Our young blogger Megan writes about the variety of videos that can be found on YouTube.
YouTube is a platform that everyone’s heard of— if not, where have you been? Many people just use it to post a short, one-off video, but for some, it’s their career. These people are known as Youtubers.
Here’s my guide to the variety of Youtubers out there.
I’ll start with Tyler Oakley, an American personality, humourist and activist. Tyler posts videos on many topics such as pop culture, humour and his constant dedication to the LGBT+ community. He is specifically dedicated to LGBT+ youth and rights and has met with Michelle Obama on a few occasions to help with and discuss education issues.
Dan and Phil
Next, there’s Dan and Phil, AKA Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil. These two are considered vloggers or video bloggers; entertainers and radio personalities. They have their two separate channels (Danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil) and also a combined gaming channel, DanAndPhilGAMES. Dan and Phil produce videos to make their viewers laugh, and I definitely recommend them. Just a warning: they can get a bit weird.
Talking about gaming channels, there are some Youtubers who literally play video games in almost all their videos. One of the YouTube gamers I watch is known as Jacksepticeye, a loud, full of energy Irish gamer and Internet personality.
He also collaborates on videos, and many of these collabs are with YouTube gamer and personality, Markiplier. Markiplier is another loud, crazy gamer who is also considered an ‘acquired taste’ like Jacksepticeye. Not everybody likes all gaming Youtubers. Some others to check out include The Yogscast, Sky Does Minecraft, DanTDM and KSI.
Another side of YouTube is the ‘beauty vloggers’ or ‘beauty gurus’. One of the most popular is Zoella (Zoe Sugg). You can already guess the content of the majority of their videos: make-up tutorials, clothing and related challenges. I have to admit, I don’t watch any of these Youtubers, so for a bit more information go to:
YouTube is also a place for sports, to show off tricks or give tips. A channel I recommend is Danny MacAskill, a Scottish trials cyclist who works professionally as a street trials pro rider sponsored by Inspired Bicycles Ltd. He uploads videos of himself doing insanely awesome tricks and stunts on his bike.
Dude Perfect is another channel I recommend, as they combine sports and comedy and do lots of really cool tricks.
F2 Freestylers – Ultimate Soccer Skills Channel is a YouTube channel recommended by my football-loving brother. The people that run it are footballers that didn’t make it into the professional league and so started freestyling with the ball. They perform stunts and tricks while laughing and pulling pranks.
One of the things YouTube is generally known for is music, and most musicians such as twenty one pilots, One Direction and Adele have a channel to share their music on. Some Youtubers, as well as filming vloggers and challenges, also upload covers, parodies and original songs as a big part of their content. Jon Cozart (Paint), Dodie Clark (Doddleoddle) and CarolineDareMusic are just three of the numerous music channels out there.
Of course, YouTube also has a science side to it, and a channel that you should check out is TED. The channel consists of many videos from the TED Conference of different people giving short talks about anything from nature to technology and science to global and social issues. Go to http://www.ted.com to find out more about TEDTalks.
Charlie McDonnell AKA charlieissocoollike makes a range of videos from music to short films to vlogs. He also does a series (based on his book) called Fun Science and, as a bit of a science geek, I totally recommend these ‘cause I loved them!
So, as you can see, the range of Youtubers is immense and I’ve not really mentioned many at all! There is definitely something for everybody— all you have to do is look.