic about my reading choices and have been known to spend entire afternoons combing the internet for suggestions until I find books that strike my fancy. (I also find it relaxing.)

In the meantime, I the parts of StoryGraph that I have used I like quite a lot more than Goodreads and I am more than happy to support it as a company in the place of Amazon. I haven’t had time to write about all of the books I’ve been reading recently, so if you’re interested in following along and at least getting a quick-and-dirty start ranking, you can see it all there.

I keep a list of where you can find me on the internet with a brief description of what I use each site for here.

An addition to my internet presence

Just a quick piece of internet book-keeping. I have had a Goodreads account since at least 2010, but literally never posted on it until last weekend when a friend added me out of the blue. That little bit of guilt-trip, combined with the fact that I’m probably going to be reading more electronic books prompted me to start using the site. I already keep track of my reading both with a spreadsheet and in an analog journal, but I am intrigued by the prospect of making reading a more social activity.

I will still be hosting review posts on this site, but anyone who wants to follow what I am reading beyond those should feel free to follow me there.

How long this experiment lasts will likely depend on how social Goodreads ends up being, though, so I might lapse out of updates in a few months.

One of my goals for this summer has been website maintenance. The rundown of where else to find me online can now be found on a static page here.