In truth, I have watched YouTube longer than I have been reading blogs and occupying my own combined. However my disinterest in YouTube (with the exception of things like music videos, trailers, snippets of TV talk shows which I guess, technically don’t count) has been growing by the day. If anything, 2017 YouTube was quite the step backwards, at least for me – the shadiness, the slander, the multiple copies…I really could go on. Gone are those days of 2004/05 funny videos (actual funny content) that we could share. Gone are those days of 2008/09 how-to/beauty videos that was simple with no unnecessary drama. Unfiltered, minimal editing (but still effective) with a relatable attitude. Nowadays, I find myself not being able to relate. Is it just me?
If you know the YouTube drama that started 2018, then you know. If you don’t know, then maybe do some research (it won’t be hard to find, it really went global and there are response videos all over YouTube too). Apparently there has been other drama too in the beauty community which honestly, I do not partake or pay enough attention to because YouTube has long ran off my radar. I will say though – that it has funnily motivated me to be a better creator in terms of my blog. And then I started to think how maybe blogging has always quietly won against YouTube. Yes, I really think so.
Do you want to know my reasons? Read on.
There’s no ‘extra’ behaviour, no gimmicks
I get that there are dual personalities from when you’re on-screen to off-screen; and that quite possibly, you project a more outgoing self when the camera’s on record, but the difference between the two for certain YouTubers can be ridiculous and dishonest. There are also other YouTubers who exert that extra behaviour all day, everyday regardless however I actually hate it and find it disconcerting. The words self entitlement come into mind because genuinely, I cannot think of another reason for why a human being would act this way; and yet, this behaviour is praised and encouraged more by a small, but still large, population. “Slay”, they say.
I realise that by extra behaviour, it could mean different things so my take is when the tone of voice is changed to be extra bitchy, sarcastic, above you. You can’t help but think that there is that fake undertone that tries so hard to be funny and heard. In particular, small things are made into a drama for effect, because why not? Fortunately, blogging is as real as it gets. I have never come across a fake blog, just many genuine ones where you really get to read the mind of how one thinks and how they really are. You can’t fake that sort of thing! 🙂
Many youtubers show (and very showy they can become…) but they never really tell the viewer the point, the overall verdict. And before you know it, the video ends with a lack of substance. I barely feel this way when I read a blog post.
There’s no cliques, everyone is an equal
In the time that I have been blogging, reading posts and reading comments whether my own or others, I must say that I have not come across negative comments, unnecessary slander, trolling or spam comments. I have never been made to feel small or unworthy. A lot of comments I read are genuine (these should be easy to spot) and stay in context with the topic that’s been brought up. Anyone on WordPress knows how great the in-built plugin is in particular, in spotting spam comments and binning them automatically so you don’t have to!
YouTube on the other hand, has a sea of comments that consist of all the above mentioned. The judgement is real and there are some really mean comments with no context or reasoning…they are just plain mean. Perhaps it reflects the community that the corresponding YouTuber has built? It is hard to say – there is no obvious correlation but I do find a much more positive YT community under the youtubers who are raw, honest and classy.
It’s always easier to refer back to
I still watch some videos, but it can be quite difficult to reference back to something compared to if it was just text. Also depending on the editing and video description, getting particular product information for example, sometimes isn’t that straightforward. You watch the video and let’s say they don’t list the product name in the corner. You have to stroll down, open the description box and stroll some more. In some cases, you might refer back to the video again to double-check and honestly, it gets tedious! Of course, this depends on the YouTuber entirely, and how well they organise their video and the tags. Even then, it is still half a battle to fight in finding information you once viewed.
From time to time, I actually search on my own website because believe it or not, I don’t remember everything. 😛 I check if I’ve featured a certain product before or maybe I just want to look at my own Empties post. The search bar on blogs are very user-friendly, and at the beginning of many posts, I always know what products will be talked about as opposed to the general YouTube format. I can also count on the handy cmd+f/ctrl+f keys too if I want to refer to a specific part which is hard to do on YouTube.
More healthier, less toxic environment
Internet trolls have long existed but I’m not necessarily talking about them. I’m talking about the people who are likely to view your content and the people you have an influence over. Young people are very impressionable and the YouTube today is so, so different to the one I grew up with from the beginning. It is disheartening to see fans defend their YT “idols” even when they have done very wrong. It is one thing supporting someone, but morals should not be ignored. Unfortunately, it is the YouTube brainwash from the toxicity of the environment that just seems to blur people’s perception, not widen. Likewise, those who vlog on the daily lose track of reality (ironic much?) in favour of entertainment – “content” (not every vlogger but enough, to call it a problem).
Since I have started blogging, I have noticed how incredibly important it is to my wellbeing. Being conscious of my thoughts, my actions, just my simple being. These things are enabled through my writing with no facade or barrier (except for maybe myself, if I stop myself from writing freely). There is a strange discipline when you write. You are in silence. You are alone. But you come to respect these elements that can be spoken ill of, considered “boring”. You learn to empty your mind rather than fill it. And you start writing for you, to tell your story. It is your truest self. 🙂
What do you think? Is it a valid argument? I’d like to know your thoughts below! ⬇️ By all means, I still watch YouTube but nowhere near as much as I used to. I am more selective with what I watch now – if it is not adding anything to my life then I just click off it. Simple! 😉
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