Three years ago, five fabulously nerdy and talented girls from all over the United States came together to create a collaboration channel on YouTube. It was the first YouTube channel of its kind: the girls each posted a vlog on their assigned day of the week for an entire year in an attempt to get to know each other better.
This is the story of fiveawesomegirls.
As of January 2011 the project has ended, but it had a remarkable three-year run and a pretty significant impact on the YouTube community. I’ve followed 5AG from almost the very beginning, when the channel was just a few months old, and was truly sad to see the project end and the girls move on with their internet (and real) lives. Of course, I completely understand the girls’ reasons for moving on and will continue to support them and their various internet projects, but because of what the channel has given to me I can’t pretend I’m not sad that this amazing project is actually over.
5AG was one of the first nerdy outlets that I encountered on the internet that hooked me from the minute I found it. After having moved to a new state and not having made many new friends yet, I felt like I’d suddenly made friends with a group of girls who were just like me. In my first post to this blog I explained how I hid my nerdy tendencies in order to “fit in” during high school, and ended up not only failing miserably at fitting in but also missing out on awesome friends and life-changing events. The 5AG were the friends I wish I’d had during those times, going on the adventures I wish I’d gone on. And I realized that I could still have that in my own life, right now. Nothing was stopping me except for me. 5AG helped me to realize that.
It’s been a strange 2011 so far, what with there not being a new 5AG video in my YouTube subscription box
reminding me what day of the week it is every weekday. It feels like a closed chapter in not only their lives, but my own as well. However, I’ll never forget the impact that these girls had on my life, and how they helped me to not feel so alone during a very difficult transition in my life. That is something I’ll always be grateful for.
Adieu, 5AG. And thank you for everything. :)