I resisted joining Instagram for awhile. Well, to be more accurate, I joined, but I didn’t understand it, so I left my account abandoned for a few years.
Recently, I’ve been trying to be more active on social media and learn more about it. I resurrected my Instagram account and started posting.
I followed a few accounts, mostly people like me who like books, like posting pictures of books, like admiring their bookshelves and browsing through bookstores. From my first post, I started getting likes. It was oddly satisfying, seeing that people saw my photo and took just a second to click the like button. It made me feel validated, somehow.
I asked friends to tell me more about monthly photo challenges, and they directed me to search for #circleofbookishfriends. So I found and joined a bookish photo challenge for October.
Getting likes is encouraging. It makes me want to post more. Just like comments and likes here are reinforcing. (Hint, hint).
It made me wonder how many behaviors in real life could be reinforced if a virtual thumbs up popped up. I think that giving trophies for participation is a bad thing because it rewards everyone, no matter what their effort or ability. But I do think that people tend to not recognize the good stuff other people do. Or maybe they recognize it, but just don’t acknowledge it. Either way, I try to make sure that I notice when people do something I like, and to say something out loud.
In any case, it’s fun to post pictures of books and to see what other people are reading. I enjoy looking at books as art pieces, and taking time to compose a shot and appreciate the aesthetics of my books.
If you post your Instagram handle in the comments, I’ll be sure to follow you. I’m @doreeweller.
What do you like about social media?