Learn to do everything (except not waste time online)

The joys of a site that teaches you, in easy-to-follow videos, how to do all those things you never had time to pick up before

Share
Related Topics

“Get good at wallpaper. Get good at knitting. Get good at maths”. Who wouldn't be tempted with offers like that? (Apart from accomplished painter decorators who knit their own socks and do quadratic equations backwards in the dark). How to do these things – and millions of others – is what videojug.com offers the visitors to its site. Set up in 2006, it creates how-to films that teach pretty much everything under the sun.

I've lost quite a few hours of late – although hopefully gained some skills in the trade off – watching video tutorials for all sorts of things. But while videojug's fare is created professionally by the site, what I really love is the content uploaded by enthusiastic experts/amateurs sharing what they know. Although I've yet to grasp the basics of doing a French plait despite watching at least seven different silky-haired girls showing how to do it from web-cammed dressing tables on both sides of the Atlantic, I've mastered putting my hair up in a spectacular bun with the aid of a tube made out of a sock (check it out, ladies: (hellogiggles.com/diy-sock-bun).

My obsession started when an i contributor pointed me in the direction of an 18-minute long towel-folding tutorial on a wonderful site called soothetube.com (watch it here: goo.gl/qT0h7). Strangely relaxing AND informative. It seems I'm a bit late to the party, though, as almost everyone I know seems to be clicking play on advice that covers everything from cooking to dating. My right-hand-man at work learned his wedding dance by watching an online lesson and also how to replace one of the inner tubes of his bike (this was two different videos, mind, not a weirdly specific mash-up), while another colleague swears by videos to work out how to fix his bike (his most recent lessons were on which way to unscrew bike pedals and how to clean a chain).

The screen of a friend's old iPod had gone black after being dropped one too many times. To the internet! A quick search later and she saw what she needed to do. Chuck the 'Pod on the floor. Sounds utterly insane but it worked. Most recently a how-to film has saved me from myself. Idly wondering whether putting a couple of Berocca effervescent vitamin tablets in my mouth would liven up an afternoon in the office (there was a bet involved), I found a video showing a chap doing just that, with a Tango chaser. Reader, the results weren't pretty, although they were fizzy. And very, very orange. I think I'll stick to towel and hair-style tricks, even if my video browsing does make me seem like a bit of a virtual Stepford Wife.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

(Senior) IT Support Engineer - 1st-3rd Line Support

£40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A successful IT service provider that has bee...

Wind Farm Civil Design Engineer

£55000 - £65000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...

Principal Marine Mechanical Engineer

£60000 - £70000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...

Principle Geotechnical Engineer

£55000 - £65000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: The Green Recruitmen...

Day In a Page

Read Next
A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia  

Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Oliver Poole
Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup