Meeting Zoella! - What meeting a YouTuber is REALLY like

1 November 2015


Hello everyone! I'm currently writing this post tucked up in bed with my fairy lights on and a hot chocolate in hand. *pauses to sip chocolatey goodness* I thought today I'd do a more chatty post and write a more personal post about my experience meeting YouTubers. 

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you will know that on Tuesday I was lucky enough to meet Zoella aka Zoe Sugg at her book signing for her second book Girl Online on Tour. I also got the opportunity to meet her boyfriend Alfie Deyes (PointlessBlog) in September at one of his book signings so I feel like I have enough experience to write this post.

Before we get started, I just want to say please don't be offended by anything I say; This is just my personal opinion from my own experiences and I am very grateful for the fact I got to meet Zoe, but I want to give you my honest opinion of what one of these book signings is really like.

Me and Zoe
As I'm a believer in saving the best until last, I feel like I should start with the cons first. Obviously, you have to bear in mind it's definitely more a matter of quantity over quality because at these kinds of events there may be over 500 people, all of which Zoe has to meet, talk to, and sign books for in the space of about 3 hours. This leaves you well under a minute to actually meet Zoe and talk to her. Naturally, this isn't her fault, as she doesn't organise the event, and with such a large audience she is trying to meet as many people as possible in a short space of time. This is however something to bear in mind if you've never been to an event like this before, because you will have little time for actually talking to whoever you're meeting.

Secondly, security. This has been a big issue at both book signings I've been to. Obviously, the security guard's priority is to keep everyone safe in such a crowded environment, but in my personal experience I have found them to be quite rude sometimes. For instance, they will try and cram you into as small a space as possible in order to fit as many people into the queue as possible. This was especially the case at Zoe's signing as it was raining outside, so they were trying to get everyone indoors. However, this kind of approach really isn't ideal, especially when many of Zoe's viewers watch her because they also suffer with anxiety, getting crammed into a small space with many other people and little room to breathe really isn't fun. 

Similarly, as I found at Alfie's signing, if you have a gift for whoever you're meeting, you often won't get to give it to them. When I met Alfie, I had made him a book full of messages from viewers, but I wasn't allowed to give it to Alfie myself, and it was just snatched off me by security and crammed into a box. At Zoe's signing, people were allowed to give Zoe their gifts to her, but it's also important to remember you may not always be given that opportunity so it's hard to know if your idol actually sees your gifts.

Anyway, enough of all this negativity, let's move on to the positives! 


Naturally, my first positive to one of these events is you get to meet your idol, in real life, face to face. I can tell you this, the first time this happens, it's such a surreal feeling! At Alfie's signing, when I first saw him my first thought was "Oh my God, he's actually real!" As cringey as that sounds, it's actually really satisfying seeing someone you've been watching through a screen for the past few years in real life. I remember when I met Zoe, I kept staring at her eyes because they were just so blue! It sounds really weird, but if you've ever met a YouTuber you'll know what I mean. (I hope!)

One of the next good things at the signing was Zoe. Although you only get a few seconds with someone who means the world to you, Zoe really tries to make the most of every second of it. Even if you're feeling a bit shy and star-struck Zoe asked you questions such as 'are you doing anything nice after this?' to which I responded 'No this is the highlight of my day!' I'll actually leave the vlog I filmed of the day down below if you want to see me and Zoe's full conversation. Anyway, back to the point, Zoe was so lovely and friendly, it made the hours waiting in a stuffy queue really worth it, even if it was only for a few seconds! It's really nice knowing someone who seems so nice on camera is genuinely just as lovely in real life!


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So that's a little summary of what I think about meeting a YouTuber in real life. Obviously it would be so much better if you could just meet Zoe in the street and have a real chat, but for most of us this is as close as we can get. I hope you enjoyed this more chatty post, and I hope you're all having a lovely Sunday evening!


Jess
xox

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