Have you tried Youtube Shorts?

Having just returned to Youtube after eight months off, I decided that I would put less videos of me talking on and try producing more Youtube shorts instead (or as well as). I like short books and short videos after all, so this new type of Youtube content seemed right up my street.

Originally I found making longer videos time consuming but shorts are easy to make and can be fun. I collected some snippets of video that I had taken on holidays and some that are about books, then I added some music or my own narration.

I don’t know whether they are any good but I really am enjoying playing around with this type of content. My limitations at the moment stem from my lack of experience with editing. Hopefully I will find better methods over time without having to subscribe to expensive video editing sites.

Youtube Shorts

I think that eventually these short videos will be an easy way to let people know what you are working on and draw attention to your writing projects. If you haven’t already, take time to check some of the interesting short content available. I especially love the fact ones, where they spill random facts about a particular place or subject.

I had my first attempt at this here:

3 Cool Facts About Edinburgh 🏰 #shorts #factsaboutedinburgh #edinburghcastlehistory
https://youtube.com/shorts/ez4yJyPa6To?feature=share

Edinbugh Castle inspired my first ‘Facts About’ Youtube Short.

My eventual aim is to take my readers on journeys with me and explore my love of reading. This video celebrates a street that I discovered in Edinburgh which inspired J K to come up with Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books.

Fancy going down Diagon Alley?(Harry Potter street) #shorts #harrypotter
https://youtube.com/shorts/CVJDrneDAG4?feature=share

Victoria Street in Edinburgh

Here is my attempt at a slightly longer Youtube video (just over 1 minute) about one of my favourite writers:

Two Thrillers You Must Read! (Gripping reads) #books #thrillerbooks #booktube
https://youtu.be/N7kHW1_fDcM

Thank you so much for reading my article about creating Youtube shorts. If anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on this or wants me to explain more about shorts please let me know in the comments. It is fair to say that I am slightly addicted to exploring this format.

Almost Easter – Poem

Nearly Easter

Almost here

Plenty to do

This time of year.

Lots of chocolate

All around

People hunting

On the ground.

Looking for eggs

Bunnies and sweets

Easter is full

Of super sweet treats.

Easter holidays

Time for a rest

Be good to yourself

Live life to your best!

I woke up this morning thinking about having two weeks off in the run up to Easter. This brief poem sums up my newfound optimism. Tomorrow I am going to Edinburgh to get myself in the mood for a year of adventure, after two years of not really going anywhere.

I hope that everyone has some restful plans this Easter. Hopefully we have turned a corner and things are looking up. For a previous, more thought-provoking poem of mine check out We need a world poem.

Happy Easter!

Booktube – My Youtube Book Review

Many of you will know that I love talking about books and TV shows. I probably spend more time than I should curled up with a novel or short story, often instead of doing something less satisfying, such as hoovering or dusting.

Anyway, last week I decided to reopen my little Youtube channel, which I started last year. I had put it to bed since August and deleted all of the videos because of a crisis of confidence. I suddenly felt self-conscious and awkward about sharing my thoughts on video.

At the same time, I began concentrating on writing my blog instead. However, I missed making videos. The trouble is that editing videos with graphics and sounds takes ages.

My solution is to have another go, but this time without spending hours editing pieces of film. This time it will just be me sitting at my table, reviewing stuff. When I say stuff, I mean books, TV shows and films.

My first booktube review is for this short but brilliant book.

Here is my second attempt. My first booktube video review for 2022, follows on from last week’s movie one:

State of the Union - Book Review #b...
State of the Union - Book Review #booktube #bookreview

Thank you for checking out my blog, and possibly my video. I appreciate the support as I tiptoe back into making video reviews. Please subscribe to my channel for more of the same.