Weekly Recap| Jul 12-18, 2015

Weekly Recap: It's Just You and Me, Baby

Weekly Recap: It's Just You and Me, Baby

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.

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

Rating and Reviewing
Social Media

Things Bookworms Think About

A Bookworm’s Life
Buying Books
The TBR and Reading Challenges
Covers and Bookmarks
Bookish Fun

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?


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  1. Ahhh Asti I’m watching your Booktube book at the moment and you did really well! I love how funny and personable you are about your name! Don’t worry, I have always pronounced your name Ahsti (I think it’s the Australian accent thing). I’ve subscribed to your channel as well!

    I recently joined Youtube as well and it’s so much fun! I can’t wait to do more videos. Congrats on your semi-promotion as well :) it’s exciting managing stuff!

    • Aw, thanks Jeann! I actually think that was the best video to start my channel off with. Not only because it’s good to clear the air about my name from the very beginning, but because it’s a topic I’ve discussed a lot so am very comfortable with and can discuss without trouble. Hopefully my other videos can go just as well. I’m subscribed to you as well! :)

  2. I think it’ll be great to post on both! Sometimes I put videos on a backburner and later forget about them, and vice-versa for blog posts so… yeah, it’s just my preference. :P

  3. i actually love that you’re starting to delve into booktube! it definitely adds a very interesting extra dimension to a blog so i’m all for it! i like the format you have now of posting the video on the website and then having a discussion / written component to go along with it. personally i like it when bloggers post their videos on their blogs just because i don’t always check my youtube subscription but i do ALWAYS check my feedly so it’s very convenient. plus i think it might help if you’re starting out with youtube to just cross link it to your blog where you already have an established following and just say to your readers like hey here’s this thing that i’m doing! which you’ve already done so yay! honestly i don’t think there is a huge downside to cross linking your videos with your blog unless you’re posting too many to make it feasible to write a post for it. but if it’s like one a month or even one every two weeks, then i think the cross linking would be good! otherwise i guess you could always just link them to the weekly recaps?

    anyway those are just my thoughts hahal. do whatever you want, but those are just my two cents :)

    • Thanks Annie! I definitely think I’ll start adding them to my videos. If people don’t like them, they can just ignore the video part but still receive the content via written. And then it helps for those who are interested but don’t necessarily follow their YT subscriptions like you. A win-win! (I mean, it all made sense in my head when I thought about doing it, but I just got nervous for some reason. I think sometimes it’s so easy for us to overthink things >.<) Thanks for giving me your thoughts. They've helped me feel better about it all!

  4. Its awesome that you’re delving into the world of booktubing (Did I spell that right? haha). Asti! Personally I think the most important thing in booktube is to be yourself! My fave booktubers were very simple and what I loved most about them is about how I can visually see their reactions for books or book turned movies.

    I can’t really give you advice since I don’t do booktube but mainly I just hope you enjoy it! :D

  5. Thanks for sharing my post! Look at me – I’m taking people’s advice! CONGRATULATIONS on your promotion at work! It definitely speaks to your hard work. Like you, I’ve been reading and scheduling posts ahead for when school starts and I’ll have less time. It’s been so nice! I don’t know anything about Booktube, but I think it would be great to share on both.

    • Haha, look at you, you write a post saying you suck at commenting and yet here you are! GO CHARLIE! I actually feel similarly when it comes to my commenting. I have to really make a conscious effort to respond to comments right away and then comment on other blogs, otherwise I just say “Oh, I’ll do it later” AND THEN IT NEVER HAPPENS. So yes, go you for commenting and go me for responding today. WE’RE AWESOME ;D

  6. I’m not a big booktube person. I guess it’s just a lot faster for me to read a post than watch a video. But I really enjoyed your video about the pronunciation of your name :) I would like to see both posts and videos, bu I understand how that can be time consuming.

    Congrats on the promotion!

  7. I think you should ignore the divide between the two communities and post videos and written discussions together on your blog. I’ve already said I’ll watch your videos, but I have no interest in actually subscribing to a YouTube channel or whatever you need to do to follow a Booktuber. Also, by ignoring the divide, you’ll be reminding people that it doesn’t actually need to exist. If someone refuses to follow your blog because you’re now posting videos (rather than just skipping those posts), I hardly think that’s much of a loss. :D

    • Haha, but I don’t even expect you to watch my videos! I respect that people prefer different mediums. You can choose to only read my text and I won’t be offended. (Though you’ll still have to listen to my face talk whenever we next get together ;)) And yes, I think you’re right, a divide isn’t necessary. I’d like for the two to complement each other, if/when possible.

  8. Wow, thanks so much for linking to my post! That was really sweet of you!

    And congrats on joining the Booktube community! That’s awesome! I’ve been going back and forth on whether I should or shouldn’t join, but right now I think I’ll step aside since I’m too much of an awkward turtle on camera. But I’ll be looking out for your videos!

    Oooh, nice job on the semi-promotion! *virtual high-five*

    LONDON? Lucky… I’ve always wanted to go to London!

  9. That’s so exciting that you joined the booktube community! Good luck! I can imagine it’s weird recording in someone else their house, but if inspiration stireks you have to make use of it. I think it’s great you are feeling motivation and inspiration for it. I am not much of a movie or youtube watcher myself, not sure why, but I always find things going too slow or I lose interest or maybe I just haven’t foudn the right channels yet.
    And yay for the semi promotion! It does show that they appreciate your hard work and trust you witht hat task, so I think it’s definitely a good thing!

    Thanks so much for linking to my cliffhanger post! I hope I can make time to visit the other links soon. I always love how many great posts I find thanks to these recap posts on your blog:)

    • Yeah, I don’t think YT is for everyone! Sometimes it’s just easier to pursue blog posts because you can skim or skip parts as needed instead of sitting through something trying to stay engaged.

      Thanks Lola! It’s always nice to receive positive feedback about our weekly recaps since they take a while to put together each week :)

  10. I was wondering what kind of camera you used for you name pronouncing video because it looked so sharp, and I’m impressed it was with a DSLR! I don’t watch a lot of videos just because I usually feel I can’t multitask while I watch/listen to them. For some reason this doesn’t bother me when I’m reading something online or a book, but with videos it feels different. However, I did watch your last video because (1) I wanted to hear you pronounce your name even though I’ve read the correct way to say it and heard Kelley pronounce it correctly at book club multiple times, (2) it was short, and (3) it was embedded in your blog post.

    So if you include them in your posts and keep them short, I will probably watch at least some of them. If you do it separately, I won’t watch any of them, unless you really pique my interest of it on Twitter or something. I know some people include videos of their book haul or reviews and I have never watched those. A discussion might be interesting though! I also liked that you included a written commentary so someone would not HAVE to watch the video to understand what was said. Hope that helps some!

    • Ah yes, it was my Canon EOS 600D. I STILL haven’t figured out how to use that thing manually, but I’m loving everything about it that I can do.

      I get what you mean about the multitasking thing. I think the blog readers and booktube viewers are a bit of a different crowd, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. I don’t expect anyone to start watching my videos if they normally don’t prefer to watch my videos! But thanks for watching my one and giving me your feedback, it definitely was helpful. I think I’m going to do as you say and embed them in my post when I can. People can watch them if they want, but if they rather read the text like they normally would then I’ll include a written version under the video. That way everyone wins! :)

  11. I am so happy you started a book tube! I think I mentioned to you already, but I want to have one eventually. I’m still getting the hang of consistent blogging and I don’t have a great camera… There are a lot of things holding me back right now but I look forward to doing it one day! I loved your first video – are seem really comfortable in front of the camera (maybe you’re parents are right! haha).

    I’m so glad you asked this question because I have been wondering the same thing for my future channel. My preference would be for you to do content on both and it looks like other people think the same – so that makes me happy! :D

    • I think it’s definitely easy to hold yourself back when it comes to booktubing! I mean, I bought my DSLR almost a year ago but it still took me this long to create and upload my first video! I look forward to seeing your videos if/when you do decide to give it a go though :)

      And yes, I’m going to just go ahead and do like I did with my It’s Not Ass-Tea post! I’ll embed my videos in a post when I have them, but include a written version as well. That way I can reach both types of content-consumers and not worry about favoring content on one platform over the other :)

  12. First of all, congratulations on the semi-promotion!

    Oh, so many wonderful posts – I can’t possibly read them all! How do you find all of them, anyway?

    As for your Booktube videos, I’m with the previous commenter, though for a different reason. I don’t have a lot of time to read blogs and keep up with Tumblr, Facebook, and (kind of) Pinterest and still do my day job, read, and write my reviews. I’ve given up on keeping up with Twitter and just hop on once every day or so, when I can. So there’s no way I can add watching Booktubes to the list. If they’re short and in a blog post, I might watch; otherwise, I’ll probably never see them.

    • Thanks Lark!

      I am actually subscribed to a massive collection of blogs on Feedly – every time I find a blog that regularly does discussion posts I include them on my Feedly list. Each morning I wake up, skim through all my subscriptions and save the ones that look like discussions, and then usually when Friday comes around I’ll go through every single link checking if they’re actually discussion posts, if I want to include them in the recap, and linking to them. It takes a LOT of time and is part of the reason I don’t comment on other blogs as much anymore, but I like doing it and like to think it helps other blogs :)

      Oh yes, I definitely don’t expect anyone to go running over to YouTube and join that just for me. I just wanted to make sure my regular readers wouldn’t be bothered by inclusion of videos. Based on the feedback, I’m going to include my videos in blog posts when I can, but also include a written out edition of the content so those who would much rather read than watch can do that instead :) I don’t mind which people choose!

  13. Great first video! I was saying it wrong, but not with equal emphasis on each syllable, so to me you were more ASti. I think you should cross post. I’ve seen this whole booktube vs book blogs thing, and while there might be an element of it there (when it comes to “bigger” booktubers vs book blogs in the sense that there’s not much interaction), I say cross post because I think we need more ways to make the two communities integrate!

    • Haha, really, there are so many variations of my name that people come up with. Ass-tea is the only one that really bothers me, but hopefully more people get it right now that I’ve shared that video ;)

      Definitely decided to go with the cross-posting thing. I think you’re right. There’s no need to have this separation between BookTube and Book Blogging. Yeah it’s a little extra work writing out a post to go along with the video, but I like that I can reach both audiences that way. Integrating the two communities would definitely be nice, especially after the drama that popped up recently. Thanks Rachel :)

  14. Thanks for linking my post Asti! I have been a long-time lurker here so that’s pretty damn cool. :)

    Great round up of discussion posts, I’m especially intrigued by the book girlfriends one. I can think of at least ten HBIC characters who I’d totally want to date me, haha. Good luck with booktubing, it seems like a very warm and welcoming community of people! Personally I would love to see a post that has an embedded youtube video and then accompanying text – gives people the opportunity to do whatever they will with your content. I don’t understand the divide between blogging and booktube so I think anything that combats that is a good thing!

  15. Hi Asti,
    Thank you for the link! It gave me a bit of a shock at first lol! I appreciate it :)
    Great list you have here! I’m going to have to take time to have a proper rummage I think because there’s a lot of great posts you’ve chosen.
    As for blogging vs booktubing, I only blog. My friends at home say up should start booktubing but I’m just too shy! If I did both though I’d link them both. I’d create blog posts with embedded blogtube videos :) and on my blogtube channel I’d link back to my blog in the write up and the end of the video. More followers can’t hurt!
    Great blog! :D
    Have a great week,
    Amy x

  16. I’m down for crossposting booktube posts here. I can’t really watch book videos because I do all this at work in my down time. I can read a post fairly quickly but can’t sit and watch a video. So, I like the idea of getting to join a discussion across a lot of different people in the book community :)

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