Posts Tagged ‘LTT’

Tuesday Thingers – Tagging

June 10, 2008

Today’s question is about tags- do you tag? How do you tag? How do you feel about tagging- do you think it would be better to have standardized tags, like libraries have standardized subject headings, or do you like the individualized nature of tagging? What are your top 5 tags and what do they say about your collection or your reading habits?

My tagging methods have changed somewhat over my year at LT.  When I first joined, I used my tags as a basis for organizing my physical library.  Basically I was using hierarchical tags, but I was not calling them that.  A set of tags for a book might be historical fiction, Europe, England, 16th century.  Books were organized alphabetically by each successive tag.  Historical fiction was after just fiction, but before history.  Historical fiction from England came right before historical fiction based in France.  It was a somewhat cumbersome process and was sort of annoying to have to think through every time I added a new book to my library.
After having to pack and unpack all of my books, I decided to abandon my tagging organization – mostly because I didn’t want to have to meticulously order all of my books again.  Besides that, I think tagging is more interesting when there is some content tagging, as opposed to mere genre/subject tagging, like I was doing before.  This helps me see the cross-genre connections between my books.  All my books dealing with immigration, for instance, books that wouldn’t necessarily be shelved together.

This subject-based tagging is definitely a work in progress, but it is made so much easier by LibraryThing’s new tag page, which easily lets me tweak my tagging so that I don’t have two similar tags.

Tuesday Thingers – Why LT?

June 3, 2008

Post 99!!

Why LT?

Why did you choose to open and maintain an LT account? Do you/did you use other online cataloging/social networking sites, like GoodReads or Shelfari? Do you use more than one? Are they different or do they serve different purposes?

LibraryThing was the first of the social networking booksites I learned of. A good friend of mine told me about it and strongly insisted that I join, so that she (and others) could peruse my library. I joined and signed up for a lifetime membership immediately, simply based on the strength of the cataloging, with no idea about the social aspects. My oh-so-enthusiastic friend promptly stopped doing anything with LT at all, although she has recently re-joined.

I started plugging into the social side of LibraryThing after learning about the Early Reviewers program in order to figure out how to increase my chances of winning and was promptly addicted. I have a couple of friends who have joined GoodReads, so I keep thinking about creating an account over there as well. However, I simply don’t have the energy to update two different accounts. If I did, I’d keep my wishlist separated from my library on LibraryThing. I have also thought about joining GoodReads or Shelfari to network with more book bloggers, but I just can’t seem to get excited enough about either one to do it. Because LT is what I know, they seem like a lesser thing to me, because they aren’t LibraryThing. I’m sure that both GoodReads and Shelfari have some fun, fantastic features that LT lacks, but with Tim and ‘The Powers That Be’ as responsive as they are, I would need a whole lot more time in my schedule before plugging into other booksites would be worth it.

Thingers (and others), this is my LAST POST before the end of the contest! I will be accepting comments through 9 pm Eastern Standard Time. After that the contest will close. Three winners will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday, June 4th.

Tuesday Thingers – My Library

May 27, 2008

“How many books do you have cataloged in your LibraryThing account? How do you decide what to include- everything you have, everything you’ve read- and are there things you leave off?”

After going through all of my books with a printed list of my library, I was finally able to eliminate the books I sold back to Half Price Books and have come up with 679 books in my LibraryThing Library.  This includes books I own, books I want, a small number of books I have borrowed, and books I have gotten rid of on BookMooch.

In the beginning I used LibraryThing solely to catalog my books.  Not so much because I was a catalog purist, but primarily because that is what I thought it was for, nothing else.  Then I discovered ‘talk.’  With talk came endless recommendations, so I had to start putting wishlisted books in there, because I would never remember them all (134 right now).  Yes, it bothers me a little that it screws up my connections, etc., but I am far too lazy to switch back and forth between accounts to make a separate wishlist account. 

Then I got my first Early Reviewer book.  It was TERRIBLE.  Terrible.  I got rid of it as soon as someone agreed to take it off of my hands.  However, I couldn’t remove it from my library, otherwise my review would disappear, thus harming my chances for future ER books. Thus I started leaving some books in my library that I did not plan on keeping, in order to leave reviews and ratings on LibraryThing.  I’ve also been leaving in my library books placed on BookMooch, so that I can keep track there as well of what I am having mooched.

Someday, maybe, we will get collections, and then I can keep all of these things separated out. 

Whether or not you use LibraryThing, how do you organize YOUR books?


Library Thing Tuesday – Intros

May 13, 2008

The Early Reviewers group on LibraryThing decided a week or so ago that we all need to share our book blogs with one another. From that decision, an idea was formed to do a once-per-week blogging circle/prompt along the lines of Booking Through Thursday.

Our goal today is simply to introduce ourselves and our blogs. Those that have been reading for awhile, please bear with me. Who knows, perhaps you’ll even learn something new.

I have been on LibraryThing for approximately a year, but did not get active in the community until discovering Early Reviewers sometime in February. The community there, as well as The Literate Housewife’s blog, inspired me to begin my own book blog to post my reviews, and perhaps be sent some books for review. Now I’m totally addicted to my blog, and to reviewing. This is something like post 74 in about 2.5 months, so close to a post a day on average (P.S. I’ll be having a big contest for post 100, although I haven’t decided whether to start or end it on post 100). I would love to someday be a professional reviewer. This blog is pretty much solely about books but NOT about my life in general, except as it relates to books (for example: Reading While Remodeling or Book Promiscuity).

I read a good deal of fiction, primarily historical fiction, but I do love good non-genre fiction, as well as non-fiction and memoir. At this time I have not been reading much young adult literature or science fiction, but I have read them in the past and am hoping to get back into them (I’m killing two birds with one stone this summer by being part of J. Scott Savage’s blog tour). I am currently attempting to “Read Around the World,” although my progress is fairly slow.

The books I review are those from my shelves, from LibraryThing Early Reviewers, from ReaderViews, Connecting Books with the Online World, Literary Ventures Fund, and authors’ blog tours. Now if someone would just decide to pay me to do this (besides in free books, which is great in itself), so that I could sit at home all day and read!

By the way, all of my reviews are posted on LibraryThing as well. However, I post only a partial review there – although enough that LT readers would not be confused – and post a link back to my site for people to get the entire review.