A Thousand Words: Summer in the City 2017

At long last, I’ve finally attended a SitC (or Summer in the City) in full. 2015 saw me volunteer for a charity on the Creator Day, and I was only able to attend the Sunday last year. Now, I’ve been there for all three days and it’s been a blast from start to finish.

The first photo in this series which wasn’t taken by me. Thanks Teddy Ebbesen for the snap!

I should start by saying just how wonderful the YouTube community is when it’s squeezed into the ExCel in London, or indeed, when you spot a fellow viewer on a train. There’s no ice to break at this conference, and I’ve made so many friends because of that. Thank you to you all.

The other great thing is the amount of creators I was able to meet and panels I was able to attend. This was also my first year entering the Meet and Greet ballot, and because of that I was able to meet PetesJams, Emma Blackery and JaackMaate.

I met other creators outside of these M&Gs too, of course, who were just as nice. As for the panels, discussions on issues such  as disability and producing a sketch made me want to pick up the camera and film another video as soon as I got home.

I’m reluctant to talk about the convention too much, purely because I’ll be uploading a detailed, bumper vlog about the weekend to my YouTube channel soon. Look forward to that!

Thoughts on Summer in the City 2016

As a hectic schedule combined with really bad writer’s block, my YouTube channel died a slow death a few months ago. Now, after an amazing day at the London-based YouTube convention, Summer in the City on Sunday, my passion for video making has returned.

I had the day off work, and I remembered just how great the convention was last year, so on Saturday I bought tickets to SitC. Also, since my good friend from university, Brandon, was going too, we decided to meet-up and look around together.

Without wanting to repeat what I’ve said in my YouTube video above, I went to two panels – ‘quirky is the new mainstream’ and ‘comedy online’ before looking around the stalls, watching some main stage shows and performances, and meeting so many YouTubers I admire.

Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell

The atmosphere was electric and it certainly rubbed off on me, as I was buzzing by the end of the day and wanted to make more videos on my channel. I’ve talked in the past about finding a new interest or passion to talk about online, and SitC helped me find it. Thanks to all the creators I met, the organisers and volunteers for all coming together to make a great event.

So what will I be making videos about in the future? That’s to be revealed, but make sure you’re subscribed to my channel so you know when a new video goes up.

Grace and Amelia, also known as ‘The Mandeville Sisters’ on YouTube.

Also, on Wednesdays, I’ve decided that I should include more poetry on my blog. If this little corner on the Internet is meant to be my online portfolio, then it’s about time I returned to writing poems – something I haven’t done in such a long time.


But anyway, when it comes to SitC, it has been phenomenal. From the panels, to the stalls, to the fellow creators, inspiration and kindness was everywhere and it was a great experience.

Have you been to Summer in the City before? Did you go this year? What did you think? Comment below!

Liam

Weekly Update: Results and Thoughts on SitC

This week was an eventful, but exciting one. First of all, on Thursday, I received my A-Level results. They were better than I expected and I’m thrilled to say that I will be studying Journalism at the University of Lincoln in September. Then, later that week, I went to this year’s Summer in the City.

 

For those who don’t know, Summer in the City is a UK convention for YouTubers or vloggers. Whilst, obviously, I am a blogger not a vlogger, that is not to say that I am not a fan of some of the creators that were there on Friday.

So on Friday, I was fortunate enough to volunteer for an organisation called Do Something. Throughout the day I was on their stall getting creators and visitors registered for a new campaign which Do Something are doing. The campaign is called ‘1 in 4 of us’, and is all about promoting positive and healthy relationships. You can find out more about the campaign here.

But as well as helping out Do Something, I also had some time to explore the convention itself. Even before I had entered the Excel, I bumped into my good friend Ollie. He is an amazingly talented photographer (take a look at his Twitter, Instagram and website) and was taking some photos at the event.

Additionally, TomSka (creator of asdfmovie) had his stall situated opposite ours, so after a quick lunch break I popped over to say hello. There was no queue at the time so I was able to have a nice, friendly chat about writing, comedy and the University of Lincoln (since he also studied there, which is where I’ll be going) as well as getting an autograph and a picture. Whilst looking around at the other stalls I was also fortunate to bump into Luke Cutforth/Lukeisnotsexy and Gary C – both were really friendly as well and Gary even stopped by our Do Something stall for a moment, which was really cool.

On a separate note, Do Something were kind enough to let me use their Twitter to live-tweet a panel! As a budding journalist/PR manager I was thrilled and live-tweeted a talk by Simeon Quarrie called ‘How to make your videos rock’. It was such a fun experience and Simeon even retweeted one of my tweets later on in the day, which was good to see!

Also, whilst on the Do Something stall, some of the visitors to Summer in the City who came up to me whilst I was on the stand were all so kind, chatty and friendly. In particular, I met Teddy (you can follow her on Twitter here) and Cathe (you can follow her on Twitter here and read her blog here), and it was really nice to meet them both!


Admittedly, I was so surprised by how nice everyone was at the event. It was my first Summer in the City and it was definitely a great experience. I really hope, if the opportunity arises once again, that I could volunteer at next year’s event. Thanks again to the brilliant team at Do Something for letting me come along for the day as I had an absolute blast!

Did you go to Summer in the City this year? Have you been in the past? Who are your favourite YouTubers? Comment below!

Liam