Following up on my post about YouTube and what makes it great (see here), I wanted to share with you some of my favorite channels from various points of interest.
We all know that any and every topic of interest can be found on YouTube. Every form of entertainment is available and the people who share this content are just as unique and varied as the subject matters they cover.
I’m sure most of you already follow a large number of great content creators. Perhaps you’ll already be familiar with some of the channels I will share here. If so, I’m not surprised – after all, they are popular for a reason. But, just maybe, while looking over my list here, you will find a few previously undiscovered gems. And, you can take this opportunity to share with me a few I may be missing out on. In fact, if you are so inclined, go ahead and plug your own channel in the comments as well.
There are also a few areas of personal interest that I have found are difficult to find quality channels for, such as natural healing and alternative medicine. So, unfortunately, I don’t include any channels on my list for those topics. If you know of any good ones – let me know about them!
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Shades of a Colorful Personality
I don’t think I’m alone here when I say that my personal interests cover a wide range of topics. It may be counter-intuitive to the blogging scene, but I’ve often said I’m full of nuance and expressive variations; I cannot be boxed in to just one niche in life… and not in my work either.
How many shades of personality do you have? Could you even count them? Why would you even want to try? There are far too many colors in this world to spend all our time concentrated upon just one – or just shades of one. I’m happy to take on new expressions, to reach beyond what I’ve previously known, to follow where my instincts carry me, to break barriers and enter worlds of learning that I hadn’t yet explored. I’m happy to cover myself in fresh new colors as often as I can and to share the experience with others. How about you?
One reason I decided to go live with this blog was so that I could share some of these pieces of my life and personality with people “out there” beyond my circle at home. I have had a tendency to be anonymous in a lot of ways in the past. Maybe it was due to not believing enough in myself or in others. Maybe I found it difficult to trust or to share parts of my personality… maybe I wasn’t sure people would “get me.” Whatever may have prevented me from really revealing myself in an open way, age has brought me to a point where that just doesn’t seem to matter anymore and it certainly no longer feels natural to hide away large pieces of myself.
I’ve always been the person in the room with a pen, notebook, and camera stashed in her bag. I have a lot to say and so many things capture my interest, but I haven’t always been what you may call an outgoing personality. Although, I have taken the lead in many situations throughout my life and never shied away from new experiences. I’m not an introvert, but not an extrovert either. I’m more what is referred to as an omnivert. Depending on the situation, I can be either extremely social or extremely withdrawn. This explains why I’ve been very forthcoming and visible in some roles while being very self contained in others. But that is something best further discussed in another post.
Through the list of YouTube channel favorites I have posted below, through the slew of entertainment related posts I have scheduled to release here, and more, you will see parts of my personality that ordinarily are only recognized by those in my close circle. I hope you’ll enjoy the layers and continue to join me here. I have a lot to share with you about the things I find interesting, motivational, and valuable.
We All Have Many Layers
What was the first thing you remember wanting to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a mail delivery person… mostly because I wanted to drive the jeep – laughs – but also because I thought it was such a wonderful thing to give and receive mail. Like most young children, I didn’t want to be just one thing because I was sure there’d be enough life to experience it all. So, I also wanted to build a sanctuary to take care of lost and deserted animals. Growing up in the suburbs of Houston, I saw a lot of them.
When I got a little older, I decided doing extreme make-up effects for movies would be a fantastically fun career to pursue. I had a love of horror and psychological entertainment and I took four years of Drama in school. These things revealed my interest in the behind the scenes aspects of bringing a story to life. I also wondered why my school’s Theater Arts department didn’t teach such things as special effects or make-up application, instead concentrating solely on the performance side of theater.
By the time I had graduated from high school I was sure I’d go on to complete a degree program for criminology. I had a strong interest in psychology, forensics, and sociology. While life ultimately had other plans for me, career-wise, I still retained interest in all these things and they propelled a good portion of my own self guided study over the years.
Taken together, these interests tell the story of an overall personality. Yours do as well. While there are certainly more channels that I enjoy watching from time to time, this list is for my go-to channels only – the ones that I would seek out first before browsing further. So, with that in mind, take a look and let’s see how many interests we have in common…
*If I come to find more channels that I enjoy as much as these, I will certainly update the list here. Also, I may create a list of my kids’ favorite YouTube channels. Stay Tuned.
My Picks For The Best of YouTube
Animals / Nature
Animal Planet Videos – Sharing a wide range of animal compilation videos that are adorable and funny.
The Dodo – Their description states, “The Dodo on YouTube is a place for everyone who loves animals and cares about their well-being. Our goal is to make caring about animals a viral cause. We want our fans to fall in love with animals, be entertained while they’re doing it, and feel empowered to help animals in need.” They share some of the most touching animal videos around. I first found them on Facebook, but soon became a subscriber of their channel on YouTube.
Wild Things – “From lush rain-forests to sparse deserts, from friendly pets to predatory sharks and lions, Wild Things’ documentaries will take you around the world, exploring the wonders and the dangers nature has to offer.” Providing short stories as well as full documentaries, I’m sure you’ll find this a fantastic learning channel pertaining to animals and nature. Perfect to share with the kids! Scroll down to the bottom of their channel for a list of other really cool educational channels pertaining to history and more.
Art, Craft, and DIY
Bernadette Fox – Bernadette shares information and how to guides on topics ranging from art projects to gardening and farming. She has a lot of useful knowledge and experience to share and she presents it well.
Home Building Art – They produce creative how-to videos that feature topics like garden ideas. The description reads, “Sand and cement, sand and cement rendering, house construction, construction, creative construction.”
SerpaDesign – The host of this channel shares his passion for bringing nature indoors through a series of DIY terrarium videos. He provides knowledgeable and well crafted video tutorials. If you’ve always wanted to make a terrarium, you’ll want to check out this channel.
Wonder Forest – Dana Fox creates art and DIY videos. There is a lot to see and learn on her channel and the videos are well made. She does a little of everything, like me :), so I love her channel. She also has a website.
Crochet Lovers – This channel provides step by step crochet tutorials. “From simple stitches to original, beautiful and easy projects.” Easy to follow.
Happy Berry Crochet – This channel provides a lot of great crochet tutorials that are easy to follow along with. The host, Laura, also has a knitting channel and provides UK translations of crochet terms, which may be useful to a lot of people.
Simply Hooked Crochet – This channel provides easy to follow along patterns. Not as many videos as other channels, but quality.
The Crochet Crowd – Follow along with Mikey to learn how to crochet. He and his team share useful tidbits as well as full projects and they also have a website. Projects are easy to follow and presented in a clear manner.
Crash Course – Providing topical courses over a series of videos that are creative, fun, and educational. Presented in a format that combines direct speaking, animations, slide information, and related media, there is nothing boring about learning here. The description states, “Check out the playlists for past courses in physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history.”
HD Documentaries – Like watching documentaries? There’s no shortage of them here. Find full length documentaries on just about every topic. You could literally spend hours here and will probably want to. So why not gather the family or some friends and learn something together?
TED – “TED Talks shares the best ideas from the TED Conference with the world, for free: trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses, all giving the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.” I mean, who hasen’t seen or shared something from TED? So much to learn from people everywhere. These are presented in the classic lecture style and are most always enlightening in their own right.
Ted-Ed – See a large library of lively and entertaining educational content. Per their description, “you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed website (ed.ted.com).” You won’t want to miss this one. Good content for you and the kids!
The School of Life – While it’s unlikely every video they offer will be a right fit for you, they do provide a lot of interesting and often comedic content. It’s presented in a variety of ways – sometimes it’s narrated, sometimes not and the changing visuals are colorful, lively, and creative. They cover topics that include history, philosophy, and pop culture.
Exploring the Mysteries
Strange Mysteries – This has got to be one of my all time favorite channels on YouTube. Seriously, there’s hardly anyone out there who does it better. This is online programming at its best! Their description simply states, “We seek to explore what is not yet understood.” I guess when you’re great you don’t need a lot of hype. The way they present each episode is visually interesting, comedic, and well researched. You won’t be disappointed.
Humor / Comedy
BatDad and Family – So ridiculous, it’s hilarious. He’s BatDad and these videos are funny for the whole family.
Nerdist – I first began watching content from this channel when I realized they shared episode clips from The Kids in the Hall, a Canadian sketch comedy show that aired in the 80’s. This channel provides “video entertainment for all of your nerdy passions and a whole lot of funny.” They cover many entertainment topics. Check them out.
Screen Junkies – “Enjoy our warped take on film & TV with a steady stream of pop-culture parody, original series, thoughtful commentary, and whatever we can think of next.” I love their Honest Trailers series, which also has a Facebook page. It’s a riot!
zefrank1 – You may have seen this guy’s True Facts animal series going around Facebook. He shows nature footage and provides humorous narration in the style of a nature education video. It is hilarious! Though not appropriate for all ages, it is comedic gold.
AcapellaScience – Providing educational entertainment through the combining of “Deep science. Sweet harmony.” They also share science talk conversations and live performances.
Bright Side – Even my kids watch this one. Their videos can be addictive. They cover everything from life hacks to survival skills to brain teasers. The narration is great, sometimes humorous, and the slides are visually appealing. They’re really good at holding your attention and interest. If you enjoy learning random information, doing puzzles, or just hearing some stories, then I think you’ll like this one.
Life Noggin – This is “An animated web show designed to teach you all about your awesome life and the brain that makes you able to live it!” I find the content interesting as well as fun and often humorous.
MatthewSantoro – Check out Matt Santoro’s channel. He is a really likable and comedic personality who shares some very interesting fact lists on a variety of topics, from the funny to the bizarre. Very entertaining. And, if you enjoy podcasts, he has a channel devoted to his own podcast as well. Find it through the link provided.
Psych2Go – Providing useful information about psychology and doing it in a visually fun and original way. Their goal is to provide this information in a way that is both relatable and valuable. I think they do a really good job helping folks better understand topics of psychology while also being succinct and entertaining.
Chase Eagleson – A beautiful voice and musical talent. He shares a lot of covers to popular songs of various genres.
Chase Holfelder – This guy creates some amazing minor key covers of popular major key songs, giving us new perspectives on old favorites. As far as I can tell, he produces his own videos with professional music equipment and video software, he plays instruments, has a crazy good voice, edits in the layers of separately recorded sound, essentially providing his own backup – he does it all! An incredible talent that should be getting a lot more fanfare, in my opinion. Once you start playing his videos, you’ll want to watch them all.
Daniela Andrade – A sweet, strong, and beautiful sound. Daniela is another musical talent on YouTube that you should know about. She shares some fantastic covers, but also produces her own original music.
Noah Mac – Singer/songwriter with a “modern raw indie sound influenced by old school rhythm and blues.” I was first introduced to this musical talent via season 13 of The Voice. I absolutely love his sound and style. Definitely an old soul living a young man’s life. If you haven’t heard him, you need to. Also has a website – noahmac.com .
PostmodernJukebox – Presenting new music with a vintage sound, here you’ll see a variety of musical talent performing some unique collaborative arrangements. “Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox: Today’s hits, yesterday (vintage style). “
Narrations and Other Entertainment
Lazy Masquerade – With a tagline like, “The best things happen in the dark” you know it’s going to be a good ride. If you like listening to short story narrations and also appreciate the true story genre, you’re going to love this channel. Lazy’s voice is incredibly soothing and nuanced. His reading of a story is clear and emotionally on target. In my opinion, he’s the best of the best in the true and spooky story narration genre on YouTube. Most of the stories he narrates are from Reddit, though he also obtains them directly from viewers.
Let’s Read! – If Lazy hasn’t come out with anything new and I feel like hearing some well narrated scary stories, this is my go to channel. They have a lot of creative horror content including animated shorts, creepypasta, creepy countdowns, and true story submissions. For those who are interested, they also offer live narrations and gaming streams.
The Take by ScreenPrism – They provide analysis type review videos for entertainment topics. Their description states, “video essays make the story worlds you enter richer and deeper. Think: Endings Explained, Character Studies, Hidden Messages and Symbols Revealed, Actor and Director Profiles, and more.” I’ve enjoyed what I’ve seen here.
Brainwave Hub – This channel produces meditation music that incorporates binaural beats and isochronic brainwave entrainment. For enhancing concentration, focus, mood, and relieving anxieties. I love this channel.
Freedom Influencer – Nathan Lucas hosts this channel, uploading motivational and instructional videos intended to help others find success. “On this channel you’ll find my best strategies on marketing, mindset and motivation to help you create a life of total freedom!” Topics range from “making money online, being healthy, growing strong relationships, becoming financially free, physical fitness, passive income, marketing, mindset, and more.” I love his honesty and energy.
GoalCast – The description reads, “We want to inspire the world to reach their dreams.” And I think they do. Some real golden moments shared here. I first found them on Facebook. They also have a website.
LeadersBasement – A compilation of classic success mind texts, narrated. Here you will find a wealth of inspired thought from the “world’s greatest minds, masters, and teachers throughout the ages.” This is truly a wonderful channel. Includes content from teachers such as Earl Nightingale, Wayne Dyer, and Les Brown.
Magnetic Minds – This channel contains Meditation Music with Binaural Beats. Utilizing the variations of frequency to affect the mind and body. Some great sounds here put together for a variety of self care needs.
Prince EA – “Richard Williams, better known by his stage name Prince EA, is an American rapper, spoken word artist, music video director and rights activist from St Louis, Missouri. My goal for this channel is to make people laugh, cry, think, and love with the ultimate goal to evolve.” He shares messages of inspiration and other thoughtful content.
Serenity Sounds – This is “a channel based on positive musical-healing sessions for all listeners. From soothing soundscapes, to transcendental binaural beats and frequencies, there’s plenty of content to assist on your personal meditative journey throughout life.” This channel provides my favorite musical meditations. Their name fits their sound very well.
Thomas Hall – Thomas is a professional hypnotherapist from the UK. As stated in the description, “On this channel you will find a large variety of hypnosis videos as well as subliminal and binaural beats videos. These videos have been designed to help you tackle a wide range of problems, including addictions and phobias.” I’ve been listening to subliminals for years. Thomas’ videos are my absolute favorite to listen to while sleeping – especially those with rain sounds. Thomas also has a website, where he takes requests.
Software, Marketing, and Entrepreneur Tutorials
James Wedmore – James shares some strategies for successful channel creation and marketing. He has some useful tutorials for people who need help getting started and improving their video capturing tactics. For those interested, he also has a motivational and instructional business podcast.
Phlearn – Aaron Nace hosts this tutorial channel that is “dedicated to providing the best photography and Photoshop tutorials.” He’s a really clear spoken and talented teacher and the channel offers a ton of great lessons. They also have a website and offer a Pro subscription service.
Photoshop Tutorials – With the feel of professionally produced lesson tutorials, the content offered here is of a high standard and easy to follow. Some videos are presented slightly differently, but they still share some useful tidbits for those learning this particular software. Beginners will need to pause a lot in order to follow along with the steps, but the videos are clear and upbeat.
PIXimperfect – This is a free resource for learning Photoshop and Lightroom. Unmesh, the host of this channel, is a superb teacher. He is patient with his explanations as well as thorough. You will learn so much! These lessons are of serious quality in both their content and presentation – all offered for free. It’s a real service to creatives. If you want to learn more tricks and techniques in your work with these Adobe suites, I urge you to check this channel out. And subscribe!
The Vector Lab – The host of this channel covers topics that are of interest to graphic designers and creative entrepreneurs… things less covered perhaps by others. In his description, it states, “Graphic design and typography tutorials by Ray Dombroski. How to use vector art, mockup templates, and bitmap textures to save time and improve your designs.” He also offers downloads through his website.
Tutvid – Nathaniel Dodson hosts this channel in a very personable and professional manner that is also easy to follow. In his channel’s description he states, “I try to make the best Adobe Photoshop tutorials, Film editing videos, Premiere Pro tutorial, Adobe Illustrator tutorials, Adobe After Effects tutorials, Adobe Lightroom tutorials, Adobe Audition tutorials, Adobe XD tutorials, and Da Vinci Resolve videos.” He shares a lot of really interesting creative techniques and ideas. He also makes it easy to find tutorials pertaining to a particular software by way of a video’s thumbnail.
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Brief Case – Provides documentary style videos exploring criminals characters from various points in history.
Criminally Listed – This is a Canadian-based YouTube channel for fans of true crime. In their description, they state that they “strive to bring you the most interesting true crime stories and unsolved mysteries that you’ve never heard of before.” Their content is generally very well researched and presented. If you’re interested in this topic, I think you’ll find this a winner. They have a large number of videos available for viewing, an external website, and they accept case submissions for consideration of coverage.
Morbid Minds – This channel writes that they are “dedicated to delivering thrilling productions focusing on True Crime, Horror & Morbid Curiosities.” And, the quality of their video is very good. They’re well researched and their video style is that of documentary production. Some of the best available in this genre.
Rob Dyke – Rob reminds me of the old style true crime series hosts that maybe you would’ve seen in the 80’s or 90’s on television. His videos are professional and well made. You can tell he puts a lot of research and effort into his uploads. His channel is unique, as he mentions in the description, in that “it contains both comedy and tragedy.” So, although there is a strong focus on true crime and the seriously strange, he also uploads some comedic videos as well.