{Bookish Babble} Tips for Organising Your Bookish Social Media Accounts

Posted March 19, 2016 by Rachel Lightwood in Discussion, Memes & Features / 34 Comments


Do you ever feel an obsessive need to organise or clean something come on… but it’s 3 am? Or you’re showering? Or you’re in the middle of studying for the most important exam of your life and you suddenly cannot stand the fact that your wardrobe isn’t colour coordinated? If you’re anything like me, cleaning sprees come rarely, intensely and at the most inappropriate times. Today I’m here to grace your feeds with some tips, tricks and basic ideas of cleaning up (some of) your online bookish life so you don’t have to have a manic spree of organisation every five years like moi.

Let’s go…

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Goodreads is my oxygen. Without it I’d die… and I don’t even know if I’m kidding. I have the tab open 24/7 and am constantly on it…. which why I want it to be as organised as it can.

  • Clean up your friends list. Be a little bit ruthless with this. If you don’t recognise their profile picture, have never talked with them or they haven’t been on their account for over a month (you can see this on their profile), delete them. Goodreads is, ultimately, a social media site. Use it to interact with your friends, not have a large number of followers to look good for your Netgalley account (as tempting as that may be). Remember, you have limited friend slots too. If you feel awful unfriended/unfollowing people, you can simple untick the ‘top friend’ box so their statuses don’t appear in your newsfeed.
  • Work on your shelves. Delete the shelves you don’t use. Do you need a shelf for every single subgenre you’ve read? No? Delete them, then create ones that you need and will be useful that you don’t already have. Make sure you have exclusive shelves for what you need. Goodreads only does the essential three on default (read, to be read, currently reading), but you may want ones for “DNF” or “wishlist” so edit them so.
  • Go through your TBR shelf and check whether you actually want to read all the books listed. You’d be surprised at the amount of books you’re no longer interested in. Added it becuase it was popular when it came out in 2009? You’re probably no longer interested. This is the easiest way of cutting down that ginormous TBR pile – take advantage of it! Again, be a little bit ruthless. Having a smaller TBR makes it easier to tackle, and you can always add books back on the shelf if you want to later. It’s hard to make those decisions, but worth it. (I’m working on this myself at the moment and I’ve deleted over 900 books from my TBR that I know I’ll never read. It’s surprisingly cathartic).
  • Check who you’re following. Unfollow anyone whose reviews you skim over in your newsfeed or authors whose updates you don’t need to know about. No need to have them clogging your feed.
  • Check on your group memberships. Have you joined a tonne of Goodreads groups but don’t participate in them? Unjoin them.
  • Update your bio. Make sure you have links to your website (blog, Twitter, YouTube or whatever). Keep information short and sweet – what are the essentials for potential friends/followers to know about you? Have a spiel on your stance for review requests and friend requests if you think it’s necessary. Check what’s your featured shelf.
  • Update your feed. Click the little cog symbol on the top right of your feed. Make sure you’ve chosen to only want you want to see so your feed isn’t too cluttered.
  • Check your account settings. Edit your email notifications setting. Check if your account if public or private. All of that.


  • Check who you’re following. Unfollow inactive users (there’s a website called Untweeps for this) or irrelevant accounts. Everyone’s followed someone for a few more entries in a giveaway in their lives. I’m guilty of that too, don’t worry. But go through your list (be ruthless!) and figure out whose posts your truly care about and only follow them.
  • Update your bio. Make sure it’s got all the relevant info someone might need to contact you outside of Twitter. Make sure your website is listed. Make sure your profile is relevant, and your header picture too.
  • Check your email and account setting. Twitter sends out a lot of annoyingly pointless emails. Turn these off if you don’t want them.
  • Use lists! There’s no limits to the amount of lists you can make – take advantage of this. You can make lists of blogging friends, IRL friends, celebrity accounts, and all of that to streamline the information you want to see. Your can keep these private if you wish.
  • Go through old tweets. This take a lot of time, but if you’ve had your account a long time and have gone through different phases or different blogs, you may wish to delete old, irrelevant or embarrassing Tweets. I’m sure you made a typo once or said something you regret there’s no point in keeping the Tweet – delete it.
  • Use other tools to manage your account. I’m no expert but I know that there are many tools for scheduling Tweets, checking analytics, hosting multiple sits and enhancing your profile. Use them to your advent age if you have the time, patience, know-how or care.


Email is one of the most basic tools of blogging, and even just general online communication. I’m sure that most of us check and use are email accounts daily. I know I do. But if you’re anything like me, you’d know how crazy your email account can get. The problem is I’m lazy. I read an email and either keep it or delete – and never think about it again. My inbox has practically no organisation, and thousands of emails from years ago still sitting in the deleted file. Something has to change…. so what should I do?

  • Go through that inbox – If you’re anything like me, you hundreds of old (read) emails in your inbox. Go through them! They’re only causing a backlog. Delete what you don’t need. Move what you do into folders.
  • Permanently delete your old mail – Don’t let all your old mail sit idly in your deleted/trash folder. It may seem daunting that those emails will be gone forever, but the more deleted emails you keep, the less storage you have. If you don’t need them, don’t keep them.
  • Create folders & subfolders – don’t be scared to go a little crazy! Add as many as you need. Folders allow you to easily access important emails or store them for a quick retrieval at a later date. Don’t let your read emails build up in your general inbox like I said before, sort them. Go for folders such as “review requests”, “publisher correspondences”, and “Netgalley/Edelweiss approvals”, anything you think it is important and you have an abundance of.
  • Update your contacts – One thing a lot of people neglect is their contact list. It’s a bit more work than the rest but take the time to add the contacts you need – it’s easier to send emails when you know where it’s going to!
  • Unsubscribe – Do you sign up for a lot of author newsletters, free ebook services and other annoying emails like I do? Well, now this time to assess all of this. Unsubscribe to anything that you automatically delete without opening or just don’t need anymore. It will clear up your inbox.
  • Check you email notifications – Similar to the above tip, check the email notifications all your social media accounts to stop getting all those annoying ‘someone pinned your pin’ emails from Pinterest or ‘popular in your network’ emails from Twitter etc.
  • Check your archiving settings – Some email systems let you set a timer on your trash/deleted folder so that every fortnight (or month, etc.) it cleans itself out. Less deleted emails, more storage for the emails that matter.
  • Add a signature or alter your old one. Every email system let’s your create a signature that’s automatically added to the bottom of every email. Choose a nice, formal font/colour, make sure it’s spelled correctly (obviously) and has relevant info – maybe your shipping address, your business title/company or just links to social media accounts (or just your blog), whatever is most relevant.
  • Use Gmail tabs to your advantages. I haven’t played around with this nearly as much as I should have but Gmail has auto-filler that allows you to avoid the Inbox altogether and have emails automatically delivered to personalized tabs.
  • Combine your email accounts if you can. Managing more than one email is a bother. Have one for all of your bookish/blogging things if possible, even if it means deleting one of your accounts.


  • Check who you’re following. People’s whose posts you love? Keep. People’s whose post you always skip over, never like, never comment on? Unfollow.
  • Update your bio. Make it easy for someone to stumble onto your account and know that you’re a bookstagrammer. Add your website. Put an email or a contact form too if you think it is necessary.
  • Delete old posts. They may be bad quality, only got one like or just not be in your photographic style anymore – if you think they don’t suit your account any more, delete them. Screenshot them if you’re sentimental or back them up somewhere.
  • Delete giveaways posts once they’re over. Okay, this one might be a personal pet peeve of mine but there’s nothing I hate more than checking out a new account and seeing that they have a bazillion giveaway posts and two actual photos. Delete, delete, delete.
  • Edit old posts’ captions. This may sound weird, but add hashtags into the caption to help with organisation if you didn’t use to. People can find your content easier that way.
  • Check account details. Make sure email notifications and privacy/security settings are what you want.

General Tips

  • Only use social media if you want to. Sure, most people have a Twitter or Instagram but you know what? If you don’t want to, don’t. No one is forcing you too. Do whatever suits you.
  • Pick one or two. Find your favourite social medias and use them the most. Don’t feel the need to spread yourself across a bazillion social media accounts. I only use Goodreads and Instagram with the occasional bout of Twitter. I don’t use Facebook, Tumblr or Pinterest (for blogging purposes).
  • Have a universal profile picture. It’s easier for followers to recognise you across your accounts if you “look” the same. Your profile picture kind of becomes your trademark. When you change it (which I don’t encourage doing very often), do it across the board.
  • Link up. Use every site with a bio to link up your website/blog and any other social media you can. It’s easier for people to follow you across medias then.
  • Update your bio. Keep your bio update to date with the correct contact information and appropriate info.
  • Check out programs that help with social media usage. My favourite is IfThisThenThat and TweetDeck, but there’s literally thousands of them for every kind of social media.

I hope that you were able to find some helpful tips above that will let you dominate your social media accounts! It can be a little bit of a chore to work through all these things, but once you’ve done it, all you have to do is establish a habit of maintaining care of your accounts and you’re set up for life.

Note: this post is a little bit of a “do what I say, not what I do” situation. I’m in the process of organising all of my accounts at the moment but it hasn’t happened completely yet. If you follow me on anything other than this blog, you might notice that I’ve been a bit of a hypocrite and not followed some of my own tips above. If I haven’t yet, I plan to. I’m currently working through my Goodreads account (my shelves are simply atrocious) so I’ve only done my Instagram and email (both Gmail and Outlook) accounts for the time begin. My Twitter is also disorganised but I plan on getting to it soon.

Question of the Day: What’s your most used social media? I think I use Goodreads and Pinterest most often. I love the bookstagram community a lot though.
Rachel Lightwood

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34 responses to “{Bookish Babble} Tips for Organising Your Bookish Social Media Accounts

    • Thanks, Geraldine! I had forgotten that I was part of so many groups too. I use to just click “join” (but never participate) just to stop the all the notifications to join groups. How stupid! I’ve unjoined a tonne of them now, and it’s nice to have just the ones I’m actually a part of on my profile. I’m so glad to hear it’s working for you too!

  1. I’m pretty good with Twitter and Instagram, I only follow like 130 people on Twitter and like 250 on Instagram (even though I never use Twitter), but Goodreads, OMG I need to clean up so bad. Is there any way to mass erase people from your friends list instead of one by one?
    Thanks for the tips!

    • I really need to clear out who I follow on Twitter. I follow a tonne of authors that I just don’t need to. And yes, on Goodreads you can go to your friends list (the ‘people’ icon, to the left of your profile pic on the top header). It should come up with a list of your friends, and on the right, under the page numbers, it says “edit friends”. Click on that and it adds little white boxes on the left that you tick and then delete all the ones ticked at once. You can also just untick ‘top friends’ if you want to be friends with the person but not see their updates.

  2. Liza

    Goodness Rachel! I need to learn more about media, it took me forever to understand a lot of it and I’m horrible about keeping things cleaned up. I don’t know why since I’m fairly organized in most aspects of my life. My TBR shelf in Goodreads is out of control!

  3. These are such fabulous tips! I have been trying to get myself organized lately, and it’s so daunting. I think I have my Twitter under control (or at least better! ) but Goodreads needs to be a priority. I started with email but then kind of got sidetracked haha. Your tip about being ruthless is something I need to listen to. I always feel guilty unfollowing, even if I have NOTHING in common with the person, and I need to stop that!

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    • Thanks, Shannon! It is a little daunting, but that’s why I decided to write this post. I thought that other people might be having as much problems as I am so… here it is! I know it’s hard to unfollow people, especially if it isn’t anything they really did, it’s just that you don’t have an interest in their account anymore or something similar. Just be ruthless! I think that’s my new motto.

  4. I live on Goodreads and once in a while I indeed take a look at my friends/people I follow/books on my TBR pile. I like being organized 🙂 I am too lazy to go through all my Twitter tweets and as far as I know, I never tweet anything that will embarrass me in the future. I did delete a few pictures on Instagram, simply because the quality was terrible and I didn’t want to keep it anymore. I also go through the people I follow and it’s sometimes a shame to see how many people stopped posting photographs.

    • I’m the same. Goodreads is my life! I don’t know what I’d do without… which is a little sad, but mostly awesome. I haven’t gone through my friends list yet, but I need to. I don’t even interact with at least a third of them. I’m hoping that I haven’t Tweeted anything too embarrassing in my life, but I’ll have to check at one point. I deleted some of my old, old Insta pics too.

  5. These are SUCH amazing tips. I love organisation, and nothing makes me more sad than my Goodreads account, which is just SO CLUTTERED. It drives me insane. Luckily my Instagram is pretty good because I’m only a newbie. And my Twitter is okay too.

    Goodreads, though…that is my project 🙂

    AWESOME post <3 <3

    • Same here… but it just doesn’t happen as much as I would like! My Goodreads shelves are just horrendous. I’m pretty good at stay on top of my TBR, but yeah, shelves are whole other story…

      Thanks, Emily. <3

  6. I try to keep my Goodreads as organized as possible. I haven’t had as much of a chance to be on the site lately but I absolutely love it. I finally cut a lot of friends and have stopped accepting friend requests from people that I have never talked to. Much better. I have a lot of email folders and gmail is easy to search for things so I feel okay in that area.

    My twitter needs a lot of help. I used to follow back everyone that followed me so I have a ton of people on there that I really have no desire to see. I don’t do a lot with twitter so I need to work on that. Great post – thanks for all the helpful ideas!

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    • I try to, but I”m in the middle of a massive clean out. I’ve downgraded my TBR (what an amazing feeling!) and now I’m about to tidy up my shelves. I just have way, way too many of them. And yes, cleaning the friends list is something that I have to do too. I just don’t feel the need to be friends with people I don’t communicate with! I used to do that with Instagram too. Now I just follow those who I actually WANT to.

      And *blushes* thank you! I’m glad you were able to use my tips.

  7. This is actually SO useful! I actually have done quite a few of these. The one social media site I really need to clean out for me, in all the accounts that I have on it is TWITTER. I definitely should unfollow inactive accounts and all those ones 12 year old me chose and I can’t be bothered with. I’m not on Goodreads as often as I would like for a book lover. But I am SO into instagram lately…

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    • Thanks Olivia! The Untweeps thing is fantastic for deleting inactive users. I am definitely going to use it when I get around to cleaning my Twitter account (which will hopefully be this/next week!). And yess, Instagram is a recent obsession of mine too!

  8. These are some great tips. I think we are all guilty of not keeping things as clean as we would like.

    Mostly, I’m social on Twitter. I use Goodreads a lot, but mostly I’m just posting reviews and using it to track my books. I’m really not that social on it. I have been better about keeping people on the “top friends” list and that has helped a lot.

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    • Thanks Melanie! I think we all are to, that’s why I thought a guide might come in handy.

      I’m a MASSIVE Goodreads user but I guess the beauty of it is that it doesn’t – necessarily – have to be a social media account, you can just use it for the book-record-keeping stuff. But it’s also has really great filtering systems so that’s a bonus.

  9. Tessa

    My favorite social media sites at the moment are Twitter and Instagram. I am pretty new to Instagram, so I do not think that there is much to organize yet, but I am sure that these tips will come in handy soon! On the other hand, I really should go back through my Twitter and organize things. I try to keep the people I follow organized, but I had no idea that you could make lists! I follow a lot of different kinds of people, so that feature is going to come in handy. Thanks for the tips!

    • I love Instagram too! It’s such a good idea to start off with a plan so that it never descends into the type of chaos that will need sorting. The list thing on Twitter is something I’m very non-knowledgeable about, but doesn’t it sound fantastic? I really need to check it out so I can take advantage of it. You’re most welcome, Tessa.

  10. Definitely some great tips here! I only use a few social media sites… I’d prefer to just focus on a few than try and spread myself across all of them – if you get what I mean.

    I’m terrible at Instagram… I had another go at it a couple of months ago, but I just don’t like photography! I’ve never been able to get my head around Facebook XD I had a MASSIVE clear out of who I followed on Twitter recently… my feed was just so clogged up! I lost a lot of followers, but I think I’d prefer to have less genuine followers than loads of people who aren’t interested in what I’ve got to say!

    • Thanks, Harvey! Me too. I find it too difficult to spread myself out. I know exactly what you mean.

      If you don’t like photography then Instagram is definitely not the social media for you! There’s no shame in that though. They cannot be for everyone. And nah, I’m not a user of Facebook. I didn’t like it at all – but I only had it for a couple of weeks way back. I definitely need to clear out my Twitter lists too. I follow a lot of people that I just don’t need to. And exactly! I’d rather have dedicated followers then people that couldn’t care less.

  11. This is an awesome post, Rachel! I’ll add it to my interesting links of the week as soon as I’m done commenting. I’ve been following a lot of your tips actually, particularly the cleaning the TBR and also the unfollowing. The unfollowing especially has done wonders for my feed. I’m a lover of Pinterest myself too. I haven’t felt an attachment to Instagram yet, because I’m too lazy to take photos, but I do love seeing other people’s photos.
    Great tips, Rachel! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Nick! You’re too sweet. *blushes* I really need to go through my Twitter account this week and clean it. I am following too many authors that I just don’t need to! Glad it’s working for you though. 😀 And Instagram is a hard one to get into. You’re either a photographer or not. Personally, I use an app called Aviary and it makes me look so much better than I am, but it’s worth it for the community. Everyone’s pretty awesome there, no dramas (so far!).

  12. Ooh, there are definitely good tips here! 😀 I was actually just trying to clean out my Goodreads TBR today…aghhhh, 1000 books?!? Half of them I don’t even know WHY I wanted to read them. *deletes* Although it wouldn’t let me batch delete for some reason, so I got fed up and wandered away to cry over 2017 releases that I want right now.
    But I have to admit I don’t agree with deleting old instagram photos…or tweets, really? I don’t delete anything. I mean, I have nothing against people who do! But it is proof of how far you’ve come and it’s your building blocks. I almost feel like if I deleted my oldest not-so-good photos than I’m saying there’s only room for perfection in my life? When I’m okay to show that I wasn’t always where I am now. IF THAT EVEN MAKES SENSE. PROBABLY NOT. *hides*

    • *blushes* Why, thank you! Exactly what I did the other day. It’s so refreshing… but then the next day I added about 25 new late 2016/early 2017 releases and I was like why cannot I read them now instead? I WANT THEM! *cries* Oh, the woes of being a bookworm. How pitiful our problems. 😉

      I see what you mean. And looking back at your progress can be fun and embarrassing but great… yet it kind of feels like failure and yeah, there shouldn’t be room only for perfection in my life either but damn, it’s hard not to want that and be secure enough in myself to let those sort of horrifyingly bad things not only be acknowledged but on display. Know what I’m saying? I think you’re a better person than I am for wanting to keep them. And no need to hide, Cait! I welcome opinions, all opinions.

  13. Lekeisha

    Great post! I’m still working on my Goodreads account. I have so many books to delete from to-read shelf.

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