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I'm just barely introverted, technically on the borderline between introverted and extraverted, and I do talk a lot on LT, but I thought it was very important to have this space. So I'll try not to post TOO much. :)
I'm hoping this group will provide some safety for those of us who have strong and valuable opinions but choose to express them in carefully thought through and quieter conversations. A chance to be heard without having to yell.
I also hope we can point people to other groups on LibraryThing where our quieter approach is valued. They are out there!
Face face I never shut up, probably because my friends never do either and we talk about books all the time.
Online, I tend to be on the quiet side now, too many forums have changed and ones where they say you can speak your mind, you can, only if you agree with a certain person(s).
I am very new to LT, and have already found that things can be taken the wrong way in the forums.
*Sigh* I just want to talk about books!
Oh well this seems like a great group!
Glad to hear from another librarian minelson01.
I'm also interested in many of the more active technical topics on how LT works or should work.
But I'm not an expert librarian or book cataloger, can't argue the niceties of the variety and form of MARC records, and rarely have anything to say on those threads that couldn't be trumped by someone with more technical expertise than I possess.
Plus, as I said in the other thread, I'm busy. I don't have tons of time to post so I try to post where I might be heard.
I don't post much on LT - I think I'm a listener rather than a talker in a group situation. I also have a tendency to procrastinate, so any thread I might eventually get round to taking part in has moved on too far by the time I'm ready!
>12 southernbooklady: southernbooklady, the things you said on Caffron's lurker thread really resonated with me. One way we might use this group is to bring some of those topics here, start our own threads on those topics, and see what people here think.
So, it's really, really nice to have a space to quietly relax in. Looking forward (here!) to the talk.
I will, however, be a lurker to this group. I'm all for listening...
If anyone is interested in a slightly more intimate setting for discussing books, I'd also recommend checking out BookBalloon. It's a smaller forum without the bells and whistles that LT has. It also tends to be a hell of a lot less contentious than LT. (No, Tim, this isn't meant to supplant LT, just to supplement it).
Now, back to lurking.
(besides, after _not_ posting in the Lurker thread, I really want to get to know some of you better!)
I love to read and sometime get involved in a discussion of a book. I am not a very well thought out talker nor do I feel that I can articulate my thoughts correctly or coherently for some people and even sometimes for myself.
I am just a woman that enjoys reading and likes to discover new books, authors and genres.
Welcome also reading_fox, I'm already amused by you as I don't normally consider myself among those warrant watching! :-) I guess we'll just have to wait and see!
I post on a regular basis on the Bookmooch forum, but elsewhere very rarely, and only after confirming it's safe to swim in the thread waters. I love being able to post freely at the BM forum, and it's definitely because I lurked for a long while and when I did post there was a lot of positive reinforcement. I would like to see that happen here too.
I am an introvert and a wallflower. I usually want to communicate but I often don't know how to do it clearly, or feel clumsy doing it. Also, I am a sensitive snowflake. One sharp look and I'm crawling under the furniture (thankfully I've outgrown that in reality, if not in theory...) Once I am comfortable, though, I'll chat till the cows come home. I'll tease and banter - all good naturedly, of course (see: hiding under furniture).
I use most of LTs cataloging features. I do combine occasionally (when I am fairly certain I'm not making a mess of things) and I enjoy editing info in my library. I love tags, and I love recommendations (because I need more books. Really, I do.)
And I do like Talk, though I would like to read what people thought about certain books in a discussion, outside of reviews, you know? But I also know that of all the thousands of people here, the percentage of the ones reading the same book I am, at the same time I am, and poking around Talk to talk about it, is really slim. I can't do structured book clubs either because I am a mood-reader, and that can change from day to day. But I would love to chime in on anything I've read, knowing I won't be fed to the sharks. (nom nom)
See, I'm talking already. Group works! :)
ETA - it's in RSI - Oh, please help me with a name!
(Too much? Should I calm down a bit?)
(Edited for typos)
scaifea, unrestrained joy is welcome.
I started a thread at the beginning of summer that asked for good summer beach reads and all I got was snarky comments and 1 suggestion.
As others have said I have tried posting in some of the other threads that are mostly the same people arguing over the same things and I too have felt like my comment was completely overlooked.
I am a lurker who watches many groups and threads and feel like if I try to say something I will get my head bit off or made to feel stupid because I have found there is a core group of people that likes to feel superior to everyone else and if you have so much as 2 exclamationtion points or had improper use of a semi colon in your sentence you are flamed.
So what I am hoping for is a kinder gentler LT more than a quieter LT.
I'm another librarian - academic, although I don't think I'm too odd. Right now I'll just be happy (like the students) when exams are done!
Yooouuuu diiiiidnn't retuuurrrrn yooouuurrr booooook oooon tiiiime...
Horror film? Maybe. But I'm talking real life!! :)
In my brain the "Luker in the Stacks" came with a disturbing visual, too. Spectral and spooky, soundlessly emerging from the shadows...... BOO!
I've been enjoying the threads here. For full disclosure, I do have spells of frequent posting but lately most of my posts have been on my 1010 Challenge thread. Anyway, just thought I would let you know I'm here.
First of all, I'm delighted that you have created this group. After almost two years of merely cataloging my books and lurking on the boards, I have just started to post in Le Salon Litteraire du Peuple pour le Peuple where people have been welcoming. However, the introvert in me revels finding likeminded souls who desire something different.
I like my books.
An "appreciation" button would be nice if you don't have a lot to add to the group but just want to join in, since some of the groups are so big.
Anyway, it a great place to read about books and to read the opinions and experiences of others.
I'm not sure I actually saw the wagon, maybe because I am shortsighted.
I've been lurking around here a bit; you seem like a nice group of people :) It's nice to have a group where things don't get lost in the shuffle. I don't know what to say by way of introduction. I'm a small-town librarian whose job description is basically "whatever someone wants me to do this week." My library here is a skewed representation of what I actually own because I've been very lazy about putting in my backlog of books (bad, bad). I post here and there in other threads, but I'm not a consistent poster anywhere.
Anyway, good to meet all of you! That's my scattershot intro.
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