On April 8-9 I got to visit the first VidCon outside of California: VidCon Europe (in Amsterdam!). Since I’m a YouTuber myself, I bought a creator pass, which grants access to the community and creator track. In this article I sum up some of my thoughts on my experiences and some of the data I collected, especially on programming and diversity.
Let’s get to it!
How did I like it?
I fucking LOVED it!
Being around hundreds of creators for two days was much more insightful and inspiring than I could have ever imagined. As a non-US YouTuber (who doesn’t live close to a YouTube space), I often feel pretty isolated creatively. The fact that my videos are watched by thousands of people every day doesn’t cross my mind much. To me, YouTubing rarely feels like a community; instead it feels like the other 12 hours I look at a screen at home. Hey, I like my life, but sometimes I miss having creative spirits around me, the ones who actually understand and respect what I’m trying to do.
So, yes, VidCon Europe gave me a sense of “Hey, what you do matters”, and “This is actually a thing!” - which is huge- and it inspired me to make more videos instantly (I know, my channel doesn’t look like it, but they’re in the works)!