BookTube: Why or Why Not?
I am pretty excited to blog hop to read about this topic in particular, because I feel like I’m going to be pretty bland in comparison, because I’m one of those (seemingly rarer and rarer) bloggers who only has a book blog and doesn’t run a BookTube at all. I also don’t watch BookTube either, which makes me sound like I’m anti the platform, but I’m actually not!
I don’t BookTube for a few reasons.
- I really love my blog and this is such a natural thing for me.
- I really struggle with liking anything about my appearance, so the idea of creating a channel where that would be on display all of the time is not appealing in the least (which is intriguing, as I *would* be interested in doing video game streaming at some point *shrugs*).
- I don’t have the video editing skills or equipment.
- I don’t have the time.
It’s not something I’ve ever really seriously considered starting, all of the above reasons. I love my blog (although I do wish book bloggers were more appreciated, especially as it seems like other platforms, like Bookstagram and BookTube, seem to get a little more love in the industry…) and I love the way this platform works for me. The lack of time, equipment and talent is a really big one, too. While I don’t doubt I could learn those skills, I am already pretty overwhelmed with everything I’ve committed to, to begin with. I don’t need another hobby.
Why Book Blogging on a Blog?
For me, a blog is perfect. I’m a writer who is wordy, so having a blog and writing my thoughts out in longform through a blog just feels more natural than talking them out and recording myself (or even doing shorter snippets through Bookstagram). Plus, since this blog is more of a hodgepodge website, serving as an online journal of sorts, it allows me to express myself in ways I otherwise couldn’t.
Why Don’t You Watch It?
Again, it’s a time thing. I wish I had time to do all the things I wanted to and was interested in–and I have no doubt that I’d find channels that I would love! But, between working two jobs, being in grad school, trying to stay consistent on my own writing, book blogging, reading, owning a pet, having a partner; it’s just….a lot. So, even though there are so many ways for book bloggers to branch out and express themselves in different forms, it’s the traditional book blog for me!
What about you? Do you have a BookTube and a book blog; one or the other; neither? What do you think about the platform? Let me know in the comments below!