Paperback's Pondering's is a weekly discussion when I take a topic and well, ponder about it! This week, I'm diving into the world of bookstagram.
Rewind to late March when I was at a book event and almost everyone in the line was raving over bookstagram. Some talked about how amazing the community was, how they were able to make friends with authors through the site, and how easy it is to get noticed by publishers this way. Everyone got me hooked on the idea, and with me being in a photography class this semester, I felt like it would grow my knowledge on it as well as make some new friends.
I have now realized that bookstagram is not for me, at all. I soon found myself stressed over how often I had to post, as I saw the people I was following post at least once a day, as well as whether or not I had to join monthly photo challenges or not. Being a busy student, I barely have time to put together a nice setup for one book, let alone 30 per month! While I have a great admiration for those who put so much time and effort into their photos, seriously these people are like superheros, I could never do it myself.
The main thing that people seemed to love about bookstagram was the community. Some said that they had found their best book buddies on the site. I'm always looking for new friends to rave with about books, but I found it very hard on the site to make friends with people when you're just starting out. Most more popular book accounts would follow me, I'd get excited and follow them back, only to be unfollowed LITERALLY MINUTES LATER because they just wanted to expand their followers. I'm not trying to be rude or bash bookstagram, but I never have that problem on my blog or Twitter.
I find it hard to have proper conversations through bookstagram. On Twitter it's so easy to jump into a conversation and keep it going, but a conversation through the comment section of a photo just doesn't seem as organized. I find it a lot harder to let the conversations keep moving.
I guess what I'm trying to get here is, that while I have an amazing respect for all things bookstagram and I'm sure that there are lovely people on there that I would love to meet, Twitter is my main and favourite form of communication. I just find that with my experiences, everyone is a lot more open to each other, and it just overall seems a bit more my type. While I still keep my bookstagram to like the EVER SO GORGEOUS photos I see on there, and while I'll still keep my account for when I'm in the mood, I don't think it will be a major form of social media for me. I just don't feel very comfortable there.
I want to know what you think! What do you like/dislike about bookstagram?
Emily @ Paperback Princess
Bookstagram (and instagram in general) has never really appealed to me - it just feels like it's all about style over substance.ReplyDelete
Meh, I'm sure other people like it. But I'm there like: yeah, so it's pretty. And? So was yesterday's... and the day before that... and the day before that... There's only so much I can care about that, lol. :)
I have a personal instagram that I actually really enjoy because I feel like there's less pressure to post often and post really nicely. I guess people with a true passion for design and photography really love it, but it just makes me more stressed.Delete
I TOTALLY AGREE. I have about 200 followers, and although tons of people seem to really care about their fanbase of followers, I don't, and I don't think I ever plan to because I don't have the time! I like posting on my personal Instagram from time to time for my friends, but when looking at it from a book perspective, I agree, there's so much pressure! I freak out when I have no likes, and my mind explodes. It's not the picture taking, but the aftermath. :| I love scrolling through the photos of the people who do enjoy doing it, though! :DReplyDelete
Yeah, it really is about the aftermath. And it's so awkward when you're not getting any likes. It's crazy how much a social media site actually stresses me out! But I respect those who enjoy it, and for those who do it so well!Delete
Hmm...I don't have a personal instagram, much less a bookstagram. I can see the appeal, because the feeds look incredibly beautiful but I can imagine the amount of time that goes into just taking one photo. I also feel like there is a quality of books that can't come across photos. Like what does a cover of a book tell me? Give me a review!ReplyDelete
Great post :)
Yeah, I think some people put the synopsis of the book in the comments, but it all depends on who it is and sometimes just a cover could be very unhelpful. And yes, while so time consuming, the results are so gorgeous!Delete
I totally agree with you! It's really hard finding time to post pictures and I don't have the energy to make them all pretty and poised like some people. I've also never really felt a sense of community. There is no one who has ever reached out to actually talk to me. I feel like a lot of people just want followers, which there is nothing wrong with that, but that's not what I am looking for.ReplyDelete
I didn't really find a sense of community either! I felt if anything, more intimidated, and I missed how friendly everyone is on Twitter! I guess I just wanted different things than most people on bookstagram.Delete