To BookTube or Not to BookTube?

I want to preface this post by saying that I do not plan on abandoning this blog at all! The book blogging community is wonderful and I feel lucky to be a part of it.

With that being said, I must confess that I have been thinking about starting a BookTube channel. I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who loves watching BookTube videos. Ever since I learned that BookTube was a thing, I’ve been hooked. It is definitely a huge reason why I decided to blog about books in the first place.

Originally, I chose to focus on blogging over vlogging because it was low risk and a place where I could remain anonymous. There is something about putting a video of yourself talking on the internet that is super scary! Also blogging is something that I am just more comfortable with, because I love to write.

However, recently I have been hit with this desire to make videos. I was a Film Studies major in college, so I used to make short films (or really music videos) in college with my friends. It’s honestly something that I miss doing. After consuming so much BookTube content, I feel like it is something that I could realistically do. I have a nice camera, editing software, and am not camera shy.

In my mind, I think the idea of having an occasional video on my blog would be cool. For example, I really want to do a monthly Book Haul post. My book buying has gotten a little out of hand recently and I want to tell you all about my awesome finds. However, I personally think that watching a Book Haul is way more fun than reading about one.

Another thing I would love to do is create video diaries about my writing. I just think it would be a cool way to document my writing process. Also, I think it would be cool to do these in a time lapse sort of fashion, because I do some weird things when I write.

While all of these things sound like fun, I’m still very hesitant about doing it. I’m concerned that it will be just too much to handle. Right now I work a 9-5 job, take improv classes, blog, and am trying to write a novel. I just signed on to do this community theatre show, so adding a BookTube channel to the mix might be a terrible idea. I’m already doing so much and I don’t want BookTube to take away from that.

I’m also pretty afraid of putting myself out there. It’s scary okay! When I used to make videos, they were more for me. The idea of people watching me be ridiculous is nerve wracking. Also, I don’t know if I will add anything new to the BookTube community. I already struggle with coming up with content for my blog, so coming up with video ideas will be just as hard.

I don’t want to my blog to suffer either from making a BookTube channel. I said it before, but I’ll say it again, I love the blogging community. It’s a cool place and I feel like I get more book recommendations here than on BookTube. I want to keep improving my blog and making it better.

Basically, I’m just a confused person who wants to make videos, but isn’t sure if that’s necessarily a good idea or not.

I’m curious if anyone else in the book blogging community has thought about making a BookTube channel. Why did you or didn’t you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. For the moment I’m just sticking to blogging. I will let you know if that changes.

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