Hey, friends. So, most of you know that I am on Goodreads. I’ve been on Goodreads since April of 2014, and around the end of 2015 I made a friend. She was the same age as me, and we would regularly message each other about random things. We were even reading The Book Thief together that August. One day, I suggested we co-moderate a book club on Goodreads.
Now, know that I don’t have many friends on Goodreads, but she had a really good number for a book club – maybe around 45 friends or so. So, we created a bunch of discussions, and added members, and became friends with a few.
Then, we decided that Six of Crows would be our first read, and that we’d start it just as January began. So, I announced that we’d be starting on January 2nd, 2016, and two people responded saying that they still needed to get their books. We extended the date a little while longer, but it just got to the point where we needed to get things started.
I posted saying that we would be starting the book, and those who still didn’t have their books could follow behind. This eventually branched out into me making two separate reading assignment deadlines: one for the people who would like to take things a little slower, and some for those that just wanted to fast track and finish.
We finished Six of Crows, and my co-moderator announced in February that she was deleting her Goodreads account for personal reasons, and that she loved moderating while she could. It really came out of nowhere, and I didn’t read her goodbye post until after she deleted her account, so I never really got to say goodbye.
After she left, I tried taking on the group myself. We started two new books – Looking for Alaska and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. While I was posting assignments, I started to realize that the only views I was getting on the discussions were from me, and not anyone else. People had stopped participating. Provided, there were about 46 members, and only about 9 of them would actually interact with me and my ex co-moderator.
I kept posting polls for them to fill out, asking if I was posting too much and if they needed me to slow down a bit.
Again, I got around 7 responses.
It also got to the point where people would give me negative answers on the poll, and I’d message them, asking them why. It wasn’t that I was upset or angry about the response, I very honestly wanted to know what was wrong with me so I could make reading together more enjoyable.
I was so frustrated. The book club had a good amount of members, and it was also preventing me from being able to read the books that I wanted to. I ended up wasting the first half of the year on that thing, before eventually deleting the club and myself from it shortly after I started this blog, back in July 2016.
To be completely honest, I didn’t want people looking for me on Goodreads and watching me get totally shut down on some random book club I created.
Even on here, not many people read what I have to say, but it’s still fun to put stuff out there. Write things that I think people will enjoy, and get really excited when I get positive feedback.
Yellow Eccentricity ❤