My Week In Books (w/e 30th April 2023) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

Hello and welcome to another weekly round-up of books I have read. Today I received a rather shocking email from WordPress. If you have not received it and are a WordPress user, check your spam.

Here is the email:

From April 30, 2023 you will no longer be able to share your WordPress.​com posts automatically to Twitter using Jetpack Social.

Twitter decided, on short notice, to dramatically change the terms and pricing of the Twitter API. We have attempted to work with Twitter in good faith to negotiate new terms, but we have not been able to reach an agreement. As a result, we will need to remove the functionality.

You can still auto-share your posts to Tumblr, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you are able to share your posts to Twitter manually by pasting the post link into the body of your tweet. In the near future, we are adding the ability to auto-share to Instagram and Mastodon and we are continuing to release new features in Jetpack Social.

Thank you for your understanding with this situation. Please feel free to connect with support if you need any help.

Thanks, The WordPress.​com team

As Twitter is the main place for me to share my Blog Posts this is something that is going to disrupt how I share. I will have to manually share posts using links, rather than hitting the Tweet button. I schedule my blog posts to automatically share to Twitter, but now this is not going to be an option. This is going to make it more time-consuming for me.

This has made me think a bit more about my Blog, and it is something I have been wrangling with for a while now. I work nights, and I am in the process of doing a course which takes up time. Having to manually share, or remember to share a post after a 12-hour night shift when all I want to do is go to bed! It is making me wonder whether or not to continue blogging. I don’t have as much time as I did and I am finding that I am sharing posts without reading them properly, often just scanning.

My yearly fee for using WordPress is due for renewal in around 4 months and I think I will take the time to see how things go before I renew. For many, books and reading is a hobby. I want it to be something that is stress-free and want the same when it comes to blogging. Rules are constantly changing and so I have stopped sharing to various Facebook sites and I am not a big user of Instagram, I have tried Mastadon but not really getting it. So, I am thinking that I may go back to reviewing as I used to before my blog came into being, on my own Facebook Page, Amazon and Goodreads only. I think it is going to be an interesting time over the next few months.

It has been another quiet week for reading again, just 2 books.

Run to the Blue by P N Johnson. This is a wonderful and thrilling crime story that had me hooked, I am not going to say too much about it as my full review will be tomorrow as part of the Blog Tour.

Changing Times at Harpers by Rosie Clarke. As you can see this is the 7th book in the series and it is a series I adore. This is a fabulous story for fans of historical romance and fiction. Full review on Wednesday as part of the Blog Tour.

I am cutting a little fine for reading books for Blog Tours, well fine for me, I am usually a good couple of weeks in advance. Luckily I will have a break in the Tours so it will give me a chance to catch up again:)

Have a wonderful week ahead, we will see if this automatically shares in the morning or not.

All the best

Yvonne xx

Many thanks for reading my post, a like or share would be amazing 🙂 xx

12 thoughts on “My Week In Books (w/e 30th April 2023) #bookupdates #booknews #MeAndMyBooks

  1. It’s a pain about Twitter, it will make thing much more time consuming, as you say. and limit the time for other things. I hope it doesn’t force off your blog though xx

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    1. It is all normal at the moment which is a relief but if things do change then I ope there is an easy workaround it would be a huge help. I don’t use anything apart from WP and Twitter and don’t use those tweet schedules or anything. Rather than making a snap decision I am going to wait and see what happens xx

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  2. I got that email as well Yvonne which made me sigh and roll my eyes, as it’s just another nail in the coffin isn’t it. I tried Mastodon as well, but it all felt a bit flat really. I just wish Musk would just leave everything alone, instead of fiddling with all the time. xx

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  3. I know what you mean about blogging being time-consuming and the annoyance of things getting changed all the time. But I do hope you won’t be driven off the blogosphere! I’m not convinced many people visit via Twitter, on my blog anyway. I stopped sharing my posts via Twitter a few months ago (I went in the huff when Elon Musk took over and started messing around 😉 ) and I haven’t noticed any drop-off in views. I suspect most people come via the WordPress reader or other feeds.

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    1. That’s good to know, it’s another thing that may add extra time to our already busy schedules. Most people visit via WordPress as you say, it’s just that I do share other bloggers posts to Twitter as they do mine xx

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  4. I agree with Leah. Most people visit via the reader or email notifications. So what if your authoshare thingiemabob doesn’t work. There are plenty of other people who share your posts on Twitter so it’s not like it won’t be seen at all.

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    1. Yes I can see that things are not going to be as bad as I thought they were. I thought we were going to lose all the twitter sharing buttons to twitter from WP, but it seems not. So far I haven’t noticed any difference so I am not sure exactly what is going on xx 😕🤣

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      1. From what I understand it was supposed to be the automatic sharing function. Like when you schedule a post and it automatically shares it to twitter. I’ve never used that, I do everything manually. But it seems it’s still working so maybe they changed their minds or are still negotiating 🤷🏼‍♀️.

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      2. I had read various posts on Twitter from WordPress and it sounded like all the sharing was going to stop, it didn’t make sense as nothing had changed. One post had said that all sharing buttons were being removed. I can’t see any difference so if things stay as they are then ideal. I do use the author share, and if this does stop then it isn’t hard, as you say, to manually post. I reckon that someone is having an April Fools joke but got the month wrong 🤔🤣

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