I must be one of the biggest ‘Technophobes around. I don’t have an ipod, my mobile phone only makes calls, and the idea of me setting up my own blog, or joining a social network, was unheard of…..
Then, about 12 months ago, I got to hear about ‘Bookarmy’. I’m not even sure how I found out about it, (I think it may have been advertised in the back of a book I was reading,) but I’m certainly glad that I did.
Bookarmy, is a UK site, which has been around since February 2009 and is managed by a small team of dedicated people.
For me, the incentive to finally join the social networking scene, even if only in a small way, was that the site was easy to join and navigate and any problems with spammers, or security issues, are soon sorted out by the Bookarmy team, which is really important to me.
It’s a great place to discuss and review books, build and rate reading lists and get the best book recommendations. Bookarmy, also encourages authors to join the network, so you are able to make direct contact with them, ask questions about their writing, and browse their reading lists, just the same as you can with any of your other friends. It’s a great way to find out who the new movers and shakers are in the literary world.
Of course, the most important thing, is the great friends that I have made, from all over the world, from diverse walks of life and of all ages. There is usually someone online to chat to, about my latest great book find, or just what I have done during my day. It is really interesting to chat about our similarity and dissimilarity in reading choices and the varying groups and forums, to which we all contribute.
The Bookarmy staff post a great news bulletin, which is generally updated with topical items daily, plus, there are some great competitions, to keep you on your toes and where you can win some excellent prizes. I have received a couple of unexpected parcels from them, with a few more titles to add to my ever growing ‘to be read’ pile, which is now more of a mountain!!
They encourage you to start your own bookblog and to publish your website addresses in your profile. One of my favourite blogs is ‘Pen to Paper’, which belongs to a young and aspiring writer, called Dani. It has been great fun checking out some of these blogs and it gave me the courage and incentive to start this blogsite of my own.
“Thank you Bookarmy“