My first steps as a newbie bookstagrammer (and my worries)

Hi friends! ☀️ I hope you’re all doing okay. Today, I have a special post ready for you…

I’m ready to talk about bookstagram. It’s a wild topic here in the book community, really and I have had thoughts on it, tons of them, ever since I started blogging and became aware of bookstagram actually being a thing.

Now that I, as of a couple weeks ago, have finally jumped onto that bandwagon and joined instagram as a book blogger, I’m ready to talk about it all. I’m ready to share my experience, my expectations and the reality, for now, as well as my, well…. thoughts and fears I had, and still have.

Hope you’re ready for it.

📸 Why I created a bookstagram account

I have been an inactive bookstagrammer follower for YEARS, now. Whether they’re bloggers I know having instagram accounts or people I don’t know whose pictures I fell in love with…. well, I’ve been a silent observant of the bookstagram community for a little while, now.

Admiring from afar stunning pictures, book stacks and aesthetics, watching stories on the app of unboxings and people talking about books on the app. I’ve been doing that for years and I’ve been wondering for years if I should do it, too.

A strange period in the year gave me a little more time to try it out, so I told myself: why the hell not? Let’s see how it goes. So, here I am.

I’m not going to lie here, I mean… I always make a point of being honest with my blogging experiences and I want to be honest with my bookstagram experience, too, so, here goes.

I have been feeling, for years now, that I needed to be on bookstagram, as a book influencer. Let’s face it: if book blogs are wonderful and I adore them with all of my heart and am certainly not going to quit my book blog for bookstagram…. well, aerm. I feel like I need to be on bookstagram, too. The past couple of years have taken a sharp turn for bookish influencers and good old book blogs aren’t as wildly popular.

When people talk about book influencers, they are talking about booktubers. They are talking about bookstagrammers. Then and only then, in third position, they are talking about book bloggers.

So, you know what? I’ll admit it, shameful and all: I felt like I was missing out by not being on bookstagram. I felt like I wasn’t entirely relevant, either.

Am I really missing out? Well, time and more experience with bookstagram will tell, I guess.

☂️ Related blog post: Is book blogging still relevant ?

📸 My experience with bookstagram (so far)

Before heading into this: as I am writing this post, I’m still a very young bookstagrammer and I still have a lot to learn, a lot to figure out about both the bookstagram experience and my own account, just as well.

My very first day and first post on bookstagram had me overwhelmed, grateful, happy and a little overwhelmed again (like, I shut off my instagram notifications right away because aerm).

☂️ The positives of bookstagram

The community I met on here, whether it was familiar faces I already knew from blogging or new people I hadn’t had a chance to talk to, were wonderful, welcoming, encouraging and incredibly warm.

Day by day, I got into a small ryhthm of scrolling down bookstagram, getting even more inspired than usual by beautiful accounts, gave a first try at commenting and interacting in the community and was welcomed with answers to comments, likes and overall, well, I felt really positive about it.

Day by day, I got into a rhythm of taking pictures and thinking about the kind of content I could put on this new platform, getting inspired and bothering my sister to pose, picking books off my shelves and putting them back, taking pictures I’m proud of and others I’m not so sure of.

Day by day, I’ve been having fun sharing stories, talking about books in new ways and just thinking about this new platform, too.

So, so far, I’ve been having fun exploring this new creative side of myself and this new way to highlight books, talk with the bookish community and some authors, too. I’m grateful for it to have been a positive experience, so far.

Yet, I’m going to admit it, too: I’m a little bit worried. Okay. You know me. A lot.

☂️ My worries about bookstagram

Before, I could only imagine the work it takes, now I actually see it. I don’t even know how some people get to post every single day and just have enough time, material and inspiration to do it all.

It takes so much time to figure out the kind of pictures you want to put out and there’s so much thought going into each of these. Like, I heard the pictures have to fit an aesthetic in order for you to have a coherent feed, in order to be consistent and gain followers and everything.

✨ Am I worried about my feed? YES.

I’m only taking pictures with my phone, not an actual camera, it’s not the latest iPhone either. I’m not fidgeting with my pictures lightning for hours on end, I didn’t download 32 apps on my phone and should I?

✨ Am I worried about interaction? YES.

Instagram is a social media and… to be honest, that’s what worries me the most every single day. Unlike chatting on good old book blogs and through comments, where I feel like I can take my time, instagram feels more fast-paced and I feel like I need to keep up with it quicker, both in order to be relevant and for the instagram algorithm to like me, or something.

I’m always the happiest when someone comments on one of my posts, anywhere that is, but… I feel way more stressed to answer quickly when it’s on social media.

✨ Am I worried about numbers? YES. A LOT.

Statistics are always tricky and something I hate about social media is that they jump right to your face. The pictures with 2k likes, the accounts with 20k followers. I know I’m just starting out, but I can feel it creeping, the worry about the numbers.

The number of followers, obviously. The number of likes, comments, interaction, yes, definitely.

I also tend to worry about the amount of posts I need to put out there. Social media isn’t like book blogging and, with the instagram algorithm and everything, I feel like you need to be way more active in order to grow, in order to be noticed, too.

I can’t post every single day, so am I posting enough? Am I posting the right kind of pictures? Is there even a right kind of picture?

I know this stress about numbers won’t really go away anytime soon, so…. I’m trying not to track my statistics too much, not to worry about my best performing posts and to focus on! having! fun!!

☂️ Related blog post: The truth about book blogging statistics

✨ Am I worried about…. myself? YES.

Okay, so I promised to be honest so here goes. I’m worried about myself on bookstagram, too. I mean, it is pretty common for bookstagrammers to share bits of themselves, whether it’s in their captions or in stories, unboxing, talking, reviewing books live and so on.

I’m…. well, I’m kind of a private person (you all know I’m just the back of a head on my profile pictures…). Am I going to lose followers, interest if, sometimes, I just don’t feel like sharing a little more about myself?

I know it’s not a given to do that and I know lots of people don’t do these kind of things at all. Should I? I can’t help but wonder.

You’ll notice that I worry. A LOT. That’s just me, though and I am hoping that, with time and a little more experience, I will find my own rhythm with it all, what I am at ease with or not and, hopefully, some of my anxiety will go away, so I can completely embrace this new side of my bookish identity: being a bookstagrammer.

So, hi. I’m Marie, I’m new and hoping to have fun.

Maybe i’ll share some tips later on once I get the gist of it all, if that’s something you’d be interested in!

Also, in case you’re curious, my bookstagram account is right here: drizzleandhurricanebooks!

Do you have a bookstagram? Why did you create an account, or why don’t you have one?

Do you have any bookstagram worries like I do, or any tips for me? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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128 thoughts on “My first steps as a newbie bookstagrammer (and my worries)

  1. Great post, Marie! Happy to see you on bookstagram. I created mine years ago, but I’m always so off and on with it. I think mostly because I lack the inspiration and I never know what kind of pictures to take. I’m still trying to figure out a theme even after years of having one. Haha. So, sometimes I just don’t even hop on it at all because I just have NO IDEA what to post about or caption my photos. So far with all the pictures I’ve seen you posting since you started, I think you’re doing a pretty great job. 🙂

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    1. Ahh thank you Ashley! ❤ I can understand that, it can be so hard to know what kind of pictures to take, I know after a while I might have that lack of inspiration, too! It comes and goes I guess, as long as we're having fun when we're doing it, that's what matters 🙂
      Thank you, Ashley ❤

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  2. Another great post, Marie, and congrats for taking the plunge into the bookstagram world! Like you, I’ve been an inactive & casual observer. I post the occasional bookish photo (or photo in general lol) and try to interact with people on my feed when I remember, but honestly it is so much work. I don’t like how the algorithm actively works against you and how much effort it takes to gain traction, and I kind of resent the fact that I even feel the need to have a bookstagram! I’m not the best at photos and it makes me anxious, but I feel like I *need* to do it? I wish you lots of success

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Kal! ❤ I agree with you that it's so, SO much work, really. I don't know if I'll be able to handle it once life starts back to normal -hopefully it will, ahah. I'm a little sad also by the fact that I feel like you "have" to be on bookstagram, I'm just so happy I'm not the only one feeling this way! So far, it's been a little anxiety-inducing, but I've also been having fun being creative this way, so I hope this continues 🙂 thank you so much for your support ❤ ❤

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  3. Ahh this is SO GOOD you’re on bookstagram! I honestly love it (probably not a surprise haha) but I definitely feel for you with the worries too. Instagram IS very face-paced and it’s not as simple to just….take time off. I mean, obviously anyone can do what they want, but it definitely favours those who spend so much time there. Sometimes I get so annoyed with it?! I just want to be a potato sometimes, thx. But don’t worry about needing to be open about your life!! I find I talk 90% just about books and what I’m reading and basic bookish questions and it hasn’t hindered my growth to not give everyone updates on my personal life! We should be able to be online and have fun on different platforms AND be private if we want 💛💛

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    1. That’s what worries me, too, unlike blogging, it favors people spending hours and hours on the app and… well, I’m scared of that a bit ahah. But I’m trying not to worry about it too much and think about what I like, take it day by day 🙂
      Ahh thank you! As a very private person, I’m just so happy to hear this haha ❤ ❤

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  4. I’m super on/off with my account but that’s been more on recently (other than like this entire month haha), there are definitely a lot of things that you can worry about with bookstagram compared to a blog, and the fast-paced, social media nature of it is one of the big reasons why I prefer blog to bookstagram (but omg it’s so true that it kinda feels like as a book blogger you need to have bookstagram or booktube you know), and also the kinda materialistic nature of it? I don’t always have time to take photos and also in general mine are just nowhere near as pretty as other people’s (I seem to lack a few key things like white bedsheets?? and just light themed stuff in general?) but I’ve sort of learned to accept that over the years and just use it as a fun, not too serious book promotion platform.

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    1. I think that’s so great that you have that vision of it and just try to keep it fun and not get too seriously into it. I want to do that SO badly. Just keep it light and fun as a whole and not put too much pressure on myself 🙂
      I agree with you about how fast paced it is, I still much prefer the slow, relaxed pace of blogging and commenting this way 🙂
      Thank you so much for your comment!! ❤

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  5. I created my Bookstagram when I created my blog and I’ve definitely found that it took off way more than my blog. I wouldn’t say I was inactive but I recently just started putting a few hours a day commenting on others posts, sharing photos I like and joining engagement groups and found it is a lot of work but it’s so much more rewarding.

    Also for editing, I use a free version of Lightroom on my phone and use portrait mode on my phone and that’s really all you need! Hope you enjoy your new-ish account and welcome to Bookstagram!

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  6. I’ve been loving your bookstagram Marie! Your pictures are so pretty 😍 You absolutely will not lose followers if you don’t share personal info about yourself! I feel like I shouldn’t state it like it’s a given, but I think that it’s sort of the same as blogging wise where there’s some info you can share to show your ~personality~ but it doesn’t have to get too deep. Honestly, there are some people who I think might share a bit *too* much on bookstagram 😅

    I wish you the best of luck on your Bookstagram journey 💕💕

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  7. I was really new to bookstagram, and I found that if I was following more people, then the more followers I would get. However, in July, I realized that following 700+ people was not good for my mental health, so I cleaned up my follower list. This August, I renamed myself and my blog because I felt like I needed to assert that I was no longer just someone who “lives in YA books” because I reaad more than YA! I renamed myself Solace In Reading, which was availible, and I find that bookstagram can be a lot of fun if you focus on connecting with people. Also, your followers will be supportive if you take a break! I’ve taken a month long break/barely posted for months because of school, and the friends you make WILL stick around and understand that you need to take care of yourself.

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