At the beginning of 2018, I set a number of challenges for myself. One of those challenges was to create a bookish Instagram account and post every single day, all 365 days, of 2018. So far, I’ve posted every single day of 2018. I’ve made 182 posts, with today’s being the 183rd post and I’m not stopping anytime soon.
I set this challenge for myself for a number of different reasons. One of the main ones was/is to document my what books I’m reading this year and to record my thoughts about those books. Not only that, I also wanted to strengthen my own voice as a writer and as a reader and be able to articulate my thoughts better. Another particular reason why I wanted to do this was to promote diverse and inclusive books that I’m reading, which ties into another one of my reading challenges, which is to read more diversely and inclusively than the year before.
At times, it has a real struggle to get posts up. Between not knowing what to post, how I wanted setup the posts to taking the actual pictures and editing them, plus finding the time to post them, there were points where I just wanted to give up and not post at all. The bookstagram community is a huge one, in terms of size and the type of pictures that are being posted. It’s a lot of pressure to try to live up to that, and in the early days, I was quite cognizant of how my posts compared to others. I’ve seen a lot of different accounts with themes, with certain layouts, etc. that are particular to those accounts. Many of them are absolutely spectacular in the content they are producing and how they go about producing them. Some of those accounts have thousands upon thousands of followers and likes, and in my head, I know there was no way that I could compare myself to them. That logic didn’t stop me from doing those comparisons at all though. At times those insecurities definitely played into the type of content that I was posting. Slowly, the most I posted, the less time I spent comparing my posts and content to others. Not because I thought any less of those accounts, I don’t at all, I think they are all brilliant and beautiful, but that I learnt and am still learning that I have to let my own voice shine through and let my posts and content speak to who I am as an individual. The feeling of inadequacy still remains, but less so than when I first began this challenge.
For the most part, my daily posts have become a sort of diary for not only the books I’m reading but also for how my day has been and how I feel about the world around me on that day. I’ve really enjoyed this aspect of this challenge. It’s a great way for me to look back at what’s happened this past year, what challenges I’ve faced, what books I’ve read, and how all that ties together.
This challenge is only halfway complete and I intend to keep on posting, every single day, for the remaining half of 2018. For the most part, I’ve really enjoyed the experience. I’ve connected with a number of other readers and it’s been really great fun. I also think that the challenge has helped me become a better photographer and editor, to a certain degree. I definitely think I need a little more help and practice in that department.
So if you wish to follow me along on my #CiviilyReads365 challenge, check out my Instagram.
Thanks for reading!