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I‘ve taken the time to really think about my response to these questions. I don‘t mean any disrespect or offense to anyone.
1. The many friendships I‘ve made. I‘ve seen true kindness & compassion.
2. I feel the swaps became an ugly monster on Litsy. Once the scamming, complaining, and likes & dislikes started the tone of Litsy changed for me personally. Im not against swaps but I do think it brought out a darker side. 👇🏼

Cinfhen 3. New stickers, please!!!

4. I post daily and sometimes multiple times a day.

5. I like that Litsy offers interactive/connective activities.

6. For me Litsy is foremost about books and sharing our love of books and reading. I do think a small handful of people have made Litsy about popularity or Litfluence points, so I‘d like to see that feature eliminated.
merelybookish Well said! 4mo
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merelybookish I have also been thinking about these questions too...I know something has changed but haven't figured out exactly what...but I still love lots about Litsy. 4mo
Cinfhen I agree @merelybookish I ❤️Litsy and the early days were magical. The first #SecretSantaGoesPostal swap started by @BookishMarginalia was AMAZING 🙌🏻 We just experienced growing pains but I still think this is THE BEST PLACE to talk about books (edited) 4mo
GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps, wholeheartedly. I loved the first swap I participated in but then they went crazy. They became geographically limited (so many US only) or with so many expected inclusions that international postage was just exorbitant. For a long time, every time I opened my Listy, a swap I couldn‘t participate in or wasn‘t welcome in was all I found.... or people complaining about said. They‘ve got to be managed better. 4mo
BookwormAHN I know I stayed a way from joining Litsy for a while over the Litsy influence thing and I admit now that I've been here for awhile it can be fun to see the numbers increase. However I still think there is a lot of intimidation with that. 4mo
Balibee146 Have to say I agree about the swaps too. I don't participate in them so apols if I sound a bit Bah Humbug. On opening days the posts now can crowd out everything else and with more and more swaps that scrolling experience has gone from a very occasional one to very regular. 4mo
Cinfhen For me the swaps became like a hostage negotiation with so many demands which turned me sour from all swaps @GlassAsDiamonds @Balibee146 but I‘m not trying to ban them. I know they can be fun and enjoyable. But there does seem to be a swap for every occasion under the sun😂 4mo
Lizpixie Well said my #sisterfromanothermister And yes, More Stickers Please!!⭐️ 4mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen yup and multiple different ones sometimes for every occasion - which can suit different groups. I saw a suggestion about creating a way to filter them to a separate dedicated place.... Someone said you can already hide specific tags but I can't see how on my phone... These sorts of possibilities would be fab I think - swappers can have their fun without the whole feed getting filled up 😂😂💕 4mo
Cinfhen Who doesn‘t love NEW stickers????? @Lizpixie 4mo
Cinfhen On a desktop you can access Litsy and from the site there is an option to mute specific hashtags @Balibee146 4mo
Balibee146 @cinfhen cool thanks 👍 4mo
GlassAsDiamonds @Cinfhen oh yeah, they can be so much fun!!! But... I think they‘re out of hand and often highly exclusionary at the moment. Regulations would be good & maybe a way to corral them as well as @Balibee146 mentioned. I want to be able to participate in at least a few but at the moment it feels like we‘re creating these very hard divisions within Litsy between constant swapers and non/partial swappers. 4mo
lele1432 @BookwormAHN so agree with this! I didn't post at all specifically for that reason. It can be intimidating. I think the best thing about Litsy is the interaction, so I definitely understand having something in place to try to keep that up, but maybe it could be something different. 4mo
lele1432 @Cinfhen I always want new stickers!! And as someone who just started participating in swaps, it was a great experience for me but I can understand what you've mentioned and I also think it would be good to have a way to maybe separate them so they don't feel exclusionary or take over timelines all the time lol. Like a gifts/games tab maybe?? 4mo
Hooked_on_books Initially, I LOVED the swaps. I thought they were such fun! And then I saw people really going overboard with their purchases and it felt more like a competition. Then I didn‘t receive a swap package at all because someone decided not to send me one. So I‘ve soured on swaps other than those set up between certain fabulous individuals. 😬 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Nicely said. And give me all the stickers!! 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, a game/gift tag is a phenomenal idea @lele1432 @TimSpalding @Balibee146 @GlassAsDiamonds @Hooked_on_books (edited) 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I hope Litsy will remain the favoured platform to talk about BOOKS and books related stuff for all of us. Instead of turning it to another popularity thing. 😔 4mo
Cinfhen New stickers seems like a simple request @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m not saying the Litfluence encourages that type of competition @BookwormAHN @lele1432 @erzascarletbookgasm but it does seem to create a sort of false hierarchy which is irrelevant to discussing books 4mo
lele1432 Well stated! 4mo
Balibee146 More Stickers would be awesome. I love the simplicity of the app but sometimes I wish I could quickly search friends' stacks to see if they have read and reviewed a book..... So many wonderful folks and I trust their opinions 😘😘 4mo
batsy Thank you for your thoughts; I think I agree with almost everything. Like @merelybookish I feel something has changed and mainly I think it's the intimate feel. It does make me feel a bit sad; Litsy has always seemed different to me than other social media because it's more about connections and bookish chat instead of popularity and noise. 💜 4mo
ljuliel Wow, this will be a challenging post to answer because if so many replies. I‘ll try to respond accordingly to everyone. First of all, @Cinfhen , thanks for your honesty. If there are things bugging people, it‘s best to say something so we can possibly address it. I agree with swaps. I did some in the past but won‘t do another. I think they‘re too lopsided in a way bi see some people getting a box load filled with items , while another gets 👇🏼 4mo
ljuliel 👆🏼a toothpick and a pencil. I mentioned awhile back that they should have different levels for a swap ( like set amounts of money and you could join either a small, medium or large price range, so it was more fair) Then sometimes we have people coming out of the woodwork to be in things where they might win a prize, but we never see them any other time ......then those that get a nice box of items and don‘t send ANYTHING. They really bug me. 4mo
ljuliel Swaps are a problem in my opinion. I‘m with others who would like to block certain hashtags so you don‘t see certain things, but that feature won‘t work for me. I‘m not sure why. It has to be done from the Litsy web page, not from the app. I type in the names time after time and it never takes them or saves them. I‘m not sure if swaps are the main reason so many Oldies left, but it could be for some of them. 4mo
ljuliel @merelybookish thanks for posting in here. I hope you also filled out a questionnaire. I just woke up so catching up from middle of the night posts. 🙂 4mo
ljuliel @GlassAsDiamonds I agree about the swaps. There‘s gotta be a way so all can participate if they want to. Maybe dividing the list up into regions would help ? I‘m not sure, but it really isn‘t fair that some are left out because of location. I know there used to be so many swaps that was what the majority of posts were. Way too many swaps at the same time. I also mentioned that awhile back, but was shot down.There CAN be too much of a good thing 4mo
ljuliel @BookwormAHN Yes,the likes and points things CAN be looked at as a popularity thing, but I don‘t pay much attention to it anymore. I just prefer a good talk with other book people, so I don‘t care how many points they have 200 or 20,000. Doesn‘t matter. I just want people to participate, talk books, reviews, new books coming out, pretty covers, ebooks, audios, etc. Just talk books. That‘s why we‘re here. The numbers arent important. 4mo
ljuliel @Hooked_on_books I‘m sorry you got ripped off in a swap. Exactly one of the reasons I don‘t like them. We have people that are members who never or rarely post, but they come out if the woodwork when the word SWAP is mentioned. They get a nice package but send nothing in return. That‘s REALLY nasty. I hate when that happens. I ran a few swaps where people didn‘t send their packages so I bought stuff and filled 2 more boxes for those left out.☹️ 4mo
Hooked_on_books @ljuliel Yes, that‘s exactly what happens! Those people suck. I‘ve put together swap boxes for those who didn‘t get them as well. I remember how badly I felt, missing out on box opening day, and I hated for others to feel that way. I figure it‘s just not worth it and now I only swap books on an individual basis, which has been great. 4mo
ljuliel @Balibee146 I know what you mean about scrolling through truckloads of swap posts to find a BOOK post. There‘s supposed to be a way to weed out certain hashtags, but it doesn‘t work for me. (edited) 4mo
ljuliel @erzascarletbookgasm Agreed. I‘d like to focus a lot more on the book end of things. I won‘t go into any detail here , but I jumped into a lot of things social- wise in here earlier , and it ended badly with some folks. It makes me sad , but I‘ve learned that if I want to stay, I have to move on and only focus on the books and not get that involved again. It was hurtful , and there may be hurt feelings on the other end as well. I can‘t 👇🏼 4mo
ljuliel Contact the others to open up the conversation. So I leave it alone. 4mo
ljuliel @batsy I‘m hoping we can get some of that old feeling back. If we all work at it, I think it‘ll be a new and improved place. 💕 4mo
BarbaraBB Great answers my friend. I must say I am hardly aware of anyone‘s Litfluence and agree with you it doesn‘t interest me in the least. It‘s the books and the people that make this such a great place. And I‘d like to work on it to keep it that way! 🧡 4mo
janeycanuck Oh, it warms my heart to know I‘m not the only one wondering where the book posts are. As soon as I see a new swap, I screenshot it and mute the hashtag next time I‘m at the computer. I wish we could mute from the app. 4mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck Sadly, the mute doohickey won‘t work for me. I‘ve tried it repeatedly. 4mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel That really sucks. With what feels like the bulk of posts not being about books, I‘d probably have left Litsy by now if I couldn‘t mute. 4mo
ljuliel @janeycanuck That makes me sad...that might be why so many others left. All we can do is try to get more focus on the books. I just have to keep on rolling to get past things I‘m not much interested in. I don‘t care if others like it..that‘s fine. I‘m just trying to stick with the books at this point. 4mo
Mdargusch Yes yes yes yes yes yes! 4mo
4thhouseontheleft I agree with almost all of this! I have cut down my participation in swaps tremendously, despite hosting one for my first time in Oct. I think the plethora of posts around some challenges (including ones I have participated in 😂) can get tiring, and I'm sure it's off-putting for some Littens who don't participate in them at all. There are a lot less reviews and book discussions in my feed these days. 4mo
janeycanuck @ljuliel Yeah, I think it‘s great that people enjoy stuff and I don‘t want that to go away for them, I just don‘t want to see it. Everyone should be able to Litsy how they want to Litsy - and it would be awesome if the app could give people more control over their own experience. 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds Would you be willing to share more detail about how swaps feel exclusionary? I only hosted my first swap last October, and am still on the fence if I will do it again next year during #Screamathon. But, if I do, I absolutely want to do whatever I can to make it as inclusive as possible. I cut down my swap participation tremendously, I do 2 a year at the most. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m not trying to bash Litsy or those that host/participate in the swaps but the swaps seem to shift the focus of Litsy a little bit and that saddens me @janeycanuck @4thhouseontheleft @Mdargusch @BarbaraBB 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I get that! I think these are important discussions to be had. 4mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft I‘d love to (& be happy to take it to email if you‘d prefer so I‘m not ranting in @Cinfhen ‘s timeline!). I love swaps and I really don‘t want them stopped completely but there are SO many that are “US only”. International participation isn‘t that hard. We pay for the postage anyway so excluding us just seems lazy or worse. Similarly, price restrictions don‘t help if you aren‘t paying US prices whereas item limits are easy. 4mo
4thhouseontheleft @GlassAsDiamonds I didn‘t realize that many excluded non-US Littens! That is a shame. I‘ve never seen price restrictions, but I admittedly don‘t look at the details of most swaps. 4mo
GlassAsDiamonds @4thhouseontheleft oh man, the US Only! It‘s a nagging pain that‘s not just Litsy but since we‘re community building AND participants pay postage, it really annoys me here. Price limits are a great idea in theory and really help curtail the crazy consumerism BUT if I‘m buying a new book here in Singapore, I will not get out of it for US$20- no matter what I buy. A criteria like “one book and a bookmark” however is achievable world wide. 4mo
ravenlee I really liked swaps at first. Now I don‘t. I‘ve followed the requirements, or even felt like I went a little over the top, and then I received either something so extravagant it makes me feel bad for my recipient to get so little, or I get the bare minimum or less and feel cheated. I did one for my daughter and we sent a nice gift, and what she got for hers was less than the posted minimum, and none of her interests. Broke my heart. 4mo
Cinfhen I‘m so sorry that both you & your daughter had a bad swap experience @ravenlee 😔I think I would be heartbroken too if my child was soured by this experience. 4mo
ravenlee She didn‘t mind so much, thankfully, but I was really frustrated. 4mo
janeycanuck @Cinfhen Agreed! I‘d hate to see them go away for those who enjoy & participate. It‘s just not my cup of tea. Happily, muting works for me and I just hide them! 4mo
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t bothered with the swaps in probably two years. They were fun initially but I don‘t miss doing them. 4mo
Kalalalatja Well said Cindy! I miss participating in swaps, but it became too stressful, and soured my Litsy experience, so I stopped. 4mo
Cinfhen I think we are lucky @Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola as we have developed friendships and are able to create our own little book exchanges amongst ourselves❣️The swaps were fun in the beginning but they really got out of hand. I don‘t miss them at all!!! My last one was the #MugLove and I received the BEST MUG 💙🤗😘 4mo
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Cheers to hot summer days, wine and books. Thanks @Bookcation74 for this title from the #secretsantagoespostal swap. Enjoying both the #signed print and #audiobook versions. #mood

Branwen Cheers, friend! 💕 Enjoy! 📚🍷 7mo
Booklover77 Looks like my kind of gal! Wine and books! Enjoy!! :) 7mo
NikiDeaf Perfect! Wine and books are my fave combo 7mo
Bookcation74 🥂 7mo
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#porchtime#cofffeeandbooks #birdsong

Starting my day the right way! Coffee in my beautiful mug from @Kdgordon88 ❤️ very few cars this time if day with school out; just birds singing.
Day trip with family today. I have this week off before I go back to work for the month of July. 🙌🏻

Elizabeth2 Perfection! 8mo
Crazeedi Love your porch! And your mug! Have a wonderful day! 8mo
kspenmoll @Elizabeth2 I agree! 8mo
kspenmoll @Crazeedi Love the mug too! A gift from @Kdgordon88 my #secretsantagoespostal friend! I am on my way to a hike near Brattleboro VT with family😁 8mo
Howard_L What‘s on the plate? Blintzes? Kolache, Klobasnek? 7mo
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WOW!!! What a magnificent package, and to think all the way from GERMANY! 😍 I love all the books and goodies and gift you sent. The Scarf Passport is the sweetest. @scripturient @BookishMarginalia I cannot wait to participate in another exchange. #Litsycommunity is the best!!!
#SecretSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange

Krystle13 @scripturient Thank you again for everything! Tonight I will be enjoying a cup of tea you sent and one of the books!!!😍 8mo
scripturient I‘m glad you like it! I had a lot of fun picking things out for you! 😘 8mo
Krystle13 @scripturient I just sat down and was looking at it again, I just realised the candies are BOOKS!!! LOL. That's awsome.🤗 8mo
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@Mitch Thank you for everything you put in the #secretsantagoespostal box! It‘s very fun and summery! ☀️ The books off my TBR are great! And I have to say it‘s especially cool having the non-US cover/version of Beartown. I hadn‘t even known they‘d changed the name for publishing in the US.

Thank you again for everything! You‘re so kind! 😀 ❤️


Mitch Yeah... glad it made it in one piece! Hope you enjoy some pool days x 8mo
ephemeralwaltz Whoaa that Beartown fact just blew my mind. I had no idea! I'm not sure I like the alternative title though. 8mo
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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Dear @nelehelen , thank you so much for the care package! The books are absolutely perfect for my upcoming trip and the paper products are amazing! The fan is lovely —and useful, since it‘s so hot here now. And I absolutely love the warthog bookmark from your honeymoon in South Africa. Thank you for sharing the love with me 💜💜💜

#SecretSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange #OpeningDay

squirrelbrain So much lovely stationery! ❤️😋 8mo
Dragonfairykats Beautiful! Looking at the covers of the books, I'm going to look them up lol 8mo
batsy 😍😍 8mo
nelehelen Yay! So happy you didn‘t already have the books! Thank you for organizing!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 8mo
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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I absolutely LOVE the socks! You chose everything so well, @LeahBergen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💜💜💜💜 #SecretSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange #OpeningDay

LeahBergen I had to get a pair for myself, too. 😆 8mo
ShelleyBooksie Is that a cat pouch in the background? Adorable. @BookishMarginalia - I look forward to your review of Wenjack. 8mo
Dragonfairykats Those are definitely awesome socks! 8mo
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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You chose very well, @LeahBergen — such a great mix of wonderful books! I want to get reading right away! 💜💜💜 #SecretSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange #OpeningDay

Lindy ❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen Awesome! I‘m so glad you like them. 👏🏻👏🏻 Did the chocolate survive its travels? 😬 8mo
BookishMarginalia @LeahBergen Chocolate arrived safe, sound, and delicious 👍🏼 (edited) 8mo
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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I just had to take a picture of the wrapped books with the little notes on them. It‘s like #BlindDateWithABook but better! And the book paper is just beautiful! Thank you, @LeahBergen #SecretSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange #OpeningDay

Jennick2004 OMG lovely wrapping paper!!!! 8mo
LauraJ So thoughtful! 8mo
AmyG Awesome! 8mo
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TrishB Lovely 💕 8mo
Sarah83 @LeahBergen you did a wonderful job 😍 8mo
squirrelbrain Wow! So pretty! ❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen I think I had a bit too much fun wrapping these. 😆 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That paper is fantastic 8mo
Gissy Ese papel Wow! 8mo
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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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My new favorite #booktote! This is absolutely gorgeous, @LeahBergen , and just perfect! #SecretSantaGoesPostal #SummerSolsticeBookExchange #OpeningDay

Meaw_catlady Oooh I have that tote! It‘s so cute ! 💕 8mo
Thndrstd ❤️ Powell‘s 8mo
Leftcoastzen Oh lovely! Miss Powell‘s 8mo
LeahBergen I‘m so glad you like it! 😘 8mo
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