Hello friends! I hope you’re all well. Recently I restarted my Bookstagram after months of stopping and starting it. I have such a love/hate relationship with Instagram itself, that it always felt like a chore before. But I think I’ve figured out the secret recipe to restarting your Bookstagram. Here’s are my 5 biggest tips.
1. Create a Routine
Yes, I know. Everyone recommends this. But there’s a reason for it – it actually works! I set aside 10 minutes every morning to like and post comments on other people’s posts. I also try to post my own images either every day, or every other day. Consistency is key to growing your account, so finding a routine that works for you will go a long way.
2. Use Pinterest for Inspiration
Posting regularly and not repeating ideas can be a little difficult. I recently started using Pinterest to find inspiration for my posts. Now obviously I’m not advocating copying somebody else’s work, but being inspired by a certain angle or pose is a great way to create new ideas!
3. Take Multiple Photos At Once
This fits in with creating a routine. Lets be honest – sometimes having a routine can make Instagram feel like a chore. To avoid this, when I have small bursts of inspo, I take and edit 3 or 4 photos at once. This way you always know that you have backup images if you don’t have time to take photos one day.
4. Change Themes Gradually
Admittedly changing your theme over the course of a year and a half is very gradual, but I’ve had a lot of different themes in between. You can’t tell this – Why? I deleted most of these phases. I found that this wasn’t helpful at all, and creates a space in time when it looks like you were inactive on the app. Instead, it’s much easier to cultivate your photographic style gradually so that your profile looks much more cohesive.
5. Engage with Others
Instagram isn’t all about the numbers – it’s a community! Commenting on people’s posts and responding to a #QOTD is a wonderful way to make friends. Don’t be afraid to talk to someone you’ve never spoken to before, the bookish community is an amazingly supportive and friendly place.