I know I’ve been promising this post for well over a week now, and it’s finally here! *YAY* As most of you know I, along with 15-20 other Goodreads users, was invited to headquarters in San Francisco to participate in a summit where we were able to give feedback about various THINGS. I cannot mention any of said things, because they are very sneaky and secretive and muahahahaahahahahaahahaha…. Ok, but honestly we talked about some really great stuff. Without mentioning specifics, we were split up into groups based on what we do; there were authors, group moderators, and two types of reviewers, power and influential. We mainly were in our individual groups but did have a bit of time to mingle as well. The first day was mainly a get to know you, check into your hotel, eat dinner and
go to bed at 8pm because you were in a far away land explore kinda day. Day two was where most of the action happened. See below:
So our group was the Influential Reviewers, and it was literally just the four of us! I’m sure if you are remotely active on Goodreads that you recognize all three of my fellow reviewers, but it was so exciting to meet Emily, Emma, and Jeffrey in person. (Super sad Mel was in the other reviewer group though but so glad I was able to meet her as well!) The four of us pretty much visited multiple panels with various Goodreads team members and gave feedback on anything they asked us. While we may never see some of the things discussed on the site, there will definitely be some exciting things coming your way to get excited for. There’s something to be said about gathering together with a group of like-minded individuals who’s heart is where yours is, and I can’t get over all the love and support that was exchanged in such a brief time.
One of the coolest parts of the summit was how, near the end of the second day, the Goodreads team let us pick out a bunch of books to take back with us! We also each received a special book that had been signed by the Goodreads team with little messages; my copy was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and I’ll cherish it forever. ❤ I think what set this experience apart from others like it were two things: 1) The fact that Goodreads cares enough about it’s members to go to great lengths supporting them and listening to their concerns in an attempt to make things better and 2) The sheer personalization of the trip itself. These people took the time to learn all about us, what we liked and disliked, and provided an all inclusive experience just to show us how appreciated we are. I’m consistently asked why, with a blog and all the other forms of social media that I’m a part of, do I continue to use Goodreads as my main source for reviewing and book related chatter in general, and this is why. There’s honestly nothing quite like it out there, and I’m incredibly proud to be an active member of the site and for the relationships that I’ve built with all my “friends” as well.