Small Channel’s Thoughts On YouTube Changes Partnership Program Policy

What is YouTube doing and what next for small youtubers?

For my full opinions on the recent changes to the YouTube partnership program please watch the video linked below. Here I shall type up a condensed version of my thoughts and opinions.

To find out why I monetised my channel (well, videos)  you will have to watch the first few minutes below. I have no illusions regarding my channel and am fully aware that this is a hobby only, not a job replacement or valid income. My Youtube channel is for me. I like the idea of the community and even being a teeny tiny part of it is enough. Making videos has become a way I get rid of stress and try to get through whatever life throws at me… Let’s just say that I have really needed this outlet.

With that said, I am sad to have received a letter (email) informing me that I will no longer be part of the program. Well, unless I magically conjure up an additional 829 subscribers (you now need one thousand) in the 30 days before February 2nd. They clearly have never tried starting from scratch themselves. I decided to turn on the ad-sense aspect of my channel after reading that it boosts your views. A fairly logical sounding way to grow your channel and get more views. At the time this was a big goal of mine. I have since decided that I do make videos for me, interaction with people (currently very few) and to have a creative outlet that gets me through life.

So once again, it does not affect me much. However, some of my videos did gain more views since I signed up and it will be a bit sad to see that go.

My main point or opinion is for those channels that are so close to 1000. Even if I had 500 subscribers I would be gutted. Imagine having worked hard to get 100 to sign up to this program that now requires 10 times what it used to. It is tough getting kicked out and slightly discouraging. Maybe giving people 6 months warning would have been more realistic, right? Still a struggle, but at least a chance of gaining the right numbers.

On the other hand they will flush out many undeserving channels. Maybe people who make videos purely for money, fame or a chance at a career. Unfortunately they will flush out quite a few good channels in the process.

So there you have it… A somewhat brief overview of the video. Both my positive and negative views on the subject. Alas, I am going nowhere. I am too selfish to quit. YouTube does not bring me numbers, it brings me an outlet that I enjoy too much to give up. On that note – videos every week day in February! Subscribe if you want to see more.

Thank you for reading and watching!

See you soon

Xx

Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – A quick review

A rare post where I won’t be linking a new YouTube video. Last week I posted my reading list for 2018 and today I am happy to say I have read one from the list. I began with Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham from Gilmore Girls. I add the Gilmore Girls comment because that is the main reason for the book being on my list. Thankfully it did not disappoint, even before the gossip and insights regarding the show.

I mentioned this in my video, but I really enjoy reading autobiography and memoir style books. Reading about other people’s success in things I do not necessarily understand and will likely never experience is fascinating to me. When I was little I dreamed of becoming an actress – oh come on who hasn’t? But this book got me thinking about how much I enjoyed drama class and even those few improv classes I took in middle school. It got me excited to add act in the theeeeear-tar as Lauren would say. I have added that back onto my bucket list.

I am not the sort of booktube, book reviewer or just book reader to know how to even start critiquing a book, but I enjoyed this one. I have no idea if it is well written, but will say that I never once thought about how it was written. I could not put the thing down and the thought just did not exist during my reading experience.

I will also say that I now look forward to reading Lauren’s other book and future books to come.

One last also for this post… I do now consider Lauren Graham a lifelong friend. Cannot wait for Talking As Fast As I Can Two, because it ended on a cliffhanger, right?

My reading list 2018 – Books I want to read this year

Here we go with another video! This time I attempt to dive into the booktube world with a list of 13 books I want to read in 2018. Books I must read in 2018, as the passed three years have been book lacking. From some old to some new, suggestions to gifts and the previously owned.

A sort of haul from my family’s shelves and ever growing home library. Excited for to read them all and keep on adding to this year’s new reading list.

Thank you for watching and reading!

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Xx

Melbourne Travel Video Diary

This video is a little vlog or video diary of our recent family trip to Melbourne. It does feature a quick room tour, Luna Park, St Kilda’s, arcades, tea rooms, city streets, Southbank views, taxi rides, hotel tours and Street art. A wonderful family holiday to kick start 2018 and stay at The Intercontinental for an extra touch of luxury. A guide, a tour and a bundle of things to do when you visit this great city.

First time in Australia for the passed 6 years and first family overseas travel in over 10 years. A trip to remember! A little tour of an incredible city that I will surely visit again and could very easily see myself living in. A shoutout to the amazing public transport and free tram system in the city centre. Something I think Auckland could benefit from… Just saying.

https://youtu.be/UjlwL3Npo70

Thank you for reading and watching!

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Xx

2018 Horoscope Predictions – What your star sign means in the New Year

New Year, new me. In the video below I will be going over horoscope predictions for 2018. We can finally leave 2017 behind and hear is a little positive advice and opinions on what 2018 has in store for you based on your star sign. Whether you are a Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, Pisces, Virgo, Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, Libra, Sagittarius, Gemini or Aquarius – let the positive predictions begin!

Just a wee bit of fun that should not be taken seriously… All advise is not professional and should be taken with care. Collected from a range of websites that have since been forgotten.

Thank you for watching and reading!

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Xx

Best Board Games 2018 – My Collection Favorites

Here is a list of my favorite board games of all time, as of 2018. These are games in my collection that I could play all day and thoroughly enjoy. From the classics to the intense new additions. From Scrabble and Yahtzee to Catan and Love Story. With a little Cards Against Humanity and Jenga in the mix.

Some ideas for your next game night or party. Let me know what your favorites are and any games I should attempt to add to the list.

Thank you for watching and reading!

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Xx

Most Anticipated New Movie Releases In 2018

Here is a list of my most anticipated new movie releases for 2018. A list of movies I am excited to see on the big screen this New Year. With many remakes and sequels that may disappoint. As I do mention in the video, a lot of these new films could go either way for satisfaction. Whether it is excitement for the reminiscing or the flock of new Marvel and super hero movies, I am excited to say the least.

Incredibles 2, Mary Poppins Returns, Game Night, Avengers Infinity War and Slender Man are just a few of the titles listed in the video below.

Be sure to let me know which movies you are excited for being released in the coming months.

Thank you for watching and reading!

See you soon

Xx