Hey Nic! I just overdosed on your Philippine vlogs. It looks beautiful there. Just out of curiosity, how much was the entire vacation? I would love to start planning a vacation there. You don't have to answer if it's too personal. Thanks, love all your channels.
I think we might do a *~vacation review~* video after all of them are up, maybe a Q&A, or maybe we’ll pick random comments—but we’ll definitely cover cost of stuff!
This has been bothering me for a long time, honestly, and I’m just gonna write it out in the hopes that in some small way it might make me feel better. I, much like many of you, love spending all day on Youtube watching all my favorite youtubers. They make me laugh and forget about all the debt that college is racking up, and forget about the fact that I haven’t the slightest idea what I want to do with my life. I’m sure most college students can relate.
But you watch these youtubers, and you think they seem genuinely friendly and funny, and you think “Hey, we’re the same age, we like the same games/shows/whatever, we seem to have a similar sense of humor”, and then you start to feel like in the real world, you could actually be friends with this person. And you hate wanting to be friends with this person.
And sure, you don’t really know her or him, you just know whatever they choose to show to the internet. That’s true. But you can have a pretty good idea of their interests by the content of their videos, and a good idea of their character by watching them interact with their friends and fans.
So now you have this person who is in your life, but isn’t really in your life. Sure, they’re a part of your daily ritual, because you watch their new videos everyday, but you can’t have any real interaction with them. And that bothers you. I mean, why wouldn’t it? This kid is your age and just like you and you just wanna say hey, check out this show, you might like it, or hey, you should try this mmo with me, it looks pretty badass.
But you can’t do these things. If it were just some user on tumblr you could. If it were just some person on a forum you could. But because it’s a youtuber with a somewhat large following, you can’t. You’re looked down upon. You’re that “obsessed” fan if you try to tweet at them or get their attention.
But you’re not obsessed. Not at all. You like watching their videos. They seem pretty cool. They make you laugh a lot. Literally everyone who watches their videos feels this way. But the fact that you think “Hey, she’s a person, I’m a person, we could totally be friends if we met in real life” makes you an absolutely deranged psychopath.
It drives me insane! Some of my dearest friends are girls I met on the internet in forums just talking about stuff we’re interested in. We skype and text constantly. What makes a youtuber any different? They’re a person online who likes the stuff you like! Why wouldn’t you want to talk to them?
Why does thinking a youtuber is just a regular person like you make you the crazy one? Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
First of all, no Tumblr, I do not want to reblog this as a link WHO EVEN EVER WANTS TO DO THAT
This is a hard thing to address. (The YouTube stuff, not the reblogging as a link) We 100% completely are real people. With real problems. Real friendships. Real fans of other people as well. Whether they’re amazing musicians, are funny, or are just generally charismatic, we like them. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. The hard part is that when a particular YouTuber (or Viner, or Tumblr-er(?), etc.) doesn’t respond, it’s not because they think less of you, it’s because it’s impossible to get back to everyone.
But I definitely understand what you’re saying—there are people that I watch that I TOTALLY wish I were friends with, and that adds another layer of weird dynamic, but I’ll get to the YouTuber-YouTuber thing in a second. If you’re a fan of someone’s videos, you get to know this person way more than they get to know you, so it’s pretty one-sided. Say someone has 1,000,000 subscribers, but only 10% of those people watch regularly. That’s 100,000 people. Say only 10% of those people actually comment on YouTube/Facebook/Tumblr/Instagram or tweet them. That’s 10,000 people to potentially get to know. Even a fraction of that would be totes imposs. And just as a sidenote, I think most YouTubers really are genuine, and actually love interacting with as many people as possible. I can only speak for myself here but I put out content so that people can watch, so I’m grateful for anyone who watches and takes the time to share and/or comment on my videos. Plus my subscribers are the most supportive, amazing people on the planet. So. There’s that.
When it comes to YouTuber-YouTuber stuff, as in both people have their own videos/subscribers/empires in some cases (see: Michelle Phan), it’s a little different. Both of them have access to a similar chunk of each other’s lives, so sometimes they’re both already fans of each other and obv that results in friendship. Sometimes though, there are people who don’t care about you or your content, and just try to use you for what you can provide for them, no matter how bigtime or smalltime they might be. Sometimes we get fooled and it makes it harder to trust people right off the bat. Similarly, most people are always nice, but on the other side of things, you sometimes wonder if they’re just being nice because they’re nice people, or if they genuinely think of you as a friend as well.
So you’re absolutely not crazy for thinking we’re all just regular people, whether we make videos on the internet or not. But there’s definitely a little more to it than just that. <3
masculinity is so funny to me bc men deprive themselves of the best things in life in order to achieve it like ….fuzzy socks, fun fruity pink drinks, spa days, lifetime movies, expressing positive feelings in a healthy way, being a warm genuine person