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A quick scroll through your Facebook News Feed instantly shows how ubiquitous video content has become online. But it’s not all Netflix streaming and YouTube cat videos that we’re addicted to. The rise of vlogging has taken us all by surprise, with over 40 percent of all internet users watching at least one vlog each month.
Video blogging — or “vlogging” — has been around since the early 2000s, perhaps even earlier. The medium has been growing in popularity ever since. The earliest vlogs were shared on personal websites, but in 2005, YouTube was launched, giving every vlogger the chance to be discovered. And then smartphones arrived, meaning that anyone who wanted to, could start a vlog with nothing more than the device in their pocket.
Based largely on the protagonist speaking into the camera, sharing parts of their day, or their thoughts, vlogging has become a profitable industry all of its own. As the number of vlogs has grown, the creativity and professionalism around them is nothing short of impressive.
If you’re new to the world of vlogging and wondering where to get started, this list is for you. And if you’re simply on the lookout for some new vlogs to check out, you should be able to find something of interest in this list as well.
Subscribers: 7.6 million
Casey Neistat is a famously likeable vlogger, YouTuber, and entrepreneur, with a dedicated fan base around the world. His vast YouTube following comes largely thanks to his candid vlog, focusing on the interesting parts of Casey’s adventurous and ambitious life. With experience in the Hollywood industry, this is an impressively professional vlog. Expect quality videography and stunning drone shots.
2. Nas Daily
Followers: 1.8 million
Nuseir Yassin is an Israeli-Palestinian Harvard graduate who quit his high paying job to travel the world. From those travels came his video series Nas Daily. A new vlog is published (to Facebook, not YouTube) every day without fail, with each usually lasting precisely one minute. The videos often share stories about the people and places Yassin meets and visits on his travels. He also gives his take on what it’s like to create daily videos while building a company.
3. Tanya Burr
Subscribers: 3.7 million
Tanya Burr is a lifestyle vlogger, posting regular videos about fashion, food, beauty, books she’s reading, and anything in between. Since starting her online journey in 2009, Burr’s blog and YouTube channel have morphed into a successful business, with millions of fans clawing for more.
4. Daniel Howell (formerly Danisnotonfire)
Subscribers: 6.5 million
Daniel Howell is a British YouTuber who first started uploading videos to the site back in 2009. Since then, he’s taken on a ton of collaborations, and even hosted a number of BBC Radio 1 shows. These (often) self-deprecating videos make fun of Howell’s awkwardness with the world, and range from slapstick silliness, to more thoughtful, serious vlogs.
5. Roman Atwood
Subscribers: 13.2 million
Roman Atwood has been making and publishing pranks on YouTube since 2010, and has been vlogging since 2013. These family-friendly, genuinely fun videos share the highs and lows of Atwood’s life as a father and partner. Infinitely positive and likable, it’s no wonder this is one of the most beloved channels on YouTube.
Subscribers: 17.5 million
YouTube success came as a surprise to Jenna Mourey (aka Jenna Marbles). Her weekly videos generally cover pretty mundane topics, like shaving her boyfriend’s face or what girls do in the car. But somehow, she manages to make these topics entertaining and funny enough for her to have amassed over 2 billion views!
Subscribers: 4.1 million
JacksGap is “a storytelling project inspired by travel”, that’s attracted over 4 million subscribers. At first, this was simply a way for Jack to document his gap year, but the channel grew bigger than he ever could have imagined. Many of the videos follow Jack and his friends on wild adventures around the world, many of which raise money for charity. Others focus on more thoughtful topics, such as the above video on climate change.
8. Tyler Oakley
Subscribers: 7.9 million
Tyler Oakley first started publishing videos when he was back in college. Not afraid to make fun of himself, these goofy, yet genuine videos are loved by almost 8 million people around the world. While many consist of Tyler pouring his thoughts and stories into the camera, he’s also not afraid to go outside the box. That may be via pranks, collabs with other YouTubers, or by interviewing Michelle Obama and One Direction. He’s also published a number of videos for and about the LGBT community and is a big proponent of LGBT rights.
Subscribers: 3 million
John and Hank are the stars behind VlogBrothers, and they’re both hoping to “raise nerdy to the power of awesome.” This is a channel where two grown men are able to completely geek out, educate, and entertain. Their unstoppable curiosity leads the brothers to create videos covering topics from death and earthquakes, to politics and travel.
10. Gary Vaynerchuk
The YouTube channel of successful entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk is home to several kinds of videos. The one we’ll cover here is DailyVee, his daily vlog series. Vaynerchuk isn’t simply someone who talks the talk, though. Head of a New York City based marketing agency that employs hundreds of people, he’s also walking the walk. His daily vlogs (recorded and edited by his own employees) show the tireless, relentless work that goes into building and running a rapidly growing company.
11. Jon Olsson
If you want to glimpse into the exotic and adventurous life of former professional free-skier, Jon Olssen, this is a channel that will quickly make you envious. Now an entrepreneur running the company he co-founded, Olsson is truly living the dream lifestyle. Whether he’s racing around in his souped-up Rolls Royce, or sailing around the Mediterranean on incredible yachts, this beautifully-shot vlog will keep you coming back for more.
Subscribers: 56.6 million
PewDiePie is the undisputed king of YouTube vloggers in terms of subscriber numbers. His videos were originally video game streams, but as his channel became more popular, the kinds of videos published started to change, too. Most videos on the channel now consist of witty rants about random things PewDiePie finds online. It’s more entertaining than it sounds, though some find his personality a little too… intense.
Who Have We Missed?
As you can see, the range and type of vlogs out there is pretty wide. Some you will no doubt find obnoxious. But, it’s a matter of trying some out and finding a few vloggers with personalities you actually enjoy, and who tell stories in a way that keeps you engaged.
Thinking about starting your own vlog? You can do it! See our guide to the best vlogging camera and setup to get you started on the right path.
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