Howdini founder Joanna Breen used to lead a comfortable career at ABC’s 20/20, but decided to change her professional course and launch a website that could aid people in all facets of life. It was a mounting frustration with hired help that wasn’t particularly helpful that motivated Breen to take matters into her own hands. Howdini connects an audience with expert opinions on the how-to’s we could all benefit from learning. It brings specialists, or gurus, to discuss topics ranging from health and beauty to money and travel. With over 100 gurus lending their voice and expertise, Howdini is an excellent source for expert advice on how to develop one’s skill set.
6. Food Wishes
Food Wishes documents the recipes and cooking adventures of Chef John, a San Francisco-based chef-turned-vlogger. Having received his AAS degree in Culinary Arts/Chef Training with Honors, Chef John worked in all areas of the food industry, eventually leading him to teach at the California Culinary Academy. After five years, the dexterous chef decided to pursue a broader audience and, thus, began Food Wishes. What sets this particular channel apart from other culinary how-to’s is Chef John’s honest, knowledgeable, and insightful opinions about food. His soothing, friendly voice instructs the viewer while keeping a jovial mood, making each dish seem simple to make and worth the effort in the end. Not to mention, the food looks delicious. Beware of watching on an empty stomach.
From geeky tech hacks to everyday tips, Lifehacker offers a variety of techniques and solutions to a wide array of do-it-yourself dilemmas. Though the channel is primarily tech-based, there are the occasional videos that tackle projects like How to Screen Print Your Own Shirts and How to Get Out of an Awkward Situation. Mixed in with the quick DIY videos is Ask Lifehacker, a podcast in which viewers and readers of the Lifehacker blog have the opportunity to have their submitted tech questions answered by three well-informed masters of technology–Adam Pash, Whitson Gordon, and Adam Dachis. As Editor-in-Chief of Lifehacker, Pash leads the trio in answering questions about the latest gadgets and apps.
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Pinar Noorata is a contributing writer at My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from Hunter College with a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Pinar worked in several creative fields ranging from film to publishing. Her immense appreciation for art and culture eventually led her to join the My Modern Met team in 2011. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.