I’ve been trying to pay more attention lately.
I’m noticing when I stop playing an online game, why I do so (too much grinding; they were mean to a friend of mine), and if I go back, why I do so (new genes, friends talking about it & linking to it).
I’m noticing when I buy a book or read a book, why I do so:
I bought a John Scalzi book because he stood up for Micah during the Space Marine Problem.
I read a book @dahob lent me on Amazon.com, and then found another similar book by “similar books” and bought that (haven’t read it yet).
I stopped (years ago) reading an author I enjoyed, in part because she hit a wall of squick for me in the last book I read – and in part because she got politically vitriolic on her LJ.
And yet, despite the fact that another author disagrees with me on every political point I’ve read her blogging about – but she’s never hateful, and I’ve bought her books, wishlisted her books, driven 4 hours to go to a reading of her, and told her I wanted to be her when I grew up.
Pay attention to your own buying habits. They tell you something about other people’s habits – and they tell you something about marketing.
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