Emil Conrad Talks Successful Vlogging and Internet Popularity in an AUBG SessionMarch 02, 2018
His main YouTube channel currently has around 356,100 subscribers. His video views are in the hundreds of thousands. His internet pseudonym comes from his granddad’s name and he admits he is not fond of numbers. This is Emil Conrad.
The Bulgarian vlogger celebrity hosted a lecture and Q&A session in the Andrey Delchev Auditorium on Feb. 27. The topic of the event was “Redefining Popularity: Self-Publishing and the Vlogosphere” and all guests were encouraged to participate in a discussion about the vlogger profession, its gratification and potential pitfalls.
Emil started out with telling the audience about his first unsuccessful steps in the world of vlogging and what he learned from them. After a period of inactivity for several years, he published a video out of boredom one day, went to bed and woke up the next day to discover it had become a viral hit. The rest is history.
“I say the things that people are afraid to say. This is why my videos got so popular,” Conrad shared.
Conrad reflected on the changes that the world of vlogging has undergone and what that meant for all people out there who wanted to become professional vloggers.
“Before if you wanted to make a viral video or YouTube channel, you could get popular easier. Now it’s harder because [of their algorithms],” he said. “I don’t know why they did that. I guess because it’s overflowing with information and you can’t really let everybody [in].”
His piece of advice for people who are interested in starting their own YouTube channel in the current vlogging field overflowing with so many videos, was to think clever; to try to produce something original and well-thought of. He also cautioned everybody not to strive solely for popularity but focus on their content and producing a quality product. Only after that, one could be lucky enough to receive a wave of subscribers and viral popularity.
“When you make something yourself, people are willing to, I guess, trust you, and see themselves in you more than if something is part of a TV show or somebody who is playing a character,” he said. “Redefining popularity is something that we [the vloggers] did, not even knowing that we did it.”
The event attracted a diverse audience, both students and non-students, of different ages. The guests got the chance to ask Conrad their own questions and receive unapologetically honest answers from him. The result was an insightful and provocative interactive discussion that helped further define the vlogosphere today.
Story by Desislava Stoeva
Photos by Bojan Mircheski