Wandering Thoughts: Why I Don’t Bookstagram, But Now I Think I Should

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Wandering Thoughts is where I let my mind stray, think and talk about non-routine things. This is an avenue for bookish personal stories, fun posts, musings and discussions.


Why I don’t Bookstagram:
  • I don’t even have a personal Instagram account.
  • I mentioned in the blog before that I cannot for the life of me take decent book photos because of my lacking photography skills.
  • I am a slow reader and the time that I would put in arranging pretty flatlays or whatnots would rather much be spent on reading.
  • Being a small, international (read: non-U.S. based) book blogger, I do not receive physical copies of books for review. The ARCs I read are mostly in electronic format.


But Now I Think I Should:
  • It’s one way to promote books that I really love.
  • There are so many perks of being in it, like boosting the presence of my blog and such.
  • Even though, I don’t have physical ARCs, I can still post pictures of books that I already own.
  • It’s such a booming trend right now that sign up forms from publishers and blog tours always ask for bookstagram account handle and number of followers.
  • So I can join Instagram-hosted book giveaways.

To bookstagram or not to bookstagram. That is the question that’s been gnawing through my thoughts. I have been weighing on it for quite some time now. I’ve actually been reading and watching tutorials on how bookstagrammers do their stuff . And like blogging, it takes time, dedication and hardwork! So I don’t know, I am still pretty much in a limbo space. This post is basically just me putting up my dillydallying in the blogosphere and hoping some book people can give useful inputs to help me finally decide.

I am linking up this post in both the Book Blogger Hop and Discussion Challenge.


The Book Blogger Hop question for this week (June 29th - July 5th), which is submitted by  Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews, is “Do you have an Instagram account? If so, do you only follow book folks?

My answer: None (yet). But if I have one, it would strictly be about books and would only follow book folks.

I'd love to hear from you!
Please, help me decide. Or at least give your invaluable personal experiences and insights. Should the boom of bookstagram influence me in finally starting up an account, even though I am a useless, shriveled up bookish potato with zero creative juice to spare? Should I snatch some precious time reading to snap, edit, filter and post pretty book photos? If you are already in bookstagram, is it all worth it for you?

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