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I discovered Shelfari before Goodreads, and I’m still trying to get used to Goodreads and understand its appeal.
For one, I joined an incredible group on Shelfari about a year ago and I love our conversations. I like the way I can import my Amazon purchases into my shelves on Shelfari and I really like how simple it is for me to see my groups and if they have new posts. I also prefer that I can enter dates for each time I’ve read a book, rather than just one date. I’m a chronic re-reader with a penchant for organization, so that feature is a dream for me.
But I’ve noticed that the book blogging community tends to use Goodreads more, so I’m trying. Most book reviews, cover reveals, and etc. have buttons to add to my Goodreads, but not Shelfari, shelves. I almost never see links to Shelfari profiles on blogs. Since getting myself fully setup there last month, I’ve seen one thing I like better. The status updates while reading books – they can be a lot of fun to read, though I’m still getting used to using it consistently. Other than that, there’s nothing about Goodreads setup I like better… in fact I like most the features less. The only big appeal to me is the larger community and author engagement, though I’m still trying to insert myself into it. Strangely, I’m finding it much harder to get comfortable in this much bigger reading community than it was on Shelfari. Maybe the community is too big to just jump in? Maybe I’m just preferring what I started with? I’m lead to conclude that this is the main reason everyone uses Goodreads – because everyone uses Goodreads. Am I wrong?