The internet has been around a while, so has Youtube (the saviour and part of the holy trinity of all websites), and chances are everyone already knows what vlogging is.
It also must be noted that preference for YouTubers are subjective, and it is with great difficulty that this writer left out nerimon, DailyGrace, Tyler Oakley, Danisnotonfire, and most of all, Crabstickz. (Chris Kendell gave the world the internet webshow I Can’t Even and Becca Hodgekins, for which we must have a moment of silence.)
I shall move past the hipstery ‘I was watching vloggers before it was cool’ tirade to grant a guide for the newcomers; so here is a list of the five best Youtubers:
5. Jenna Marbles
It is more than a little likely that possibly everyone knows the blonde girl who likes to swear (a lot), but her videos are genuinely entertaining, and maybe surprisingly insightful. It also helps that she doesn’t attempt to be dignified in any manner and possesses an amount of snark anyone would love to pull off. Unabashedly honest and assisted by her dogs, her videos are usually sketches that leave you both confused and in splits.
4. Vlogbrothers (John and Hank Green)
Nerdfighteria ahoy! One of the first famous vlog channels, brothers John and Hank Green are responsible for the large internet community called nerdfighters, supporting charities – not to mention general geekiness that is generally ignored rather than celebrated. They are also responsible for DFTBA (Don’t forget to be awesome) and John Green is the person we can blame for the gut ripping bestseller of a book, The Fault in our Stars. (The tears never stem, interwebbers. Never.)
3. ItsWayPastMyBedtime (Carrie Hope Fletcher)
Genuinely one of the kindest, nicest people in the sarcasm infested swamp of the internet, Carrie is also known as McFly member Tom Fletcher’s little sister and the actress currently playing Eponine in London’s production of Les Miserables. She was termed official Cup Song ambassador and her subscribers call themselves Hopefuls. If that isn’t sticky and adorable, I don’t know what is. (Besides a sleepy puppy, of course.)
Also one of the original vloggers, AmazingPhil is currently the co host of the BBC Radio One request show with flatmate and fellow YouTuber Danisnotonfire (Dan Howell). The British man is undeniably hilarious, in a manner not very different from a precocious twelve year old, and welcomes his subscribers (Phil’s Lions, named for his legendary affection for a small plush lion always visible in his videos) with the kind of enthusiasm about his life that lesser mortals may find exhausting. Phil talks about everything, ranging from Animal Crossing rehab to creepy neighbours or his pet sea monkey (RIP Simon) and it won’t be a stretch to claim the man is sunshine.
If life was fair and innovation was more entertaining than a dancing cat, KickthePJ would have the millions of subscribers and views he deserved. That aside, this channel is one of the more magical places on the internet due to PJ’s sheer stretch of imagination. With an equally brilliant team and armed with more vision than the average person, he calls himself a story teller and makes videos that are more cinematic than attention seeking. His short films and stories are amusing and surreal, creating new dimensions and reality with little to no difficulty. Whether it’s taking his viewers for a walk (filming only his feet throughout) or the terrifying Wiggles the clown, PJ slips into each adventure with ease and it is difficult not to follow.
Let us now take a moment to appreciate the memes that we have now, thanks to the combined efforts of Youtube and Tumblr. Amen.
©Ahana Banerjee for PosterGully.com