five years on bookstagram: a reflection

It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been a whole five years since I made my first post on Bookstagram!

It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been a whole five years since I made my first post on Bookstagram!

I still remember the idea striking me the night before, and being so excited to wake up the morning of Thursday, November 26th, 2015 to create my first post. There was no way 13-year-old me could’ve known what was to come…

My past five years on Bookstagram have been filled with highs and lows, ebbs and flows. But when I reflect back on these years, I think about all the incredible things that were borne from this experience.

So to celebrate my five-year Bookstagram anniversary, here are five things I love about Bookstagram:

  1. It introduces me to new books and authors.

Every time I scroll through Bookstagram, I see a new book I want to look into. Being tuned into a community that supports underrepresented authors and promotes great writing has expanded my TBR list (in a great way)! Some of my favorite books are those I never would’ve picked up—or even heard about—if I hadn’t seen someone in the book community talk about them.

  1. It provides a creative outlet for me.

Creating content for Bookstagram lets me combine some of my favorite creative hobbies, including photography. Designing flatlays, editing photos, writing captions, and overall coming up with new ways to feature different books brings me so much joy.

  1. It gives me incredible opportunities.

I’ve been able to do so many incredible things through Bookstagram. I won a giveaway for free tickets to BookCon 2017, where I got to meet some of my favorite authors, BookTubers, and Bookstagrammers, and connect with other bibliophiles. Authors have given me copies of their books to review. I work in a bookstore, and knowing about all the books that people talk about online has often helped me be better at my job. I included Bookstagram in my college applications and wrote about it in my college essay, so it might’ve even helped me get into university…. By far, though, my favorite opportunity that has come out of Bookstagram is being able to connect with authors. Seeing authors I love interacting with my posts brings me a ton of joy, because ultimately their works bring meaning to my life and are the reason I’m so passionate about sharing my love for books.

  1. It allows me to talk about what I love.

I. Love. Books. And I love talking about books. So being on Bookstagram is basically an endless source of joy, because I get to talk about what I love all day, everyday. It makes me so happy to have a space where I can put all my thoughts about the things I’m reading, and to hear what others have to say as well. One of the best things ever is just entering into a long and thought-provoking conversation with someone else about a book we’ve read.

  1. It connects me to an amazing community.

Lastly, my favorite thing of all is the incredible community on Bookstagram. I can’t say enough about how supportive, creative, hardworking, kind, and inspirational the people in this community are. What makes Bookstagram enjoyable is the fact that everyone else loves books just as much as I do. To see our mutual passion, and to see how much work everyone puts into spreading this love of reading, is truly one of the best things to witness. I’m so grateful to all the different people I’ve met and talked to because of Bookstagram. The conversations and the support, the book clubs and the little interactions…those are the things that keep me going in this amazing space. To anyone in the book community who’s reading this—whether you’re a Bookstagrammer yourself or someone who follows Bookstagram content, whether you’re a book blogger or a Booktuber or on book Twitter, or whether you work in the industry; anyone at all—you are what makes this space so special. Thank you.

I’ve both learned and grown so much in these last five years. Bookstagram has taught me amazing lessons, and given me incredible happiness. I can’t wait to see what happens from here.

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Author: april | lostinthebookstacks

hello! i'm april (she/her), an asian american reader who’s passionate about words and scallion pancakes.

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