When I decided to refresh my blog I did a little bit of a twitter/Instagram overview. As a full time worker, my blog is often done in pinched time. An hour after dinner but before the gym. Squished in whilst watching Stranger Things. A quick edit whilst on the train. Working in this way is not cohesive to a good blog – for me. It doesn’t work to be working on 20000000 million other things whilst trying to create an Instagram theme (this is new to me,) engage in a twitter chat or simply spend time reading other really bladdy good blogs.
This last month I’ve spent time making time. The hour after the gym where I feel exhausted but not ready to continue the day or Sunday mornings after breakfast whilst T is still sleeping. During this ‘time’ I decided to rehash my Instagram. I’ve never been a fan of insta probably because I’m lazy. It means taking good photographs, editing them nicely, placing them perfectly next to each other, adding emojis and tags and then waiting for the 3 likes to drop in. But this month I reaaaaaly tried. I took 50000 different photographs with 1000000 different angles and I reached nearly 200 followers. A tiny milestone but one I’m proud of.
Instagram is not my forte; but this month I really tried and this what I learnt.
Books are really hard to photograph so they look super nice. Rectangles are not the most cohesive when you’re trying to place them with other bits and bobs. (This could be my weak skills.)
The things that do well are the things you didn’t try too hard with. The photograph of a steaming bowl of ramen over lunch with a friend, or the picture of your feet next to a particularly beautiful spray of leaves. The bookish image (^see below) that took you three hours to photograph gets one measly like and doesn’t properly fit your theme. Dang it.
People will hate you for photographing their food before they eat it. Like please dude it looks nice but it tastes better.
There’s not a huge number of things that make sense to photograph with a murder book. Running shoes – check. Rope – check. Knife – check?
Things in your house can make brilliant backdrops for flatlays (who have I become.) The scarf from aunt Marg last year, your mermaid blanket, even a newspaper or book from T’s French lessons have come in helpful.
Taking 5,675848693 different images of the same book to always pick the first one is exhausting. But if you only take one, it won’t be right. Typical.
There are people with the most incredible #bookstagram feeds. Yours will never look like this Lizzy. Deal with it.
Food always does pretty goddamn good – even if it’s just the cheese toastie you made because you’re starving but you have to read just one more chapter.
You do get better at it. At least I couldn’t really get much worse. Right?
Here’s to my first month on Instagram – not to plug my channel (totally am.) My username is @littlebookblog1 and I post pictures daily of random stuff I attempt to photograph nicely. Doesn’t always work I can’t lie.