A quick guide to Bookstagram

Instagram Autumn feed

What is Bookstagram, you might wonder? Well, it`s the love child between books and Instagram, hence the Bookstagram community. And let me tell you, it`s the best community in the world. It`s a place where people can talk about their favourite books, give professional advice on getting out of a reading slump and discuss all sorts of bookworm problems. Everyone is nice even if you don`t like their favourite series. I mean, they might do some voodoo in private, but nobody is threatening to burn you like a witch for having different opinions. Yes, Bookstagram community is the best. You share some pics and connect with people. 

Now, I`m not going to address the importance of a huge following. We all know how that works, influencers get the sweet deals. And that`s fine because a good Instagram profile takes a lot of effort. Let`s not be haters just for the sake of it. Personally, I admire people that can make a living out of Instagram. Heck, I`d settle even for enough money to buy 10 extra books monthly. But I try not to get distracted by things like these. What`s important is socialisation and building a true relationship with those that follow you. Whilst this is just an introductory post, I will address the importance of 3 things that will change your Bookstagrammer life.
White Bookstagram Theme

Hashtags, hashtags, hashtags
I know that the big influencers will tell you that you shouldn`t use more than 5 hashtags. I agree on some levels, but not entirely. You see, at the core, all you need is a good picture and a catchy description. But when you`re small, people need to discover you. Nobody has any idea who you are. And this works both ways because through hashtags you can discover people with similar interests. I use the popular hashtags like #bookstagram, #booksofinstagram, #bookish, #igreads, etc. But I also try to include some less known ones. Why? Because when you use a less known hashtag, chances are that if you get enough likes, you get featured on the top page. And more people will take your account into consideration.

Monthly book challenges
I am cheating a bit because I can never finish a monthly challenge. I start with such enthusiasm and after 10 days something happens and I mess up. But book challenges are a great way of interacting with people. Just use the hashtag #Augustbookchallenge (or whatever month you`re in) and see what comes up. Then choose the ones you`re interested in and voila. You have enough content for the whole month.

A cohesive feed
Autumn Instagram Theme
Some of you might not be up for it and that`s OK. Having a theme can be very limiting. But it just makes your account stand out more, in my opinion. I don`t always have a specific theme, sometimes I go with the flow. But when I stick to a certain colour scheme, it does show in my following.

Like I said in the beginning, interacting with other bookworms is essential. But don`t we afraid of hashtags and definitely get involved with the community. Most importantly: try to have fun. 

20 comments

  1. Great post with some very useful tips! I LOVE bookstagram, but I've found I prefer browsing it instead of posting regularly myself. I don't quite have the creative skills to do it, but I really appreciate those who do! :)

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    1. I think it`s a great community to interact with, whether you post regularly or not.

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  2. Your photos are gorgeous!! I wish I had enough props to take some photos. I feel like I use the same background and props over and over. I eventually deleted everything and just use Instagram casually. Love your post, great ideas!!

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    1. I invested a bit in my props, not going to lie. But with Autumn coming I think you`d have a nice background.

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  3. I've heard of Bookstagram, but I haven't explored it well yet. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  4. Bookstagram is so cool and even though I don't have the time to do it like I'd like to, there ae some pretty amazing images on there. And nice that the community is so awesome too.

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  5. I post pics of new arrivals, but this is something I really need to work on. Great post.

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    1. Thank you! As long as you`re passionate, it doesn`t matter what or how you post.

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  6. I love Instagram, maybe even more than Twitter nowadays but i dont think i use it to its fullest ability. Thanks for the tips in this post ill give some of them a go.
    Gill @book_magpie

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    1. Yeah, for me it`s hard to get into Twitter because there`s so much drama all the time.

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  7. I agree with you, themes do help in terms of following, and whilst I try paying attention to it, I dont limit myself :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Yeah, they can be quite limiting. I only do themes from time to time.

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  8. I love Bookstagram and your photos are so pretty! I tried it out for a while, but the cohesive theme point was sort of where I got stuck... And also I posted really infrequently which I think didn't help me either. Eventually I gave up, but after reading this post I might have to give it another go!

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    1. I hope you do. Don`t get too stressed about the quality of your photos. Try to interact more and enjoy it.

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  9. This is a great post! Love the advice. I am trying to use Instagram more since Twitter is going crazy and this will help me so much!

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  10. Great tips. I don't do bookstagram all the times, so in no way do I have a cohesive feed but I like when people mix it up - whether they are all about bookstagram or not. Hashtags are super important though. My tip for those are to put them in your first comment - people can still find you but your actual "heading" under the photo is whatever you want it to be!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Oh yeah, that`s what I do. Though with the whole shadow ban thing, I am confused as people say you should put them in your caption.

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