Hello and happy Wednesday. For the past three months I’ve had so much free time, I mostly don’t know what to do with it. That’s a lie: I blog and I watch YouTube or Netflix, that’s what I do, but my channel tastes have changed and I no longer follow people I used to love. For a while, I was super into Booktube, but almost all of a sudden I got fed up and decided to unfollow basically every booktuber in my feed. Today I’ll tell you why that happened. Let’s get started, shall we?
I’m trying to remember every booktuber I followed, and I’m going to make a list at the end of this post for you to check out in case you’re interested. Like with everything else, I just followed one channel, which led me to another, and then some more, and finally I was following more bookish channels that makeup and beauty channels. I started watching these videos for entertainment purposes, but also because I have a blog and I’m always looking for ideas to incorporate in my posts. Booktubers also get free books to review, which means that I could have more titles to add to my wish list.
At first, I really enjoyed the relaxed style of the videos. Obviously, every person has their own way of doing things, but in general I felt like there was way less editing and script than in the case of makeup or beauty videos, for almost reasons. I experimented with some very popular channels, but I didn’t like them, so they were the first I unfollowed, but there were others I truly loved and was happy to be following.
I don’t know when I started noticing that all the videos the booktubers were uploading were pretty much the same. Let me explain: I felt that the content channel A was uploading was very similar to what channel B was making. The reason? In most cases the videos were being sponsored by the same publishing houses, so the booktubers had to talk about the same book.
This happens with makeup too: when a brand releases a new product, some beauty gurus get sponsored videos to show that product in action. I may be biased here, but I think a makeup product gives you way more possibilities than a book. I mean, if you’re given a book, you’re most likely to come up with a review, and that’s it.
Sometimes Booktubers are being sponsored by subscription boxes like OwlCrate, in which case they upload an unboxing, but once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. I mean, why would I watch the same unboxing in three or four different channels? That makes no sense.
I decided once again to unfollow some of the channels so that I could avoid seeing the same video over and over, but then I discovered another issue. Most of the booktubers I followed were college kids who had their channels for fun and not as a full-time job, which means they sometimes didn’t upload any videos, and they didn’t even have a set uploading schedule like “professional” Youtubers.
Basically, I got annoyed. I felt that I wasn’t getting the content I was originally getting, and I decided to unfollow every booktuber I used to follow. I occasionally check out some of the channels, but usually the videos don’t attract me. Has this ever happened to you? Let me know in the comments below.
Love, Miss Camila
PS: Here’s the list of booktubers I told you about