I’ve been known to watch quite a bit of Youtube. When I don’t feel like doing anything productive, Youtube is my go-to for almost everything. From beauty tutorials to vlogs I watch a little of everything. Carrie Hope Fletcher is one of my favorite female youtubers.. I’ve watched her from the beginning, ever since I heard about her from Nerimon or Alex Day’s channel.

Carrie herself is crazy multitalented with an undeniable love for books and cake and everything Disney. Her rather large group of followers are called the Hopefuls, and she has quite proudly named herself their honorary big sister, a title that even I have grown to know her by. She’s kind and sweet and gives some of the best advice I’ve ever heard. Not to mention she is an actress and singer and lives in the theatre capitol of the world: London. A place I could only ever dream of living. She currently plays Eponine in West End’s production of Les Miz, along with an ensemble track before becoming Ponine. This is her dream role, as she told her Hopefuls, because when she was younger she played Young Eponine in the production. She is currently the only actress to have portrayed both roles on any West End stage. This is one of things I admire most about her. When I watched her older videos she was just a talented girl trying to pursue her dreams of performing onstage and now I see her and she’s living her dream. She loves performing and it’s because of her love of theatre and books and music that I feel I have such strong connection with her. She gives me hope that it is possible to achieve my dream roles on stage. Although she’s not too much older than me, I look up to her as a real life role model. 

Check out her youtube channel here.

xoxo, Absolutely Smitten.

         Honorary Big Sister and proud Hopeful.

Original Blog Post here.


What’s Wrong With The Youtube Generation


HOW TO BE YOUTUBE FAMOUS // Tips and tricks on how to be just like those humans who get paid to talk to a camera. Wow! So cool! Watch now! (Note: Strong hints of sarcasm). 


I wish I was a famous youtuber so I could have my face drawn just in pencil

that sounds so incredibly nice

even if they made chibi drawings

and I would like to be shipped because it would be so funny to me

and I wish I could draw my life

and I want personal fanfics

it would just be so great

and I could tell these people about myself and meet them one day

and if the panel was over id still make sure they all at least got a high five at LEAST

and I would reply to all their messages and befriend them even if they weren’t youtube famous

if they were cutting I would even give them my number

I just want to be seen. and have friends that see me through that so I could see them too, no matter how many tweets they sent

Can I Hit A 13 Year Old?

Okay so a few days ago I tweeted:

Then today (tweetwatching because im on a twitter hiatus) I see that Halle (If you dont know em youtube them) retweeted me and wrote me:

and then proceeds to say:

I cant do nothing but laugh. Since I cant hit a 13 year old for being rude, I guess I got to call in the little cousins. lol


YouTube as a “Celebrity” Launchpad

I watched a video the other day where a fellow predicts that the concept of being “Hollywood famous” is starting to decay. It’s slowly getting replaced by niche communities and their pseudo-celebrities. With the rise of YouTube and social networking sites, there’s more windows of opportunity for any Average Joe to become really popular, renowned, or famous for one reason or another. What makes a person an “internet celebrity” can vary, though. I’d like to highlight the broad umbrella of content creators, better known as YouTubers or vidders. As YouTube’s audience grows, people are more likely to know names like PewDiePie or Markiplier than names like Pieguyrulz or Pan Pizza. (Note that the last two are big names in my favorite internet niche of cartoon reviewers.)That’s due to the nature of niches, how some appeal to bigger groups and audiences than others. 

The mechanics of YouTube popularity, using MatPat from Game Theory’s vernacular, are a matter of understanding Google keywords, YouTube analytics, and opportune timing. It’s also a matter of picking a topic that tickles the fancy of a prospective audience and discussing it in a meaningful way. Some people argue that popular content is more personality driven. Others say it’s research. There’s a good measure of both kinds of content. Just looking at video game related content, without pointing out specific niches, there’s a range from entertaining, personality-driven Let’s Players like Markiplier to more research based and speculative theorists like the aforementioned MatPat. Technically, MatPat injects jokes and humor into his videos, too. So, he hits that “sweet spot” in the middle of these two generalized perceptions about YouTube content. Markiplier is arguably more popular, but MatPat still boasts quite a huge audience. 

Coming back to the idea of niches, how does someone become popular within a specific niche on YouTube? Allow me to invite you to my favorite corner, the corner of the cartoon enthusiasts. There’s people who make animated music videos, specific fandoms attached to specific programs. It’s just as diverse as the umbrella that covers video game related niches. So, there’s an even bigger emphasis on specificity here. One of my favorite cartoon reviewers TheMysteriousMr.Enter branched out from the brony fandom, then struck intrigue among animation enthusiasts when he started critiquing episodes of Spongebob Squarepants. Another factor to note was that he was one of the first to do just this, so there was an air of newness and novelty to it. Or rather, he did so in a way that others hadn’t at the time. 

Most of this hinges on the idea of “right place, right time.” Even that doesn’t factor in 100%, though. There’s a variety of other possibilities for people to climb YouTube’s proverbial “fame ladder,” such as appearing as a guest on an already established content creator’s channel in some way, shape, or form. I’m tempted to say that Mr. Enter collaborating with Pieguy introduced his content to more viewers than previously. This kind of tack, though, isn’t really dependable or viable unless you already know somebody. Yes, networking applies in the YouTube realm of numbers and lottery luck as much as it does in real life. 

Take my ramblings with a grain of salt, please. These are just my observations and speculations about one of my favorite topics that isn’t cartoons. Following my “steps” aren’t a guarantee to YouTube fame. If anything, I just find it interesting that looking at YouTube as a foundation for celebrities redefines “fifteen minutes of fame.” We live in a world where people daydream about their karaoke video going viral just as much as the chance of winning American Idol…