Today YouTube have once again changed their monetization policy, for the second time in a year. This morning myself, along with thousands of other small channel creators received an email informing us that our Partner status will be terminated by February 20th if our channels fail to reach 4,000 hours view time, or 1,000 subscribers.
I have three channels. A kids channel, a family vlog channel and another small channel. I am lucky as the kids channel has been going for nearly three years. It has almost 10,000 subscribers and nearly 10 million views. I can transfer a lot of the family vlog videos to the kids channel. The family vlog channel was initially monetized, then late last year that was taken away, to be reviewed when the channel reached over 10,000 views. It reached 10,000 views over Christmas, but monetization was never re-instated.
I began YouTube as a job due to my medical conditions and their effect on my health. Being self-employed it is possible to juggle pain and fatigue alongside childcare and household tasks to what is suitable on any given day. I believed YouTube was a wonderful platform for people challenged with health issues. I was proud to be a part of something which allowed so much creativity and supported so many people living in adversity due to their health. I felt supported, safe and secure in my employment, knowing this wouldn’t be a challenge to any of my health issues. (Stress is frequently a trigger to exacerbation in my health conditions. Leading to pain and fatigue and a more limited ability to carry out activities).
I am now questioning my safety on the YouTube platform. First there was the ‘Adpocalypse’ crisis last year, when decreased revenue was experienced by every YouTuber. Now, not even a year later, we are faced with YouTube pulling the rug out from all small creators who don’t meet their requirements for monetization. During such a time of government austerity this will hit some small creators hard. Many disabled people have had their benefits taken away from them in the UK, due to cuts. Now the ones who run small channels will have their YouTube income taken away from them too. I expect ‘Rubbing salt into the wound,’ is a massive understatement for some creators.