A Word on the Pressures of Bookstagram
Let's talk about the pressures of bookstagram, shall we?
It is one of the most common themes that come up in the DMs that you send me and something that I felt all the time when I first started my account. There is the constant churning out of content, staying on top of all the books that release every week, coming up with witty captions, reviews, photos, the huge chunks of time it takes to answer the comments and messages and stories and shout outs and before you know it you have whipped yourself up in to a frenzied panic and convinced yourself that you can't possibly do this and even if you do, that everyone's account is better than yours.
I am going to let you in on a little secret that changed everything for me once I figured this out. Have you read a book this year? Then guess what? YOU ARE DOING IT RIGHT. Are you in a stage of life where you are a new mom or just overwhelmed by work and life and don't have the time to read as much as you would like, but you sneak in a chapter or two every few weeks? BRAVO TO YOU! YOU ARE ALSO DOING IT RIGHT. Are you reading any and every thing that you can get your hands on and this month you hit a personal best of 40 books or more? WELL THAT IS FABULOUS AND YOU ARE ALSO DOING IT RIGHT!!
Reading is not a competition. One more time, for the people in the back: READING IS NOT A COMPETITION. There is no right way to do this and that's the beauty of it. I may read 20 books one month and only three books another. Are the bookstagram police going to come and shut down my account and take all the books from my shelves because I did not read my entire TBR for that month? NO MA'AM THEY ARE NOT.
If you get so caught up in cranking out content you will end up losing sight of the reason we are all here: our shared love of books. It's hard to enjoy something when you feel like have to keep up and/or one up someone else. That sucks the fun right out of it. Books are meant to connect us, to teach us, to transport us. They give us hope, they challenge us, they make us laugh, make us cry and show us that we are not alone in our experiences. DO NOT MISS IT!! If you are feeling the pressure and find yourself a bit overwhelmed, here is your gentle reminder that you are doing an amazing job and you are KILLING the bookstagram game.