Hello my lovely followers! This is something a bit different to my usual posts, but it’s something that I’ve wanted to talk about for a long time… Why I no longer use Instagram for my books and to support my blog.
Until about a month ago I had an Instagram account for this blog, it linked back to my page, everything I shared on there (related to my blog) had a little plug in the caption to come visit my page. I was really excited to finally be part of the Bookstagram community, I felt like it would help my blog and I’d get to interact with people more.
How wrong I was…
I set everything up, started following fellow accounts, started commenting and liking their pictures (people would always comment back which was lovely) but it felt like a full-time job because of Instagram algorithms.
I already have a full time job, and I like to blog alongside that, have a social life and I’m also getting to be quite a keen runner. None of these other things outside of work took up time like Instagram did.
And I’m not going to lie, I’m not the most creative person in the world, so I couldn’t do all these fancy setups that others were doing, meaning my interaction was dropping because I wasn’t standing out and my posts weren’t getting seen. It just felt like a smack in the face when I was putting in hard work.
I eventually made the decision to shut down my Instagram and I feel so much better for it, I’m much happier to focus on my blog where I can word vomit my feelings on a book out – good or bad.
Did you or do you use Instagram to promote your blog? Let me know what you think of it in the comments. Em xx