21 June 2014

I Unsubscribed From 300 YouTube Channels

The second post in a series about YouTube culture.
The 1st: Losing An Idol


At the start of the year, I made the decision to cut down my YouTube subscriptions. I was subscribed to about 300 channels and I watched almost every video being uploaded by these channels. Needless to say, it was soaking up quite a bit of my time. I realised that I was spending way too much time staring at my laptop screen, mindlessly watching people eat cinnamon, do accent challenges and do countless collaborations and the truth is, I wasn't even enjoying the majority of what I was watching. It had just became a habit. So, around February-time, I unsubscribed from every single channel I was subscribed to and started over.

One day, I logged into YouTube like normal, scrolled through my sub-box, watched a few videos, then clicked on 'Manage Subscriptions', selected all 300-odd channels and clicked 'Unsubscribe'. It was so bloody liberating. I had never had a subscription clear-out in the full 5 years that I've been regularly watching YouTube videos and subscribing to channels, but once I finally did, it felt brilliant. I then went through YouTube and, from memory, re-subscribed to the channels I really cared about. I think I re-subscribed to about 70 channels which is still a lot, but it's definitely progress.

There are quite a few reasons why I did this:
  1. I had became dependent on YouTube videos and really wanted to get out of that rut before it got any worse. I was spending way too much time on YouTube when I could've been doing something more valuable or going out with my friends.
  2. I had started to realise that YouTube is not always as great as I had thought and it could actually be dangerous (I talked about this in detail in the last post - HERE). I thought it would be good to distance myself from YouTube a little bit more.
  3. Not to be a hater or anything but, to be completely honest, so many popular YouTubers do the same old challenges and tags and I was getting sick of them. My sub-box was full of different versions of the same videos and I wanted to thin it out a bit.
  4. It was time for a change. 
It's drastic and intimidating for someone who loves YouTube but I'd honestly recommend giving it a go. If you don't want to start from scratch, at least have a little clear-out. Change is good! :D Don't feel obligated to stay subscribed to YouTubers you don't really want to be subscribed to and open yourself up to finding new channels to watch and love. What do you think? Will you clear out your YouTube subscriptions?

Lots of love, Cat
xxx

12 comments:

  1. Hi!
    I never thought to do something like this, but as I read your post I realized mind that, truly I spend much time on Youtube and, at times, becomes a waste of time, thanks for sharing!
    Kisses :)

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    1. I'm glad you took something from the post. ^_^ xx

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  2. Totally agree that most of the popular youtubers are quite generic and do boring challenges that just don't interest me. I haven't unsubcribed from anyone but I've just stopped watching. I see it in my sub box and just scroll past it. It's nice if I have some spare time that I just want to relax in and there's nothing on telly, but not a real habit like it used to be for me x

    http://www.lizwills.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I used to just scroll past them but it got to the point where I scrolling past 80% of my sub feed...I thought it would make more sense to just unsubscribe. I hope you enjoyed the post! xx

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  3. I think this is the main reason that I've never subscribed to popular YouTubers. And it sounds kind of stuck up but I really don't appreciate having to watch people who think there that it's cool to just record themselves impersonating accents or talking about themselves. The only main stream channels I've ever subscribed to are Vlogbrothers and ItsWayPastMyBedtime.Other than that I'm only subscribed to booktubers like Ariel Bisset, PadfootandProngs07 - the majority of the channels I'm subscribed to are very small channels and I prefer that.

    It's a good idea to cut down on subscriptions, I did this a while ago and you've inspired me to do it again. xx

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    1. Most of my subscriptions are small and not too well-known which I really like. I think some of the biggest channels are actually some of the least creative and most generic. :/ xx

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  4. Every few months, I do this, and I try to limit myself to max 100 subscriptions - because the videos are shorter than films, you think it's fine, because it's only about six minutes of your life, but that means you allow yourself to watch more and more, and it just builds up...I don't think I've gone a day in the past year without logging on to youtube, and it's really sad. What makes me even more sad is that people only starting their lives now will be doing this from an even younger age -I'm so glad that I could be 5 and 6 and not know what the internet was. Great post! x

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    1. I actually have the same rule as you; no more than 100 subscriptions. :P That's an incredibly good point...the videos can add up so easily and can take up so much of your time. xx

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  5. I just had a clearout of my subscriptions - I haven't got rid of them all but I have significantly decreased my amount. I mainly got rid of all the vlogging side channels - I just got really bored of watching peoples vlogs as they are now just different accounts of exactly the same thing :( I love this post! xxox

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    1. I felt the same - I never watched the majority of the daily vloggers I was subscribed to! xx

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  6. I personally don't watch that much youtube. I'm subscribed to a couple, but not a lot overall. When I'm bored I will scroll through my subscriptions to see if I'm interested in anything, though I should clear out some of mine because I don't follow some of them at all. But 300!!!! that is crazy. I'm surprised you managed to go to sleep with that many videos.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (ya-bookologists.blogspot.com)

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    1. I kind of wish I was like that but unfortunately, YouTube is quite an important part of my life now... I love it but it does have it's issues. :'D xx

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