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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is my second attempt. My first booktube video review for 2022, follows on from last week’s movie one:
This is just a quick post to say that after having six months off of YouTube I have started again. Last year I spent ages editing and playing around with bits of video to review books and TV shows, but then I lost my nerve. I felt a bit self-conscious and made the drastic decision to delete all of my content.
Despite such supportive comments on my videos and only the occasional bot heckle, I felt as though I was making a fool of myself by sitting at a desk and sharing my thoughts on things. The blog took over and I put all of my energy into that.
Nevertheless, after a while I missed interacting with the Booktube community and began to think about making videos again, but without having to spend hours editing and adding silly graphics. I also came to the opinion that a YouTube site would bolster my blog and the two things may complement each other. So, here we are. I am having another go.
This time I am keeping the videos short and all in one camera shot. My intention is to do mini-reviews and talk about things that matter to me without getting carried away with filters and picture cards.
There you have it. Nothing fancy or complicated. My blog is still my number one priority but, as you know, I love to mix it up a bit and I hope from time to time you will consider looking at one of my video reviews too. If you prefer a written review then here is my recent post discussing West Side Story.