I would like to keep this blog, but I have attachment issues. So let’s start off easy by going through the fascinating universe that is YouTube. So every Tuesday for the next 10 weeks I’m going to highlight 10 awesome channels on YouTube.
Let’s start with The Vlogbrothers.
10 Awesome YouTube Channels: 1. Vlogbrothers
I have been watching vlogbrothers’ videos religiously in the last 2 years. And in that 2 years I have managed to catch up with 7 years worth of videos. In between, I still managed to re-watch the entire series of Buffy, Firefly, Breaking Bad, and the occasional binging of Friends. I have super powers. The super power of not having a life outside my dimly lit room and my super bright laptop screen.
Aaaanyway. Vlogbrothers began with the Brotherhood 2.0 project in which brothers John and Hank Green agreed to communicate by video blogs and cease all text-based communication for one year. They alternately post a video every weekday to YouTube and their Brotherhood 2.0 website. They posted videos on everything: their lives, pop culture, science, philosophy, current events, politics, everything. Throughout the year their fan base grew.
On 18 July 2007, Hank Green posted a video of him singing his original song called Accio Deathly Hallows, an homage to the last book in the Harry Potter series. The video went viral. And by the end of that year, when the project ended, they decided to keep posting videos. When the project ended on 31 December that year, they decided to continue making videos.
The rest is history.
Now 7 years later, their channel on YouTube has over 2 million subscribers, the Nerdfighteria (their followers) has managed to raise and donate millions of dollars to various charity, Hank Green has released five music albums and worked on a project with NASA, John Green has become a best-selling author and is one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and yet, the brothers remain the same dorky, kind, loveable, intelligent people that Nerdfighters have come to know and love. They are still constantly mesmerised by the good fortune that have befallen them. They still love and appreciate their original fan base. They still say how lucky they are to be a part of this. And most importantly, they continue to post some of the most thoughtful, educative, intelligent, interesting, entertaining and genuine videos on YouTube.
Needless to say, I’m a fan.