What comes to mind when I say YouTube?
Perhaps, David Dobrik? What about vine compilations? Maybe a beauty-guru here and there?
I am here to advocate for a subset of YouTube, and, more specifically, my favorite YouTuber: small vloggers and Maggie MacDonald. For anyone who is active on the internet, the term "small vlogger" is pretty self-explanatory; however, for those who are not, a small vlogger is a YouTuber who posts content that pertains to everyday life in the form of "video blogs" (hence, vlog) without the massive following of the Shane Dawson's and David Dobrik's of the web. Maggie MacDonald is my favorite YouTuber. From travel vlogs to workout routines, Maggie posts content that is relatable, entertaining, and inspiring. Here are a few reasons why you should hit subscribe.
#1: Realistic Depiction of College
I know a few larger YouTubers go to university full time, but their lives are drastically different from most of their peers. I find that watching some "Daily College" vlogs are not accurate or relatable to myself or the majority of college students. I appreciate Maggie's honesty about balancing her academics, workouts, social life, and YouTube responsibilities. Currently, Maggie is a senior at Bridgewater State University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studies marketing. Obviously, she is not an average college student; yet, she still is as normal as any YouTuber who is studying at university. She takes final exams, rushes to class, and dedicates time to her homework.
#2: She is Motivating
When I watch YouTube, I usually am procrastinating or avoiding completing my assignments. Moreover, when I am watching YouTube, I am typically watching one of Maggie's vlogs (ask any of my suitemates about this--it is 100% true). Maggie has a positive attitude that is infectious. Her drive to get things done motivates me to hit pause and conquer something on my to-do list.
#3: Healthy. Lifestyle.
I like to think that I lead a healthy life. I workout at least three times per week, I eat a balanced diet, and I make sure to get enough sleep every night. I appreciate when others advocate and educate others on health and fitness. Maggie does this well, and I always find myself inspired to go on a quick run or run to a SoulCycle class after watching one of her vlogs. She also takes time to educate her viewers on cool healthy brands that use clean ingredients. Her expertise does not end at fitness. Maggie often shares some of her favorite self-care tips and ways to unwind in vlogs.
Overall, having a positive influence who inspires you to be the best version of yourself is immensely important.