For the very first “Around the World” interview (read more about this section here), I, of course, had to ask Clara from the bookstagram, @thebookwormofnotredame! She’s an amazing person who is so inspiring and someone that everyone should talk to! I asked Clara five questions, which varied from starting her bookstagram to bookstagramming in Paris.
I. How does living in Paris influence your bookstagram account ?
Without Paris, I wouldn’t be able to have the feed I have today. My goal is to present Paris through all of my pics, as well as its architecture and history. If I lived anywhere else in France, I wouldn’t have the same result. Thanks to it, I had tons of new followers who loved the fact that I was showing my city in my pics. It also makes me have a beautiful outdoors feed, and it makes it very unique.
II. Why did you decide to start a bookstagram? (and when)
Actually, I wanted to start a booktube channel at first but I was very insecure about my looks and accent, so I gave up the whole idea. When I discovered bookstagram, it seemed to be the perfect thing for me: I always loved to take pictures AND I wouldn’t have to show my face or to speak in front of a camera. I created my account at the end of 2015 but totally gave up the day after because school kept me busy. I went back during September of 2016 and finally decided to work on it.
III. Which books have influenced you the most to become the person you are today?
Harry Potter, that’s for sure. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan and any book from the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare.
IV. Where does your inspiration for photos usually come from? What are your methods when you are in a bit of a photography slump?
My inspiration comes from other bookstagrammers or Pinterest. To be fair, I don’t really look out for inspiration. I just try to take the pics I want to see on bookstagram, and apparently, it works.
Whenever I’m in a slump, I try new things. It’s because of a slump that I decided to go outside and take shots in Paris! I just try to think outside the box and to to think differently, to try new angles, to take shots of new books.
V. What advice would you give to those who want to start a bookstagram?
1) Post regulary. I used to post twice a day, and now I only post once, but the key is to post on a same schedule.
2) Post pictures YOU like and that represent YOUR style. Do not try to be like everyone else and do not overthink it.
3) TALK TO PEOPLE AND BE NICE. I promise, no one will bite you. Comment under others posts, respond to their stories, tag them in yours. Do not be shy, be yourself, be nice and everything will work out perfectly.
4) I already said it but: do not overthink it, do not do it to be famous, do not try too hard. Have fun, make friends, grow, read. That’s what bookstagram is all about!
[ all photos courtesy of @thebookwormofnotredame on Instagram ]
I hope you enjoyed the first interview of the Around the World series! Thank you to Clara for agreeing to do this interview! Links to her social media are below: