10 Youtubers I Rather Like

Monday, 9 November 2015


A few years ago it was tumblr that was clogging up my internet history, now it's Youtube. According to my Google Chrome Youtube is my most visited site, nice to know! There is a lot of psychology behind why people seem to like vloggers and favour watching a 20 minute vlog to a 30 minute Tv program, it has a lot to do with mild narcissism on the youtuber's account and invasive personality characteristics on the viewer's account, a very very interesting read if you get the chance.But it doesn't matter why we watch these certain characters, what does matter is how they entertain us and make us feel feelings through a 10-30 min video, now that's talent! Youtubers have had some pretty bad press recently and with them becoming so well known and so envied of their apparently 'easy' career, it can be easy to get swept up in it all. Now Youtubers are getting famous they are being pressured into making deals with brands and advertisers on their videos and some people believe that the purity of their original vlogs has disappeared. I think otherwise and with this new platform for Youtubers some of the most talented people have come onto our internet screens, we could moan about how much they earn all day,but why are you still watching their videos huh? I started watching Youtube videos when my friend introduced me to the world of vloggers, I think the first video I watched was a Shane Dawson one and I disliked it very much (still do). This put me off, but one night when I was in need of some much needed advice and support I came across a Miss Zoe Sugg (Zoella) and I instantly related to her videos, she was so kind and funny and after I watched one video I found myself watching all of her past videos in one night! Through Zoe I found some more, now famous faces such as: Tyler Oakley, SprinkleofGlitter, JacksGap etc. (you know who they are). Now I am subscribed to 97 channels, 97! And I've picked out 10 of my favourite people on Youtube, hopefully for you to enjoy too:

    
1. ChewingSand (Hazel Hayes) - Aw Hazel,her monthly vlogs are possibly some of the best pieces of cinematography I have ever seen and she only uses a tiny vlog camera. They are so well editied and you can really tell she's a talented film maker. Along with her 'Time of the Month' vlog series she makes short films which she's really known for, my favourite of her films is 'Septem' a really clever short film about an extreme reality gameshow. She also does a sereis called tipsy talk where she invites her friends and they basically just get drunk infront of the camera and talk about, well anything they feel like, these videos always seem to be hilarious because they are un-scripted and you can really tell she has a great relationship with the people she does it with. Her most recent vlog was incredibly heart felt and sad, she reveals some really personal things to the camera,which I don't think I could ever do, she's so articulate and strong and I have a lot of respect for her.



2. Zoella (Zoe Sugg) - She's now 'internet famous' and she's just recently been made into a wax figure in Madam Tussauds! Yet she stays as down to earth as you or me, I don't know how she does it. I think my love for Zoe is partly made out of envy and support, which is a strange ol' mixture, of course I'm jealous of her lifestyle, who isn't?! She gets free stuff in her post box, has a house in which she lives with her boyfriend and her dog and she can afford to have a bath every night! I watch her daily vlogs on her second channel and just try and picture myself in that position, but then I think about her anxiety and how hard it must be for someone with anxiety to live in the spot light like that. I've heard that people stand on her doorstep and ring the doorbell multiple times during the day and she can't seem to go to shops without being assaulted by 14 year olds. no thankyou! I love her videos though, I can drool over her hauls and favourites videos and know that she is being 100% honest with the products she recommends. Her videos always remind me of autumn and winter because there is nothing better than coming in from the cold, getting into bed, lighting some candles and watching a makeup tutorial or a 20 minute daily vlog in which she shows us what bath bomb she's going to use that night. It's good for her that she has all this fame and fortune under her belt, yet she still makes good, honest videos because she cares and that's a breathe of fresh air in the internet fame  industry, keep at it Zoe!


                                


3. Jack Howard- His talented film making and contagious sense of humour shows that he is passionate in what he does and he really reflects that in his videos. He's a real film buff and the way he talks about movies really reminds me of myself, especially when he says that he likes to put on films that people haven't seen before and then watch their reaction while they are watching. He's always been very honest to his audience and when he can't do something he will say that he couldn't do it, like the monthly vlog series that he began doing, which I thought was genius but you could really tell that it was incredibly hard work. His short films are always great and his latest one is so well shot and down right hilarious, but I honestly prefer his more simple videos of just talking to a camera with some subtle, but incredibly clever editing effects thrown in. I think my love for Jack Howard is based around the fact that we share the same sense of humour and (maybe this is a little creepy) I honestly think that if we met in the street, we would immediately become firm friends, here's to hoping.



4. Will Darbyshire- He's an indie kid that lives in London, he likes taking long walks in the dark and he likes taking candid photos of his friends. He's my dream guy and when I found his Youtube channel I watched all his videos in the space of 2 days between uni lectures. They're quieter and deeper than other vlogs, he likes to talk about issues such as depression and fear and he's very honest with his audience. He's quiet and thoughtful and in a world surrounded by loud, obnoxious male youtubers making content that requires no effort, his videos stand out and gives a voice to the much more introverted creators. His music taste is pretty nice too. 


                                  



5. DoddleOddle (Dodie Clark)- She plays the ukulele and has the voice of an angel but what I love about her is that her content isn't just musical. I think many youtubers that can play music or have musical ability get stuck in this kind of box, just doing covers and they end up thinking that they can't create anything else now because they have this name for themselves. Dodie has broken out of that box and creates whatever the hell she likes and that's why I love and relate to her. You can tell that she is very spontenaic' with the things she creates and she says so herself that she feels like when she has writers block about her videos, she has to create something there and then, even if it's shit she'll create it and that's how I manage things as well. I agree with Dodie that it's always better to try and create something when you have no ideas, they tend to be the best things you create. Her second channel is full of these kind of videos and I actually prefer them to her main channel stuff, she just sits down with the camera and says what she thinks and that requires a lot of bravery, her videos always make a great discussion in the comments bellow, she's not afraid to show who she really is on Youtube, uploading un-polished videos and opening up to her audience, we need more people on Youtube like Dodie. 


                               




6. The Michalaks- My favourite Youtube family. I used to follow Hannah Magg's blog and when she started making weekly vlogs of her and her family I subscribed to her Youtube channel, since then they have changed their name to The Michalaks because the videos aren't just about Hannah anymore, they have a baby named Grayson and well, you know my feeling on children but I have to say he is my second favourite child (the first being my boyfriend's niece) he's so cute and funny and the vlogs are so well edited and you can really tell Stef (the editor in the family) takes a lot of pride in his videos. Their parenting techniques are very laid back and I really think that's a breath of fresh air, they swear around Grayson, not on purpose but when they need to because they believe that he will eventually swear anyway, the best thing is to teach him when it is appropriate to swear and when it is not and I love that. Their videos consist of a weekly vlog uploaded every Sunday and it can be up to half an hour long, also the soundtrack to these vlogs are always beautiful and they are where I mostly get all my new music from. My favourite thing to do on a Sunday night before I go to bed is make a cup of tea and curl up and watch half an hour of the Michalaks's lives, their 'silky montages' as they like to call them are very calming and they are really good at getting the balance of the reality of being a parent and a beautiful video right. Oh and I also hope one day Stef gets his latte art right,for his sanity!

                                


7. Hannah Witton- Hannah is an outspoken feminist, who makes videos about things that people don't like to talk about. She has become an advocate for teenagers and their sex lives, her videos are so wise and funny and she really has her facts right. She works with a lot of charities and has made a lot of difference in the social media/sex world and I have lots of respect for her. She also creates a  hilarious video series called 'Drunk Advice' where she (like Hazel) gets drunk with her youtube friends and gives some hilarious 'none' advice. Hannah's videos are  brilliant and really make you think about your place in society and how you can change things on a day to day basis, deconstruct those societal walls with one Hannah Witton video at a time!

                                


8. Plant Based Judy- After going vegan I went on the hunt for some vegan Youtubers that can give me really nice recipes to follow. Judy's 'What I Ate in a Day' videos are very beautifully shot and her food always looks gorgeous but along with her beautiful videos, when she does speak on camera she has a brilliant sense of humour and the things she says about veganism and the judgment around this lifestyle is incredibly relatable. Her recent video about why she has chosen to move onto a high fat diet from a low fat diet is brilliant because us vegans have this expectation of eating low fat high carb for the rest of our lifetime when really we need some choclolate in our lives as much as the next person (if it's dark obviously).  Judy likes to make the point in that not all vegans are on a vegan diet to lose weight, it's a lifestyle and having this diet labelled as a quick and easy way to lose weight is harmful and prevents the true message of veganism getting across. Judy is very outspoken about this and has changed a lot of people's minds and for that I respect her. And the way she eats chocolate nicecream for breakfast!


                              


9. Meow it's Lucy (Lucy Moon)- Ah Lucy, so much love for her and her videos. She creates beautiful, unique vlogs but also videos that make you think. She has incredibly high opinions regarding politics and I think this is brilliant and she is the only youtuber I am subscribed to who talks about politics. Which I think is sad because if you have this high social platform you should be using it to inform. Politics is a much more taboo subject on Youtube than mental health, which in a way is great for mental health but still many, many young people are still not voting in elections and feeling the consequences. Coming up to the election Lucy spoke about politics in nearly every single video she uploaded, not which party to vote for, just the importance of voting. Along with politics Lucy has also created videos about feminism and even the controversial subject of Youtube being dominated by white people. She is incredibly articulate and I really appreciate her opinions, what I have to say though is her support with veganism, she made a video a few months back about how everyone should go vegan and how great it is and how brilliant it is for the planet, but then in her next vlog there was a shot of her eating meat? Hmm with no disrespect to Lucy, maybe she changed her mind and that's fine, or maybe the vegan lifestyle didn't suit her, that's also fine, I was just a little confused. But it doesn't stop her from being one of my favourite Youtubers and one whose opinion I really respect. 





10. Cam and Nina- My most recent and favourite subscription. They are a vegan couple that live in Australia, they live near a beach and don't have a job, they go on road trips daily and pick up the best looking fruit and veg from their local market place, my absolute dream lifestyle! Their videos are beautifully shot and their recipes are so quick and easy and I have almost made them all, they are both beautiful people that live by little amounts and give a lot away. Their videos are inspiring especially if you are wanting to live a vegan lifestyle and live by cutting out excess, I'm still working on that last one but Cam and Nina's videos are going to help me do that. 



 


So there you go, a lengthy and a little ranty insight into my fave youtubers and why. There are of course many people that I am subscribed to that I would also like to talk about but I thought ten was a good number to even it down to. I hope if you share the same love of youtube videos as me, you will also subscribe to some of these people and if you have any of your faves that you think I would like please tell me about them! 




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