Everyone’s on camera as West Seattle’s Terminal 5 hosts 1,300 people for first-ever VloggerFair

June 9, 2013 at 8:21 am | In West Seattle news, WS culture/arts | 5 Comments

This morning, the first-ever VloggerFair – a gathering of v(ideo bl)oggers, not a conference! insisted organizers including Chris Pirillo (above right, with vloggers Judy and Benji) – wraps up at West Seattle’s Terminal 5. Yes, at the port, not at a convention center somewhere. Terminal 5′s that big building you see from the westbound bridge, parallel with Nucor, lined with numbered truck bays. All day Saturday, it was full of camera-wielding vloggers and vlogging fans, instead of freight. If you were there, even just to observe, you probably wound up in somebody’s clip. See for yourself on this overview video (we spotted ourselves way in the background at about 1:30) by Kirsten Collison:

The vlogging world has its own celebrities, and some are in attendance:

In yellow, that’s online-video superstar Justine Ezarik, known best as iJustine. She drew a crowd:

She also told her 1.5 million Twitter followers that an airline made her late. (Added: Also explained in her VloggerFair Day 1 video:)

Late arrival or not, as the video we added shows, the fans didn’t mind. For vloggers, telling the story of how you got to Vlogger Fair made excellent material, as well as being there. This clip’s from Judy and Benji, in our top photo? Here’s their clip about going to Vlogger Fair on Saturday, from the ItsJudysLife channel chronicling their life (as opposed to their separate channels):

Some big-name companies are at VloggerFair to reach what’s mostly a younger generation:

But as organizers stressed, it’s for everybody – including those who want to learn how to tell their ongoing life stories on video. VloggerFair runs 9-noon today; all-weekend admission was $29, so don’t just roll over to T-5 to wander around if you don’t already have a pass.

ADDED 10:19 AM: Found Chris Pirillo’s own early-Sunday update vlog, in which he says they “went beyond selling out” – 1,300 attendees:

And he says there will be a VloggerFair 2, though it’s too soon to say whether it’ll be back at West Seattle’s Terminal 5.

5 Comments

  1. Nice! I don’t do anything with video blogging, but it’s great to see these types of events happening so close to West Seattle’s core.

    Comment by Mike — 9:10 am June 9, 2013 #

  2. Ahhh, that explains it. I’d wondered what the giant cartoon characters were about, plastered on the doors at Terminal 5. I saw them as we were coming back from the Capitol Hill community garage sale day, and thought maybe it was just some sort of company picnic thing.

    Comment by Carrie Ann — 11:09 am June 9, 2013 #

  3. What a bunch of Vnerds!

    Comment by bucksteele — 11:27 am June 9, 2013 #

  4. Nerds, geeks, it’s all good. As members of those groups, maybe that’s why we felt comfortable during our brief visit despite the fact we were three times as old as ALMOST everyone there.

    Comment by WSB — 11:35 am June 9, 2013 #

  5. Ah WSB, you may be a bit older but you’ve still got it baby ;)

    Comment by Heather — 11:49 am June 9, 2013 #

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