What I HATE About YouTubers

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Like many, I've been a massive YouTube fan for as long as I can remember. When the YouTube communities were formed and started to come together, I was hooked. But, that doesn't mean there aren't things about YouTube that I disagree with or even get annoyed by. With the intense drama that's been going on this week (and the fact that I've been meaning to do this post for a long time), I decided it was time to share my opinion on the YouTube world, but more specifically the things I don't like about it.



1. Titles 

Let's start with, agreeably, the most common one, titles. Clickbait is one of my top hatreds when it comes to YouTube. If I ever see a title that seems like clickbait, I simply won't click on it because, let's face it, I don't want to waste my time. I completely understand the meaning of clickbait, to get views so they can actually pay their bills at the end of the month, but think about it, if your videos were good, you wouldn't need a clickbait title to make people watch it! I mean is it too much to ask for a simple title that accurately explains what the video is? Apparently so. 

While we're on the subject of titles, I also want to discuss the overuse of CAPITALS. Again, I understand why people use capitals in their titles, to catch people's eye. But when I'm scrolling through my subscription feed and every. single. video title is in all caps...kinda gives me a headache. It isn't eye-catching anymore!  


2. Overpriced Shit (exploitation of younger fans)

I mean, do I even have to explain this one? It's extremely common for YouTubers to bring out merch/products, it's also very common for fans to ask for merch/products to be brought out by YouTubers, but what isn't asked for is the incredibly heightened price. And noooo, I'm not talking about anyone specific *cough cough* Zoella. No, genuinely, a lot of YouTubers do the same thing. They put their name on a T-shirt or a hoodie and sell it for three times it's worth.

My problem with this is the fact that the audience who are buying these products are not typically their older audience (18-24), but it's usually the younger ones. The ones who are easily persuaded and manipulated, the innocent ones if you will. They go to their parents and beg for this product that they must have, their parents then finally give in and spend what is, probably, an entire day's wage on a black hoodie with a simple logo on it. Oh and let's not forget, it's always limited edition so you have to get it now! Right?

Again, I completely understand that it takes more than what people think to make a product. There are a lot of people involved, a lot of decisions and, at the end of the day, you need to make profit. But, think about this, is it fair for a YouTuber to be sat in their million £££ mansion, raking in money, while thousands of children and their parents are working endlessly to scrape together £30 for a T-shirt with their name on it?? I don't think so.


3. Tooooo Professional

Who remembers 2010 YouTube? The days where schedules didn't really exist, lighting was the lamp in your front room and video quality was never truly HD. That's the YouTube that I love. Nothing was ever scripted or planned. Well that's gone now, and it's been replaced by studio lights, top dollar cameras and impersonal glittery backgrounds. Where has the fun gone?

When I go to YouTube, I go to watch something different, something entertaining but relaxed. I don't go to YouTube to watch TV. I might be the only one that thinks this, but YouTube in the last few years has become way too professional for my liking. Everything seems a little too practiced, too robotic and, to be honest, it puts me off the site all together. I, as a viewer, do not care if the audio is crystal clear, I do not care if the lighting is the best, I don't even care if it's in 4K! All I care about is what you're saying and what you're doing, if it entertains me, educates me, makes me laugh, then I'm happy. It's a sad fact that most YouTubers just aren't relatable anymore, and that's a shame.

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Thank you so much for reading! Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on the YouTube of today. 

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Caitlin x

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7 comments

  1. I love this! I prefer watching videos where the background is their actual room or an area in their house rather than some glittery background, as it makes more personal which is what YouTube always was. It definitely seems to be getting more and more professional as the years go on xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  2. All of this is so true! x

    Morgan

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  3. Have you thought of supporting your smaller YouTube clan? There are many with under 5k that are doing YouTube like 2010 (ahem) and working really hard to be noticed but can't even get a look in from the bigger Youtubers.

    I have a whole group of under 5ks that I could list.

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    1. I do support smaller YouTubers, they're actually my favourites to watch. But of course I'm not talking about them in this post. If you have any smaller YouTubers that I haven't seen, I would love your suggestions!

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    2. I am doing a blog post and linking yours in if that's ok? :) x

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    3. Yeah that should be fine :) x

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  4. So glad other have this opinion! I completely agree with you! The thing is I've simply stopped, I don't know.. I just don't trust youtubers anymore, if that's a way to explain it? I'm not entertain anymore and I just feel sick, when scrolling through the dashboard.. the youtubers in Denmark where I'm from, is even worse I feel like.. I'm so disgusted with the danish youtube...

    Great post!

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