YouTube is an incredibly popular video-sharing website with more than 1 billion users visiting the site each month. Visitors can watch videos and subscribe to YouTube channels created by others. Gamers, vloggers (video bloggers), animators and comedians are just a few groups that are popular on YouTube.
YouTubers have impacted many students’ lives by offering an escape from everyday life. They have also inspired some Fairmont students to make their own mark on YouTube. Several students are getting in on the craze and starting their own public YouTube channels and uploading their own videos.
Fairmont junior Hannah Miller runs a channel called AmourHannah and she’s also an avid YouTube watcher.
“I have a lot of favorite YouTubers. Most of them are fashion and makeup gurus,” Miller said. “I kept watching YouTubers and eventually I thought, ‘Why can’t I do that?’. So I did. I do mainly vlogs and fashion videos, and I have almost 800 followers.”
Miller wants to share her “passion for fashion” with the world. “I was inspired by the people I watched and saw how much fun they were having. They really seemed to be enjoying themselves, so I decided to get in on it, too.”
Seniors Dayna Pittman and Mallory are co-creators of a channel called Infinite Nothing, and they are also both avid YouTube users.
“My favorite YouTubers are Danisnotonfire, Amazingphil and Smosh. I really don’t like Pewdiepie, though almost all of my friends do,” Yount said.
Danisnotonfire and Amazingphil are YouTubers who collaborate on a frequent basis but also have their own separate channels specializing in vlogging. Smosh is a YouTube channel consisting of two separate YouTubers, Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla; they post mainly comedy shorts, gaming videos and animation. Smosh has been named the most subscribed YouTube channel three times.
Pittman admits to spending most of her spare time on YouTube. “My favorite YouTuber is Cryaotic. He does mostly gaming commentary and comedy; I love video games and he’s really funny,” Pittman said. Cryaotic is a gamer who focuses mainly on horror games; he’s grown an allure and mystery about him because he has never shown his face in his videos. He also collaborates often with YouTuber Pewdiepie.
But Pittman seems to feel a more personal connection to another YouTuber. “I think the person who’s really had an influence on my life is Shane Dawson,” Pittman said. “He really cares about his fans and connects to them to make their lives better.” Shane Dawson is a YouTuber who started his channel in his late teens; he specializes in vlogs, skits and comedy.
That may help explain the content of Infinite Nothing, Pittman and Yount’s channel. Pittman said she felt like she wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. “I really like to laugh when I watch YouTube, so I made a channel to hopefully make other people laugh,” she said. “We do a lot of Q and A’s, spoofs and vlogs. We’ve done some pretty stupid challenges, too.”
Yount agrees. “It’s really fun and we just post random funny videos that we make,” she said.
YouTube is an Internet sensation that continues to inspire millions through all kinds of creativity and expression. “I follow a lot of the people on YouTube mainly because they add humor to my life,” said Yount. “They distract me from my problems for a while.”