In case you're not familiar with it, I'll briefly explain what it is. Basically, every few weeks or so (or whenever an issue arises), I take a bookish subject and write about it. I'll confess my thoughts or worries, ergo Hardcover Lover Confessions.
I'm encouraging all of my followers, and even non-followers to join in and discuss your thoughts on each topic with me and with the other bloggers/people who leave comments. Seriously... we'd all love to hear what you have to say because everyone has an opinion! It's all about kindly expressing ourselves and making connections with other bloggers and readers while forming blogging friendships. Don't be afraid to reply to a comment made by someone you've never spoken to! I can promise you that all of my followers are kind and outgoing.
HCL Confession on BookTubers
I recently admitted this on Twitter, and my recently, I mean last night. I have never, in the time I've been blogging or before watched a BookTube video. Why? I feel like I don't have time. Don't assume the worst in me here - I've always wanted to watch some (and I've even started watching some videos before getting distracted and closing out of the screen). I know there are amazing BookTubers out there, but I just feel so weird watching someone I don't know talk about books. And like I said... I really do get distracted while I watch videos. (I can't even remember the last time I watched a music video or a TV show without doing something else.)
Do I disrespect the BookTubing community? Hell no! Let me repeat that. I do not and never will disrespect the BookTubing community. The are an integral part of the book community. I think the BookTube community deserves the same amount of respect that bloggers, Bookstagramers, and everyone else gets. I think what BookTubers do is wonderful. I've seen some screenshots and GIFs of some of their videos, and some of them have marvelous book collections. I think what they do is amazing and that they deserve all the credit that they get.
What I don't agree with is the criticism. I think that it's unfair of bloggers to critique them or say that they don't deserve ARCs and the amount of views that they get. Here's the thing - people are going to go where they are most comfortable for their information. If a person is like me, they will probably read more blogs. But if a person is more visual, I can totally see the BookTube community working for them. I'm going to get in teacher mode for you here... It all depends on the kind of learner you are.
Will I one day try to give BookTubers the attention they deserve? Absolutely. It might take me just listening to a review, instead of watching the whole video, but I know one day I'll get there.
Once again, it's your turn, little Hardcover Lovers! I'd love to know what you have to think about this issue that pops up every once in a while. Have you watched BookTubers? Do you think bloggers are sometimes too quick to judge them? Who are some of your favorite BookTubers? Do you also BookTube? Feel free to let me know. And feel free to recommend any BookTubers to me. I'd love to start compiling a list of them so I know who to watch.
But here is your warning - Any and all disrespectful comments will be deleted, and you will be asked to refrain from commenting on any future HCL Confessions.