Gather around everyone, as we gaze into the future…
The YouTube future, that is. We’re taking out our crystal ball, dusting it off and awaiting its predictions… Oh, wait, this isn’t a crystal ball. It’s that stupid trick eight ball we threw in the closet because it kept insulting us. Yet again, it’s let us down…
But who needs a crystal ball when you’re as involved in the YouTube community as we are! We’ve examined past articles, reviewed our favourite channels and spent countless hours stalking our faves to come up with a list of predictions we feel are pretty sound, and now it’s time we share it with you all. So what are we waiting for? Let’s jump into it!
BookTube will become more prevalent
Our first prediction for the year will be BookTube’s growth in popularity. With creators like Ariel Bissett, Sanne Vliegenthart, Jessikah Stenson and more, the genre on YouTube is seeing significant growth, and we definitely believe it’ll rise more into the mainstream in 2018. (And as major book lovers, we’re all for it.)
Emma Blackery’s music is going to blow up
As we mentioned in a previous article, 2017 was the year we saw Emma Blackery really start to come into her own with her music. With a new EP, a UK tour and a showcase during Apple’s Keynote Event (amongst other things), Emma had a whirlwind of a year and we know that momentum will continue throughout the coming year. With a European tour already announced and new music in the works, we can only predict Emma’s music career will blow up in 2018, and we’re pretty excited about it.
High-production vlogs will continue to rise in popularity
2017 saw the rise of both high-production and scripted vlogs. While we’re still fans of traditional vlogs, we’ve loved seeing creators like Bertie Gilbert and the boys of Sugar Pine 7 show us how far vlogging can go. We love the production value and the editing style, and we anticipate more YouTubers adopting this style of video in 2018.
Summer in the City’s 10th anniversary will be amazing
Did you know Summer in the City will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year? It’s true, which means we can expect it to be bigger and better than ever! It’s been exciting seeing the event grow over the years, and we can only imagine what organisers have in store for this summer!
Make sure to buy your tickets, so you don’t miss out on any of the action.
Jack Dean’s channel will continue its quick growth
The past year was without a doubt the biggest year for Jack Dean‘s channel. He saw a large growth in subscribers, had videos go viral and saw his podcast reach new audiences. What’s next for Jack? We’re not sure, but what we do know is both him and his channel will see a continued growth in 2018 and we’re excited to be along for the ride!
When the Curtain Falls will become a bestseller
The multi-talented Carrie Hope Fletcher is set to release her new novel, When The Curtain Falls, this coming July, and if it’s anything like her previous works, then we can pretty much guarantee it’ll be a bestseller.
The book is also set to be her first internationally available release, which is super exciting!
YouTube will need to innovate
Given changes occurring both on and off YouTube, we feel 2018 will be the year the site will have to innovate in order to keep its status in the online video world. With the past year’s adpocalypse and continued demonitisation issues, it wouldn’t be out of the question to see creators looking beyond YouTube. Site’s like Twitch and Facebook are beginning to look more viable to creators, and with rumours of Vine making a comeback, we feel YouTube will have to make some serious changes in order to keep its users.
Dan & Phil’s Interactive Introverts will be a YouTube Red special
Show of hands: who else is excited for Daniel Howell and Phil Lester‘s Interactive Introverts world tour? It’s one of our most anticipated events of the year, and we’re interested in seeing how the pair will top The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire.
Unable to attend? Fear not, because if our predictions are correct, then you’ll hopefully be able to watch the tour via YouTube Red. TATINOF recieved its own special via the service, so are we wrong in assuming Interactive Introverts will as well?
The Drowning of Arthur Braxton will finally be released
In November 2017, it was announced the edit for The Drowning of Arthur Braxton was complete, which means we can hopefully anticipate the film’s release at some point this year! The film is years in the making – and will definitely be Luke Cutforth‘s best work to date – so we’re excited to hopefully lay our eyes on it soon!
Luke, how much longer are you going to make us wait?
So there you have it…
Our YouTube predictions for 2018. We feel this year has the potential to be the site’s biggest, and we’re excited to see everything that happens. What are your predictions? Send us a tweet to @TenEightyUK and let us know!
Want more? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:
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- Emma Blackery Announces European Tour
- Carrie Hope Fletcher Begins Charity VEDIJ Project
- Video Spotlight: Offensive Jokes with Ricky Gervais
- Our Eight Favourite Savannah Brown and Bertie Gilbert Moments