In an age of mass media and the rapid emergence of the internet, we thrive on information at a heightened pace. Everyone is looking to be a bigger and better version of themselves by absorbing as much as they can. Some of the best resources for improving yourself, swelling your proficiency, and expanding your skill set can be found on YouTube, an excellent source for instantaneous knowledge. Today, we bring you the best DIY YouTube channels to not only open yourself to attaining new abilities, but also to mastering your current skills.
With over 30 different categories, from home maintenance & repair to weight management & body image, eHow is the self-proclaimed “one-stop online resource for life’s challenges.” Its YouTube channel has over 200,000 subscribers and boasts a large library of over 16,000 videos. A bonus to eHow’s channel is the division of categories and topics that you can choose to subscribe to. If you’re looking only for tips on fitness, without the extra content covering technology or style, there are specific channels or playlists to subscribe to. Whether you’re interested in enhancing your skills or building new ones, eHow supplies viewers with videos from professionals with expert advice in dozens of fields, in addition to the support of the eHow community.
Like eHow, Howcast features a wide variety of instructional and handy videos. Although, with over 350,000 subscribers, Howcast is a veritable force to be reckoned with in instructional content. Its videos offer a range of quick, easy fixes for problems like creaking drawers as well as lessons for broader subjects like kissing. No matter the topic, the videos generally cap at four minutes, making information and knowledge quickly accessible. While its YouTube channel already features a hefty number of videos, just shy of 10,000, there are thousands more at its website. Both online venues offer professional quality content. Some videos are user-created, through their innovative Emerging Filmmakers Program, that give step-by-step directions, clearly spelling out each stage of the process.
Videojug is the leading UK-based online How-To resource. Started in 2006, the digital media company has been churning out videos teaching millions of global viewers a diverse variety of skills ranging from the highly desirable to the quirky party trick. Videojug has raked in over 230,000,000 video views on its YouTube channel which has a mere sliver of videos featured, compared to its entire collection of over 50,000, on its main website. By watching Videojug’s professional, straightforward tutorials, you’ll be earning a promotion at work and doing a hip hop wave dance in no time.
4. Make Magazine
Make Magazine falls right in line with creative geek culture and is a great source for do-it-yourself projects. If you like working with your hands, getting crafty, and working closely with technology, Make is your ultimate source for DIY videos. Over 300,000 users are already subscribed to the popular magazine’s YouTube channel. While a large portion of Make’s instructional content deals with tech hacks, in and out of the home, there are occasional art and design projects available. There are even projects that kids can tackle through the segment called Sylvia’s Mini Maker Show, so that they are simultaneously learning and having fun.