Something I don’t often write about on this blog, but nonetheless have periods of mild obsession with, is YouTube. I first got into watching YouTube videos when I discovered Charlieissocoollike and Vlogbrothers, probably about six years ago. Since then, I’ve dipped in and out of watching YouTube, going through phases of different interests. Since I’ve watched quite a range of videos at this point – from educational, to personal vlogs, to motivational, to comedy, I thought I would share with you some YouTube channels you should check out!
One of the things I’m most impressed by when it comes to YouTube is the volume of educational content you can find on a site that as far as I’m concerned, began as a collection of cat videos. Confession: these channels all have some links to John and Hank Green (Vlogbrothers), since they have a lot of fingers in the edutainment industry.
CrashCourse is particularly great for anyone studying for GCSEs, A-levels, or the equivalent. The presenters have a great way of explaining difficult topics, and these videos are a lot more engaging than a textbook. They’re also great for anyone who just wants to learn more about a subject. They have videos on subjects including literature, computer science, biology, philosophy, and more!
How To Adult (How To Adult)
How To Adult is a channel that aims to give a helping hand to young adults by offering advice and explanations on all the important, everyday topics that school never taught you. The presenters offer information on everything from building confidence, to acing job interviews, to taxes.
The Financial Diet (The Financial Diet)
Similar to How To Adult, The Financial Diet offers guidance on money, college, careers, and lifestyle. Again, this is a really handy channel for young people living away from home for the first time, particularly when it comes to budgeting and managing finances.
These days, I don’t watch as many vloggers as I did when I first discovered YouTube, but there are a couple whose videos I regularly look forward to.
Vlogbrothers is my all-time favourite YouTube channel, and it’s been around for about ten years. John and Hank don’t blog on any one specific topic: their vlogs can range from politics, to their personal lives, to literature, to thoughts from places videos, in which the brothers talk about the feelings they have whilst travelling. Their videos are consistently under four minutes, making them easy to fit into the day.
Dodie is a vlogger who I’ve watched on and off for a while. Though she’s mostly known for her music (which has a separate channel here), Dodie also has a vlogging channel, where she talks about some very personal topics, including her own struggles with mental health, and her sexuality. Dodie is incredibly frank and honest, which is really refreshing to see.
Rose and Rosie (RoseEllenDix)
Rose and Rosie are a married couple who create laid-back videos in which they talk about their everyday lives, offer reviews and advice, complete challenges, discuss LGBTQ+ issues, in an improvisational stream-of-consciousness format. Their channel is generally light-hearted, and often silly, making them an easy watch.
Sex and Relationships
This section could have fallen under education, but in my opinion, sex and relationships are an important enough topic that they warrant their own section. When sex education in schools is often unhelpful and rarely inclusive, there are a few YouTubers who’ve taken up the mantel.
Hannah Witton (Hannah Witton)
Hannah is a YouTuber whose videos span a range of topics, including lifestyle, books, and challenges, but the videos I enjoy the most are those on sex and relationships. Hannah has a very frank, down-to-earth and sex-positive attitude towards sex and relationships, which shows in her honest and practical advice.
Stevie offers practical sex and relationship advice for girls who like girls. She presents her videos in a conversational way, and talks about topics that a lot of people would feel awkward discussing with friends, let alone with strangers on the internet and which definitely aren’t discussed in sex education in schools. She also talks about sexual identity, and more general topics.
Sexplanations is the most in-depth and in some ways the most formal of the videos in this section: in short, it’s the sex education you should have had at school. Presented by Dr. Lindsey Doe, a doctor of human sexuality, topics range from STIs, to masturbation, to sexual consent. This is probably the most informative of the channels in this section.
On a different topic, sometimes you just want to watch something silly. For those days, I have a couple of go-to channels.
Rhett and Link’s Good Mythical Morning (Good Mythical Morning)
This is a channel I was only recently introduced to, and it makes for some great easy-watching. Rhett and Link participate in ridiculous challenges, including weird taste tests and experimental recipes that make you question everything you’ve ever learnt about food.
Dan and Phil (DanAndPhilGAMES)
Dan and Phil are a pair of YouTubers I first discovered around the same time as Vlogbrothers, and who I’ve recently rediscovered through their gaming channel. Dan and Phil have a great rapport, and it’s hilarious to watch them create bizarre situations whilst playing games like Dream Daddy and GeoGuessr.
Feel free to send me your YouTube recommendations!