We all need a hobby, something to help us get our mind off things when life is becoming a little too much. For some of us, that hobby becomes sports, or music. For me, for a long time, it was watching YouTube videos. I spent a good portion of my middle and early high school days obsessed with the latest "Youtubers." I was so in tune with what everyone was doing at all times. I even went to a YouTube event, DigiTour in New York City during my Freshman year of high school.
Those days are past me now. I no longer sit around waiting for my favorite youtubers to post, and there are multiple reasons why.
I think I outgrew watching those videos everyday. I became busy with school and forgot about them. That is definitely a reason, but I think the main one is that most youtubers turned into money hungry individuals. I won't name names because I can't say for a fact that those stars are doing bad things, but I will express how different things became.
Before, YouTube was a place where stars posted silly challenge videos or did cool story times. Now, it has become a place full of adverts and sponsorships. Most of these stars have gone on to acting and have forgotten about their roots. Most of them do not post often or at all anymore. Some do this because it seems like they quite literally just ran out of things to make videos about.
The passion they used to have in their clips disappeared.
The one Youtuber who I think has not changed in a negative way is Shane Dawson, in fact, he has grown. He is completely himself in his videos and makes fans feel like they can connect with him. He also has a podcast where he has celebrities and other YouTube stars talk about their life.
I think he is hilarious and motivational, although some things he says are controversial. Not everyone gets his humor, but he stays true to himself nonetheless.
I think being genuine online nowadays is extremely important. It saddens me that someone as talented as Shane is looked down upon for not being like everyone else. We need more people like him who are willing to stay true to themselves and know that the ones who truly support him will continue to support him, unless he does something that is actually harmful.
Go check out his videos. He makes 3 part series about many of his adventures and they honestly look like episodes from a television series. He also makes videos testing products, going to haunted places and doing other fun things that always make me laugh.