Since I have hit 1K on instagram, I thought it would be cool doing this kind of post. Plus, I want to make some posts dedicated to books and social media, so it's perfect.
First thing to think about before signing in, is THE NAME. Here are some suggestions about:
● choose a short, original name. When it comes to names, I don’t remember anything, so it's better, in my opinion, if you’d use funny and curious ones. The kind people would remember without a doubt. I recommend using alliteration, which is the repetition of the same consonant sound.
● Search the name you have chosen, because it might be already taken or you could find a similar one and some people could get confused.
● If you are a person with no imagination like me, you could ask some help to your friends, or to internet. Fun Fact: I haven't came out my name myself, but a lovely Goodreads member helped me finding it.
But hey, you can call yourself as you want, that's your bookstagram, after all.
Second thing you have to think about is A THEME. A theme is important, even when you don’t have a bookstagram account, a theme is what makes you different from the others. Example: a girl took inspiration from my feed (which is so flattering!) to start her own. Plus, people love when photos are aesthetic.
Examples of themes:
● A current background
● WHATEVER COLOUR/THING YOU LIKE.
When you have set your theme, you just have to take photos.
But with what? Anything! You don’t have to have an Iphone camera or a *insert expensive camera name here*. I actually took mine with a Samsung camera (so not a professional one) or sometimes with my sister’s phone, that has really good quality and it's a Samsung.
You can take photos with your phone, then. Just assure yourself the camera isn't shitty. Mine is 😅
Now you have a name, a feed, a camera, so you are ready to become a bookstagrammer. To start with photos, choose a cute background, whatever you like:
● A wooden one
● Outside: your garden/anything
● Your bookshelves
● Your desk
● Your room (I take a lot of photos on my bed)
And now props! Here are some ones:
● Origami (I recommend the channel Basteln mit Papier on YouTube, because despite not being a handy person, I managed to do some origami thanks to them. Also, thank to them, I remembered the term “basteln” for my German certification).
● Pages of books you don’t like anymore
● Your notebook/bullet journal
● Your computer/camera/eReader/phone
● Blankets, bookmarks/candles
Popular tags on bookstagram:
Okay, people! Let’s talk about editing: without it, I would be lost. I use free apps like Snapseed, but there are also VSCO, Pixlr, Lightroom CC, etc.
Now that you have taken pics and edited them, stalk people! I mean, like and comment on photos A LOT. Especially if you are new. Don’t be afraid to talk to people, they are all nice and welcoming. With a new feature, you can add your post to your story and people can tap on it and be straight at your post. I recommend to share it on your story, whenever you post.
ALSO: be active. You can have a life, but try to post once in a while. I post once everyday.
You could find some people offering “Shoutouts for Shoutouts” Do it! I think it’s a great way to get known.
Participate in book challenges! They are a lot and they can give you an idea, if you need inspiration.
So, let’s remind the ways to help you to get known:
● Stalk people
● Post a lot
● Join challenges
● Shoutouts for shoutouts/follow trains
● Share your post on your story
● Do book tags
● Hashtags!! You can use not more than 30 on instagram. If you have written a fabulous caption and you accidentally use more than 30, Instagram decides to erase the complete caption and adios to your perfect caption. So be careful!
Now, a list with SOME of my personal faves on bookstagram (they are a lot!):
I really hope I helped you! Do you have a bookstagram?? Write yours in the comments, and I'll check it out 💕