Sunday, 6 July 2014

YouTuber Focus #27 | Charlie McDonnell

Subscribers: 2,373,504
Most Popular Video: My American Accent
My Highlight: What Are Rappers Saying?

Self-proclaimed 23 year-old professional internet human Charlie McDonnell from Bath began uploading videos to his YouTube channel, charlieissocoollike, back in 2007 and has since become one of the most popular and well-known YouTubers in the world.

I can remember watching Charlie's videos back a few years ago, before it was really known that people could make careers for themselves on YouTube and before 'YouTube culture' became a big deal. Looking back at Charlie's old videos now they seem, well, old, but it just goes to show how much times have changed all these 'internet humans' started from somewhere. Saying that, I remember watching his 2009 video Duet With Myself which uses a split screen and thinking it was like some sort of magic sorcery. Nowadays people's editing skills are so advanced that techniques like this are almost the norm. But Charlie was there at the beginning.

Charlie's channel has developed from singing with his ukulele in his bedroom and creating 'Challenge Charlie' videos to writing and staring in his own short films and you can see he's gone from internet boy to internet adult. Over the years Charlie has also used his platform to work with various charities and help raise money for a number of worthy causes. See, he really is the nicest guy.

Charlie has viewers all over the world including none other than ultimate YouTubers John and Hank Green of the vlogbrothers, yes the creators of VidCon and the author of The Fault In Our Stars, and Charlie is said to be strongly influenced by their videos. They were both around when this whole YouTube thing really started to kick off and are still going just as strong.

In 2011 Charlie became the first person in the UK to hit one million subscribers and has clearly been an inspiration to many of the big-name YouTubers of today. In a world where YouTube is saturated with 'internet celebrities' Charlie has stayed true to himself by creating content that he enjoys and commenting on popular topics in the internet world such as Respecting Your Audience and Sex & Consent.

Charlie may not have the most fan accounts dedicated to him or be on the pages of teen magazines but he was one of the original British YouTuber's and that counts for a lot. Charlie is genuine, likeable and wonderfully British and for that his viewers will always keep coming back. Myself included.

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1 comment:

  1. i used to watch him all the time, thanks for reminding me!

    xx fameliquorlove