I created a bookstagram account to go with this blog to let people know about new blog posts and to post pictures in general. Or at least that had been the idea. Turns out I haven’t posted anything to it in two weeks.
It’s not even that it takes a lot of effort to post from the account. I have it set up within my personal account and it takes seconds to switch from one to the other. I just find that when I want to post about a book I am loving, I do it from my personal account.
As I mentioned in my comment on Jess’ post, I love my personal account and post to it pretty frequently and it’s the best kind of photo album. I can look back at pictures whenever I feel the need to. I don’t have to go looking through a ton of photos to find the ones I know I was happy in. Those are all on my Instagram account. And some of my favorite pictures on there are really grainy pictures I took late at night because I was feeling confident in that moment. And don’t we all want to remember those nights? Whether we’re dressed to the nines or dressed in our PJs? I know I do.
But when I created this website to share another part of me with people who had similiar interests, I felt like I needed to have an account that is seperate from my personal one. One that is strictly ‘business’ in a way. And maybe that is why I don’t enjoy posting to it as much. Because it doesn’t feel fun and easy and spur of the moment.
That’s kind of what I really enjoy about Instagram: posting the spur of the moment, easy and fun pictures. If you ever looked through my personal account and scrolled quite a bit, you will have seen all kinds of pictures. Me out and about with my nephews, outfits I’ve worn (and repeated a million times), selfies (though that’s been more of a recent thing) and books.
This is probably also why I don’t have a Twitter account set up for the blog. I have been on my account for over 7 years now (I think) and I honestly don’t think I would keep up with another account if I created one. What I just said about Instagram applies to Twitter too. There is so much of me in that account (even though you would probably never be able to read most of it, I have more than 38,8k tweets!) and I just couldn’t ‘abandon’ it for a new one.
Earlier today I decided to take down my bookstagram account from our sidebar and instead add my personal one. I know I really enjoy getting to know the person behind a blog and I feel like personal accounts are the best way to do that. I have more links to find me linked here, if you want to get a broader look into what I enjoy and talk about (it gets pretty random, let me warn you)!
And now: discussion time!
Do you have accounts set up for your blogs? If so, do you use them for just blog business or do you talk about everything and anything on them?
Do you have a bookstagram account? And how often do you post to it? Do you feel the need post consistently and does that take the joy out of it for you?
How do you feel about bloggers linking their personal accounts on their blogs rather than their professional ones?