Before I start, I just want to thank my friends and those who I've been talking to on twitter. This post has been beta read by several people so I'm aware of what I'm saying before it goes live. I'd also like to link you to Rachel's post, where she talks about her version of the events of the "booktube drama."
This is basically a post on my thoughts on the Thoughts on Tomes video, created in defense of booktubers over some drama. After I watched it, I felt a lot of things and quickly realized that I was the unpopular opinion. In a way, I'm terrified to write this post however, I realized that I don't know Sam [thoughts on tomes] so why should I feel scared?
This is not an attempt to throw shade at booktubing. This isn't a hate post. You know I don't roll that way. I love booktubers. Having the courage to talk on a screen in front of strangers? There's a reason I'm a blogger and not a booktuber - just saying.
Since her video was more from a booktuber's perspective, I wanted to write one from the blogger's perspective. [Like in her description box, the same comment applies: Please keep all comments civil and respectful.]
When I watched it, I found myself half in agreement and not. The intention is clear and I think it's great to see people standing up for booktubing. I'm not a genius at booktubing obviously - I'm a blogger. However, my first impression of the video was how it was called "Booktubing vs. Blogging" and IMO, I feel like the "versus" makes things sound like we're against each other.
Sponsers. Personally, I have no qualms with Sponsors either! What Sam said about being happy for the booktubers who get sponsers is totally right! I don't know if I would want to watch a sponsored video but it wouldn't change my opinion of the Booktuber. Instagram accounts also do ads for certain companies and I understand things can get annoying but also like Sam said, just don't watch the video if you don't like it.
Something that was recurring throughout the video that I didn't like was that Sam said that there was a group of bloggers that were repeatedly bashing booktube, and in a public space. Now, I'd only heard of the one incident that night on Twitter with a few people [who are my friends and are seriously sweet people.]
What kind of rubbed me the wrong way was when she stated that she'd never seen booktubers talking shit about bloggers. I didn't even go to BEA and I heard about the blogging panel where it was just booktubers throwing shade. I think we need to accept that there are bad eggs in every community and that it isn't like one is great and the other is mostly great because that isn't the case.
Also maybe it's due to my sensitivity but I felt very small while watching the video. There was nothing said about bloggers to insult us directly - quite the opposite actually. The video actually ends on a genuine and loving note and sums things up well. However, throughout the video, I just felt like the angry tone was not working for me. She's annoyed at the crap that's going on - I get it. But personal opinion? It made me uncomfortable to watch because I felt like I was on the other end of her video.
I don't know what's going on with ARCs. I've seen booktubers who have followers in triple digits getting ARCs [and a lot too!] so maybe publisherss have some kind of formula? However, from what I've seen, booktubing is only recently getting a load of success so maybe publishers are still warming up to the idea of a different way of reviewing? Either way, I do hope that one day we'll be able to both get ARCs without anyone on either platform having an advantage.
This is the biggest point I have to make. I was pretty upset at what I found was ignorance when she said that booktubing takes more time than blogging. I understand that filming, editing, sometimes hair and makeup can take a long time. But saying that booktube takes more time than blogging is plain ignorant. Personally, I make my own graphics and that alone can sometimes take days! And there are people who are slow typers too. But what I really got from the entire point was that time = effort and that isn't true at all. Whether blogging or booktubing takes more time is a discussion that could be held off for another day.
Can't we just leave it at we give time for both platforms because we're passionate about what we do?
Edit: This wasn't mentioned in the booktube video but if someone has [non hate] opinions about booktube that differ from yours, telling them to "take it to DM" is out of line. [Other people were doing this.] Opinions are NOT fact and anyone who takes them as such have only themselves to blame. Who are you to tell someone how to run their twitter? Like someone who doesn't like watching sponsor videos, those who don't like my or anyone else's opinions should take their own advice: leave.
I refuse to let anyone tell me how to run my social media. If I'm wrong about something, let me know what you think, for sure! But don't tell me what to do - especially if you don't know me.
Whoops, sorry for the mini rant. I only added that bit because I saw another post that sent me on a rage.
Again, this post is in no way meant to start up more trouble. I just figured that if someone decides to post a video and I watch it, in the name of discussion, I have the right to write a response to her points. And now I'd like to know what you think!