Vidcon: The “Everything YouTube” Event

Hola, mi amigos de YouTube! Es Andrés (Strugsnotdrugs) aqui. Jajaja.

I’ve been very interested in the recent Vidcon convention in Los Angeles this weekend. With star YouTubers appearing and meeting with hoards of fans from around the world, who wouldn’t be excited about reading stories and seeing photos and videos about this fantastic annual event?

The world’s first online video conference, Vidcon, was held last year in Los Angeles attracting an audience of about 1,300 fanatical online video lovers. The weekend has many speakers, workshops and concerts, which reflect the current state of the YouTube world.

Today I enjoyed watching a few live video streams from Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, learning from YouTubers about their experiences in creating engaging videos. Thankfully, the Vidcon YouTube channel has posted their live show for playback on their channel!

In particular I enjoyed watching Charlie Todd’s presentation about his involvements with ImprovEverywhere This is a seriously intriguing YouTube channel, and an excellent model for all flash-mobs and publicity pranks. You can see Charlie Todd’s video presentation at Vidcon here:

My VlogStory friend from Long Beach, Jen (childcontent), was lucky to be one of 2,500 punters to go to this year’s Vidcon conference, and I’m sure there will be some great first-hand videos coming from her channel very soon. She says there have been ‘shizzloads’ of freebies, and that she has even met some star YouTubers like Shane Dawson!

Check out the rest of the videos on Vidcon. I’m certain there is something you will learn from the conference, and run with when producing future videos for  YouTube.

For me, it’s this nugget of gold from ImprovEverywhere’s Charlie Todd:

“Figure out what it is you like to do, and just make it. Don’t wait for a big break. Don’t wait for some sort of opportunity to arrive. You create your own opportunity, and it’s already there, and it’s called YouTube. So go out there and make as many videos as you can, and do it because you love it – not because you want to make money, or because you want to be famous, but do it because it’s what you love to do. And I promise you, if it’s good, eventually it will rise to the top, and you will find a way to eventually turn it into your career, and you won’t have to ask anybody for permission at any point in the process.”

Amen brother! Hurray for YouTube.

Uno Brazo,



Back! But Sick.

Hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with a wee update on one of our most prolific YouTube partners. Although he hasn’t posted for a few weeks Richmond (rrichiee1990) is back! But not back in utmost health. Watch the vlog below and you’ll really understand the sickness Richmond has been labouring with the past few weeks. It’s awesome to see that he made the effort to make a video, so I thought I’d post it up here on the blog.

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont

P.S. Get better soon Richmond!

NZYT gets destructive with 101KillCam!

hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here, and during this past week I went to South Seas Film School for a 4-day long course (and made a video), and although I did not know it at the time, I met long-time NZYT’er Thomas (pomtom44). Thomas makes a huge variety of videos on his personal channel. But what I’ll be focusing on in this article is his collaboration channel of destruction! Thomas and his two friends, Cayla (Caylalice) and Ethan (mrethaninja), run the brilliantly destructive channel 101killcam.

These three NZYT’ers are determined to destroy old video cameras in the most awesome ways possible on this channel, which makes some pretty wicked videos. So far the team only have one video, in which they crushed a camera with a truck. But do not fear, for they promise more beautifully destructive videos in the future! So be sure to subscribe to these awesome kiwis on their personal channels and on this wicked collab channel. I personally can’t wait for more videos!

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont

3 Years 2 Boys

Hey guys, Ryan (TheRyanLamont) here with news on two NZYT’ers today! Corey (StoryCorey) and myself have been on the ol’ YouTube for 3 years now, so I thought it’d be appropriate to celebrate this wee milestone.

-The last video I posted to TheNewZelandishBrit channel-

On July 11th 2008, I started my first YouTube channel, TheNewZealandishBrit, and uploaded my first vlog on August 13th 2008 (although it is now privated). I gained 100 subscribers in a week and then continued to make videos on the channel for a year or so until I made my current channel, TheRyanLamont, on November 4th 2009.

-first video I posted to TheRyanLamont channel-

Then on July 16th 2008, Corey made the StoryCorey channel, and he’s privated or deleted all of his old vlogs and such, so this video remains his oldest. Over the 3 years Corey has stuck to this channel and has gained a huge audience of 5,564 subscribers!

-The latest video posted to the StoryCorey channel-

So that’s all for this post! Just a wee congrats to Corey and I for sticking around on the tube for 3 years! I hope to do a few more of these posts in the future as I hear about other people’s YouTube anniversaries!

Thanks for reading and watching guys!

Ryan Lamont 

Andrew Cuts The Red Tape On Vlogstory!

Hey YouTubers, I hope this post finds you guys well.

I’m (Strugsnotdrugs) pretty stoked to have the opportunity to write for the NZYT Community page, and I look forward to doing so more in the future. Ryan (TheRyanLamont) says the floor is open to a variety of posts, so feel free to voice something you want to say about YouTube, and the community!

Some of you may be aware of my past interactions with the YouTube community. I started out on the channel aspiringphotographer, but was shooting myself terribly in the foot with all my usage of copyrighted music. Not only were my videos being muted and adverts appearing all over my channel, but I was no longer eligible to apply for YouTuber partnership short term. Bummer!

So in May 2009, Strugsnotdrugs was initiated to bring totally copyright-free videos for YouTube. Then in June the collaboration channel vlogstory was born, auditioning for additional three vloggers to join their channel. This caused an enormous influx of interest, mostly in the States. Ben and I, with our crazy Britt and Kiwi accents, were picked alongside Washintonian, Lucy, to make the team complete.

The six of us from around the globe completed all sorts of challenges together, created talking points, guest openings and made new connections – in many ways like vlogcandy. In fact, I even flew to visit two of the VlogStory crew in California in April 2010, last year.

Unfortunately, VlogStory became a big scary animal that took too much work to maintain and ultimately collapsed on itself in September 2009.

I’m glad to say, however, that the remaining Storytellers want to bring back VlogStory’s lovechild to be bigger and brighter than ever. Jen (childcontent), and Jennie (technicolorjennie) live in California. I live in Wellington, NZ. The vast time and space difference between us makes for some interesting challenges when planning our weekly vlogs together, but we’re pressing on to bring you Monday, Wednesday and Friday entertainment. The first Sunday of every month is when a special guest vlogger is invited to share their bit of craziness on the channel.

All in all, we’re extremely excited to bring you a bit of what we love: the chance to encourage genuine, engaging YouTube creativity, and the opportunity for you to get involved and join in the fun. Video responses and Facebook integration is a big part of our goal to keep VlogStory an interactive global video community. Our current viewer base is primarily in the USA and UK.

Who knows? What if we, together, can continue launching this reborn movement to become another successful collaboration that shows some kiwi flavour and NZYT to the world? Your engagement with our crazy fresh new start is invaluable.






There’s a little joke that floats around here:

“VlogStory. The place for sports… but not really.”