Simon is married and the father of two living in Brisbane Australia. Occasionally he documents family trips, but I like his longer trips sailing alone in small sailboats to the Great Barrier Reef. He is quite amazing, with a great sense of Aussie humor.
Also known as Sailing Nova Scotia, this husband and wife document their journey as new sailors and new boat owners in the beautiful Halifax area.
Emelie is a school teacher living in Sweden. She is new to bushcraft skills, camping, and survival, and she shares her adventure of learning about these things. She loves to make fires. She also explores Sweden and Norway. This is my newest YouTube favorite!
David Long is a car mechanic in Halstead Kansas. He documents fixing cars, both domestic and exotic. He got his start from Tyler Hoover of Hoovies Garage.
Bobby White, an ex-corporate jet pilot turned sailor, sails around the world. His boat maintenance videos and ocean crossing videos are the best; the partying at night stuff can be skipped.
Also known as VanLife, Nate built his own van to life in so he could go mountain climbing all over. It is partly about vans, partly about mountain climbing. The info about building your own van is what interests me.
Nick Murray is a Porsche 911 lover, who does interesting car reviews and more recently, learned to fly a helicopter.
Brian Trautman, his brother, and his girlfriend sail around the world on a 50 foot sailboat. They scuba dive, take excellent videos, talk about what the crusing life is like, but they party too much for my taste, so some video content is to be skipped. They have cruised some very off-the-beaten path places that are fascinating. Brian's videos about boat systems are excellent, and their drone photography is outstanding. Do you want to visit Madagascar or St. Helena, or Brazil? Watch these videos. There are over 200!
Faruk Korkmaz did early iPhone jailbreaking, hence his name. He is from Turkey but now lives in LA. He is a very talented musician, photographer, and drone user who loves fast cars and technology. He has a great sense of humor, and reviews current tech like Apple products, Hasselblad cameras, drones, etc. I am really enjoying this channel more and more.
Tyler Hoover is a young 30-something guy living in Kansas that buys a new car every week. He documents how these inexpensive cars fare under use, and what breaks, and how much it costs to fix them. Porsches, Mercedes, Toyotas, trucks - they are all shown off. This is a great channel.
Shawn James has been building a cabin in the Central Ontario woods the past year or two, all by himself, largely with hand tools. He cooks great meals. He lets you hear the ambient sounds around him as if you were there. His videos are very well done, and without much talking in most videos, you learn a lot about how to build a structure. He does share some reflections in most videos, which are also interesting. This is a very mellow, quiet, relaxing channel, and I wish I could do what he does. The meals are, for me, a very important part of the videos.
Lilly builds survival shelters in the woods, and talks about gear and how to hunt and fish. She is from Austria, and I bet she could out-survive almost all men. Her style is pretty low-key. She really knows her stuff and I learn a lot from her.
Jenna Ezarik is a younger sister of iJustine, so often she blogs about her escapades with Justine. She likes to travel, cook, create videos, use drones, and review gear, much like her sister, but not quite as manic as iJ. She lives in LA.
Kirsten Dirksen interviews people that have interesting and unusual homes, such as tiny homes, or treehouses. For example she shows how people create a home from a shipping container, and so forth. Interesting!
Scotty Allen is from San Francisco, but spends a lot of time in China. He built an iPhone 7 from parts he bought in the markets of China, and documents the Tech world from a hardware perspective.
Sawyer Hartman is a vlogger who has done some of the best drone videos ever. Some videos are vlogs about his life with his girlfiend. Some videos are about photo gear, and others are more about how to take better photos and videos. He is kind of a young Casey Neistat. He lives in LA and likes Canon equipment and skateboards.
Natalie Tran posted her first YouTube video 12 Sep 2006. She films herself, often having talks with other versions of herself, and talking about every day life. She lives in Sydney Australia. She has been taking a break from making videos for two years now.
Dave Lee, aka Dave 2D, does tech reviews of equipment, with a no nonsense style. He is good at comparing different laptops, both Mac and PC. He lives in Toronto Canada.
Jay Leno is the only one on this list who was big on TV before being big on YouTube. As the head of the Tonight Show, you would occasionally learn of his love for cars, but here on this channel, you can tell he really knows his stuff! I got to meet Jay in August of 1995 and I was impressed by his car knowledge in the few minutes I had to talk to him. He restores cars, drives new outrageous and expensive cars, and shows his love of great cars of the past, like a Mercedes 600 or an old Porsche. He is based in Burbank California.
Doug DeMuro reviews cars. He shows you the quirks and features of a car, then drives it and gives it a Doug Score. He now gets access to a lot of cars that most of us will never see or be in, so it can be a fun vicarious experience to see if a fancy sports or luxury car would be something we would ever really like. He lives in Southern California.
TLD is Jonathan's channel that often emphasizes the style found in tech products. He reviews desks and office components, which is how I found his channel, but he also reviews new products like iPhones and Philips lighting. He is based in LA.
Zack Nelson tests cell phones. He destroys them, drops them, takes them apart, all to show us how well made (or not) various cell phones are. He also likes his Toyota truck and is doing more with Mercedes and Tesla cars. He gives Apple a hard time for dongles, their product irrepairability, and their predatory pricing practices, all of which definitely needs to be done, but he gives credit to them when it is due. He does Smartphone Durability awards each year. He lives in Utah.
Justine Ezarik is the first channel I ever subscribed to, and she may be the earliest YouTuber of this list. She has made thousands of videos, ranging over cooking, tech reviews, vlogs, travel, gaming (my least favorite), and more. She loves Apple products, and there is a lot of joy to be had watching her dance in an Apple Store. She started YouTube on 6 May 2006 and has over 987,592,415 views. She lives in LA.
Marques is a young man that knows tech so well you wonder how he gets it all at such a young age. He loves Teslas, uses Apple equipment, but is also very familiar with many other phones and his reviews are well done. He may be the biggest on this list a year from now. He calls himself MKBHD, which is his initials and HD for HiDef. He does Smartphone awards every year. He is based in New Jersey.
Linus Sebastian is a Canadian in Toronto who likes to build computers and try out tech. He is harsh on Apple like some of the others on this list, but gives credit when it is due.
Casey Neistat is a New Yorker that blogs and makes short films, half the time while skateboarding. He has made some very motivational videos, and his snowboarding in a NYC blizzard is so full of the joy of life - it is just the best. Now he is trying to grow a family and his company and so he blogs about all of that. His airplane seat reviews are fantastic. He started YouTube Feb 15 2010 and has over 2,496,178,341 views.
Well there you are. Thousands of hours of videos to be watched. I have certainly not seen all of the videos by these people, but I watch a few each day instead of watching much TV anymore. Oh, except for Phil Rosenthal's Somebody Feed Phil show, which is one of the most joyful shows about food and travel of all time! (It is on Netflix, so I guess that is not TV either.)
For the month from Jan 4th 2019 to Feb 4th 2019, here are the growth rates for these artists:
-0.1% communitychannel 0.1% Coast Life 0.2% Jonathan Morrison 0.4% sawyerhartman 0.5% Jenna Ezarik 0.9% iPhonedo 1.0% Survival Lilly 1.1% iJustine 1.2% CaseyNeistat 1.2% Jay Leno 1.4% Gordon Laing 1.5% Nick Murray 1.6% Emelie 2.0% Strange Parts 2.2% Sailing SV Delos 2.3% Ewan Cunningham 2.3% Marques Brownlee 2.6% Kirsten Dirksen 2.6% Nate Murphy 3.6% Dave Lee 3.7% Linus Tech Tips 4.0% Hoovies Garage 4.2% JerryRigEverything 4.2% My Self Reliance 4.5% Doug DeMuro 8.9% Sailing Doodles 11.3% Car WizardFor the month from Dec 5th 2018 to Jan 4th 2019, here are the growth rates for these artists:
-0.1% Coast Life -0.1% communitychannel 0.1% Jonathan Morrison 0.4% sawyerhartman 0.7% Jenna Ezarik 0.8% Survival Lilly 0.9% iJustine 1.0% Emelie 1.3% CaseyNeistat 1.3% Jay Leno 1.3% iPhonedo 1.5% Kirsten Dirksen 1.6% Sailing SV Delos 2.5% Nate Murphy 2.6% Ewan Cunningham 2.7% Nick Murray 3.5% Dave Lee 3.9% Marques Brownlee 3.9% Strange Parts 4.0% Linus Tech Tips 4.7% My Self Reliance 4.9% Doug DeMuro 4.9% JerryRigEverything 5.9% Sailing Doodles 8.9% Hoovies Garage 10.0% Car WizardFor the one month from Oct 4th to Nov 4th of 2018, the growth rate of subscribers for these artists were:
0.5% Sawyer Hartman 0.6% Coast Life 0.6% Jenna Ezarik 0.9% Emelie's Outdoor Adventures 1.0% Survival Lilly 1.2% Casey Neistat 1.4% Jay Leno's Garage 1.6% Nick Murray 1.7% Nate Murphy 1.7% iPhonedo 1.9% Sailing SV Delos 2.1% iJustine 2.5% Jonathan Morrison 2.7% Kirsten Dirksen 3.5% Linus Tech Tips 3.7% Dave Lee 3.9% Strange Parts 4.1% Marques Brownlee 4.4% Sailing Doodles 5.0% Doug DeMuro 6.4% Hoovies Garage 6.4% JerryRigEverything 8.1% My Self Reliance
Created: 4 Oct 2018 Modified: 4 Feb 2019