Hello everyone! ♥
A few weeks ago I stumbled across Asleigh’s post about the competitiveness in book blogging & book tube. Upon reading it, I immediately thought of bookstagram and how it is getting more and more competitive each day. So today I’m going to talk about bookstagram and the competitiveness in its community. I’m actually super nervous because chances are I probably would offend some people with my post 🙈 but please know that it is not my intention of writing this! It is simply to talk about things that are happening around us and make us think together 🙂 so without further ado, let’s get started!
Bookstagram is one of the greatest discovery of my life.
I mean… an account solely devoted for pretty pictures of books?!?!! ♥♥ I first found out about bookstagram around the beginning of this year but only decided to join the community on July. So… yeah, I’ve only been there for over 5 months but even on my short career, I’ve noticed the fact that bookstagram is getting more and more competitive each day.
Maybe this isn’t something new and it has always been competitive all along, but I personally only noticed this difference ever since Instagram changed its algorithm. We could no longer see our feeds in chronological order. Algorithm-driven feed means that our feed will be arrange according to “posts they we believe we will care about the most”, whatever that means. I don’t like this algorithm either, mainly for these three reasons : 1) It IS getting harder to get the desired number of likes, 2) I keep missing posts from my favorite accounts, and 3) people started to do WEIRD things to get noticed 😂
Obsessing over Likes
I’m fully aware that the goal of posting photos on bookstagram is probably to get as many likes as possible. Though it may not be the whole point, you can’t deny the fact that receiving many likes is very rewarding, considering the effort we put on our photos 😂 But I don’t think we should get so worked up over the number of likes. I’ve seen a lot of people asking (even pleading) other people to like their photos on their instagram stories. I even read on twitter that someone DM-ed one of her followers telling her to ‘just unfollow her’ if she’s not liking her pictures. I don’t know if it’s true but it sounds scary… People also get very upset when the number of likes doesn’t reach their expectation or lower than usual. Some even take it to the extreme and decide to delete their photos if said photos don’t receive as many likes.
I’m not gonna lie, I want to get as many likes as possible as well. And yes, I’m also upset if my photo, the one I have put a lot of work on, only received a little number of likes. But is it really necessary to do all the things I mentioned above?
Obsessing over Follower Counts
A lot of people have gone overboard over their follower counts.
There’s something weird that I’ve been experiencing lately : I keep losing followers. What makes it weird is that I post regularly and I don’t do anything different from usual. I post one picture every day (sometimes every other day when I run out of stocks), I like and comment on other people’s posts, I respond to all comments on my own posts, and I don’t change my theme or anything. Objectively speaking, I don’t see any reason why people would unfollow an account that doesn’t do anything strange.
Apparently, this also happens to a lot of other people. A lot of people have talked about it on their posts/stories as well. Some theories of why this thing happens are :
- People follow other accounts only to unfollow them later
- People unfollow the accounts that don’t follow them back
Both reasons are sad because clearly the reason why these people follow other accounts is to gain followers for themselves. Again, I’m not gonna lie, I want to have a lot of followers too, but I also follow other accounts because I genuinely want to see their photos. Regardless whether they follow me back or not. Maybe this kind of thing only happens on bookstagram because I hardly ever lose followers on my personal account even if I don’t post or like or comment on other people’s pictures for weeks </3
Requesting Follow for Follow
I’ve had people liking all my pictures and commenting on some of my posts asking for ‘Follow for follow’ without even following me first. I was like…?!?!! Why does it seem like these people don’t want their following numbers to be higher than their follower counts. Like I said before, if I love an account, I will follow them without worrying whether they will follow me back or not. If they do follow me back, then great!! I’m over the moon, especially if it’s my favorite account, but I’m also okay if they don’t. If you genuinely want to connect with the account holders, then leave a thoughtful comment and follow them first.
Follow-for-follow not only happens on bookstagram but also on instagram in general and in the blogging world. Nevertheless, it’s annoying. I mean, sure it works, to some extent. Even if I end up following you back, doesn’t mean I’m not annoyed at you 😂
Too Many SFS
Basically another implication of people obsessing over their follower counts.
I honestly don’t mind occasional SFS, I’m serious! I have nothing against it. I have participated on some of it, gained followers and discovered a lot of great accounts through it as well. But when people do it too often (like I know this account who does SFS about three times a week), it’s clear that the purpose is not to introduce new or favorite accounts but simply to gain more followers for themselves.
I’ve mentioned this repeatedly that I too want to have as many followers and receive as many likes as possible, but I try not to let it become my priority. I mean, in the blogging community people keep telling other people not to obsess with stats and all that and I’m pretty sure that advice applies to bookstagram as well.
But please note that I’m also COMPLETELY FINE with people putting a lot of work into receiving more likes and followers. After all, it’s always nice to be rewarded. But there’s something kind of sad from seeing most people do extreme things and bend over backwards for that. People will still be fine even if they… say, don’t have 5k followers by the end of the month 😂 I love bookstagram and its community and those pretty pictures and I’m sure that we would enjoy it more if we don’t worry about numbers all the time and just try to have fun 🙂
LET’S TALK! Do you have bookstagram and if yes, have you noticed this trend lately? Or has it always been like this all along and I only just realized this? 😂 What’s your take on this issue? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Also, drop me the link to your bookstagram account so I could come stalk you ♥
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