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Hi everyone!. I just registered here this morning, after coming across the site via Google. I'm quite pleased to have found it, as it seems like the perfect place for me. I'm a big book fan (bookworm) and I've been looking for places online to discuss reads and hopefully make a few friends and the like.

 

I'm on Goodreads and there are groups there but, to me, its just not the same as the old style message board sites, just like this.

 

I'll introduce myself - my name is Isla and my twitter username is the same as my username here, i.e. DawdlingPoet. As my name suggests, I do write poetry, although until recently I hadn't written for some time but I seem to be writing quite a bit more now - I've written 3 or 4 pieces in the last month or so, which is a lot for me. As I say I read a lot, currently I've read 66 books this year with my goal on Goodreads being 70 but no doubt I'll pass that before the end of December. I'm quite an introverted person, although it doesn't always seem that way online and im in my mid 30s. Oh and I live in central Scotland. I've been criticised for typing messages which are far too long, just to warn you(!) but I do try to cut back on length a bit (honest).

 

I like uplifting novels, mostly contemporary fiction but I do like some crime, thrillers and mystery novels (mostly not the really dark and grim crime novels). I'm also particularly keen on historical fiction and I liked quite a few of the now defunct Radio2  book club choices. I also like non-fiction, mostly bio's but also health and medical related books - particularly books on neurology and mortality/humanity, also books about nature and travel. I have a small collection of self help style books and I'm a big fan of Matt Haig, who I saw at the Edinburgh book festival last month.

 

Writing wise, I only write poetry and I've written, on and off, since I was about 15. The only time I've had anything published was a few years back when I got a poem published in a mental health charity magazine (for rethink mental health), so if that counts as being published then I guess im a published author but I wouldn't usually consider myself as such. I get some quite nice feedback on my writing, so I hope to share some with people here and see what you think (whether criticism or praise). I review all the books I read for Goodreads, Waterstones, Wordery and Amazon. I have a book blog of sorts but its mainly just me sharing tweets I like about books and links to my book reviews.

 

Reading and writing aside, I also enjoy watching films - I used to review films online for a site called Ciao UK which has since shut down. My reviews were around about 700 words to 1000 words long or longer. As well as that, I like taking photos of nature and landscapes primarily, just as a hobby and I like a variety of music, mainly listening to Radio 2. Thats about all I can think to say, other than hello everyone and thank you for making me feel welcome (I read the thread for people who are new to the site, to learn the basics).

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to mention (roughly) where I live.
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24 minutes ago, tagesmann said:

Welcome DawdlingPoet.  What a great introduction.

 

 

9 minutes ago, lunababymoonchild said:

Welcome DawlingPoet.  What a great name and a great introduction. I look forward to reading your reviews and discussing things with you.  Please feel free to join in wherever you want, even old threads we get a kick out of resurrecting them with a new view point.

 

Thank you tagesmann and lunababymoonchild. I'm glad your ok with old threads being resurrected as it were, as I know other websites frown at that and sometimes I've ended up browsing old topics and wanting to put in my tuppence worth :)

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2 hours ago, DawdlingPoet said:

 

 

 

Thank you tagesmann and lunababymoonchild. I'm glad your ok with old threads being resurrected as it were, as I know other websites frown at that and sometimes I've ended up browsing old topics and wanting to put in my tuppence worth :)

 

We absolutely do, go for it!

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1 minute ago, lunababymoonchild said:

 

We absolutely do, go for it!

I'm waiting to hear back from someone about a couple of things im not sure about. I don't want to start off on the wrong foot but I'll see if there's anything obvious I can comment on. Thanks again.

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2 hours ago, DawdlingPoet said:

I'm waiting to hear back from someone about a couple of things im not sure about.

Have you looked at the threads in The Board Room? There is information there on the history of BGO, and helpul hints on how to use the site.

Don't worry about 'starting off on the wrong foot'. Other than  advertising, spamming and being obnoxious there is little  that we will take exception to, and posting mistakes can always be rectified by one or other of the moderators. 

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11 hours ago, megustaleer said:

Have you looked at the threads in The Board Room? There is information there on the history of BGO, and helpul hints on how to use the site.

Don't worry about 'starting off on the wrong foot'. Other than  advertising, spamming and being obnoxious there is little  that we will take exception to, and posting mistakes can always be rectified by one or other of the moderators. 

Thanks megastaleer. I've read some of it - I'll have another look when I've more time this evening. One thing I asked about was mentioning a couple of sites/companies I've come across, which I find quite useful but obviously I'm not sure if it would count as advertising which isn't allowed, so I thought it best to double check. I've had a reply PM, I just haven't had time to read it yet.

 

Thanks for the welcoming messages everyone this is looking very positive so far. I just hope the site isn't shut down anytime soon (not meaning to jinx things, just I have come across one or two other sites and they had closing down messages pinned/sticked by the top of the screen, which was a big disappointment for me). I'm also wondering if the site has been fully paid for, as I read that funds are raised via clicking the Amazon link at the top of the site but I don't see any such link. Congratulations to all involved if the site has become self sufficient (if thats the right term?).

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I don't know why you have no Amazon link. there should be one to Amazon.co.uk at the top of the page, and to Amazon .com at the bottom. There have been a couple of occasions when it has been rather slow making its appearance, but they have only been temporary.

 

Because BGO's only regular income stream is from Amazon, when members buy 'stuff' (not just books) via our hyperlinks, we do not allow links to sites where purchases can be made.

 

BGO has a small but very loyal group of members who, having been here almost from the start, and having gone through some torrid times in the early years, will do their best to keep the site going. If you can spare the time to read through the posts in the forum I linked to you will find out a bit about our history, and why it is important for the current admin/moderating team to keep things running smoothly.

 

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11 hours ago, megustaleer said:

I don't know why you have no Amazon link. there should be one to Amazon.co.uk at the top of the page, and to Amazon .com at the bottom. There have been a couple of occasions when it has been rather slow making its appearance, but they have only been temporary.

 

Because BGO's only regular income stream is from Amazon, when members buy 'stuff' (not just books) via our hyperlinks, we do not allow links to sites where purchases can be made.

 

BGO has a small but very loyal group of members who, having been here almost from the start, and having gone through some torrid times in the early years, will do their best to keep the site going. If you can spare the time to read through the posts in the forum I linked to you will find out a bit about our history, and why it is important for the current admin/moderating team to keep things running smoothly.

That makes sense - I appreciate that. Ah about the Amazon links - it dawned on me why its not showing; its because I have AdBlocker Plus installed. Honestly, I forget its even there. I'll disable it on this website for you so I can follow the link.

 

Its nice to hear the members are so loyal and long term - I gather the site has been around for well over a decade now, nearly 15 years, which is quite an achievement really.

 

I'd hoped I'd post more when I was online yesterday evening but I sort of went a bit blank. I hope to post more this weekend. As a friend said the other day on Facebook, it'd be nice to have a new place (online community?) I feel like I belong in (no violins please(!)). Thank you for all the replies etc. :)

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1 minute ago, poppy said:

Hello everyone. Another Book Club Forum refugee. This looks a lovely friendly place and the format is almost exactly the same, so I'm already feeling quite at home  :)

Hi Poppy - welcome! :) I don't think im familiar with that site - I take it, its closed down? thats a shame. I prefer these sort of forum sites compared to apps and social media sites, in terms of socialising online.

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Just now, DawdlingPoet said:

Hi Poppy - welcome! :) I don't think im familiar with that site - I take it, its closed down? thats a shame. I prefer these sort of forum sites compared to apps and social media sites, in terms of socialising online.

 

Thanks Dawdling Poet :) It's closing down shortly so I'm just getting myself settled before it does. Yes, there's something special about forums, it's somehow quite different from the other forms of online social networks. I've made some very good friends over the years and fortunately some have joined up here.

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16 minutes ago, poppy said:

Hello everyone. Another Book Club Forum refugee. This looks a lovely friendly place and the format is almost exactly the same, so I'm already feeling quite at home  :)

 

Hello Poppy and welcome.  Please continue to post where ever you like and feel free to start a thread

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9 minutes ago, poppy said:

 

Thanks Dawdling Poet :) It's closing down shortly so I'm just getting myself settled before it does. Yes, there's something special about forums, it's somehow quite different from the other forms of online social networks. I've made some very good friends over the years and fortunately some have joined up here.

Thats nice to hear. I certainly hope to make some new friends here too :)  its a shame I can't post my poems here but oh well.

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