Hey, I’m Marco. I’d like to start by thanking all of those who follow me on bookstagram. Pardon me for borrowing from Supernatural but it felt like a suitable title for a post about how I got to here.
Prior to starting my bookstagram account of the same name (though at the time I went by @bookshelvies) I used to follow several bookstagram accounts on my personal instagram. It was a great way for me to discover new books but I wasn’t really able to share my book recommendations with anybody and seldom got to talk about books. This is when I thought to start a separate account for books.
I came up with the account name knowing it would be temporary and started posting about books. I created a goodreads account, started a reading challenge for 2016, and got an official sorting from Pottermore (proud Hufflepuff). I followed plenty of bookstagram accounts that day and gained a few followers. Before I knew it I was being tagged for different posts and I started seeing some names pop up more than others, for example, @deadlywendyhadley and @ilovefriesandbooks. For a while it seemed like we were playing hashtag-tag. This was great though because it gave me reasons to post different books.
In March, I began doing the #KeepBookMarching Bookstagram Challenge hosted by @readsleepfangirl @booksthetics and @myriadinklings which was just as great because it also gave me structure and a reason for daily posting. Eventually I hit 250 followers after joining @howlingpages’ #demigodphotocontest2016 which I never expected. After all, I just wanted to find out about new books and share my bookish opinions with others.
I participated in the #savetheculture international book exchange which I just mailed out today and hopefully the recipient enjoys the book I mailed them. I’ve made some more bookstagram friends, though I hope to actually converse with them more and develop legitimate friendships.
Lately I’ve been toying with starting a blog to interact with people in another format and when my review of The Night Circus on Goodreads got a few likes it made me really get to it. So I got myself this blog space and copied my Goodreads reviews here. From now on though I will be posting reviews solely on this page.
I plan to use this page for weekly blog posts, maybe some videos of book hauls, and the occasional review video. I hope you’ll join me on this adventure into blogging and that it brings more folks to my bookstagram page. I’m thinking of doing a giveaway when I get to 1000 followers even though that’ll probably take months. Thanks for stopping by!