I joined the online book world through Bookstagram. One day I stumbled upon a gorgeous feed full of books, the next I was creating my own Bookstagram account. Thanks to Bookstagram, I discovered book blogs, booktube and the amazing book community on twitter. For that I am truly thankful to the amazing Bookstagram community.
However, I sometimes I feel like there is a pressure to gain more followers, to get more and more likes for my photos. I often find myself wondering why do people not like my photo if it gets less likes than the one before. At one point my photos were getting over 300 likes. Then I got bored of taking the same style of photo and changed it to something I found more fun to shoot, and that I found more aesthetically pleasing. In basic terms I found them pretty.
But for some reason my new pictures find it difficult to reach even 200 likes. This leaves me wondering, what’s wrong with my pictures? Why don’t people like them as much as my other photos? But this ridiculous right? Bookstagram should be about appreciating books, and discussing our love of books with other bibliophiles. That’s how it begun for me. I want to go back to that time when gaining one follower was an achievement and getting 50 likes on a photo left me jumping for joy.
What do you think? Do you think that Bookstagram can sometimes turn into a competition of who can have the most followers? Which photos can get the most likes? Who’s feed has the best theme? Personally I have decided to stop worrying and just take photos that I like the look of. That’s the whole point of Bookstagram anyway. To share our love for the books we adore and to enjoy the whole process. It doesn’t matter if the picture I took doesn’t match my feed. I like it so I will post it! I am going to back to the old ways where taking pictures of my books is fun not about the amount of likes I get.
I know that was a bit of a ramble and I hope you were able to follow it. I would love to hear what you think of the topic. Do you agree, not agree? I can’t wait to read your opinions.
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