Change of Theme!
Instead of writing mentors books, I’ve decided to take part in this year’s AtoZ sharing YouTube channels and Youtubers I follow as an independent author, researcher, learner, reader, and someone who is interested in emotional growth and physical wellbeing, as well as entertainment and news.
I’ve enjoyed watching YouTube videos for years, but in 2020, when the pandemic broke out in Europe and the first lockdown was imposed as a security measure in most countries, I decided to go Premium and started watching even more YouTube videos.
Some background information on YouTube
The initial idea was just to share personal videos online. When that didn’t work, the owners changed it to a dating site, which also failed. They then decided to update the technology so that anyone could upload a video easily, and the idea went viral. That was in early 2005. In October 2006, Google acquired YouTube, and the rest is history. At he moment, over 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute!
You can find out about almost anything you are interested in or need to find out in seconds. However, not all channels are the same. As with all social media, you do need to sift through to find what you’re looking for and this may take some time at first.
I spend so much time on YouTube and find it useful and entertaining, so over the following month, I’d like to introduce you to some of the channels I follow and can recommend.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to two channels; the first is Absolute History.
Would you like to know what WWI soldiers ate in the trenches? Or see what the most brutal medieval weapon looks like and how it was used? Or find out about poverty, prisons or disease, and much more, in Victorian England? Perhaps you’re interested in the pioneers who settled in New Zealand, or how the East India Company changed word trade, or hundreds of other interesting historical topics. Browse through their content and you can choose from their over 500 short, instructive and beautifully crafted videos.
I love their playlist on the Victorians and Victorian England, which is the time my novels in The Eyre Hall Series are set.
The second channel I’d like to share with you is Ali Abdal’s. He has videos on productivity, life hacks, YouTube, lots of great non-fiction book recommendations. His videos are useful, clear and concise.
I hope you found these channels interesting or useful, and if you want to check out what other bloggers are writing about this month in the AtoZ Blogging Challenge check them out on Twitter , Facebook, or Instagram.
Meanwhile, I hope you’re enjoying Spring 2022!