News & Updates at Oh, the Books!
As mentioned in last week’s Weekly Recap, Kelley is on hiatus as her husband is coming back to the States and they’re moving to a new place. This mean it’s just me, Asti, and so far I haven’t burned the blog down so I’m going to say things are going well. There will be no “Tweet of the Week”, “Writing”, or “Videos of the Week” sections in the linkage because those are usually Kelley’s doing and I’m too lazy to hunt some down, so sorry for those of you who look forward to those sections each week but I’M ONLY HUMAN! Hopefully my little collection of bookish and bloggish links will be good enough.
In Case You Missed It
Here’s the posts I published this week, like the little champ I am.
- Bookish Life: It’s Not Ass-Tea – includes my first YouTube video!
- Bookish Tag: The Cinderella Tag
- Bookish Mail: Standalone Recs with Kaja
- Bookish Games: Lunar Chronicles Edition Day Five
Our Lives This Week
In Asti’s Life…
I’ve spent the week at my aunt’s house- and animal-sitting, as I sometimes do. It’s actually been quite nice because it allows me to stock up on some alone time. I mean, as much as I love my parents and being reunited with them is nice after a year-and-a-half abroad, there are still times when I rather be able to walk around the house or do what I want without having to worry about how it’s affecting others.
Of course, the one weird thing about being there is that I suddenly dived into Booktube and found it awkward recording in their house. I found myself suddenly filled with inspiration to record, record, record, but then didn’t know if it would be like an invasion of privacy since viewers would be able to see their house in the background of my videos. Hm. I ended up recording two anyways that will go up before the end of the month, so hopefully they don’t mind. >.>
So yeah, I guess that’s one of the other big news this week: I joined the Booktube community! It’s something I’ve always been interested in doing, and is the real reason why I bought my DSLR (though using it for my Bookstagram account is also nice), but in my mind I always had excuses not to do it: it would be too hard to do while blogging, no one would watch them, I don’t even know what the hell I’m doing, etc. But after having a Twitter chat about my name and deciding recording a video would be the best way to get everyone to say it right, I decided to give it a go.
I have to say, I’m excited about it. I haven’t quite figured out exactly how I want to use it, especially in relation to my blog (so PLEASE answer the Q of the week if you can!), but it’s given me this burst of inspiration and motivation that I haven’t felt in a long, long time. I’m suddenly finding myself writing and scheduling posts for the week, responding to comments and commenting back, and yeah… it’s just a positive thing for me right now and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
And, lastly, I have received a semi-promotion at work this week. Yayyy!
I don’t remember if I mentioned it previously, but our store manager broke her foot. (Ouch!) She won’t be able to come back to work until August at the earliest, so the team decided that we would need a temporary key holder to help cover her absence – and that keyholder will be me!
It’ll only be for a couple of weeks, but I’m excited for it nonetheless. It’s sort of nice to receive confirmation that the team recognizes your hard work and trusts you to help manage things, and I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge about how things work at the store. Because I’m a nerd like that. I like soaking in all the knowledge whenever I can.
So yeah, it’s been quite the eventful week! AND THREE MORE LEFT UNTIL I’M IN LONDON!! :D
Elsewhere in the blogosphere
On Blogging and Book Reviewing
- Charlie thinks she sucks at commenting.
- Brin is struggling with a blogging slump.
- Alex says friends are the key to blogging.
- Jamie is feeling overwhelmed and fatigued.
- Tonyalee talks about giveaways and privacy policies.
- Jillian admits she’s terribly bad at some blogging things.
- Rita shares four things she does to get ideas for new posts.
- Rita shares three things she’s stopped doing with her blog.
- Harvey highlights four pieces of essential CSS for your blog.
- Jessica discusses creating a blog schedule that works for you.
- Stephanie provides some help with blog commenting avatars.
- Jenny shares some mistakes she made when she started blogging.
- Ashley reveals the opt-in location that generates the most subscribers.
- Amber and Jessica share ten things they didn’t know before they started blogging.
Rating and Reviewing
- Danya asks: what’s a good rating?
- Jordin discusses 3 star vs. 4 star reviews.
- Shaina talks about living with review regret.
- Laura explains why she doesn’t request ARCs.
- Amy shares her thoughts on how to write a kick-ass review.
- Lauren asks: are you harder on characters of your own gender?
- Francine wonders: are average ratings really better than low ratings?
- Ariel wants to know: do review copies make you hold back on your honesty?
- Amber explains how she balances book blogging and Booktubing.
- Shannon asks: have you discovered the fun and benefit of Pinterest?
Things Bookworms Think About
A Bookworm’s Life
- Crystal shares her bookish quirks.
- Nicolette shares the library of her dreams.
- Rhea asks: do bookish lovers miss out IRL?
- Silvara wants to know: where do you read?
- Sarah discusses the reliability (or not) of hype.
- Bec talks about binge reading vs. pacing yourself.
- Nemo wonders: am I suffering from reader’s guilt?
- M. talks about book clubs and online reading groups.
- Stephanie talks about masculine/feminine literature.
- Bieke admits sometimes other opinions make her rage.
- Melanie discusses the need to cry over a book in public.
- Aentee asks: do you feel pressured to read hyped books?
- Aimee has some ideas for telling an author you love them.
- Jenny highlights twenty things book lovers are awesome at.
- Cassi discusses the five stages of bookish grief: solving twists.
- Sam wonders: does reading more make you harder to please?
- Claire helps you determine if you’ve found a new favorite book.
- Nirvana fears what she would have been without books and Internet.
- Val talks about preorders.
- Shayna shares her thoughts on book collecting.
- Becky asks: what makes you buy the books you do?
The TBR and Reading Challenges
- Cait wonders: can your TBR pile be too big?
- Cayt shares her thoughts on reading challenges.
- Joséphine shares her thoughts on quantified reading.
- Hannah and Alexa explain how reorganizing their shelves impacts their reading.
- Laura Ashlee explains why she’s spending the rest of the year reading diverse books.
Covers and Bookmarks
- Kristin is a book snob for hardbacks.
- Jessica takes a look at similar book covers.
- Angelina wants to know if you use bookmarks.
- Alicia discusses discontinuing a series.
- Shannon wants to know: does a bad ending ruin a series?
- Liza shares her thoughts on indie authors not finishing a series.
- Jen wants more Mary Sues.
- Ruby has a love for epigraphs.
- Ava discusses character names.
- Claudia talks about love triangles.
- Rachel gets bored after the hook-up.
- Lola shares her thoughts on cliffhangers.
- Kezia says romance clouds her judgment.
- Emily looks at the types of fairytale retellings.
- Rachel discusses sexual violence and bad boys in YA.
- Ana wants to know about the chosen one’s best friend.
- Chantelle wants more book girlfriends and best friends.
- Emily talks about her problem with MG & YA and her solution.
- Cait explains why books should always (copiously) mention food.
- Faith has four tips for a Harry Potter movie marathon.
- Alexa and Rachel were inspired by Every Last Word to attend their first open mic night.
- Aimee shares downloadable wallpapers for A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Darker Shade of Magic.
Question of the Week
So as I mentioned above, I’m not yet sure how I want to manage my Booktube account in relation to our blog here. I don’t know if I should keep them as two separate things, or cross-post between the two.
My main struggle lies in the fact that a lot of the videos I hope to record will be discussion videos and I think they’d also work well as discussion posts. So, sort of like It’s Not Ass-Tea post, I think it would be nice to record a video discussion and then include it in a post with a transcription. (It would never be an actual transcription of the video, just me writing out what I think as if I were writing a normal discussion post, with thoughts overlapping with the video.)
I guess the only thing I worry about there is if people will get annoyed by that. I feel like there is somewhat of a divide between the book blogging and booktubing communities, and I don’t want people to think I’m leaving this blog behind for booktube or get put off by inclusions of my videos. I also don’t want to drown people in my content, saying “read this” and “watch this” and “do this”.
So I’m not sure what I want to do just yet and would appreciate any thoughts you have on the matter.
If I create content that fits both platforms (Blogging & Booktube), should I post the content on both (make a video and write a post) or keep the two separate? Are there any other things you have preferences on when it comes to bloggers who also booktube?