The title really sums up what I’ve been wondering for some time. It’s no secret that I recently dived into the bookstagram (book-Instagram for those of you who are unaware) community and I won’t lie – I’m loving it. So much that I’ve considered quitting blogging entirely and jumping ship.
I’m not leaving, of course. Sorry, you’re just going to have to deal with me for the time being. ;)
But I won’t ignore the fact that I did consider it and it led me to wonder why I didn’t drop the thought like a hot potato and instead explored every ridge and bump on that potato. For one, bookstagramming makes me incredibly happy. There’s the thrill of finding a spot with suitable lighting, arranging everything in a hundred different ways, taking at least three shots per angle, selecting the best picture, editing, and finally posting it with a fun caption. And I love every step of it. (You can click on any of the pictures below taken by me and be redirected to my Instagram account, @adeliscray!) (UPDATE: my bookstagram account is now @apageofheaven. @adeliscray is my normal account and there’ll probably still be bookish pictures posted but probably not as spectacular as my bookstagram since I’m mixing them in of pictures from my life too. You can follow one or both if you want, haha!)
As for book blogging… not so much. Due to the way I started out with blogging, I’m still now shaking off the feeling of it being a chore. Yes, I had been one of those super-enthusiastic bloggers pressuring myself to post every. Single. Day. And long story short, it took the fun out of blogging. Currently, I’m still learning to see blogging as something fun again instead of a job to get done. Thankfully, remembering that was a huge reason I didn’t ponder about leaving the blogosphere for long.
Plus, I love writing and I don’t ever want to stop stringing alphabets and words and sentences together.
The above reasons aside, what I realised was my biggest motivation for quitting the blogosphere and shifting to bookstagram was the lack of drama in the latter. Without even needing to point fingers, everyone who has been around the blogosphere for at least a few months would probably have heard of the myriad of dramas that go on.
I know some of these dramas start off with good intentions and people just want to spread awareness on a certain subject. But after a while and witnessing numerous other incidents, it gets really tiring for people like me who only wants to find a place to amiably fangirl/fanboy over books with other booknerds.
Maybe I’ve not been on bookstagram long enough but I’ve not witnessed any drama on it and everyone’s incredibly friendly, warm, and genuine. Not that book bloggers aren’t (I’ve been blogging for over two years and know of many lovely book bloggers), I just feel a lot more relaxed on bookstagram and love the laid-back vibe it gives. Kind of like you’re just chilling at a very pretty bookstore/library with a bunch of other book lovers.
It’s a little soon to tell whether I’m so in love with the bookstagram community because it’s like a thrilling new conquest but what I’m definitely sure about is my hope that the book blogging community could remember our roots again and that the whole point we’re here is because we love talking about books, not to shoot each other down or hate on one author or another.
I’ll admit, that wish is a little too good and happy to come true but a girl can hope.
In the mean time, I’ll still be happily blogging in my little bubble in the Internet, avoiding crazy things because drama in life is already enough for me, thank you very much. And on bookstagram, I’ll be that crazy girl who rushes home to catch the last bit of natural lighting, spends ages rearranging books and odd trinkets, gets into the most awkward positions in the name of good angles, and bothers her poor little best friend about which edit is best (JZ, I really appreciate you even though I don’t say that much YOU LOVELY LITTLE THING).
Book blogging and now bookstagram… who knows, maybe I’ll even venture into BookTube next. It’s good to keep your options open, after all. ;)