Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday Words: Blog or Vlog?

I had what I thought was a great idea for this edition of Wednesday Words, but allow me to explain why you are reading this entry of my thoughts (as usual) as opposed to watching them (something new I've been thinking about trying).

To book blog or vlog? That is the question. I am extremely, incredibly, infantiley (I know that's not really a word, but roll with me) new when it comes to the world of book blogging. It's why I consider myself more of a rambler instead. Someday I'd like to be the one whose books are being reviewed, but in the meantime I like that having my blogs keeps me in the practice of writing and also helps me keep track of what I read. I don't like just saying "yes I liked this book" or "no I didn't care for it" - I like to think about and express why. And so far, writing about it has been very beneficial.

But I also subscribe to a few YouTube channels which are dedicated to books, book reviews, book news, etc. and I really like those, too. Things like hand gestures and tone of voice come into play. It's a little more engaging and allows for a different avenue of creativity and engaging conversation.

So which is better, or which do you prefer?

I set out to figure out if this other option would be something I want to explore, so I fired up my Mac, opened iMovie, and attempted to even try putting very simple, basic, clips together before trying to make something real. Let's just say that iMovie and I are in a fight because several hours later, I was no closer than when I started, and I didn't want to just have one long take - I wanted to be able to do basic edits, too.

Hopefully in the future, that will change. However, for now the question stands and I want your opinions, people! Blogging or vlogging?

If you're unfamiliar with the vlogging option, I highly encourage you to check out the three I subscribe to; they each have a different feel and approach, but they're all fantastic.

The Story Siren
Girls in the Stacks 

Comments welcome and, as always, happy reading!


  1. I follow both but lately I have been more about blogging. I think it's just that I like to read how people write their reviews (does that increase my bookish/writing geekery? lol).

    But yea, best vlogger for me is Daniel Marks. Author of Velveteen. So insightful and funny.

    1. I too follow many more blogs than vlogs, but sometimes the fact that I follow so many in total is a bit daunting. I hate that sometimes when I go to look at my RSS feed at the end of the day and see I have 50+ unread posts, I end up skimming instead of really spending time digesting a review. I hate doing that because I'm like you - reading about books and writing usually feels more natural, but then again, iMovie and I are still fighting haha

      Thanks for your comment!