You sound a lot like me. You realize that they are just really cool people to meet, who happen to make great content that millions appreciate! Maybe we will see ya there! I'll be the one in the purple hat (at least for a while of it, see my photos).
Have you considered the industry track at all? I dunno what your level of interest in video creation is.
Thats my website with my significant other, Foisko! From Lets Plays, to original programming.
We hope to see you there!