Lessons In YouTube

I’ll be honest. Until several months ago I was simply a casual YouTube user. I watched whatever videos went viral but beyond that? Eh. Whatevs.

Then E turned me onto Daily Grace. And that’s when I discovered that there are people who create fresh content regularly on their own YouTube channels. WHO KNEW? It’s just like blogging, but with videos, which is why the cool kids call it…VLOGGING.

Now, I’m not buying tickets to VidCon or anything yet, but I am now subscribing to enough YouTube channels that I have something fun to watch pretty regularly. So, you know, I thought I’d share that with you. Evidently, if you have gmail, you kinda already have a YouTube channel. Mine is here and embarrassingly maps out all of my interests so clearly that I can not even try to pretend I’m cool anymore. It’s basically: Running exercises, Glee, Gay Rights, Glee, Darren Criss, Glee, Math, Glee, and Nerdfighteria. Oh, and Glee.

So…you could look at my channel and see all of the videos I’ve liked and favorited and whatever, or you could just stay here and avoid seeing that embarrassing display of Kim’s Obsession With Glee. I’ll show you some of my favorite channels without it looking like I’m a 14-year old girl!

As I mentioned first, there’s Daily Grace. Here is one of her epic cooking tutorials. By the way — Her language is probably NOT SAFE FOR WORK. She bleeps most curse words out, but STILL, watch with headphones.

Next up is the lovely Michael Buckley. I guess his main/popular channel is the What The Buck Show where he talks sassy pop culture. Man. That is the worst description ever. He talks Pop Culture with Snark and Sass. That sounds a bit better. Anyway – he loves Glee, Revenge, and Pretty Little Liars so I can overlook his love for all of those housewives shows. And while I love his WHAT THE BUCK shows, I actually like his Second Channel better. He’s more casual and he does fun stuff with his friends and we get to hang with him and his dogs. It’s just an assortment of entertainment. My favorites lately have been when he and fellow YouTuber Dan go on random adventures or do random things together. Like Gay Crafting!

Of course, you know that my channels would not be complete without my newest obsession: NERDFIGHTERS. The Vlogbrothers consist of The Fault In Our Stars author John Green and his brother Hank Green. They do great videos with one basic motive: To Rid The World Of Suck. They are currently on tour promoting the book and this has been my favorite video so far of their exploits.

And then, of course, my first ever YouTube crush (before I realized you could subscribe to channels): Vi Hart. I can not explain her in a way that does her justice, but mostly she just makes being a math geek look like the most AMAZING THING ON THE PLANET.

Now…I guess I should also point out that a certain TV show about a showchoir also has a channel where you can see behind the scenes clips and whatnot. You know…because I only favorite EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

I know. I know. I’m a lost cause.

What YouTube channels do you subscribe to? Who am I missing out on? Do they like Glee?


  • Fraulein N

    Up until now, I mainly used YouTube for viral videos and cute/funny cat videos. When I started wearing my hair natural, I found a wealth of information and support at YouTube, and I started subscribing to various tutorial-heavy channels. I’m definitely going to check out your recommendations. We have our XBox hooked up to the computer, so now I can watch YouTube on my TV. It’s like living in the future!

  • sarah

    Thanks for the links! I really enjoyed your nerdfighters link a couple of weeks ago, but now I have subscribed. Also, I am a little bit in love with math doodling. I teach grade 7/8 gifted math, and anything to liven up class is a bonus. Especially since I studied engineering rather than number theory!

  • KarenP

    My son has a YouTube channel under freedomworksfilms….(beatbox flute). Other than that I let my cat watch bird videos on my iPad. So now whenever I use my iPad my cat wants to look at the screen.

  • LC

    And I don’t know if my previous comment went through or not (prolly cause of all the links) … but my FAVORITE YouTube video of all time is the CTFxC wedding video from Charles and Alli getting married.

    Check it…

  • CraftyHope

    Oh youTube!! I forget about it all the time too.
    Right now I’m working from a computer with no speakers so I have to wait to watch some of these until I have some iPad time. Drunk Casserole sounds intriguing.
    My hubs discovered the math girl a few weeks ago and watched everything she had up at the time. He showed some of them to me. They made my head spin!

    I am officially subscribed to your channel now and it’s totally going to be your fault if I start watching more videos than I ever should! 😉 Thanks!

  • Kirsten

    My Drunk Kitchen. LOVE my Hannah Hart…. 1st ‘season’ was fall on the floor hilarious. Not sure about the latest eps.

  • BZMomma

    Well, I browse a lot and watch a lot, but I mainly have subscribed to make-up type videos (Michelle Phan is the one I watch the most). I just can’t help it. I have SO much to learn (not like I go anywhere that needs makeup all the time).

    OH and the Cebu Dancing Inmates. Cebu is one of the islands in the Philippines and they have inmates that do choreographed dances. I have no idea what that says about anything, but entertaining, nonetheless…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMnk7lh9M3o –inmates dancing “Thriller”.

    I really need to follow more cooking channels though.

  • Meghan

    Khyan, Charlieissocoollike, Alex Dey, OhItsJustKim.

    Vlogbrothers and Vi Hart are amazing, agreed! I hadn’t seen Daily Grace yet- hilarious! You’ll like Khyan for sure if you like her stuff.