If you blog and booktube why do you do both? If you only blog why have you chosen blogging over booktubing?
I only blog and honestly, the idea of booktubing never once entered my mind. While I can talk about books for hours, doing so on camera is entirely different and I’ve never been particularly comfortable with it. Writing on the other hand, comes easily to me and I had been reviewing books for nearly two years before I started my blog. My technical skill set was another big reason to go with a book blog – though I’m currently on WordPress and have no intention of moving my blog anytime soon, if I do decide to expand or move at some point, I have enough knowledge of website setup, coding etc. that will make the process much easier.
Do you think one format does certain things better than the other?
Personally, I’ve always preferred blogs to booktube. There are some booktubers whose videos I watch from time to time and it’s lovely to see their excitement when they talk about books and I really enjoy watching reading vlogs or bookish recommendation videos. But at the end of the day, book blogs always work better for me for many reasons. The content I read on blogs are almost always book reviews and maybe it’s old-fashioned, but I will always prefer a written review. Somehow, I never really enjoy video reviews and they always feel very mechanical to me. I’m also more comfortable interacting on blogs – I never post comments on Youtube, but if I enjoy a post I will almost always leave a comment because it’s so much fun to chat about bookish things. The content on book blogs is often revised several times before it is published and the final version is just so much more coherent and well put together. I also feel that it’s easier to find distinctive styles on blogs, from the way posts are written, to certain turns of phrase they use, or the layout of their posts – there’s something that makes each blog stand out.
Do you ever want to run a booktube if you don’t already?
No, I don’t think I will ever start a booktube. As I mentioned above, I’m not comfortable on camera, much less putting myself out there that way – I don’t even use my own picture in most places online. Blogging allows me to maintain a level of privacy that booktube would not. Besides, it’s so much easier to write reviews for books rather than talk about them. Another reason I wouldn’t run a booktube is the significant time commitment – recording and editing videos would take up way more time than blogging and reduce what reading time I have.
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