So I know that many of you guys want to know more about bookstagram tips and tricks, and I’m more than happy to oblige! I love helping you guys on your bookstagram journey and make some strategies easier for you through my own experience. I have been able to go from zero followers on January 1st, 2017, when I made the new years resolution to start a bookstagram to help me stay accountable in my reading, to 5,000.
I’m going to give you an overview of what I’ve done here on the blog, however I’ve also written a detailed and comprehensive guide to bookstagram that I know will help you grow your account. You can buy a copy right here on my website! Just click this link to get sent to my shop, right here on Secret Booktopia!
Now, let me put a little disclaimer by saying that in no way, shape, or form do followers have anything to do with self-worth or how valuable your account is. Because the truth is, I think EVERY bookstagram account is valuable. The message that books are important in this world is beautiful and I never want to discount anyone for that. So just know, no matter how big or small your account is, I think it is meaningful and beautiful! This is just meant to help those that do want to increase their follower accounts.
So, here’s a few tips I’ve learned when it comes to creating a following quickly on Bookstagram. For more tips be sure to check out my other two posts How To Create An Engaged Following On Bookstagram and How To Take Your Best Bookstagram Photo Yet; Why Lighting Is So Important.
I dedicated A LOT OF TIME- I really do mean a lot of time. Especially in the beginning, you may have to live and breathe bookstagram to get your account off the ground and to start attracting people to it. I would also suggest that if you don’t want to live and breathe bookstagram then trying to make a big account (not just for a hobby) may not be for you. Of course, that is totally and completely your choice! But at least in my own personal experience, setting out a certain amount of time each day to work on bookstagram things is essential.
The Learning Process
I did a ton of research, and then experimented with what I learned- A lot of what I figured out can be found in my book Post Your Best Bookstagram Photos Ever, where I go into much more detail on my methods, editing applications, how I take my pictures, and marketing tips. However, I will say here that finding people who can mentor you is a big part of the process. For me, that was looking at accounts’ aesthetics that inspired me (shout out to @crimeofrhyme on bookstagram, who believed in me from the beginning, and whose account is still HUGE)! A few other accounts I found early inspiration from (and still do!) were @pollyandbooks and @woodlandspirits.
I also watched lots of YouTube videos about bookstagram, as well as how to create certain photographic images such as flat lays. If you’ve seen my article on 5 YouTube Channels for Creatives , that’s actually how I discovered Makelight’s Youtube channel, which I highly recommend for inspiration on Instagram in general, by the way.
A huge part of getting followers is developing beautiful and interesting content which is all a part of the learning process. I go into this in far more depth in my book, but the main point here is to always try to learn something new as you go, and don’t be afraid to change things up and experiment!
Draw People In and Attract Attention
To gain followers, you not only need your content to be interesting, but you also want to have interesting captions. Once people see this content, they will be more likely to follow you. Having a cohesive feed is also very helpful and eye catching, especially to potential new followers.
If you can get your photos to trend on any bookstagram hashtag, whether the hashtag has thousands of posts or not, do so. It will help your photo to catch more eyes because it will be visible longer than the few seconds it may show up on the most recent photo feed for the #bookstagram hashtag.
In addition, commenting on bigger accounts will also help! I personally prefer meaningful comments, as I think this is a fun part of the bookstagram experience, and also helps you to stand out.
Never Give Up
Mindset is everything in life, including on bookstagram. At first, it will be hard to get followers because your account is smaller. Just remember that it is like that for everyone, and you are not alone. It’s not because you aren’t creating great content or anything like that. Usually, it is just because you have less exposure and less of a following. If you are determined to get followers and become a bigger bookstagram account, I genuinely believe you can make that happen. Mindset is extremely important though, just remember that it will not always be easy and remember your worth. You may have days where you stagnate or even lose followers and that’s okay. It is all apart of the growing experience. I can personally say that I had days where I lost followers, but the important part is that I didn’t let that stop me. You shouldn’t either!
So, I hope these tips were helpful for you guys for a quick overview in some of the ways that I’ve gained followers. A HUGE part of it is honestly perseverance and just deciding to be dedicated to your bookstagramming. Dedicating the time is also crucial, as well as pushing yourself to keep learning new things. The beautiful thing about bookstagram, too, is that it is such a tight-knit community. People want to connect and talk about books, and that makes creating content and interacting with others in the community extremely fun and rewarding! I hope you found this information useful, and don’t forget to check out my book on my website by clicking the link here!