I love booktubing. I've been standing (or sitting, if I'm feeling lazy) in front of a camera talking to myself since July 2013. Since then, I have gained 150 YouTube subscribers (or more. This is a scheduled post...), approximately 23% more confidence (pfft, that's a guess. Who listens in maths anyway?) and a lovely tripod so I don't have to balance my camera precariously on a pile of books and a shoe anymore. Actually, sometimes it was a pile of books, a shoe and a pack of printer paper, and occasionally a cardboard box and some DVDs, but that's besides the point.
Filming is fun. I spend a little while getting ready (HD picks up on everything...) and preparing the frame and the tripod and whatever, and then I film. In the first couple of months I felt really awkward about it, but I think I'm starting to be myself now. I used to be really careful about how I acted (my grandparents watch my vlogs, y'know), and I still am, but it's easier to be myself. People say I'm funny even when I'm not trying to be (hey, I'll take that as a compliment) and sometimes I probably come across as sarcastic but that's just me.
I've seen so many book bloggers say they want to try booktubing, but they lack the confidence and they wouldn't know what to vlog about. My advice? Just do it. Grab a camera, balance it somewhere, and talk. There's a saying that I live by, and that is, "If you don't ask, the answer will always be no." I don't know who said it but it's true for a lot of circumstances. If you don't try booktubing, you'll never know what it's like. You might enjoy it. You might become one of the popular booktubers. You could meet your soon-to-be best friends through it, and it could become your new favorite hobby.You could become open to exciting, new opportunities, but you'll never know any of this unless you try.
Your first videos are going to be awkward. They're going to be embarrassing, and they're going to make you cringe later on, but that's what the 'Set to private' button is for on YouTube, which you can click after about a month and no one will notice the video has gone... Booktubing is so liberating because you're in front of a camera showing who you are. People get to know you, your voice, your mannerisms, the way your eyes light up when you're excited about a book.
I love it. But I hate it.
Editing is stressful, or it is for me, at least. I'll pop my SD card into the laptop and boom, files become corrupted, clips are lost in cyberspace, your voice loses sync with the footage and you realise that artificial lighting was so not the way to go.
Somehow, you manage to edit your video so it's kind of presentable. Ish. You upload it to YouTube and, oh, look at that, it's made the video upside down. Oh well, nothing you can do about it now it's public and it's already had 38 views.
But practice makes perfect. Personally, after five months of booktubing, I'm still learning and experimenting. Some of my videos will be really orange *cough* bookshelf tour *cough* and some of them might be far from HD quality, but you'll have to bear with me. I'll get there in the end. And if you're a booktuber going through the same things, you'll get there too. And if you've never filmed a vlog but you want to, do it. I found another quote (this post is turning into utter cheese): "I'm not in the business of denying myself simple pleasures." Basically, if you want to vlog, do it. We're all supportive people and vlogging is actually really fun when you get into it. So what if you don't like your voice? Or if you don't like your face? Or if you don't get much natural lighting? I hate my voice and my face (I'm actually the most insecure person you'll ever meet) but you are your own worst critic and I guarantee lots of people will love your voice and your face (wow, that sentence sounded creepier than I meant it to...)
Booktubing is good because you actually learn things about yourself that you had never noticed before. For example, I never realised how British I sound until I watched my own video the other day. I also have a habit of bringing my hair forward and I stick my thumb-up a lot if I'm excited...or if I want you to click the little thumbs-up button under the video...
You can see I have a love/hate relationship with booktubing, but I love it more than I hate it... at least give vlogging a try! Upload it, get some opinions and go from there. It'll be worth it, trust me. :)
As you can probably tell, this blog post wasn't planned. It just kind of came out, which is why I rambled...but you get what I was trying to say, right?
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What do you love about booktubing? If you've never filmed before, do you think you will? Let us know!