Lately, I have been on a pot-buying spree. By pots, I mean cookware for my kitchen. I have rediscovered the joy of cooking. Mastering (is there some gender neutral verb?) my new toaster oven, which is really a robot, has also kept me challenged. (There is no split infinitive in English.)
I increased my technological challenges by adding the Goodreads widget to my blog. Goodreads encourages me to write reviews for the books I have read. So far my reviews consist of “Positive” “Uplifting” “Encouraging.” I figure the world is so troubled, we don’t need to encourage people who write material of a negative nature.
Years ago, I was a top reviewer for Amazon, reaching position 11 before I decided to quit. I was spending far too much time “working” for Amazon. If only I had bought stock simultaneously.
Before I stopped reviewing books, I only wrote reviews of things I found useful or good. Negative reviews probably help, but I couldn’t write them. Part of the reason I stopped writing reviews was because every other author wanted to send me a free copy of their book. I tried to review these books for a while, which was probably a mistake. Later on, I sent an email saying “I no longer review books” to each would-be author. The solicitation of my services for reviewing books continues until the present, but I don’t respond to the overtures from authors or their agents.
In the interim, Amazon let my reviewer status fall to about 50-something before making me a “Classic” reviewer. If you look for me on the reviewer list, I am under my “married” name which I use for undercover operations.
Tom Sightings says he doesn’t care for Goodreads, and I don’t know how the Goodreads thing will work out for me, but I guarantee you I won’t be writing many if any book reviews. These days, I am too busy with pots and pans and by that I mean gardening and cooking. (One of my pot gardens to the left..yes I like pink.)
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