Three YouTube vloggers you really should have heard of & tips to help you join their ranks
Vloggers are video bloggers who post homemade YouTube videos about everything from make-up tips to music to their David Brent-like personal crises - here are three of our faves
You may not have heard of vlogging before, but it's shaking up how we watch videos online like the sneering Sex Pistols once redefined music. But how do you start on the road to becoming 'the next big thing' on YouTube? We'll give you some tips a little later on in this article. For now, let's start with the basics...
Vloggers are video bloggers who post homemade YouTube videos about everything from make-up tips to music to their David Brent-like personal crises.
Harnessing the rip-it-up-and-start-again aesthetic of punk, they're the rock stars of generation YouTube.
Their bedroom videos are self-produced and self-shot, using cameras such as the Canon Legria Mini Full-HD - which we'll tell you more about later in this article.
Vloggers are paid by YouTube on a rate based on their videos' popularity, and literally millions of us are clicking on them. 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and over 6 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube each month - the equivelant to 1 hour for every person on Earth!
But for every amazing vlogger there are God knows how many awful ones, so we've separated the wheat from the chaff with a few of our favourites.
Dave Cryer - Geekanoids
If you're wondering if the newest tablet on the block is worth parting with your money for, then Geekanoids' YouTube channel will be right up your street. With over 65,000 subscribers, and racking up an impressive 47 million video views since he started the channel back in 2006, Dave Cryer of Geekanoids, posts honest reviews and the latest news about a wide array of gadgets, gizmos and other geeky goodness. Dave also runs the popular tech blog Geekanoids.co.uk, where he says "It is my goal to make [the Geekanoids Channel] the FIRST place to visit for the best technology related content".
Benjamin Cook - NineBrassMonkeys
Think of Cook as the Bob Dylan of the YouTube generation, with a smidgen of Charlie Brooker thrown in for good measure. He's chronicling the movement in the same way Dylan did folk, with a documentary series which captures the essence of vlogging and interviews key vloggers. If you want a shortcut to the who's who of vlogging, Cook's Becoming YouTube is the place to come. You won't be alone either, 142,737 people currently subscribe to his channel.
He told the Guardian: "You make YouTube videos, you put them out there and suddenly you realise 300,000 people have watched something you've made. If you think about that too much, you'd go crazy."
Shirley B Eniang - SHIRLEY B. ENIANG
Some 190,000 people currently subscribe to Shirley's YouTube channel. Why? Because she's got some of the freshest make-up tips in cyberspace. She may harbour dreams of becoming an aeronautical engineer, but she has shown millions of teenage girls the way when it comes to fashion. From four ways to wear skinny jeans to doing your hair like Selena Gomez, she has the lot.
She told the Guardian: "You forget you are a public figure and people are sizing you up from top to toe. They are going to point out all your flaws. Coming to terms with that was a big challenge, but I finally did because I realised I can't change what people think of me."
Dan Howell - DANISNOTONFIRE
From Larry David to David Brent, we always take great amounts of pleasure from those who stumble from one crisis to the next and perpetually rub others up the wrong way.
So anyone with a YouTube channel strapline "Watch the failure that is my life, feel better about yours!" we should absolutely love.
And we do. Some 1.4 million people subscribe to the channel of Dan Howell, who documents his life for our amusement as he stumbles from one existential crisis to another. Don't feel bad for him though, his unique form of self-deprecation has bagged him a Radio 1 show.
He told the Guardian: "What I like about YouTube is the intimacy. You really feel a personal connection to vloggers that you might not to straight-up comedians or presenters. It just feels a lot more sincere."
What are you waiting for? Five tips to get vlogging
The pared-back, DIY aesthetic of vlogging means you need relatively little to get started - a laptop, a YouTube account, something to say that's worthy of others' attention and a camera on which to film it. Here are five tips to get you up and running.
1) Come up with an idea. You're not going to get many views unless you have something interesting, helpful, or funny to say.
2) Buy a camera. The Canon Legaria Mini Full-HD camcorder is perfect for bedroom vlogging. Designed for hands-free filming, a vari-angle screen allows it to be popped on the table while you wax lyrical about whatever and throw your hands around theatrically to hit home the point. If you want to vlog on the go too, the Legaria is a great shout - it can be popped in your pocket and whipped out whenever you're inspired, be it on the bus, train or toilet (if that's the angle your going for).
3) Create your YouTube channel. The name of your channel will be your handle, what represents you, so it needs to be original enough to catch the eye without sounding totally naff. Avoid cryptic plays on words or hip cultural references, for both of which you will be slated.
4) Make some videos. You've got your kit; you've got your YouTube channel. But there's no point just putting one video up there on its own. Spend the time making three or four and uploading together, then you'll look established - even though you're not.
5) Make some cash. Once you've racked up a few thousand views you can apply to become a YouTube partner. This is how you can earn some dollar for your efforts, with ads being displayed on your videos. The more popular your videos, the more potential to earn.
Vlogging - the new rock and roll or a load of old tosh? Let us know in the comments below...