News alert: I have created a new Instagram account to use only for bookish purposes. Until recently I had been using my personal one to occasionally share some pictures of books and to follow other creators. I faced a constant conundrum, though. On the one hand I didn’t want to inundate my feed with only pictures of books, because I used that account to interact with my real-life friends, but on the other hand I also didn’t want to share more personal photos there either, since I had set its visibility to public. The result was that I almost didn’t use Instagram at all anymore, despite loving photography.
To solve that problem, I’ve now made my personal account private (plus removed all followers I didn’t know personally) and created a new account to serve only as a companion for the blog, which will continue to be the main platform I use. A blog suits my need to share written opinions on books more in depth, as I personally don’t like reading long captions on Instagram.
What can you expect to see on my new Instagram account? My “plan” is to always share a picture of the book I’ve just reviewed on the blog, accompanied by a summary of my opinions (a couple of sentences) on the caption. Whenever I publish a post on the blog other than a review, I will also share a picture on Instagram that will serve as a recap of it in some way. Plus, at the end of each month, I want to post a picture featuring all of the books I’ve read with a caption focusing mostly on my favourite.
I also want to use Instagram stories more often than I used to. I’ll maybe use them to share throughout the year the books I’ve recently read, their ratings, and some words that summarise my feelings, which I’ll then compile on a highlight. I also plan to create a story whenever I can visit a significant bookish place and then had it to the highlights as well. I also expect to create some polls in the future.
The first picture I posted on my new Instagram account was of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, the latest book that I’ve reviewed. I then added to my feed a few more pictures of books which have gorgeous covers, so it didn’t look so empty.
If you want to, you can follow me @a.bag.full.of.stories!
Do you have a bookish Instagram account? Tell me in the comments!