I currently have a smirk on my face whilst writing that title mainly because I don’t think people would believe me. Haha. Who am I to give some tips and pieces of advice!? But this post is from my personal experience.
*my current playlist: HAMILTON Musical*
First of all, my INSTAGRAM account wouldn’t be that “successful” without the #bookstagram community. I owe it to the passionate book-lovers who never fail to support each other. I’ve been bookstagramming for almost 2 years now and though this is not a perfect community like others, I can vouch that this is still the happiest place to be. What better friends to have than bookworms, right?
And I feel so proud that it is gaining popularity these days and more readers are interested to start their own account! I’ve been asked a lot by people who are starting their own bookstagram these questions that I’m here to answer at once. So let’s get this straight…
‘Bookstagram’ is a community on Instagram where book-lovers from all over the world communicate through books. How? By posting creative photos of the books we are currently reading, books we’ve read, books we want to read and all things about literature!
(Note: If a person looks nuts by taking creative shots of a book in a coffee shop, that’s most probably a bookstagrammer! Say Hi.)
The basics are simple. Once you have an Instagram App, register a new account for your bookstagram.
Then post photos! Well of course, that’s a given! POST A LOT OF PHOTOS. BUT here comes the tricky part…
Since you are already 100% decided that you want to start your bookstagram, it is very important that the content of your feed will focus on books and all things that come with it.
But if you need some inspiration, check out these stunning accounts! I love them so much!!! (these are just some of my favorites! there’s a lot more.)
For outdoor photos:
Calista from @insidethebookreader
Viktoria from @seelieknight
For swoon-worthy edited photos:
Josephine from @wordrevel
Adam from @booksss.0k
For effortless-looking indoor photos:
Alison from @crimeofrhyme
Allissa from @abookishloveaffair
For book-merch-envy photos:
Ursula from @ursula_uriarte
Hikari from @foldedpagesdistillery
I enjoy writing captions. It’s something that the photo sometimes can’t tell. Also, this is a way to communicate with your followers. Ask them stuff. Or simply greet them. Be friendly and welcoming!
The most asked questions ever! I, for one, can’t even contest in terms of consistency. I have a messy feed! I post what I want; I post things that I am passionate about. But, I think it looks consistent because of the “filters” I’m using. It makes it look more effortless, as people say it is.
(And I will give my step-by-step tutorial in another post but you can always check my Instagram feed haha)
Ahhh now that’s the most awaited part, no? Did you know that followers can be bought through various paid apps?! Ha! I just found that out recently! I was totally shocked! But of course, that meant Big Follower Count but no interaction or whatsoever. In other words, you’ll be followed by fake accounts! So anyhoo, how do you gain followers?
This is just the first part but it’s getting a bit long, so I’ll be giving another discussion about this next time! But lastly…
YOU ARE AMAZING BECAUSE YOU STARTED THIS JOURNEY. So please, just be yourself! Don’t be pressured by everyone else, we all started with one follower! Just keep posting and do what you love. Do what makes you happy. You are here because you love reading. And along the way, don’t forget to interact with others! Make new friends; meet people who are as passionate as you; make it worthwhile. You are bookstagramming for a reason; make that reason be good. 🙂
Did you find it helpful? Or if you are a bookstagrammer, do you have any additional tips? Please comment below! Thanks for reading! ‘Til next post!