Bookstagram has become an addiction. I love setting up photos, talking about books, & meeting wonderful people. While the community is mostly great, there are some aspects that I don’t really care for.
Shoutout for Shoutout Sessions
Ummm, if you love someone’s account, why don’t you just shout it out? It’s silly to make people jump through hoops for that. Not to mention, I just skip over those stories. Plus the ~opportunity~ of being seen by 71+K accounts? I can guarantee all those accounts aren’t watching the stories.
I’m not following you and your 10 booksta besties for a chance to win a $20 Amazon card. That’s just ridiculous. I can understand it when companies or authors are hosting a giveaway and each one is contributing a prize. Even then, I’ll usually pass because I don’t want to follow accounts I’m not really interested in (cough*Fakecrate*cough).
Allowing Account To Become One Big Advertisement
Bookstagram should be used to promote books and products by companies you love. I just skip over accounts that are solely rep posts/partner posts/other posts that are required because of a contract.
I’ve had the great opportunity to rep for companies that I really love. That’s why you continue to see me posting, talking about them, & promoting them even when I’m not a rep and have spent my own money.
I’d like to see more people talking about companies and books when they don’t have an obligation to post about it.
If you do it well, your followers can see your new theme on your feed. It’s so frustrating to scroll through my feed to find 3+ junk/filler pictures with the ever so helpful caption of ‘~Theme Divider~’
Follow for Follow?
If you like an account, just follow them!
Actually asking for a follow back is so unbelievably tacky.