Can you believe it’s only been around for about a decade?
It feels like an integral part of our lives, right? The how-to videos, the music videos, the political videos, and of course- the youtubers. Until about two years ago, I was a youtuber sceptic like many others. What pleasure could be derived, I naively thought, in watching millennials talk you through their beauty routines? In watching fitter, prettier and more pulled together humans your age, preach at you about their success?
Oh, how wrong I was. I shake my head at my younger self, who unknowingly deprived herself of hours of intellectual debate, fascinating beauty tutorials and riveting vlogs. No, but jokes aside, I fucking love YouTube.
Btw, this post is entirely inspired by the wonderful Georgia, one of my lovely friends who introduced me to blogging in the first place! She’s done a similar post over on her channel, which you can check out using this link: https://georgieblue.blogspot.co.uk/
In the age of social media, when everything is fabricated and people are trying to create a certain image of themselves, some youtubers just seem so real. Today I’m going to talk you through my top 5, the ones I watch regularly, and go to when I need some entertainment, relaxation, or even advice. Without further waffling, here they are!
1.Dodie Clark aka doddleoddle aka doddlevloggle. Dodie Clark has two channels, a music one, and a chatty, vlogs one. Both are, in my opinion, works of art. Places of beautiful backdrops, wonderful acoustic covers and heartfelt original songs, insightful chats and raw, unfiltered emotions, Dodie’s two channels are both incredible. Though as a person she is inspiring, having achieved so much (an EP! two successful Youtube channels! a UK tour for her album! the list goes on…!), what I love most about her is that she is honest. She turns on her camera and she talks about her struggles with depression, with depersonalisation, she talks about letting go of her childhood and dealing with sexual harassment, and she talks about her life in a way that is sincere and relatable. If you are looking for a Youtuber who will provide quality videos whilst maintaining their integrity, look no further than Dodie.
2.Lucy Moon. Is low key my idol. Sports a killer red lip. Listens to a whole load of Grime. Shrugs on outfits I can only dream of putting together. Makes fashion, lifestyle, vlogs and food videos- and I watch them ALL. I kid you not, Lucy Moon could record herself blowing spit bubbles and I would still watch 15 minutes of it. She is BEAUTIFUL, and incredibly fun to listen to and watch. But you know what the best thing is? She has her issues too, and what’s more, she talks about them. Problems with alcohol, with falling out with friends, and little existential crises. She’s your go to gal if you’re feeling down, because chances are she’s either been there and can offer advice, or one of her lighter-hearted videos will make you feel better.
3.Carrie Hope Fletcher has achieved more by her mid-twenties than most people can hope to ever achieve in life. A West End star, what is perhaps most wonderful about her is that youtube is not her full time job, and therefore she documents her life in the backstages of London theatres, in her London flat, and travelling from show to show. She’s a thoughtful, philosophical person, and I love a series that she does called “Dear Tom and Gi”, in which she makes a video message to her brother and sister in law, essentially discussing what’s been on her mind. It’s always something interesting and thought provoking, and with her lovely positivity and gorgeous smile, I always end the videos feeling light inside!
4.I have no words to describe Hannah Witton. This is not me being lazy (well maybe a little bit but not that much!), I genuinely do not know where to begin. She makes lively, fascinating videos on feminist topics. She is a radio host. She tries menstrual cups on camera. She has written a book about sex. She has a degree in history from a top university. She is absolutely gorgeous. And she’s only 25!!!!!!! I would say its not fair how much she has accomplished, but rather than envy, I have nothing but respect. It is clear that Hannah works hard on everything she does, and boy does it show.
5.Louise Pentland is a funny one, because she’s in her early 30s, and so you would think that as a teenager I wouldn’t be able to relate to her much. But in her funny vlogs and her lovely main channel videos, I find a kind of lovely, homey warmth which is so much fun to watch.