Productive Procrastination – The Rocket Science of #Bookstagram 36

Let’s take NICE pics, and solve this mystery!

I can’t believe just a few years ago I didn’t know what Instagram was, and now I’m the town’s lunatic taking pictures of books in the oddest places. 🙂

When I started blogging, Instagram was just another social media account that I “needed” because I wanted  the widget on my sidebar SO BADLY! [yup, I’m a widget hoarder 🙂 ]

So, I opened an account and posted the same images I was posting on the blog and then, just ignored it.

I thought that widget was just for my readers to see. 🙂 Oh poor me, always so clueless!

But then notifications stared popping on my iphone… “xxx likes you pic”, “yyy likes your pic”


HUH?? Followers?? THAT got me curious!

Why are random people [who don’t know me!] liking my pics and FOLLOWING ME????

So, I got curious and browsed instagram some, and.. OOOOOHHHHH… I felt in love the beautiful Instagram universe! I discovered accounts with pics I liked and followed them because I wanted to see more pics! And that was the first AHA moment. 🙂


That’s WHY people follow other people in Instagram!

They like the pics!

[I tell you, I’m a genius!]

And there I realized the accounts that had THOUSAND of followers where the accounts that posted regularly and with the most beautiful pics! Another AHA moment. 🙂


People like BEAUTIFUL pics!

[Pffff I tell you, my IQ is off the charts!]

So I compared my pics to those pics and understood why my account had a handful of followers, all family and friends 🙂

My pics were not “beautiful” enough! 🙂

Those popular accounts had a THEME. A CONSISTENT content with a consistent format [background, filter, props, angles, effects, etc]. They told a “story” that people wanted to hear [to see, in this case]. My account? There was a pic of Grasshopper smelling  tomatoes, followed by a pic of us in the library, follow by a pic of Butterfly riding a horse. There was NO THEME.

[thank GOD I at least knew about tags, that’s how I got the few followers I got!]

So I researched, learned and started to post regularly using the same kind of background, props and filter. I also limited my pics to food, drinks and books. My followers grew from 20 to 200 in one month! I was like WOW. There IS a science behind this after all!

But then I realized that when I posted a food picture I would gain twenty followers, but then if I posted a book picture I would lose half of them!

Another AHA moment. 🙂


People like BEAUTIFUL pics, about the same topic!

[I was cracking this mystery people! I was!]

So I made my feed ONLY about books and that’s how my Instagram became a Bookstagram! 🙂 and I reached 500 followers in a month!  And I became the Bookstragram lunatic of my neighborhood walking around the library garden, propping books against tree branches and bushes while bending over to take pictures in those odds angles that make my Butterfly giggle. Now the library ladies giggle when they see me coming too.


[and every neighborhood has a lunatic!]

During the holidays I experimented with X-Pro II filter because I liked how the fading darkening effect:


Then in spring I started the lighter theme you see now on my sidebar which brought me to 750 followers! WHOHOOOO 🙂

And recently I started to mix books with Bullet and Art Journals and I’m crossing my fingers I don’t lose followers just because of that! [this is risky, dangerous science people! It is!]

But I still have SO MUCH to learn! like how to interact people and that mystery of mysteries that is Instagram tagging! I hope to share again everything I learned with you all soon!

Though this is just another great way to procrastinate, I’m hoping this little obsession of mine is just temporary insanity. I hope not to spend tons of $ on professional cameras, backgrounds and props as I learned professional instagramers do!

What about you? Do you have an Instagram or Bookstagram account?

Have you cracked the mystery of tagging?


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36 thoughts on “Productive Procrastination – The Rocket Science of #Bookstagram

  • Greg

    I’m still clueless on Instagram lol. I like the idea of it but just don’t have time (or the time I’d like to spend) on taking really good shots, you know? As opposed to some slapdash thing that no one would like. 🙂 Still I admire the people who are rockin this Bookstagram thing.

    That’s funny about the library ladies…

    Glad you’re enjoying it!

  • chucklesthescot

    I’m not a big social media person. I’m only really on Twitter to follow the football action on a Saturday. I’d like to spend more time on Pinterest as it’s fun and relaxing. I don’t bother with stuff like FB and Instagram. Keeping up with the blog keeps me busy enough!

  • Emma

    I have to admit I always forget about Instagram and have only just started using it again this week with sharing some holiday snaps. I love looking at photos is but not sure it’s not one social media too far for me at the moment.

  • Laura Thomas

    I want to get into this badly. But it takes time and I have so little to spare. Plus, I know I’ll go crazy with it and steal time from other things. LOL Loving your pics and if I do join, I’ll be a follower!

  • Evelina

    You inspire me to look for a widget myself xD I haven’t thought of that!
    I have been very wary of opening an Insta account. That’s because I thought (and mostly still think xD) that I was bad at taking photos. Thankfully, I took some random classes (I didn’t sign up for them, it just happens to coincide with my work. Lucky me!) and now I’m better at the basics, so I think my IG also got better.
    Unfortunately, as with most other social media, I… post, but don’t browse :/ I don’t have any time to interact with people, to follow them or even like their pics. That’s not very good… So I appreciate that people still like my pics (although not as much), because I have just left that social network to lie around. But I have my fun while taking pics, at least 🙂
    Which is why I am sorry I don’t like your pics enough xD I hardly ever even hang around there!
    And now I am off to get my own plugin and widget xD thanks!!!

    • Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

      no worries about not liking my pics! that’s what I need to learn how to do better. acknowledge who is interacting with my account!

      oh oh oh oh you opened a can of worms!!! hahahaha you can’t say the word widget to me! I’m still recovering. This will send me back to rehab! You have NO IDEA the restrain I have to exercise to only ave the few I have LOL I’m super bad at taking pics too I have this stupid fixation that I can make up for a bad camera or lighting just by bending in all odd angles. LOL that’s why I look like a lunatic. 🙂

      ok good luck with that widget. I’ll go check and then bind myself to a post! 😉

  • Geybie's Book Blog

    I felt the same. I wasn’t using Instagram much since I’m terrible at taking pictures. Those who followed me were my blogging friends. But then I started to learn making pictures and saw more people start following me. Wow, you know I was like… what?! So excited. I’m trying to post more regularly now.

    Anyway, I LOVE your pictures. Yes, you are a genius!!! They are all beautiful. 😁❤️

  • Laurie @ Bark's Book Nonsense

    I’ve tossed around the idea of a Bookstagram but then I remember that I am lazy! I envy those of you who can keep it all together. I’ve seen some of those Bookstagram pages and they are super creative and lovely but I always wonder if some of those people even read the books. How would they find the time?! Some pages have beautiful pictures but no links to blogs or reviews. That always makes me scratch my head. Or maybe I am just clueless about the whole thing.

  • Annemieke

    Haha I love how you wrote this. Honestly I kind of ignore the whole constant theme thing for the photos. I just take photos I like myself. I guess this is why I have been stuck on the same number of followers for a while. (well plus the whole instagram algorithm).

  • Karen

    I enjoy it but I certainly haven’t cracked any code lol Mostly because I don’t just post about one thing. It’s a mix of food, pets and books but that’s ok with me.

    My husband does laugh at me though when I’m in a store and I buy something totally random because it matches a book cover that I want to take a picture of.

    For What It’s Worth

  • Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Oh, Bookstagram… sigh How I envy those who consistently post beautiful book pic when glorious props and perfect lighting and gorgeous staging. I’ve tried (well, not very hard, but I’ve tried) but I started to feel like achieving results like those I drooled over must be a full time job. I don’t know how people (like YOU, my friend!) put together such visually stunning arrangements. Maybe I’m not creative enough? Not imaginative enough? So I kinda gave up and now just ogle the beauty that everyone else creates. 🙂

    • Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

      oh I didn’t think mine were good at all, just that I was coming around to understanding the mentality of instragram followers so I tried doing things a little different with results that I was surprised to see! BUT THANK YOU TANYA! your compliment made me very happy! 🙂

  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’ ve realized that I’m just not great at Instagram. I don’t have a particularly artistic eye and it takes me way too long to get so-so pictures. I still post there occasionally, but I don’t have the time to really keep up with it. That being said, I LOVE looking at other people’s pretty book pictures. I somehow wasn’t following you, but I’ve corrected that now!

  • Cee @ Dora Reads

    I have approx. zero patience for Instagram/bookstagram/whateverstagram. But if you enjoy it then go for it.

    But I’m just there like… it’s a book. It looks like a book. There’s only so many pics you can take before it becomes repetitive guys! (I know! This bookish rebel speaks blasphemies!!!! Lol.)

    I also cannot be ar*ed to faff around with props and lighting and all that jazz. Nope. Not enough patience in this world. I don’t even do that for my blog – free, copyright-free, stock photos for the win! Life’s too short for me to get frustrated with pastels and curly writing and artfully arranged mugs and all the stuff that everyone goes gaga over and at the end of the day does nothing more than look ok. The occasional Twitter selfie is all you’re getting from me! Lol.

    Seriously though, if you enjoy it, then enjoy it – that’s the important part! XD

  • Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    I am a professional Bookstagram stalker! I simply lurk to see the beautiful pics but don’t want to muddle through the themes and props and tags and challenges because – TIME! I only just have enough for blogging and reading at this point. JUST!

    Now I know you Bookstagram I have followed you to stalk your beautiful pics but I post once in a blue moon about super random things myself. 🙂

    Slowly catching up after a couple of weeks away and hope you’ve been well!