This is the first in hopefully a series of blog post tutorials about bookstagram I’ll do over the coming days/months/years (They will be faster than George RR Martin, I promise)
Over the course of my time on Bookstagram I have learnt a lot of things and have changed the way I think about ‘how to’ bookstagram. There was a time when I thought asking a Question on every days post was lame and I tried to make each posts’ caption interesting enough for people to respond to it. It worked, and sometimes did not.
Right now one of my main suggestions to anyone who asks me for bookstagramming tips is ‘Ask questions in your captions’.
True that a lot of people do not have the time/are not really interested in your caption (Instagram is obviously more about pictures) but a good few could definitely be in the mood for some bookish conversation when they see a book post. At any rate, there will be a few who might read your caption. To increase your probability of engagement on your post, you need to make it easy for them to want to respond. If you ask very specific questions, you narrow down the number of people who can answer it. Say, if you post about The Catcher in the Rye and ask ‘Have you read this book, did you like it?’ Most who haven’t read it will probably not respond except maybe if they have it on their tbr. Ofcourse you can ask the question if you actually specifically want to know but it would be smarter to ask a more inclusive questions like, ‘Have you read it? It’s about a troubled teen and his thoughts, would you want to read it?’ This makes it easier for people to respond and for you to start conversations.
What I’ve noticed is that questions about your followers work best, ask their opinion, ask what they prefer, ask things which are easy to answer. And sometimes, just ask things which aren’t specifically related to books! We know it’s a book blog but everyone’s personality has more dimensions which include non bookish things as well. In a recent post I asked what everyone’s favorite ice cream flavor is and a lot of people responded (who doesn’t wanna talk about ice cream!)
So just to make it a little easy I’m compiling a list of questions you can ask on your Bookstagram caption (I’ll keep adding questions whenever I get ideas):
- Are you enjoying your Current read?
- Which country is your current read based in?
- Do you use proper bookmarks or do you use anything you can find near you?
- Do you dog ear books?
- What was your last bookish purchase?
- When was the last time you got emotional while reading a book?
- Do you read while traveling?
- Preference: Paperback or Hardcover?
- Do you read book reviews before picking up a book?
- Do you care if an author is a woman or man?
- Do you read one book or multiple books at the same time?
- Do you quit reading as soon as you think your CR is not good or do you give it some time?
- Do you review books immediately after finishing it Or later after you’ve gathered your thoughts?
- Are you a fast or slow reader?
- What’s your favorite fictional world?
- What’s your favorite trilogy?
- You prefer: Classics or Contemporary?
- Is yours a reader family?
- Do you know anyone personally on bookstagram?
- What language apart from English would youblove to be able to read?
- Is English your mother tongue?
- Do you prefer to read early in the morning or late at night?
- Do you read whenever you get time or do you need proper free time to read?
- Do you have a specific reading spot or do you read anywhere and everywhere?
List will be continued, please send question suggestions in the comments Or via tweets to @theGwiththeB 🙂