By Elyse Delano |

It’s Monday afternoon and I have two tests, three papers and a quiz I need to prepare for. So naturally, I’m watching Colleen Ballinger’s new vlog.

If you’re smart and haven’t been sucked into the vortex that is YouTube, you may have no idea what vlogs are. A vlog is essentially a video blog, where a YouTuber will go about their day recording what he or she does. Some vloggers film their day unmanipulated, and others plan their week around events to film in order to gain views. Vlogs usually last 10 to 20 minutes but rarely longer, since few people will sit through the more “boring” parts of someone’s day.

Vlogs are entertaining, to say the least. Instead of sitting and doing homework, you can watch people go to Hollywood parties, redo their giant California mansions or take their kids to Disney for the day.

Vlogs let me feel like a part other people’s lives without having to put in any social effort at all. I can lie on my bed on a Monday afternoon with no energy left to socialize, yet still feel like I’m hanging out with my friends, and I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Lindsey Fancher, college student and avid YouTube streamer, watches vlogs because they allow her to live through people’s “best days”, all while sitting at her computer.

“I get to look into the lives of other people and what they do on a day to day basis, and how their lives are basically more interesting than mine,” she said laughing. “Some people have family vlog channels and you watch their daily [routines] and it’s amusing because [of] their children. It’s fun to follow their lives and watch their kids grow up.”

Vlogs allow you to become comfortable with the people who film them. They let you into their lives, sometimes daily, to see what they do and what they’re like. Vlogs are a lot like your favorite TV show; you get attached to the “characters” behind the camera and start to feel like you really know them.

Vlogs also offer something many broke college students need: free entertainment.

There’s no $7.99 monthly charge to watch vlogs, unlike popular streaming platforms such as Netflix or Hulu. YouTube has remained available for the poor college kid on every campus, though you are forced to sit through poorly-timed ads for products you’ll never buy.

Vlogs allow us to watch families grow and YouTubers succeed, and they put us in places we may otherwise never go. They create a community, not only for the audience but for the vlogger as well. Colleen Ballinger, my favorite vlogger, once said “my [YouTube] audience is like my family”, and that’s almost true. Vlogs create a connection between thousands (sometimes millions) of people all across the world.

So next time you’re thinking about procrastinating from college responsibilities, maybe check out Colleen’s vlog channel instead of watching Friends on Netflix, again.