Finding My Own Place in the Book World

Posted June 14, 2017 by wildandw in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

Shakesespeare seems appropriate:  “And though she be but little, she is fierce.”

The beginning of this week marked one month that I have been an official member of the book community.  After a month, my bookstagram and book blog are still small, but I plan to take the world by storm with them…eventually.  I established my bookstagram and this blog with the intention of spreading my love of reading, sharing my favorite books and bookish things, passing along my thoughts and opinions on recent reads, and becoming friends with others with similar intentions.  So far, so good!

I’m not going to lie to myself — I know I have a long way to go to meet the standards of some authors and/or publishers in order to receive ARCs for review, to be accepted by some bookstagrammers with crazy follower counts, or for you, even, to actually follow/like/comment on this blog, but I understand that this is all a work in progress, and that is okay.  I am perfectly content with where I am for the time being.  I know that I have a lot to learn.  The most encouraging thing was being welcomed with open arms into the bookstagram community.  I have had some great conversations and interactions with other bookstagrammers that I hope will continue.  I truly do aspire for great things to come, though.  Just stick with me!

I understand that I should not have unrealistic expectations considering I work a full-time job, volunteer for the American Cancer Society, have a social life, and still need to make enough time if I want to be successful with my accounts in the book world.  Trust me, I am being realistic.  I like to think that I’m a logical person.  None of this stops me from wanting people to like me, my bookstagram, and my blog, though.  It doesn’t stop me from checking my follow count and stalking the number of likes per picture or blog post.  Who doesn’t want to be liked or accepted?!

I just wrapped up a huge event that I chaired for my local American Cancer Society, so I now have a little more time to read, blog, and take photos.  For the last couple weeks, I had to fly by the seat of my pants because I had so much going on, but I should have more time to think about how I want to represent myself through my accounts and better plan my photos and posts.  I am serious about learning and growing and bettering myself as a bookstagrammer and book blogger.

So, what do other bookstagrammers and bloggers recommend for newbies like me?  What are your best tips for taking aesthetic photos, growing follow counts, gaining exposure, making a name as a blogger, etc.?  What is something that you know now that you wish you knew then (when you were starting out)?



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2 responses to “Finding My Own Place in the Book World

  1. Kelly, you have made a wonderful start to this bookish community! I am still a newbie myself, but my best advice is to be yourself. I too would love to be an established book blogger one day, but I believe it needs to be fun too. Take pictures you like, write blog posts the way you want to and let people fall in love with you and what you do.
    As for gaining more followers, it is much easier on Instagram, follow trains and shoutouts, but maybe you can use your Instagram to help you here. Try sharing a screenshot of your blog or newest blog post in you Instagram story and mention it in the caption of your pictures.
    Hope that was in some way helpful for you.

    • I love this advice, and it is absolutely what I am doing right now! I started my blog and bookstagram for me. Yes, I want others to enjoy it, but I don’t ever want to lose the feeling that I am doing this for me <3