So, #bookstagram is pretty popular, in case you’ve been under a rock or something. Lots of bookish folks like to partake. Some of those aforementioned are really, really good at it. Their pictures of books and book-related things look like unicorns jumping through meadows with rainbows and fluffy clouds overhead. I always “like” those pictures. They are pleasing to my eyes.
My pictures are not like those pictures. They never have been, and I have come to realize, they never will be. Could they be? Maybe, if I worked at it. Spent money, and lots of time on it, found good spots, etc. But the thing is, I don’t have an endless supply of time or money, so I have to prioritize. And #Bookstagram? I’m not the best. Everytime I post a picture, I’m pretty much like…
I am not quitting #bookstagram, mind you. In fact, when Val comes to visit me next month, I told her that we are taking books on a field trip! But I have recognized my limitations. And here is why I fail at #bookstagram, in just a few bullet points:
- My house is not photo ready. I live in an older house with about as much natural light as your average prison cell. So I feel like no matter what I do, everything looks… washed out. There are a handful of indoor pictures I have taken, but for the most part? The only pictures I have ever taken and REALLY loved have been outdoors at my parents’ house. Because my yard is also not great. Hence the need for a field trip!
- Along those same lines, my floors are not great. So I bought flooring! But even so, I don’t think I know what to do with it?
- My shelves are in complete disarray. Blame #booksfortrade. Nah, just kidding, blame my laziness. This is what they look like. Which is why I don’t really fancy taking pictures of them:
And for a more up close look at the madness…
- The shelf I did spend time organizing… well, I didn’t do a great job on. I wanted to color coordinate, but alas.
The reds actually turned out decently!
But I legit do not have any idea what is happening with this mess:
- My props are… lacking. Kelly @ Diva Booknerd did an amazing hashtag awhile back called #randominstagramprop and I LOVED IT. My life is basically summed up well as “Random instagram prop”, so this was fitting. Usually I just grab stuff from a shelf and throw it in a picture. And then never put it back. So here is basically junk that I use:
- TIME and STRESS. Guys, this is really the biggie. I spent two hours trying to take one photo a few weeks ago- and I didn’t even like it! So, when push comes to shove, do I spent time blogging, reading, reading your blogs- which are all things I really enjoy? Or do I spend time being incredibly stressed over my crappy floors and shit lighting and the fact that you can see my laundry in the edge of a picture and my props are stupid?
The former, my friends. I choose the former. This way I am not bleary eyed, screaming at some books that simply will not stand up of their own accord (yes, that is an actual thing that happened). Instead, I can post when I have inspiration and desire, and if people happen to like it, awesome. If not, I can live with that too, because I didn’t just devote $100 and seven hours to creating it. Plus, I can still admire everyone else’s prettiness! It’s a win all around!
And because I really don’t hate every picture I have taken, why not end this with a few that I actually like that are in my own weird house?