Recently while discussing my blog with a new acquaintance he asked me why I didn't do vlogs or have a Youtube channel--to him, they seemed very similar. I had to confess that I'm just not enough of a badass to make videos. I have nothing but respect for people who make videos, I love when my favorite Youtubers release new videos and discovering new favorites is a wonderful feeling. For me, though? I'm better suited to being behind a keyboard. So, if you're interested in starting some kind of channel but aren't sure which avenue you'd like to pursue, here are some thoughts:
Everyone takes different amounts of time to write posts and edit videos, of course, but unless you're very devoted to re-reading and re-reading an article again and again, making a youtube video takes longer to do. Not only do you have to brainstorm your ideas for the video (or script them, as the case may be) but then going back to edit them and re-watch them takes much longer.
You can't make easy edits to Youtube videos unless you want to edit the raw file again and re-upload the whole thing (or use annotations, which some people have turned off anyway.) For me, if a piece of information is out of date or I change my mind on something it is very, very simple for me to edit older blog posts.
Sometimes you just want to sit down and talk about something, I completely understand that, but I can't count how many Youtube videos I've watched where the vlogger has to apologize for things being so confusing or ill-thought-out. If you want to be passionate and open about it, maybe vlogging is for you. If you have a lot of thoughts that you want to be eloquent about so that you convey only exactly what you mean, maybe blogging would be better suited.
Quite simply: sometimes I need a Youtube tutorial, no wiki-how will do. If you're demonstrating something and you can't quite get the pictures right, it might be time to take a video instead and head over to Youtube.
Everyone who makes Youtube videos has my fulled admiration because of one simple thing: the Youtube comments section. What a wretched hive of scum and villainy that is. For some reason Youtube comments are some of the most cruel and callous places on this side of the internet and everyone who deals with that is a hero in my eyes. I'm much happier with my small community here on blogger (and assorted others on Tumblr, thankyou.)
Of course everything has a purpose and many people manage both a blog and a Youtube channel depending on what they need to do, so don't feel the need to pick an alliance and never change. And who knows, you might see a few Youtube videos come up from me in the coming year.
Do you prefer watching videos or reading blog posts? Do you know anyone with a great blog and a fantastic Youtube channel?