I’ve been debating this topic for quite some time now and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be pretty controversial. I’m sure some of you are going to think that I’m completely daft, but I’m also positive that some of you will be in total agreement with me. So here goes nothing ♡
Firstly, for those of you who are unaware of what Bookstagram is, it’s the part of Instagram that is completely dominated by bookish related photo’s.
One of my Bookstagram photo’s I’m the most proud of.
Photo’s like these don’t just happen – it takes loads of time, precarious placement, good lighting and editing to make your pictures look like this. So, some of you might have noticed that I have been absent from Bookstagram over the past few months, some of it was due to time constraints and the rest was just a lack of wanting to post due to a couple of things I came to realise during my absence.
♡ Lately, Bookstagram feels too much like a competition to me.
I’ve come to realise that the bookish community of Bookstagram are possibly obsessed with likes. Now I’m not saying that every single person with a Bookstagram account is just looking for likes, but a vast majority unfortunately are. There are numerous accounts who were complaining that they’re not receiving as many likes as they did before Instagram changed their whole algorithm system, but there’s also accounts that are just complaining in general about not receiving enough likes.
Also, in order to achieve these hundreds of likes, your books needs to be perfect, you need to have perfect lighting and the perfect props to go with your book. Also it needs to be a popular book, like a new release or a book that no one will ever get enough of. To achieve likes I don’t want to be subject to all these “rules” I just want to take photos for fun, but I’m constantly worried that my photo’s are not good enough for Bookstagram.
♡ Most people are just out to get followers.
I honestly feel that Bookstagram is more about getting followers and likes than sharing book reviews or recommendations with fellow book bloggers. I’ll admit that at the beginning I was also very self conscious about the number of followers I had, because I though that the success of my account was directly linked to my follower count. In a sense that can also determine success, but once again I want to place photo’s of books for fun, not to be successful. Yes, it’s great when people notice your account and like your picture, but are they actually interacting with you? Are you actually talking about books?
The amount of Shoutout and Follow for Follow posts that makes the rounds in Bookstagram just shows that most people are just worried about gaining more followers instead of making friends and discussing their true love – books.
♡ Everyone is obsessed with their feed.
I get it. You want your feed to be pretty and neat and have a specific look and feel to it. Once again, in the beginning I was also very attentive to the fact that all my photo’s had to match in order for my feed to match. But if I want to post a photo and it doesn’t match my “feed” then I think I can do so without having to be worried.
I’ve seen Bookstagram accounts starting over because they didn’t like their feeds anymore. Maybe this is going a bit far, surely you should post what you want to post, when you want to post it, regardless if it will fit your feed or not.
This post is in no way an attack on people who love to post photo’s on Bookstagram, I too love to post creative pictures on Bookstagram. But I want it to become about more than just the likes and the follows, I want Bookstagram to become more like the book blogging community where people actually interact and talk to one another about books and their love for books. I really want to remain a part of the Bookstagram community as I follow loads of you on Bookstagram and I love looking at all your wonderful picture. Maybe I’ll just unfollow the accounts that are only out to get more followers and maybe I’ll just try and interact more with fellow Bookstagrammers.
What do you think? Do you think Bookstagram is just about the likes and follows? Do you just post pictures without caring how many people like them? Would you like Bookstagram to become more “interactive”? Share your thoughts with me down in the comments!