Hello, my fellow book lovers! I joined the book community on Instagram or “bookstagram” in June 2015. Ever since the algorithm was introduced, I’ve been unhappy. It’s gotten to the point where I actually considering leaving bookstagram, so I wanted to talk about that today.
– the algorithm –
Ever since Instagram introduced it’s algorithm (e.g. no longer a chronological feed), users have felt it’s impact. No matter what I do, I don’t gain followers and my pictures hardly receive as many likes as they used to. I have over a thousand followers less on my other account, yet my pictures get just as many likes there. I know I shouldn’t care about the numbers, but it’s disheartening. It feels as if I’m talking to myself.
– not enough spoons –
Taking pictures is both mentally and physically draining. I simply don’t have the spoons to spend a ton of time on my pictures. I know my pictures would probably be more popular if I edited them using Photoshop, if I used more props… but that’s too demanding. Please know it’s not laziness; blame my disabilities.
– rep searches, merchandise, a camera… –
Bookstagram isn’t simply taking a picture of a book. At times, the book boxes, the bookish candles, rep searches etc. seem much more important. I can’t afford and don’t want to spend so much money on it. I want it to be fun, rather than feel like I run a business but get nothing in return.
– lack of diversity –
I try to post a lot of pictures of diverse books on my account because those are the books I read. Whenever I post pictures of popular (and non-diverse) novels such as the Harry Potter series, I get more likes. I think the book community is doing more attempts to be inclusive, but bookstagram is seriously lacking. For every ten pictures you see there, nine will probably feature Sarah J. Maas’ books!
At the end of the day, I just don’t feel at home in the book community on Instagram anymore. I’m certainly not the only person there who cares about diverse book, but there are few of us. Additionally, most of those people are active on other social media such as Twitter as well, so I don’t think I would be missing out on much if I deleted my account.
– BUT am I ready to say ‘goodbye’? –
That said, I’ve had my account for such a long time now, it’s a habit. Truthfully yes, I am doing it out of habit rather than enjoyment, but still: taking pictures of books is what I’m used to. I want to say: “F*ck it, I don’t care about the numbers, I’m just going to post whatever I want to”, but I cannot help but feel even more lonely whenever I post a picture, because it truly feels as if I’m talking to myself.
If you have any advice for me, please let me know ❤ I’m sorry this post is so negative, but I needed to vent.
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