With the increasing spam-itization of vox causing a lot of angst around here (and for good reason), I’ve been thinking about mechanisms to save the content of this blog, you know, if in the end it becomes necessary to go to wordpress or elsewhere.
I mention wordpress specifically because they make it pretty easy to import most of the content from your vox blog, but one thing the importer doesn’t capture is your books. And I’ve appreciated the ability to keep a “collections” in my vox “library”. I’d hate to lose that, because I like keeping track of my books — i.e. I’m sort of ever-so-slightly-OCD like that. And this has been good, because I have to admit that the books in The Aerie aren’t really all that organized – we have a Shelf of Honor for our very favorite books and then various ones scattered around the house for the rest.
Some might say the house is over-crowded with books and that we should purge some of them – but don’t worry, I squelch that sort of crazy-talk. In fact, rather than toss out of few books, I’m pretty sure that I’ve agreed to pay for built-ins to be made for our upstairs. So there.
Of course, physically keeping books and tracking them is SO 2nd Millenium, and so, a couple of weeks ago after getting feedback from several of you, I created a Goodreads account. Goodreads is designed for you to be able to track your virtual library – what you’ve read and what you’d like to read. Like any good social networking site you can follow the reading habits of your friends that have accounts. You can post reviews and see what others are saying about the books you’re reading, or look for suggestions as to what to read next. I think I'll post my going-forward reviews here, too.
And so the other day, I went around and took pictures of our bookshelves here at The Aerie, thinking that over time I will backfill them into Goodreads – which seems a little crazy, but seemed less crazy than taking stacks of books back and forth to my desk to log them in. I’m allowing myself to let that be a loooonnng process, but am trying to keep up with the current books that I’m reading. So far, so good. If you're on Goodreads and we're not "friends", feel free to add me. ( http://www.goodreads.com/profile/SteveBetz)
So — on the nutty-meter where does this stand? How do you track your books and/or maintain your library?