Well, I did it. I went to Vidcon 2014. It was amazing. I learned a lot, I met great people, and for the first time in a long time….I felt like I was exactly where I needed to be.
Here is a gallery of selfies!
The world of YouTube is one I’ve dived into head first and spent a lot of time learning about over the last year. I spent a lot of money to go out to Vidcon because I am really freaking serious about learning as much as I can about this platform and meeting others that are going down this unconventional path.
It was totally worth it. While the post-vidcon blues have set in a little, I am still in awe of the fact that this time last year I wasn’t even subscribed to the vlogbrothers yet! Yah, you read that right! Even I can’t believe it! A year ago, I barely knew who John and Hank even were….the freaking founders of all things nerdfighter, vidcon, TFIOS, etc! I have had to do a lot of back-research to learn about the history of all things online video, and I have loved every minute of it. For a long time, I stopped watching movies, I stopped watching network television, I stopped pretty much everything and just watched youtube and read wikipedia pages about youtubers. I’ve just been soaking it up like a sponge.
In May of last year I discovered my first Lindsey Stirling video. It was her Halo Theme Song Video, which is an epic video, you should watch it! After seeing that one, I watched more of her videos which led to other musician youtubers like Tyler Ward, The Piano Guys, and Tiffany Alvord. Seeing them led YouTube to start suggesting other youtubers, and eventually it led to my discovery of finally, the vlogbrothers and the rest of nerdfighteria. By January I learned about Vidcon….and I was sold. I think it took me like 5 minutes to decide to take a chance and book it.
To think that since that time, I have started my own channel, been to Vidcon, met Hank Green in person, made real life connections with internet friends, accrued almost 400 subscribers, and am now back in the same place I discovered all this, on my living room couch, is seriously blowing my mind a little bit.
What is funny, is that I always thought my first convention would probably be LeakyCon, which I have known about since it’s inception. I was an avid Pottercast subscriber for years, since the days of waiting for the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I followed Melissa, John, and Sue on The Leaky Cauldron website, always waiting for the latest news. How I managed to miss the development of nerdfighteria is a bit of a mystery to me, as I was an AVID follower of all things Harry Potter. Somehow I missed the youtube boat back then, however, probably because I had crappy internet back then. It was a stretch just to get podcasts to download in those days. Haha. How far we have come. I used to have to string this long phone wire around the house with my Gateway laptop. Wi-Fi wasn’t a thing yet!
Anyway, I always told myself that if I ever had the money, I would go to LeakyCon someday. But as the years passed, and Harry Potter came to an end, I felt myself disconnect from the online fandom. I didn’t visit the forums like I used to. I felt like I had missed my window. I had grown up and moved on…or so I thought.
Well, I DID grow up, but clearly I was not done with online fandom and community. When I discovered Vidcon, I knew I had to take my chance to get acquainted with online community in the real world. It was a realization of a dream I’ve had since the days of longing to be able to go to LeakyCon back in it’s early days. A dream of making real connections with people that have the same wierd interests as me.
While I still hope to attend LeakyCon someday, Vidcon was enough for now.
Below are my “vlogs” from Vidcon as well as my Pre-vidcon “tag” video! I love both blogging and vlogging! So I’m doing them both!