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Initial post: 6 Aug 2010 10:46:39 BDT
JJG says:
Well is anyone? I've been one for a couple of months, but have never even used the facility to link here. I just could never write anything in my blogs that didn't seem incongruous with links to products on it.

Anyone else make use of this? How's it been?

Posted on 6 Aug 2010 11:52:07 BDT
Ethereal says:
You could pinch paul lewis' idea in his post about "the life of an Amazon forum poster"...must be lots to chat about there and obvious links!

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2010 11:57:43 BDT
JJG says:
I must have missed that, mind pointing me in the direction of that post? I've not been following the fiction forum or this one for a few days.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2010 12:01:54 BDT
Ethereal says:
It was early last June just before I said au revoir and the post referred to "I'm a Writer" by Bookpuncher, a rather good send-up of us "regulars" to the fiction forum (you were young PP, a lad gifted with wisdom beyond his years" if memory serves!).

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2010 12:11:22 BDT
JJG says:
LOL, I remember.

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 09:39:27 BDT
JJG says:
So am I the only sucker who signed up for this? Or is the forum just tired of me? LOL.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 09:59:42 BDT
Damaskcat says:
JJG - no one's tired of you JJG;-) I just think this forum has acquired a bad reputation so many people steer clear of it. I've thought about signing up for it as I often mention books on my blog. I think a lot of people do use it so presumably it does work and is worthwhile. Is there a separate forum devoted to it?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 10:20:38 BDT
Ethereal says:
There is an Amazon Associates Discussion board, just googled it to find out what it is though I've no intention of joining!

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 10:31:16 BDT
JJG says:
Yep, I've just visited the forum, but I needed to sign in to read anything, so it doesn't appear to be a public forum like this one. I did get a couple of questions that were in the back of my mind answered though. :)

I'll be honest, my ulterior motive was to get a none argumentative discussion going.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 10:32:53 BDT
Ethereal says:
Oh didn't you know, we can blow one up out of thin air!

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 10:47:41 BDT
JJG says:
Clearly you don't know my family. :) I'm visiting for the weekend and had an argument between me and my brothers over what song to play on Guitar Hero, lol.

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 11:09:00 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Some people can start an argument in an empty room - but they don't seem to be frequenting this forum at present ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 11:32:10 BDT
JJG says:
Yes I do know, but I've tried to avoid or temper any feelings to say so on my part, the soap opera ain't fun anymore.

Incidently, 91% vocals score on hard mode for Hotel California, I well and truly rock.

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 11:59:34 BDT
Ethereal says:
I'm going completely off topic now but although I've found this an interesting experience I'm not sure I see the point of posting on these forums anymore.
I don't necessarily mean the rows or even multiple profiles.
If you're into reviewing you have a reason for being here, but even on fiction I tend to make up my own mind about what books to buy because everyone's tastes are different.
What I'm trying to say is that when you turn the computer off the people you've been chatting to are simply not part of your real life, so why bother? This is what I'm pondering.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 12:34:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2010 12:36:05 BDT
Damaskcat says:
Mrs J B - I understand what you're saying. I tend to look at it a bit differently. Everything that I do is part of my real life. If I'm talking to a friend face to face or on the phone; if I'm talking to a stranger in a shop, in a bus queue or on the street; these are all experiences in my life just as exchanging views on the internet is part of my life. Everything is real whether it's on the computer or in the physical world in which I carry out my day to day activities such as housework. I've never been sure why people think the internet is somehow less real and therefore less worthy than 'real' life.

Using a computer, contributing to forums, writing my blogs, e-mailing friends and acquantances is part of my life as is reading and reviewing books. For me it is an important part of my life because of my personal circumstances. Amazon forums are the only forums I contribute to and I only contribute to some of them. I find the forums useful for finding out information about how the Amazon systems work and about books other people have enjoyed. Yes everyone's taste are different but I still like to see what others are reading and enjoying - or not - as the case may be.

If contributing to forums didn't give me anything I find interesting or enlightening or satisfying then I would stop doing so. While it does I shall continue to do so. Sorry if that sounds too serious but you did ask and I think it's an interesting topic!!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 12:54:48 BDT
Ethereal says:
By real life I mean none of us really know who we're talking to. I'm sure 90% is genuine and over time you can come to trust some posters but even with those, if I can't divulge personal information because of others being able to read it it's a barrier. Same goes for blogs.
I also value emails and phone calls, but they are to and from people I knew in person first and most importantly they're conducted in private, as is chatting to the newsagent when there's no queue!
Circumstances do play an important part. I've often wondered what life must have been like a few centuries ago too, and in some parts of the world now. It's such a big part of human life, communication.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 14:11:13 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I think not being able to divulge too much personal information can be an advantage as well. I live in a small village and it can seem sometimes as though you're living in a goldfish bowl! On the internet you can reveal as much or as little as you personally choose to reveal.

When it comes to discussions I don't really mind that I'm unaware of people's private lives. When I was working I came across many people who just did not reveal anything about their lives outside work at all. I remember one of my colleagues commenting that she'd been working with someone for nearly 30 years but still knew very little about him beyond the fact that he was married and had one or two children - but she wasn't sure exactly how many! He only ever used to talk about work or things in the news.

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 14:27:10 BDT
Interesting points, Mrs JB and Damaskcat. I swing between both points of view, and I guess, because of the time i can spend in Amazon's fora, I must come down on the side of Damask's POV. However....I only began to use Az fora in a big way when I had an very bad ankle injury in March. Was pretty unable to go out , had to cut work and social down to a minimum and follow the advice to 'keep the leg elevated as much as possible' - well lying on a couch can get pretty boring, even with all those books to read. Sitting at the pc for hours was out too. And even spending hours on the phone to friends was sometimes frustrating - I wanted to be having a more varied time! So the occasional hobble across the room to read a few threads, post the odd response, seemed a way to go....but once on the go again I'd got hooked by the fora. Though its true you don't know people in a face to face way, you do get to form on-line relationships with some people, linked by similar ideas, tastes, sense of humour etc.

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 14:37:29 BDT
Ethereal says:
I've lived in villages, towns and city but for almost 20 years with the british forces in Germany and I think that's coloured how I view life. It's been an odd mixture of incestuous ex-pat yet due to frequent postings not liable to form close relationships. So on one hand I'm perhaps over protective of my privacy and at the same time too open! As you say, depends on cirmstances as well as personal inclination.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 14:37:57 BDT
Damaskcat says:
I agree Lady F it can be very time consuming! I do try to limit how much time I spend on Amazon but it is one of my favourite sites - if not my favourite. Like having your own bookshop really.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 15:01:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2010 15:02:04 BDT
plus, you get to chat with other customers, peer over their shoulders and say 'oy, what are you reading - you liked this book as well, jolly good - you might like this - oh, I really like that - and no one says SSSH this is a LIBRARY I'm trying to work here!

However, there are definite downsides when the credit card statement arrives!!

Posted on 7 Aug 2010 15:09:27 BDT
Ethereal says:
Do you think we've pushed JJG off his own thread? Fluff, is what a (male) friend of mine calls it!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 16:02:22 BDT
JJG says:
No, just went out for the day. :)

I think it's a different experience online to offline, but that's not to say better or worse. Obviously people can be untruthful about their lives or not reveal anything, but I find I talk in a different way on forums. Then there is the generational thing (hope I'm not being impolite, but I'm guessing I'm the youngest poster here), and I'm totally at home using digital communication, I sent an email before I ever sent a letter, so I probably view this with a little less trepidation than others.

One reason I started reviewing and posting on forums was to improve my typing skills (I can now touch type, yay) and to greatly improve my spelling and grammar, as they were atrocious 8-9 months ago.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 16:22:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2010 21:48:42 BDT
Damaskcat says:
JJG - it doesn't really matter what age you are when it comes to chatting to people online and I think that's a big advantage. I think you might be surprised at how many so-called silver surfers there are. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2010 16:50:28 BDT
JJG says:
Actually, when I think about it I'm not hugely surprised, it's my parent's generation who maybe are a little cautious (as much about protecting their children than anything else), but older than that I know plenty who surf the net.

LOL, stray off topic or what, I guess my question got answered though, and this talk has been interesting, more than I could of hoped for.
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