First off, just let me say that this post is subjective and subject to change. I find new YouTube channels to watch nearly every day and go off them almost as quickly.
There are two reasons I watch YouTube videos: to be informed and to be entertained. When I want to know how to do something, such as animate a title in Adobe Premiere Pro, I’ll search for “how to animate a title in adobe premiere pro” and pretty soon I’ll be watching a video about how to do it. I’ll be honest if there is one that’s 2 minutes long, I’ll tend to watch that one first before eventually submitting to the inevitable and viewing the 26-minute one about how to do it properly.
Mostly, I watch YouTube to be entertained. I suppose you can’t really write something like this without mentioning PewDiePie. The first YouTuber to reach 100 million subscribers, Swedish-born Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg isn’t really making videos for the likes of me. His demographic is younger gamers and the few videos of his I’ve seen (not about gaming btw) have been quite enjoyable but I wasn’t driven to subscribe. I was surprised to find out he lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, not a million miles from my home in Ramsgate.
I first came across Bald & Bankrupt when I was searching for videos about Udaipur before a visit Rajasthan in December 2018. The most refreshing and interesting was by a tall British YouTuber who wandered the Indian backstreets, meeting people and talking English peppered with Hindi words and phrases. At the time he was new and I remember watching a video where he celebrated reaching 30,000 subscribers. Bald & Bankrupt currently has well over a million signed in to his YouTube channel. His entertaining Indian series was followed by visits to Eastern Europe (his true passion, by all accounts) and Bolivia.
Harald Baldr came to my attention as a friend of Bald & Bankrupt. It turns out that the Norwegian came across B&B in Russia a while back and persuaded him to start a YouTube channel. Although I have issues with Harald personally (he seems to be a bit of a rightwinger and a “pickup artist” in a past entity), his videos are generally informative, entertaining (“Pork o’clock”), and worth watching.
Most recently, I’ve been watching CollegeFree, a series in which an American student called Alexander undertakes a seemingly ridiculous journey across the entirety of Pakistan by rickshaw. Gwadar to Khunjerab Pass via Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, and Islamabad. All you need to know is that the rickshaw is named Aloo (Urdu and Hindi for “potato”) and keeps breaking down.
More binge-worthy YouTube channels in my next article.