Well, that’s a pretty loaded question these days, isn’t it?
While I can’t speak for the current adpocalypse that’s currently ravaging a lot of creators at the moment, the question in the title actually pertains to my personal channel.
For those who may not be aware, I do, in fact, have a personal YouTube channel devoted to video games. The link can be found in the website header above (or here if you want). Surprisingly, I’ve actually been asked about the status of my channel a lot lately, so I figured I’d just address it here for all of you to see collectively.
Before we get into the current state of things, I find it kind of funny to think back to when I first started the channel. I legitimately had no idea what I was doing or even how to edit/capture video footage. I picked up some starter gear and hit the ground running. The lack of experience didn’t matter to me though because I was passionate about doing it and felt inspired by what I had seen from other creators on the site.
I haven’t gone back to watch some of my early work and initial uploads, but I could probably tell you that they’re likely not the prettiest. Still, I continued to learn and get better, a fact that I believe can be seen when you view my body of work, especially the later content like the DriveClub or Horizon: Zero Dawn montages.
Initially, I loved the idea that I could earn money from doing this, but experience later showed me that wasn’t going to be the case. Still, it didn’t deter me from producing content as I developed a real love for it. Interestingly enough, it also helped me land an actual job where video production is a major part of my day to day.
That’s where things get a bit tricky. While I still love producing videos and editing them, I just don’t have nearly enough time as I used to. That’s a big reason why the content has essentially slowed to a crawl. In fact, it’s been about a year since anything new has gone up there. Coming up with ideas and executing on them on any sort of regularity is difficult. It’s hard enough keeping this blog updated each week, so adding in videos for fun is nearly impossible.
On top of that, the adpocalypse that I alluded to earlier, hasn’t helped things. For those who don’t know, YouTube sent an email out a few weeks back, basically stating that the company was ending partnership support for all small channels. While I wasn’t making money from my channel anyway, the email left me feeling abandoned in a way, almost like I didn’t matter because I wasn’t pulling in big numbers. While that’s likely true from their standpoint, it kinda killed any sort of motivation and enthusiasm I had been cultivating to that point.
Now, this post has gone on for way longer than I thought, but it’s kinda nice to just put all this out there. If you’re still reading this, thanks for taking the time. Ultimately, I’m not saying my YouTube channel is over and done. I would like to get back to it, I just don’t have a hard date. You can be sure though when that day comes, you’ll all be the first to know.