These days, it seems everyone has a YouTube channel and for that, I say, more power to you. You're brave and I admire you. That said, I know a lot of talk, gossip and speculation has been going around about whether YouTube is en route to completely replace blogs and to that...I have to scrunch up my nose just a tiny bit. I definitely understand the appeal of FINALLY being able to see and hear your favorite bloggers in video form but at the same time, they both are just two completely different platforms with similar intentions (to connect a wide range of people) and you just really can't expect one to outdo the other- at least, according to me.
I love blogs because they're like books and magazines rolled into one but way more real and appealing. I love that you can read them whenever you have time and there's so many to choose from, you can read a different one everyday and never really come back to the one you started with (although, let's be honest- we all have our favorites). I love that everyone's perspective is so different and the photography is usually such a great source of inspiration. I love how great it is when you really come to understand and know a blogger's voice just through their writing skills. I love seeing how mostly everyone's blog designs represent their personality. Blogs are just such a unique way of getting to discover and understand the world and the minds of others.
As for videos, as I said, I love being able to put an actual voice to a blogger's face and every so often, Youtubers make videos that are short and to the point while being entertaining and helpful. I appreciate how big YouTube has become and can definitely understand why everyone wants a piece of it. It's incredible how literally any kind of video can be found within seconds. Although...my main issue with YouTube is that it's not always convenient to just drop everything and tune in to watch a video clip. Usually, I have to scrounge around for my earphones so I don't disturb others as I'm usually in a public place when I have a bit of free time to waste. I also find it distracting that there's so many "suggested videos"- I just want to watch the one I'm watching for now, is that okay with you, YouTube?!? I'm actually only subscribed to a handful of YouTubers and don't actively seek out more- I don't know if it's just me but I can't usually justify watching all those "Boyfriend Tag" videos or videos of the sort. Even makeup tutorials put me off when they are more than 10 minutes long, I usually just skip to see the finished look. And can I let you in on a little secret? Probably my favorite channel to watch without fail is WhatsUpMoms even though I obviously am not a mom myself. I am just fascinated by the creative ideas they churn out every week and so many of the videos are relevant to my life even now (especially the food ones and DIY). They really know what they're doing!
So you see...I kind of still have a major preference for blogs. Maybe that makes me old fashioned... but what about you? Which is your preference?