There are countless of posts in book blogosphere discussing the advantages and disadvantages of having a book blog, Booktube, or Bookstagram. I find these posts interesting and have fun reading why people favor book blogging over the other platforms.
In this post, I would like to focus on blogging vs. vlogging and why I chose to have a blog over Booktube.
You’ve Probably Never Read My About Page
If you ever venture to my about page, you’ll see that my two reasons for creating a blog are to:
1. Challenge myself to reflect upon the books I read and form my own opinions about them.
2. Share and discuss bookish things.
They’re both very general objectives that can be achieved by having either a blog or a Booktube. So, it would be more fitting if I added a third goal:
3. Improve my written communication.
It’s clear to see that I don’t have an advanced vocabulary or know how to poetically weave together complex sentences. My writing level is high school at most, and I’m okay with that for now.
(Look at all those contractions, dude! I don’t have time to write out all those words!) I’m more concerned about being able to effectively deliver my thoughts to an audience in a way that’s coherent and somewhat compelling with relative 🌬️ease. Who knows—hopefully, as my posts progress, I’ll learn how to sprinkle ✨sparkly✨ words into grown-up sentences (and how to use the damn comma properly).
The biggest reason why most people veer away from Booktube, and one that I completely relate to, is they don’t want to display their face on camera. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of book bloggers are more private when it comes to sharing their face on the internet. In my case, I have two pictures of myself up on my blog, and that’s enough. It’s significantly less intruding than having multiple, five minute videos with my face on the internet.
I’m An Awkward Person
Creating videos presents two unique problems relating to the fact that I’d have to speak aloud.
Problem 1: Speaking aloud means people can hear me.
(No shit, Sherlock.)
This is a problem because I live in a small space with people who aren’t aware of my internet persona, and I don’t plan on telling them about my blog anytime soon. It would be difficult to find the time to film videos when they aren’t around.
Problem 2: My verbal communication isn’t exactly stellar either.
(How to communicate with humans?)
I know I could always edit out the awkward pauses in my speech or excessive use of filler words in my videos, but that’s all post production. With blog posts, I can edit as I type. I can change words here and there
(thank you, thesaurus.com), rearrange sentences, and remove whole paragraphs. As far as I’m concerned, I can’t do that while I’m talking.
Youtube Comments Scare Me
The online book community is a friendly bunch in general, but I think that the blogging
(…) neighborhood (what’s another word for “community”?) is a bit more forgiving than than the Youtube (…) gang (thesauras.com, you have failed me!) in terms of comments. I may be making a generalization, but it seems that the Youtube comment section is a beacon for trolls to leave nasty comments.
In the end, having a blog is the most appropriate mode for me to share my love of books online. I know my posts haven’t been consistent and they’re not that unique, but I still enjoy creating them.
Maybe one day when I live alone, feel comfortable with sharing full videos with my face online, want to practice my verbal communication along with my written, and muster up the courage to face the Youtube trolls, I’ll start vlogging.
For now, I’m content with my little blog.