I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos lately. A lot. Too many. I think I’m falling in love. YouTube personalities (the ones I watch, mainly video blogs, or “vlogs” as those cooler than me can say) aren’t too concerned with polish and appearance (though again, qualifier, many appear quite polished). The personalities, generally, aren’t the focus and purpose of the videos. It’s the passion these people have for their subject matter that’s on display.
I admit, my watching began more as a study to learn how to bring people to my own author YouTube channel. It was a selfish endeavor. But something happened. Something amazing. I suddenly “got” what so many others have understood for a long, long time: YouTube (specifically the vlog aspect) is a grand, grand thing. I actually appreciate and truly enjoy everyday, non-famous people talking about books. I’ve long loved talking with my friends in person or chatting on forums about books, but when video comes into the picture (literally…ha!) I take on a new appreciation. I suddenly don’t mind listening to people harp on about Twilight or Harry Potter. I’ll never read those books, but the passion these people have (and their general articulateness) makes it somehow okay.
I’ve created a video that explains how I plan to use this new love to hopefully spread the word about the books I enjoy (yes, the books I’ve authored, but plenty of other books as well; just see my previous videos for proof).
Oh, and before I go, a quick shout out to a few of the YouTube channels that have brought me ‘roud to the dark side (a Star Wars reference from me, a guy who has never seen the Star Wars movies; wow this YouTube thing is changing me).
About Ophelia Dagger
From YouTube: I have a Master’s degree in Film. Never going to use it. I can also name all 50 states in alphabetical order. I’ve used that a couple of times – mostly in pub quizzes and whilst wooing rudeboys.
Note: Definitely one of my new favorite things online. She’s quite intelligent, reads great books, and damn funny. Plus, the accent.
About Unleash This Book Reviews
From YouTube: 24-year-old English grad who couldn’t find a job after reading books for four years. Now I do this, for free.
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About Caleb J. Ross
Caleb began writing his sophomore year of undergrad study when, tired of the formal art education then being taught, he abandoned the pursuit in the middle of a compositional drawing class. Major-less and fearful of losing his financial aid, he signed up to seek a degree in English Literature for no other reason than his lengthy history with the language. Coincidentally, this decision not only introduced him to writing but to reading as well. Prior this transition he had read three books. One of which he understood.