On Tuesday, January 16th YouTube announced that they were making some changes to their Partner Program. On February 20th, 2018 channels with fewer than 1,000 subs or 4,000 watch hours within the last 12 months, will no longer be able to earn money on YouTube. Not only will they not be able to earn money, but they may also lose access to other features such as end screens, etc… This will of course affect thousands of smaller YouTube content creators across the world, including our own Second Life vloggers.
It will not affect my channel as I do meet this new threshold, but even if I didn’t, it is not a source of income that I depend on. However I know many other Second Life vloggers that have not met this threshold as of yet and are still at the early stages of their channel development. I wanted to reach out and extend my support to them. I know many don’t monetize, but for those that do, it may be a source of income that they were looking forward to. Plus it’s always a nice feeling to be able to earn some money from our hobbies.
Luckily, we as a Second Life community already have our niche on YouTube. If everyone reading this post right now were to create a YouTube account for their Second Life avatar and then subscribed to the Second Life youtubers that are trying to establish their channels, we can help them surpass the threshold while finding interesting content to watch that relates to our interests.
I highly encourage those that are on YouTube and creating content about Second Life (that does not consists of trolling videos or other negative content) please leave the link to your channel in the comments of this post so we can subscribe and watch your videos and support your content. Even if you don’t monetize, we still want to subscribe and help the community grow, so please do share your links.
To those creators on YouTube that this new change does affect, you have my support. I hope you don’t feel disheartened or discouraged from continuing to create Second Life related videos on the platform. It has been such a pleasure watching the Second Life vlogger community grow and flourish in the past couple of years.
So please, share your YouTube channel links in the comments and I’ll make sure to subscribe and watch when I can and I hope my readers do the same. You can also leave your link in the comments of my YouTube video which I am embedding below if you prefer. Thank you and good luck with your channels! <3
UPDATE: Some people have only left their links in the comments of my youtube video, not this blog post, so do click over and check the comments for more people to subscribe to. You can also find more Second Life YouTubers in my Subscriptions List on my channel.