I’ve talked a little on the blog about my bookstagram attempts. I started a bookstagram a while ago here because I wanted to experiment with a new hobby, and I thought photography might be something fun. I love all the bookstagrams I follow and thought that doing one would be feasible, since I am passionate about books and therefore would enjoy photographing them.
However, starting a bookstagram has not been as easy or rewarding or enjoyable as I thought it would be. Here are some of the reasons I’ve been struggling with it:
- Lack of a good camera. I only have a phone camera to work with, which apparently people can do, but I can’t take a variety of types of photos with it like I would want to. I also have limited editing capabilities because of this. I’d really like a DSLR camera, but those are expensive and I’m worried about spending a ton of money on something that I’m just starting out doing. I have a couple lower-end digital cameras on my wishlist, but the one I most want is upwards of $400 because it comes with a bunch of other stuff like cool lenses and different memory cards and a tripod, which I really want so I can take better photos of myself or of other things at better angles. But again, it’s a lot of money and I’m worried about spending so much on something I might not end up liking. But without it, I also don’t have much of a chance of experimenting because all I have is my phone. It is dillematic.
- Not enough physical copies. Most of the ARCs I read are eARCs, and I had to leave half of my physical collection of books at home when I moved, which was very sad. I honestly don’t even have enough shelf space in my apartment to store all the books anyway. But not having a lot of physical copies means not a ton of variety in my bookstagram pictures. Most bookstagrammers seem to have hundreds of books, and I definitely do not have hundreds of books. I could probably afford to buy more books if I wanted to, but again, not having space is a problem.
- No good backgrounds. I guess I could just use white posterboard for backgrounds of books, but the minimalist bookstagram accounts don’t seem to do as well as the colorful ones, though minimalist is more my aesthetic for bookstagram anyway. Photography backgrounds don’t have to be super expensive, but I still have to spend money on them, and it’s money I don’t have a ton of right now.
- No accessories. Bookstagrammers all seem to have adorable accessories that go with their photos. A lot of it is normal household stuff, but some is more creative like pretty oragami things or fake flowers. Again, I don’t have the money or the space for that kind of stuff.
So what a lot of my bookstagram struggling comes down to is lack of money and space. I’m realizing that basically any type of Instagram requires someone to be well off financially, and since I’m just starting out being financially independent, that does not describe me. A couple other bloggers have written about privilege and Instagram, and I’m definitely starting to feel like class privilege is major when it comes to being able to have a pretty Instagram.
Still, I’d really like to experiment with photography and have my very own aesthetically pleasing Instagram. I’m also starting to realize I don’t want to focus on just one subject, and maybe have more of a lifestyle-type Instagram, even though mine would be like a literary lifestyle Instagram, which seems not to be a thing yet. I have ideas for book posts, bullet journal posts, body positive posts, and makeup posts, but all of those things don’t usually go together in one Instagram. But I might be thinking too much about what a “typical” popular Instagram is and gaining followers right away instead of doing one that I just happen to enjoy.
I don’t know where I’m going to go with Instagram yet, but I’m leaning towards getting a good camera that I can do more experimenting with after a few more paychecks. I just want to find a new creative outlet to do that will maybe help distract me from being anxious sometimes and give me more to think about. We’ll just have to see if it works out, I guess.
Tell me about your experiences with Instagram! What advice do you have for me?