Hello all! Sorry for the mini-hiatus the past couple days. Life, as we all undoubtedly know, happens sometimes.
Anyway, welcome to another week of Conversations. This week’s discussion comes directly from the meme itself, but I’m going to tweak it a bit. Instead of discussing the essentials needed for me to follow a blog, I will be talking about the essentials for me to follow a Bookstagram.
The reason I’m changing this is because my main tie to the online book community comes from Instagram. I love looking through and following blogs, but I don’t spend most of my time there. And I’m not nearly as picky as I am with Instagram.
What makes me follow a Bookstagram account:
Obviously, the easiest way to get your account seen is to interact with other people. I always stalk the people who comment on my pictures and usually end up following them. I’ve never been into searching hashtags, so usually the only way I even know some accounts exist is if I see them comment on my account or someone on my feed mentions them.
I also love an account that interacts with their followers. That’s not something I am the best at yet, so it reminds me that I need to make sure I am being more tentitive to my followers.
When I go onto an account to do some stalking, the first thing I notice is the theme or aesthetic. For me to be completely drawn to an account, I like uniformity in pictures. But that’s not always the case. If you look at my account, I am constantly changing themes, and I think it’s fine to change your account to fit whatever you are feeling at the time.
But my initial thoughts come from an overview of the pictures, and I find consistency pleasing to look at.
This might sound obvious, but a lot of accounts that have bookish handles, aren’t really bookish. They may contain a few pictures of books here and there, but they will mainly be selfies and life pictures. This is all fine and dandy, and if the aesthetic is there and it’s nice to look at I might follow it from my personal. But I do prefer my Bookstagram accounts to be primarily books.
4. Post Frequency
I just recently purged my accounts that I follow and deleted so many people because they haven’t posted in months. I enjoy accounts that post at least every couple days. I follow accounts to look at their pictures and so I want to see more of them. I’m not saying I won’t follow you if you post once a week. But I don’t see a point in following an account that posts once a month.
The biggest thing I look for in an account is that it inspires me to make my account better. I am constantly looking through my feed for inspiration before book photo shoots. So it’s important that I love the content they are providing.
Followers and likes mean nothing to me. I have seen some amazing accounts with 64k followers, and even better accounts with less than a thousand. When it comes to following a Bookstagram, I look for quality and interaction, and you don’t need a bunch of followers for that.
What makes you follow a blog or Bookstagram? Leave your Bookstagram handles below and I’ll give you a follow!