My Instagram Truth

Let´s talk about Instagram again. About my latest features and the difficulties I had with each pic and about my personal struggles as a Bookstagrammer.

I´m slowly reaching my 2 year mark on being a Bookstagrammer. And as I´ve mentioned before- Taking pics, using filters, adding captions and finding time isn´t always a walk in the park. In fact- I struggle quite often with Instagram.

Here´s a tiny list of things I struggle with as a Bookstagrammer.

 

Problem #1 – Time

Time is my biggest enemy. There´s never enough time to get stuff done. While I´m already struggling with keeping a schedule outside my schedule I can´t find time to maintain a Insta-routine. And using an app for Instagram… Another app? I already use too many apps. Don´t need or want another one.

 

Problem #2- Engaging people 

I can´t, not even if my life depended on it, type up anything interesting that would engage a person into having a convo. This is somewhat of a problem for me because I do love to chat but can´t seem to get a few lines up that would help get a convo started. Weird, right? A total lack of talent in that department.

 

Problem #3 – Filters

Those blasted filters. Those blasted edits on each filter. The problem here is- When there are too many options I can´t seem to find something to use. That´s information overload for me. I´m so indecisive. It takes so long for me to settle on a filter. Sure, there are those lucky pics I take that don´t need a filter but the rest? Brutal.

 

Problem #4 – Insecurities

Yes, I have my moments of weakness, too. What no one really knows… I have insecurities when it comes to Instagram. While this is a personal struggle I do believe I´m not the only one suffering from the pic pressure. It´s totally unnecessary, I know, but it still happens. It´s the algorithm. It´s my lack of commitment because of the algorithm. It´s because there are so many little turds younger bloggers who spent half their lives on Instagram because they have nothing else to do. I start questioning everything, even myself.

Is it because I´m older? Am I not hip enough? Maybe I care too much?  Maybe I don´t care enough? I´m telling you… the struggle is real and it´s not pretty.

 

See? Working Instagram isn´t as easy as it seems ( for me ). It´s fun, most of the time but not always easy.

Nevertheless- Here are my recent Instagram features, including a small description on how the pics were made.

 

1.The Quick Set Up

Believe it or not- This pic was one of the easier ones to take for me. The candle, book, book box, the letter B and the mug were already on the diningroom table. This pic took less than 5 minutes and I only used 1 filter. YAY, for me.

 

 

2. The Disaster Shot

It seems like the more I work on my pics the messier they get. This happens when you have an idea and can´t make it happen. A book, a mug and my laptop. 2 Photoshop programs weren´t able to turn this into something presentable. 30 minutes.

 

 

3. Action Pic

I can´t really take credit for this pic. It was the husbutt who took this shot. I love reading outside. And when the in-laws are on vacation I can scoot out of my hiding place and enjoy reading without interruptions. This time, the baby followed me and we both read in utter silence ❤ I used 1 filter for this shot then uploaded it on Instagram. 2 minutes, tops. My favorite Insta pic.

 

 

4. The Polished Issue

I just made myself a hot chocolate when the idea for a Mug Monday shot hit me. No one would believe me when I´d say that it took me almost an hour to get this pic done. Yupp. Not kidding. First, the book was too large. Second- the mug, as much as I love it, was a pain in the ass to take a pic of. So glossy. No matter what angle I tried I kept seeing my own reflection in the mug. No bueno! Took ages and 3 filters to get this beauty Internet ready.

 

 

5. Stolen Goods

Book mail arrived and I came up with the brilliant idea to do a book feature. All I needed was sand and some seashells. Preparations for this feature took a little longer than I had planned but the pic itself took less than 2 minutes to take. I sent the girls to the playground with a ziplock bag and told them to steal sand and then steal the seashells from Grandma´s garden. Voila! The things you can accomplish with stolen goods. I used 2 filters for this baby.

 

Do you have troubles with filters / captions / taking pics for Instagram? Do you even use the app? Am I the only one winging Instagram? Let´s chat! ❤

 

I hope you enjoyed my little desperate moment of sharing my hardships with Instagram pics.

Sending lots of book love to each and every one of you!

Morgana ❤ ❤

 

 

 

Mug Monday & My Blogging Workplace

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Mynthe – IbLaursen, Dove blue, short

Bookish Topic

My Blogging Workplace vs. Another Book Blogger´s Workplace

 

NOTE: Private ramblings ahead. But don´t worry. 70% of this post is bookish related.

 

Happy Mug Monday!

It´s been an exceptionally tough Easter week.

Thanks to a sneaky flu I wasn´t able to reach my monthly reading goal. I wasn´t able to do anything besides vegetate on the sofa and watch my husband ( who had a minor snowboard accident last weekend ) give the term “Man in pain” a new definition. I´ve recovered from my flu AND his hourly updates on how death TRULY feels. His world view has changed after the doctor told him he´d survive.

I was scrolling through Instagram and half heartedly listening to my husband moan about how having a whiplash is more painful than childbirth ( because he´s given birth himself SO many times before * face palm *) when something caught my attention. Someone bookstagrammer uploaded a picture of their book blogging workplace.

And for the first time ever, I felt a tad bit intimidated. By an Instagram picture of a book blogger´s desk!

But that intimidating feeling lasted for all but 3 seconds. Then I remembered how full of horse kadoodle some Bookstagram pictures are.

Still, it was hard to ignore how beautiful the desk looked. I´m telling you – That woman had style. Her desk was even decorated with a vase filled with lush flowers!

FLOWERS! I can´t even keep flowers alive for more than 2 hours and that blogger had a whole bouquet of bright-colored, probably wonderful smelling, floral perfection right next to her books and laptop. And the rest of her desk looked so, bright and chirpy. Clean, even. The whole picture looked…organized and friendly. The picture also screamed `fake`.

And yet, knowing full well how most Bookstagrammers work, I took one look at my desk and immediately felt like it was plunged into an episode of the popular 80´s animated Tv series Rainbow Brite. With that book blogger´s desk being Rainbow Brite and my desk…. being Murky.

rainbow and murky

 

Why? You´ll see in a moment.

I actually had a good laugh when I mentally compared the perfect book blogger´s desk to mine.

workplace 1

That´s it.  My book blogging workplace. All nice and dull. Very gray. Not a flower in sight. But I have a nice clock that doesn´t work. That´s kind of spiffy, right?

I´m a huge fan of “Less is more”. The more knicknacks you have the more you have to dust clean. So, for me, it´s natural my book blogging space looks plain. I call it being practical.

What you see in the picture is actually everything I need to book blog.

  • Books / Kindle ( you never know when you want a quick re-read )
  • A small calendar ( To keep track of all the important book stuff )
  • My laptop ( My pride and joy )
  • A notebooklet ( For scribbling down blog post ideas )
  • My hot chocolate ( ❤ )
  • Pens / pencils / Highlighters ( Because carving notes into the table with a knife was yesterday )
  • Wristwatch + rings  ( I can´t type while wearing jewelry / accessories )

 

See? I don´t really need much.  Just a few things.

On busy nights I have a hard time seeing the table because it´s covered with chocolate wrapping paper and at least 3 empty mugs and a few coke bottles and more books. I´ll be sure to grace the world with evidence of an intense book blogging night… soon.

No one ever said book blogging involved having a super clean desk at all times.

 

 

Let me get back to the incredible bookstagrammer´s desk.

It truly was a sight to behold and I could bite myself for not screenshotting the pic to show you.

White desk, bright light, pink wallpaper, yada yada yada. It was so perfect. Perfectly annoying.

I´ve had a small discussion with Danielle ( Books, Vertigo & Tea ) about prefering imperfect protagonists over perfect ones. The same applies for Bookstagram pictures on Instagram.

The more perfect pictures are the less I feel the need to like, share or gush over. I´d rather encourage people who aren´t out to be perfect.

This is not a case of envy or resentment. It´s a case of wanting to feel a person´s reality in a picture. My reality is – I´m a dark-ish, Emily Strange, sometimes slob who likes to keep it simple and realistic.

PS:  the floor was covered with crumbs. And my laptop screen? Let´s not start on that one. I´m happy I can see anything I´m working on.

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed the little tidbit of my unorganized book blogging workplace.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Don´t forget to share the book – ❤

Much Love,

Morgana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instagram Feature: Morgana´s Book Box

So, it´s been a little over a year since I started my Instagram project- Morgana´s Book Box.

During my Insta – year I´ve learned many things about Instagram.

  1. The algorithm is the cause of all evil
  2. Bookstagramming ( Book + Instagram = Bookstagram, Book blogger on Instagram = Bookstagrammer ) is tough

A year ago I had a mission to grace the pic – world with my idea of book promotion.

And in that year I´ve seen alot, met many wonderful people and… well, I´ve basically seen pics. Wonderful pictures, crappy pictures… Pictures that made my nose wrinkle and pictures that had me rolling on the floor, laughing.

Instagram is a fun place to hang out.

My grande plan to make the book world a prettier place slowly died down around September ´17. The idea to present a new kind of book promotion became harder and harder with each week. I gained followers but it seemed like those numbers weren´t really that interested in my content. Or they were but the algorithm made it hard for them to see my features. Either way, it sucked.

Don´t get me wrong- I had ideas. I still have them. It´s just that book blogging doesn´t seem to function over on Instagram. Fun bookish stuff? Absolutely. But actual book blogging? Not so much.

I had a slight feeling that my book box idea was getting old.

As much as I wanted to, I couldn´t stick to one theme. It was time to expand my horizon.

Try out new ways to promote books. Because, that´s what I do, right? I book blog.

Besides, I´m pretty sure no one is interested in the bomb that went off in my kitchen or the unmade bed in my bedroom.

So, here are my new book features, sans book box.

 

  1. Inside a book. I like open book pictures. They look cool no matter what book you use. A huge plus point is the little snippet you give from a featured book.

Hey Bookstagrammers! 🤓how's it going? Have you ever been inspired by a book so much that you felt the need for a tattoo? My inspirational moment came after reading The Book Of Life by @debharkness. Or should I say- I've always had the idea but needed that special spark to seal the deal. I wanted my star sign but Aquarius doesn't have alot of nice symbols. And I wanted something small. Since Aquarius is an air sign- and the alchemical symbol for air looks simple and plain and not obvious or pushy… Voila! Thanks to Diana Bishop for that last push! 😉📖🖤 . . . . . #bookstagram #deborahharkness #thebookoflife #adiscoveryofwitches #dianabishop #witches #tattoo #alchemytattoo #symbol #starsign #aquarius #read #books #ilovebooks #inspriation #bookphotography #libraryofinstagram #bibliophile #zodiac #air #paperback #bookworm #booklover #booksbooksbooks #bookblogger #booksgalore

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2. Indoor Book Box. I´m an outdoor person. Nature provides so much to work with. Indoor pics are cool but not everyday. I feel limited when I´m doing indoor features.

Powerful & emotional. My daughter overheard a discussion I had with my husband over this book and asked the following over dinner, "Are you against people loving each other?" It wasn't the question that made us smile. It was the fact that our child didn't refer to the people as gay. She referred to them as people loving each other. My work as a parent on that department? ✔💪🤜🤛💕 Our mission to raise open minded munchkins is working. 😉 I still answered her, if not a little too proud, "Nope. I have nothing against people loving each other, babe. The story I was telling your dad about was just about people NOT approving of love and destroying that love." ⭐BOOK BOX FEATURE⭐ I highly recommend The Silver Cage by Anonymous. Despite the warnings I think this is something people should grab and settle down with. A book worth reading. A book that'll set all kinds of emotions off. I really think there should be more books like this out there. ⭐REVIEW available! Please Follow the link in the bio and check out my thoughts on the book. I hope you all enjoy your Monday! Don't forget to share the 📖💖 . . . . . #bibliophile #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #bookpic #bookphotography #read #mmromance #romance #tragic #novel #anonymous #thesilvercage #bookblogger #booksbooksandmorebooks #bookworm #bookninja #bookworld #allloveisequal #eyeopener #paperback #bookfeature #ilovebooks #instabook #libraryofinstagram #germany

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3. Close Up. A super SUPER close up of a bookish item. When you don´t have a book at your disposal then you dig out your swag.

 

4. Flowers. Another indoor feature. Since it´s freezing cold outside and nothing is blooming I´m stuck with working with fake flowers. Not all too terrible. I quite like the flowers after using 6 filters. 

HAPPY FRIDAY!! I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am that it's Friday. I could and would do cartwheels and dance the twist but I'm afraid I'll break my hips so I'll just sit on the sofa until it's time to get back up… on Monday. 😂😂 Why don't we start the weekend with a BEAUTIFUL book cover? Oh yeah, baby… this is something purdy💓💕💗 Sadly enough- I lack the energy to do a full blown #bookfeature. So, a super quick #shoutout to all romance readers who haven't read 'Prelude' by @audendarauthor yet. 📖📣 Read this. I really think you might enjoy it 😉💕 Now, if you'll excuse me- this spring chicken is going to play dying fish until Monday. Share the 📖💗! And have a wonderful weekend! Much love…. moi. 💗💗 . . . . . #bookish #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookphotography #bookpic #prettybooks #romance #paperback #audendar #bookblog #bloggersofinstagram #bibliophile #bookworm #read #booklove #ilovebooks

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5. Me. Yes. It´s happened. I crossed the book promotion line and posted a pic of myself. It´s book related. Anything book related goes, right? 

 

Anyone following Morgana´s Book Box on Instagram will be seeing more than just book box pictures. It´s time for creativity to take over!

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