As I finally get used to the fact that there is a new job category that entails entertaining the world on YouTube, I thought it would be a fun post to share some of the vlog themes that get me scratching my head. The funny thing is that most of the things I mentioned have become so popular that everyone and their dog wants to make the same vlogs! I don’t intend to offend anyone with this post, but consider it my way of giving feedback… You know, being the target audience and all!
“What’s in my purse…”
Have you noticed that people are becoming more and more open about the most random things in life? You know, those vlogs about “what is in my bag” or “what’s in my bathroom cabinet”. I may be an old-school millennial, but the purpose of carrying a none transparent bag around with me is to keep my personal belongings to myself. I don’t need strangers to know that I have band-aids or sanitary pads with me. And they surely don’t need to know how much money I have in my wallet.
Okay, maybe it makes sense to the extremely nosey people, but I don’t see the point of any of it. I am more interested in what you think about in your free time than whether or not you have pepper spray in your bag.
Grocery haul vlogs
Oh. My. Goodness. Unless you are a fitness YouTuber or someone who is purposely trying to influence what others eat, why bother telling us what you got from Trader Joe’s? When I see vlogs of this nature, I either skip over them or fast forward. It is a completely differenct scenario when the video has been intended to share a specific recipe!
Also, being someone who has suffered from an eating disorder in the past, I know just how misleading it is to see someone buy certain foods and associate them with how they look. So your favourite vlogger is buying six packets of egg bites and a tub of ice cream. For all you know they were paid to buy those things and make sure that you do too! Call me Salty Jane if you must, but I don’t have the time for such nonsense!
In contrast, I wouldn’t mind having a random “look what I found in Trader Joe’s” where they highlight some product that was discontinued and suddenly returned to the shelves. Wait… there’s no Trader Joe’s in South Africa…
My old-school brain just assumed that to have a tour, something needs to be sizeable enough. So when people give house tours, it makes sense. Do an apartment tour and I will also watch that… But to give a 30-minute tour of a vehicle? Don’t the manufacturers already have video demos of such on their websites? And truth be told, I would much rather watch a video made by the manufacturer because there would be more accuracy regarding the specs.
I get that it is very difficult to consistently come up with unique content, but there has to be a limit to how far left we go. Vloggers have resorted to running the clock to pop in some ads for the dumbest video content ever!
How much I spend in a week as an XX year-old
You know, as a young adult, I do find value in seeing how other people spend their money. It helps me gauge whether or not I am within the normal range for someone in my city, with similar responsibilities. Basically, seeing such puts quite a bit into perspective.
However, when YouTubers go online to film their most expensive weeks to show off just how much money they have to blow, it’s not cute at all. I personally don’t have any issues with being around people who make more than I do, but I absolutely hate it when they try to show off. By the same token, I wouldn’t show off what I have to someone else. So when I see “I spend $2500 a week as a 24-year-old”, the first thought that comes to mind is “do you have rejection issues? Do you maybe need the world to validate your importance? And instead of dreaming of reaching that point, I fight the urge not to send my therapist’s details.
The notion that money equals success is one that has never made any sense to me. If anything, young people with money are a scary bunch to be around! So please stop flexing your bank account. We really couldn’t care less if you have a glam team or bought boats for your friends.
What are some other strange vlogs that make you cringe? Have you ever produced something of this sort yourself?
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