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Quentin Debode is a Belgian vlogger, known for creating the Belgian YouTube Gathering and the community platform called Vlog It. He's seen as one of the first Belgian vloggers.

Early life

Debode was born and raised in Leuven (Belgium). He started creating videos at the age of 17, posting them on YouTube at the age of 19. In 2015, he moved to Antwerp.

Main Channel

Debode started in October 2009 by posting a news show called The Debode Quentin Show, which he admitted was "basically a copy-paste of 'The Philip DeFranco Show' by YouTube-star Phil DeFranco". In March 2012, he quit doing his news show and started posting different types of videos.

Ongoing Series

  • What's Up Wednesday (from July 2016) – Weekly Q&A vlog

Previous Series

  • The Debode Quentin Show (March 2010 until February 2012) – Weekly news and pop-culture show
  • The Friday Show (March 2014 until June 2014) – Weekly news and pop-culture show
  • Smosvlog (September 2013 until November 2014) – Weekly student variety show
  • Floor Talk (January 2015 until February 2015) – Random vlog
  • The Very Real Life (March 2013 until September 2015) – Weekly variety vlog
  • Tea Time (July 2013 until February 2016) - Monthly uncut Q&A show with special guests
  • Not-So Daily Vlog (August 2015 until June 2016) – Weekly vlog

Smosvlog

In September 2013, Debode signed at Smosblog for a web series at the network, hosted by him. The show was created for students, covering (stereo-)typical subjects for people that go to college. Uploads were weekly on Fridays. Eventually, the schedule moved to Tuesdays, then after a while to Mondays. The show was cancelled in November 2014[1] after 32 episodes.

Social Blade

On September 22nd, 2016, Debode joined the YouTube certified network Social Blade with his main channel, randombelgium.

Second Channel

Debode also has a second channel. After a couple of one-take videos, it featured a daily vlog in August of 2013. After that month and a 4 videos long "Doctor Who Newbies Club" series, the channel went dark again for two years.

The channel returned in September 2016 as a gaming channel. New videos are uploaded daily on weekdays. Games Debode plays include FIFA 16 and Grand They Auto 5.

Studies

Debode went to college, studying Multimedia and Communication Technology in Antwerp. He dropped out after two years.

Occupation

Outside of YouTube, Debode has a job as a digital content creator at a Belgian online marketing company called Snackbytes[2]. He's also the co-founder and web developer at Pixel Tree[3].

Vlog It

In September 2014, Debode launched the community platform called Vlog It.[4] Vlog It is a website where new vloggers could find blogs and ask for advice to the moderators of the site. In February 2015, a feature was added to the site, letting people register for an account.[5] With that account they are able to blog their own advice and review other users their entries. The website closed in March 2016 for unknown reasons.

Belgian YouTube Gathering

Debode is the founder of the Belgian YouTube Gathering.[6] He posted a video on 23 january 2013[7] asking people why there wasn't a gathering in Belgium yet, ultimately leading to him hosting the first one in August of that year.[8] He partnered up with the Dutch YouTube Gathering, changing his title to "Co-Founder and Event Manager".

However, after hosting three editions, Debode blogged about leaving the crew that makes the event.[9] It was later revealed he was actually fired by the team behind the Dutch YouTube Gathering.

After the Belgian Tube Days, another event for YouTube in Belgium, Debode launched the hashtag #BringBackBYTGwithQ on Twitter. This due to the many complaints on the quality of the event and general dissatisfaction and anger from the visitors. The hashtag wasn't trending however it was used by more than 100 Twitter profiles. Until date, Debode hasn't clarified if this was a joke or a serious plan.

Blogging

Debode is since May 2016 an active blogger on his website DebodeQ.com.

Personal Life

Debode is currently dating Liv Van Oerle,[10] who he met through Twitter, while working at Smosblog. Debode was looking for new writers for the site and came across Van Oerle her Twitter page. Debode set up a meeting to meet Van Oerle to discuss her role in Smosblog. Soon after, they started dating. They are currently living together in Antwerp[11].

Debode admitted in a blog that he suffers from light-depression during the winter, calling it his "Winter Blues".[12]

References

  1. https://twitter.com/MrDebodeQ/status/534378903268507648 Last smosvlog, confirmed on Twitter
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/qdebode Debode works at Snackbytes
  3. https://www.linkedin.com/in/qdebode Debode works at Pixel Tree
  4. http://www.vlogit.be Vlog It official website
  5. http://www.vlogit.be/2015/02/maak-een-account-aan-op-de-vlog-it-site/ Vlog It update post, regarding the website upgrades
  6. https://dennisamsters.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/de-belgische-youtube-community-komt-samen/ Article about Quentin founding the event (dutch)
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rugnaX2-Kuo vlog about the upcoming Belgian YouTube Gathering
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bl8YHa_QWD4 Montage of Belgian YouTube Gathering #2 (hosted by Quentin)
  9. http://www.debodeq.com/2014/06/let-it-go/ Quentin leaves the Belgian YouTube Gathering
  10. http://www.debodeq.com/contact/ Debode's contact page
  11. https://www.instagram.com/p/8avr04tKlV Debode's Instagram featuring the #LiveWithLiv confirmation
  12. http://www.debodeq.com/2015/11/baby-its-cold-outside/ Blog article about Debode's "Winter Blues"

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