Vlogs: Follow the Drama

YouTube drama channels have been rising in recognition over the previous 12 months, with many channels getting thousands and thousands of views and hosts making a gentle revenue from it. Do you’ve gotten what it takes to traverse this rising and generally brutal phenomenon to create your personal YouTube drama channel?

by Jason Miller

There was nothing like YouTube within the historical past of communication. Titans of the printing age William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer pale compared in the case of sheer affect. YouTube reaches nearly a 3rd of the human race. And like Hearst and Pulitzer, influencers within the YouTube neighborhood are starting to get up to the conclusion that sensationalism and gossip not solely make nice headlines, they get viewers. Drama YouTube channels have turn out to be more and more extra well-liked over the previous 12 months. Relying in your perspective and ethical outlook, that is both a pure extension of YouTube, basically persevering with the lengthy and storied custom of gossip information and sensationalist headlines or, like PewDePie, you see it as a degradation of what makes YouTube nice, pitting YouTube influencers in opposition to one another for the following scandalous clickbait headline.


Both method, drama channels work as a result of they mix our love for the dramatic and our lust for celebrities. Give it some thought: What number of occasions have you ever clicked a hyperlink as a result of the headline mentioned one thing surprising a few celeb? This is similar factor. No matter your perspective, these channels are solely gaining popularity, and plenty of need to money in on it.

Philip DeFranco

What’s YouTube Drama?

A YouTube drama channel is strictly what it seems like, a channel the place the main target is drama from YouTube influencers in addition to different celebrities. They’re basically the E! or TMZ of YouTube, however a lot much less formal, and really a lot within the custom of YouTube vlogging. Every channel is normally centered round a character who experiences on and provides perspective on the dramatic happenings of YouTube celebrities. Typically this contains calling them out on issues they’ve achieved or mentioned on their channels, social media or in actual life. For a lot of drama channels, trolling is usually a massive a part of it — for good purpose, however extra on that later.

The preferred YouTube drama channel and probably its most controversial is DramaAlert hosted by Keemstar. Keemstar is extra aligned with the indignant feedback part of a social media put up or the darker corners of Reddit than extra conventional sorts of dramatic channels comparable to Philip Defranco. Defranco is much like a standard media outlet and does his finest to present context, perspective and purpose to his movies. Different influences comparable to Right here For The Tea and Sanders Kennedy take a really casual vlog strategy to what’s in any other case very very like tuning into TMZ or E!. For perspective, as of writing this text, DramaAlert has roughly 1.8 million subscribers, Philip Defranco has about 5.4 million.

Right here For The Tea and Sanders Kennedy

What makes an excellent YouTube Drama channel?

A YouTube drama channel is rather like another channel on YouTube; what makes it good comes right down to only a few necessities. Crucial of those is content material. All the time. It doesn’t matter if you’re producing a drama channel or a cooking channel, what you place on the market can’t simply be watchable. It should be entertaining and interesting and provides the viewing one thing they will’t discover elsewhere. With a drama channel, character is massively vital. Like with vlogging, the viewers connect with the host; they tune in not simply due to what you’re saying however who you’re. The host is somebody the viewer would need to hang around with as a result of that’s basically what they’re doing at some stage in the video. By character, I don’t simply imply the flamboyant persona of the on air character, however the perspective and viewpoint of the channel. Simply reporting that XYZ occurred isn’t sufficient; it’s your tackle it that makes the distinction.


Whereas character is tremendous vital, clear storytelling is significant. Many would-be influencers make the error of simply turning their digicam on and ranting, then hoping for the perfect. Your reporting must be clear and simply digestible. I particularly used the phrase reporting as a result of that’s precisely what you’re doing, reporting on occasions which have transpired after which including your editorial take. Similar to another reporting, analysis and planning are each mandatory.

Frightening a response from PewDiePie partially helped transfer Keemstar’s DramaAlert into the highlight.

Soar within the mud or keep above the fray?

As acknowledged earlier than, some YouTube Drams channels can turn out to be brutal, even trollish, by going after different influencers or taking a controversial place. Whereas some influencers resolve to maintain it elegant, others are simply as taken with making headlines as they’re in reporting them. This isn’t essentially a foul factor, once more relying in your ethical persuasion. Trolling and feuding with different YouTubers, particularly celeb influencers, can get you consideration and earn your gossip channel some legitimacy. After DramaAlert went after PewDePie, YouTube’s most watched celeb, PewDePie shot again — giving DramaAlert extra recognition than earlier than, legitimizing him within the course of. Don’t enterprise out into nastiness with out cautious consideration, nevertheless. The web might be brutal and unforgiving, and never everybody has the abdomen to be the following Keemstar.

No matter whether or not you need to leap into the ring and hurl mud at different YouTubers or simply need to report on the drama surrounding YouTube and its stars, a drama channel is usually a actually enjoyable passion or profession for those who’ve acquired what it takes. Simply take warning: In the event you select to start out a YouTube drama channel, these reporting on the fray are additionally usually the targets of it. In the event you don’t have already got pores and skin like a crocodile, you higher develop some as a result of it may be an unforgiving jungle out there.

Frightening a response from PewDiePie partially helped transfer Keemstar’s DramaAlert into the highlight.

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