Lately this blog has been all about bookstagram. Why? Because it’s something I love and it’s something I’m passionate about. And because I know many people are itching to get on bookstagram, improve their bookstagram and make friends on bookstagram. It’s becoming the hottest social media outlet for book lovers to hang out on. And we all want to hang out with each other and gush over our favorite stories and characters, don’t we?
But I hear so many of you say that you can’t do bookstagram because you don’t have time. Time is the biggest issue for people when it comes to bookstagram. Well I’m here to tell you about a time-saving app that you need if you want to get serious about bookstagram.
Allow me to introduce you to Later. The perfect desktop and mobile app for the busy bookstagrammer. Later allows you to schedule up to 30 Instagram posts per month. That’s one per day!! The perfect amount for all you challenge participators out there.
I’ve talked before about how I schedule an entire month of bookstagrams in one day and this app is what makes it possible. Here’s what I love about Later.
Later allows me to type captions on my computer.
We all know how painful it can be to type those long Instagram captions on our phones. Anyone else have a case of fat fingers? Please tell me that’s not just me. The number of typos I make when typing out long captions on my phone is painful. And it’s not like it’s super easy to fix. That touchscreen can be, well, touchy. Allow Later to change your life. No, seriously. Typing my captions on my computer has saved me so much time. This also allows me to easily copy and paste hashtags I love to use.
Later allows me to preview my feed.
This is probably one of my favorite features. Once you get everything on the calendar, you can click the preview button and it will show you how your whole feed is going to look. Then if there are two pictures next to each other that don’t look good, you can change it now. Instagram is all about that aesthetic. So this is really important to look at.
Later reminds me to post.
No app can actually post to Instagram for you. Instagram currently doesn’t allow that. But Later reminds me to post. I’m a forgetful person. I can’t even remember what I ate for dinner last night. Let alone try to remember to post my bookstagram photo at the most optimal time. But with the Later app, I get a reminder sent to my phone. Then all I have to do is click post. It automatically copies my caption, downloads my photo and loads it into Instagram. I paste my caption and hit post. Done. It takes literally five seconds as opposed to the 10 minutes it would have take me to type up my caption, fix my typos and post it.
Does 10 minutes really seem that long? Yes. 10 minutes a day, every day is 3,650 minutes a year – that’s over 60 hours of posting photos on Instagram. And that’s just posting! I spend approximately 4-5 hours a month on bookstagrams. That’s 60 hours a year. But that includes taking the photos, editing the photos, scheduling and posting. Later saves me hours and hours of time.
How do you use Later?
It’s free! All you have to do is go to Later.com and sign in with Instagram. Your dashboard will look like this.
To upload a new photo, just click the upload button. You can upload from your computer, google drive or dropbox.
Then click and drag a picture to the calendar on the day and time you’d like to post. This box will pop up and you can type your caption here. Don’t forget to paste your favorite hashtags! Later also has a cool feature that tells you how many hashtags you have left to use. Then click save and boom! Your bookstagram is scheduled!
You can preview your feed by clicking the preview button.
This is what it will show you when you click on preview. You can actually drag and rearrange your photos right in this mode and it will automatically reschedule them for you. How freaking cool is that??
Okay, now you want to download the Later app on your phone and sign in. Now you’ll get that notification when it’s time to post. And you’re done! How freaking easy was that?
What if I run out of posts? Well if you’re posting once a day like I am, this shouldn’t be an issue, but if it is, I have an alternative. Buffer. You can schedule 10 Instagram posts at a time with a very similar system for scheduling (no preview mode) so it’s a great back-up if you go slightly over 30 posts in a month.
I hope I’ve convinced you to use Later for your bookstagrams! It’s an amazing tool that seriously changed my bookstagramming life. I was never able to participate in challenges before because I didn’t have time. But now I’ve posted a photo every single day for a year. Now that’s crazy.
Do you use Later? What’s your favorite feature? If you don’t use Later, do you plan on starting?