The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – I is for INSTAGRAM!

October 24, 2016 A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers 8

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter I!  Or more specifically in The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – I is for INSTAGRAM!

When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them.  And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog.  So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one lengthy blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format.  As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers

A to Z of handy tips for book bloggers


This is an instagram post with a difference.

I’m not going to share all kinds of tips and techniques to grow your instagram page because I’m no expert.  I have a small (but loyal) amount of people who interact regularly with my photos.  And that’s good enough for me.  It might or might not be good enough for you too but if you want more than that then I’m going to point you in the direction of these experts.

Rebecca describes How to Create a Beautiful Instragram

Evie shares a 101 Guide to a Successful Instragram

Cait shows How To Fabulously Get Started on #Bookstagram

Why I think Book Bloggers should hang out on Instagram:

The reason I want to talk about Instagram is that I feel it’s a delicious accompaniment to your book blog.  Think champagne and strawberries or bread and butter if you are more down to earth.  Are you someone who drools over book covers?  I am and taking photos of my books in another way to crawl closer to the books.  And locating that perfect prop for my book satisfies me no end.  You can match the books up to items that depict what the book is about.  Or  display it beside those pretty flowers you just bought.  Or show where you are reading the book.  The possibilities are endless.  I guarantee you’ll make new bookish friends and have an even deeper appreciation of book covers.

Even you are already sighing over the social media accounts that you are already trying to maintain for your blog and denying the need for another, I still urge you to give it a chance.


Today’s holiday read is #TheGirls by @lisajewelluk Fascinating so far!

A photo posted by Trish Hannon (@trishhartigan) on

7 reasons to love Bookstagram

    1. You don’t need to be arty farty. Just grab your books, take the photo, add a caption and you’re done.
    2. Scrolling through an Instagram feed is effortless and it doesn’t require as much concentration as reading and replying to blog comments.
    3. Using hashtags like #bookstragram #ya #booknerdigans is an easy way to locate bookish photos. I added a note on my phone of all my favourite hashtags and I just copy and paste it as a comment under each photo I post.
    4. Whether you like whimsical book photos, or gorgeous flat lays, or minimal photos where the book is the focus, or books and mouth-watering food; you are bound to find someone shooting just that.
    5. Taking photos of books is another way of getting your creative juices flowing and I find that in turn makes me feel inspired to blog more creatively.
    6. It’s another place to find your people. Those bookish people who you instantly connect with over various books regardless of location, gender or age.
    7. Writing and maintaining a blog can be hard work at times, so having an outlet that’s entirely visual can be a welcome break.



Note I take no responsibility for books that you might buy just because they will look great on Instagram.  Of if you suddenly find you need to buy all the Funko Pops because that’s what all the cool bookstagram kids are doing.  Or if your books get damaged, while you place them in precarious locations for an exotic photo shoot!  But I do take full credit for all the enjoyment you will get from Instagram if you haven’t previously ventured over there.


Talk to Trish:  Do you use Instagram to showcase your books?  If so make sure you leave your username below and I’ll come talk books with you.



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8 Responses to “The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers – I is for INSTAGRAM!”

  1. Kathryn

    I am not on instagram but I am saving your post and will give it very serious consideration, love some of your photos. Even if I don’t post myself I can savour the covers and photos of others and maybe… get in the swing of it. Gorgeous photos by you!

  2. Greg

    Great post! I just started an Instagram account and am learning the ropes. While I don’t take a ton of pics I want to start showcasing some book covers, so I think it will be time well spent.

    Lol about the Funko pops! So true… and the sad thing is I am starting to want some of those pops!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #165

  3. Rebecca @ Unbound Pages

    Thanks for sharing my post! I love Instagram! Just got started this year, but it’s so much fun. I agree that it’s a perfect accompaniement to your blog. And it’s nice because I can use my bookstagrams as photos for my blog graphics as well.

    But yes about buying books just for bookstagrams!!! Most recently for me, I have wanted to buy The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. I liked the book, but didn’t love it (normally I only keep books or buy finished copies of ones I love), but my god the hardcover is so beautiful. I may have to add it to my collection just for the pretty photos.
    Rebecca @ Unbound Pages recently posted…6 Reasons You Should Be Focusing on Graphics

    • trish

      Some people are just so talented and mine seem so lame in comparison. But at the end of the day I enjoy it and I can only get better, so I just go for it! You should too Eleanor 🙂

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