Monday, September 12, 2016

Blogging vs Vlogging

     This summer I discovered Booktube. Who knew there was such a world out there? So many people passionate about books and wanting to share their passion with the world. I spent countless hours watching video after video, connecting with people around the world over books. I loved discovering those booktubers that I connected with the most, those with similar tastes, with the same favorite authors. Needless to say, my TBR list on Goodreads more than doubled over the last few months.
     Somewhere in the middle of the summer I started to contemplate the possibility of joining the ranks of the booktube community in a more active role. I could do that! I could make my own videos! I could inspire others to read more! I went back and forth for weeks, arguing the pros and cons with myself. One day convincing myself that I would do it, I could be charming and witty in front of a camera. The next day letting my skittishness and insecurities deter me. Then, one day, my lightening bolt moment came. I realized how much having a youtube channel would dig into my reading time. That's what it came down to. I would have to make videos on a regular basis. I would have to do my hair and makeup every time I made a video. I would have to film and edit. All of that would mean less books read.  
     That is why, in the end, I decided it was not worth it to me. I will carve out my own little corner of the internet where I can share my love of reading in my own way. You'll see many things on this blog that are very similar to a booktube channel: Monthly reading wrap-ups, reviews, and even tags (if you don't know what those are you just go to youtube and search booktube). This is how I've decided to share my voice. For those of you out there making videos, more power to you! I will continue to watch and be inspired, while I sit here in my pajamas. Now to close my laptop and pick up a book...

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