If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you’ll know just how much I LOVE YouTube.
Back in October 2014 I wrote a blog post about the YouTubers who I watched throughout my degree. So I thought it was about time I gave you an update about who I’ve been watching recently. In the past year or so my tastes have changed somewhat, I seem to have moved away slightly from the more formulaic ‘sit down’ videos, and more into the ‘follow me around’ vlogging camp – although, don’t get me wrong, there are still a lot of video creators that I love who only make videos from the confines of their home.
I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the digital world; YouTube and online content specifically, and what it means to me personally. But I think that deserves its own post entirely, so keep an eye out for that coming soon.
In the mean time, I thought I’d share with you the content creators that I’ve been loving lately:
VLOGS: Sean Elliot OConnor.
Sean only launched his YouTube channel 2 months ago but has already amassed a huge following of almost 400k. Initially, this might have had something to do with the fact that his girlfriend is the sister of Alfie Deyes, but I think that now it has more to do with the fact that he’s producing fantastic content. As I just said, I’ve been gravitating far more towards vlogs in recent months, and haven’t missed any of Sean’s. Sean could so easily have just piggybacked off the success of Zoe and Alfie, or his girlfriend Poppy who has an absolutely stunning blog. But he hasn’t. He is an absolute natural when it comes to being in front of the camera- funny, open and honest with his viewers, he puts you completely at ease when you’re watching him. I think the best thing about Sean is that, at the moment, his channel still feels very organic. His vlogs are incredibly relatable largely because his lifestyle, on the whole, feels very attainable. He shows pretty much every aspect of his days, walking his viewers through activities such as tidying the kitchen, packing for a holiday or going for a picnic in the park. But he does so with such humour and enthusiasm that it’s anything but boring. Sean is definitely one to watch – I can’t wait to see what opportunities are afforded to him in the coming months, I just pray that he doesn’t lose any of that authenticity or genuineness that his audience have come to know and love.
Find his channel here.
SKETCHES: Mikey Pearce.
Mikey is another content creator who is relatively new to YouTube. However, friends with the likes of Joe Sugg and Jack & Conor Maynard, he was no stranger to the camera before launching his own channel and again already had a captive audience to share his content with. He’s only put out 7 videos up until now, but so far I’ve been really impressed by the type of content he has created. Rather than just jump purely on the trend of the slightly more formulaic YouTube videos, Mikey has also created some really funny short comedy sketches which have seen him interrupting the filming of Made in Chelsea, going to theatre school and leading a spinning class. Whilst I do think he still needs some time to find his feet on YouTube and properly refine his content, it’s clear that he has some really great ideas and is a genuinely funny and likeable guy who, if he sticks at it, is going to produce some really great content.
Find his channel here.
LIFESTYLE: Miss Rosie Bea.
I’ve been a fan of Rosie for a long time now. Despite being only 18, she’s actually been on YouTube for 3 years! She came to fame on Daily Mix’s Beauty Bootcamp competition (which I loved…bring back Daily Mix!) and since then her channel has just grown and grown. Rosie creates beauty, fashion and lifestyle videos- be that makeup tutorials, style how-to’s or painting demonstrations. Her videos are generally quite short and snappy, which actually bucks the trend that we’ve seen on YouTube recently of longer videos. But this format really works for her. Again the thing I love about Rosie and her channel is that it seems so natural, as if her videos were just born out of a hobby and a love for all things beautiful, that she and I both have. Rosie feels almost like a little sister to me, despite the fact I’ve never met her. She’s so bubbly and giggly and her enthusiasm is infectious, but she also really does know her stuff when it comes to makeup and style and I have a feeling that she is set to become quite the astute business woman. She recently released a range of nails and eyelashes and you could tell that this really was a product of a lot of hard work and a lot of love from her. I am really excited to see where her channel takes her next!
Find her channel here.
THOUGHT PROVOKERS: Lucy Moon.
Lucy is a recent discovery of mine and honestly, past Lizzi, why didn’t you stumble across her channel sooner?! Lucy is exactly what I was talking about earlier when I referenced my new tastes in YouTube content. She is definitely one for the more mature viewers – as her video topics include self love, confidence, feminism and alcohol, among many others. Lucy is an example of a creator who, as a woman in her mid twenties, I can relate to – sometimes I’ll check my subscription box and find that she’s made a video about the exact thing my best friend and I were ranting about only five minutes before. She really has her finger on the pulse of what’s trending, and what’s important, and I really respect that she doesn’t shy away from these topics like some other big YouTubers might. The bottom line is also that she’s just really fun! A lot of what I’ve just said might make her content sound a little bit heavy and depressing, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. She discusses things with such a sense of interest and excitement that she makes you want to learn too. Bottom line is she’s just a really interesting human and I’d like her to be my mate, so go watch her, okay?
Find her channel here.
COMEDY: Niki & Sammy
Niki & Sammy are twins from Essex who I’ve watched on and off for a while now, but lately their content has really been hitting the mark with me. Their channel is probably the most versatile of all of the above; one week they’ll produce a video of them eating sweets, the next week will be a carpool karaoke, then an interview with Ed Milliband (yep, seriously). But whatever they create, they do so with their own unique flair. They are incredibly charismatic, funny and engaging and it’s this combination that makes them so special. I also think it helps that they’re twins because it means that they have a natural chemistry which translates really well into their YouTube content. Like Lucy, the thing I love the most about them as creators is that they truly are an example of ‘influencers’, who use their influence for good. In recent months they’ve made videos about male body confidence, the EU Referendum and moving out of your family home. I love their openness and honesty with their viewers and think this is truly something to be respected, particularly as they manage to blend these topics so naturally and seemingly effortlessly with their comedic tone. In my opinion Niki & Sammy have one of the most unique channels on YouTube right now and I urge you to give them a go.
Find their channel here.
What are you watching at the moment? I am always on the hunt for new channels to subscribe to, especially ones with perhaps fewer subscribers or a smaller audience. So leave me a comment below and let me know who you’re loving.