Since in a shocking turn of events I am become a Bookstagram Expert*! I am here to make all your dreams come true and share my plethora of wisdom that I have gathered over the last almost-year since joining bookstagram!
FIRST RULE: you do NOT need any special equipment or props to join!
Do you have books??
Do you have a smartphone with a camera, a digital camera or any other sort of device you can take photos with??
Then you can join bookstagram!
*LIES. I just like to pretend I am one?!?!
The best thing to do if you are just starting out is to look for things you might have laying around the house!
My favorite props are flowers. Some people go and get fake flowers, they do last longer of course. But I like to use fresh flowers!* If you ever get some as decoration for your home – use them! Use the whole flower, just the bud, or even just the petals!
It’s also a handy trick to hang them upside down for a couple of weeks until they are dry, and then you can use them forever**!
Other good things to look for are: pretty candle sticks, scarves, art supplies, even your pets if you have any!
What I’m trying to say is you don’t have to be a millionaire when starting out***
*Plus the fact that I have to get new flowers if I want them fresh keeps my photos fresh as well!
**Or until they fall apart from lack of finesse while handling :,)
***but beware booksagram will likely trick you into becoming obsessed with bookish merch you have to have and spend all your money on so you’ll be even more broke than usual! It’s great.
Joining The Community
WE ARE ALL BOOKWORMS. We don’t bite*! Follow your favorite book bloggers‘ accounts to start… * nudge nudge * and eventually you will find other bookstagrammers who share your interests!
Be active in commenting, and replying to any comments. Be interactive by asking questions in your captions and just overall gush about the books you love, talk about what you’re reading and you’ll fit right in!
*Usually?? I bite occasionally but I can’t help it if my dragon side comes out
Don’t Be Rude
It is TOTALLY FINE to get inspiration from your fellow bookstagrammers – we all do it. I do it. You neighbor does it, and we all know Bartholomew does it.
It is, however, important to give credit where it’s due. If you are flat out copying a picture from another bookstagrammer, it won’t sit well with others, even if you mention them. If you do a similar setup, be sure to tag the person who inspired you!
OBVIOUSLY you don’t have to buy bookish merch haha* BUT THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS OUT THERE. There are bookmarks, candles, bookish boxes with new releases, mugs, pillow cases, prints** and so many more things! If you do acquire bookish merch be sure to tag the shops you purchased from!
Make sure to use hashtags for the shops you love, as others may find you that way, and who knows??!? You could form a lasting friendship based on merch!
*tho it will probably suck you in anyways
**HELLO SOCIETY6 BANE OF MY EXISTENCE
BRING ON THE CHEESE. I always feel like I need to bring this point up?!?!
There are all kinds of people on bookstagram, but the easiest way to make real friendships is to talk about books you ACTUALLY love (we have all been there, rating a book higher than we actually thought it should be…), even ranting about books you disliked (I have formed several friendships based on ranting* actually bahahaha)
*Is it healthy?!?!? WHO CAN KNOW
Lots of accounts both big and small host hashtag challenges every month! Basically an account puts together a hashtag (mine is with my bookstagram bestie Kylie @frenchiefiction!) for example #FrenchieFantasyOctober – and there will be daily prompts listed!
This is especially helpful if you need inspiration! 90% of my inspiration comes from challenges! You take a photo you think corresponds with that day’s prompt, and use the hashtag under the photo when you post it.
There are so many choices when it comes to bookstagram challenges, plus you have the chance of getting featured on the hosts’ accounts every week #bonus.
Do you feel like a bookstagram pro now??!? Do you have a bookstagram already? Are you interested in creating a bookstagram? Do you think that I actually made helpful tips or am I spewing nonsense as usual??