Have you ever wanted to start a bookstagram account but don’t know where to start? We started our bookstagram account back in April (in case you want to explore our page, we are @alwaysbookishlovers) and we’ve learned a lot over the course of three months. For today’s post, we wanted to focus on providing some tips for those individuals who are interested in starting a bookstagram account.
- Have fun! This will always be our number 1 tip. If you aren’t having fun with bookstagram, you’re going to quickly burn yourself out. Bookstagram should be seen an enjoyable experience to showcase your love of reading, not a chore.
- Follow other bookstagram accounts. You can utilize hashtags (and there is even an option to follow specific ones on Instagram!) to find other bookstagram accounts and Facebook groups for examples as well as inspiration. Danielle and Rachael have joined several bookish groups on Facebook that periodically post follow threads. We have also utilized the suggestion feature on Instagram to find even more bookstagram accounts.
- Create pictures and posts that you love. Rachael, our nominated photographer, has had a lot of fun experimenting with various backgrounds when taking pictures. Feel free to use anything that you think would appropriate in the background. When taking pictures, some of the props that Rachael often uses are cats (Mickey and Loki are very photogenic), blankets, shells, and lights. Be creative! Below, we have shared just some of our favorite pictures from our bookstagram account.
- Create a schedule. When we initially began our bookstagram account, we were only posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but that quickly changed to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our schedule holds us accountable, ensuring that we publish new content to our bookstagram account. Without the schedule, life would definitely take over. However, we understand that our schedule might not be feasible for you and instead, you might only be able to post once a week. Do whatever is convenient for your specific schedule.
- Utilize stories. We found that utilizing stories helps with views. If you showcase pictures of your posts (from either your bookstagram account or your blog) in your stories, it helps with visibility. Stories can also be used to document unboxings, daily activities, etc. Basically, your stories can be about anything you want!
Let us know if you have any other tips for those individuals who would like to start a bookstagram account. For those seasoned bookstagrammers, what is one thing that you wished you knew when you started your account? We would also love to hear your tips for those people who have already started a bookstagram account but are stuck on how to proceed from the initial set-up. We are thinking about doing another bookstagram tips post in the future. Be sure to also keep an eye on our Instagram account for posts about the OwlCrate July and FairyLoot June boxes; those photo challenges are just right around the corner!