While I strive to promote positivity and stay away from putting negative thoughts into the stratosphere...I think the pink elephant in the room finally needs to be addressed.
WHAT'S HAPPENING TO MY YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS AND VIEWS???!!!
This is an issue that has been rampant on social media for a few months now. Tweets, Facebook posts, and videos have been made by YouTubers of all channel sizes asking the same question.
After my first year of doing YouTube, I quickly found out where I stood against the rest of the content out there. I could easily predict which types of videos would get more views, what kinds of videos might lose me subscribers, etc.
But for the past few months...I've been completely baffled.
My views have been cut in half. And instead of my subscriber count steadily climbing, it's been DROPPING...on BOTH of my channels. Every time I upload a video, 20-40 subscribers mysteriously disappear.
Not cool, Robert Frost!!!
I've been trying to make my content better and I'm seeing some fresh faces in the comment sections, but instead of gaining views and subs - I'm LOSING them.
At first I just thought I was doing something wrong - my content wasn't good enough, people were tired of me...whatever. But having looked into it a little bit (and watching PewDiePie's video about it), now I know that it's all YouTubers experiencing this.
And THAT pisses me off.
When I thought it was just me, I was ok with that. It sucked, but at least I felt like I could take responsibility for it and harness control of the situation and fix it.
But finding out that it's completely out of my hands in the midst of putting out what I believe to be the best content I've put out in a while - yeah, that makes me angry.
I make money from YouTube. Not a lot, but enough to help out. And now with YouTube robbing me of views and subscribers...it's about half of what I've made in the past - even when I wasn't even uploading or my content was subpar.
It's not solely about the money, of course. I'm better off than I have been in my whole adult life. Mostly I hate the thought of the people who WANT to see my content and who aren't.
I experienced this from a viewer standpoint with Psychara (on both Facebook and YouTube). I've been following her for years, and then suddenly I stopped seeing her posts on Facebook and her videos on YouTube. I thought she dropped off the face of the earth and didn't know what happened - that is...once I NOTICED I hadn't been seeing her content - which was months after it initially happened.
So once I realized, "Huh...I haven't seen anything from Psychara in a while...I'm gonna go check on her", I went to her Facebook page only to see that she'd been posting regularly, like always - but for some reason, Facebook decided I wasn't allowed to see it in my newsfeed for months. Same with YouTube - I went to her channel to find dozens of videos I'd missed out on, unbeknownst to me.
I have no idea what to do about this. I can't make a video about it - because NO ONE WILL SEE IT. YouTube is hiding content from subscribers and UNSUBSCRIBING people who actually WANT to see the content.
I can't post about it on social media and expect people to see it because Facebook has also changed its algorithms so that it buries posts so barely anyone sees them...unless you "pay to boost your post". And it's been "un-liking" people from my page for months, also for no reason.
And I know not many people will see it here on my blog, either...because I mostly promote my website on - you guessed it - YouTube and Facebook. So the only people it will reach are the people my posts are ALREADY reaching. Not the people it USED to reach or that it NEEDS to reach.
So I'm asking my audience to please SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.
You guys know me. I'm not in this for fame or attention. I'm not the type of person who begs my viewers to subscribe or share my videos. But now I'm pretty much at a loss for what else to do to get my content back up there where it was/should be, or to somehow notify the people I lost who don't even know I'm still posting content.
Please just share my videos, my channels, links to my website...anything. Then hopefully they'll see what happened and double-check their subscriptions and be able to see my content again.
ALSO...on YouTube, there's a silly little thing they've added so that you actually WILL get notified of my new content (even though they didn't feel it necessary to tell anyone of the change...). If you go to either of my channels, next to the "Subscribe" button, there's a little bell thingy.
You have to click that little bell thingy and then you'll actually get notified when I upload a video. You won't miss anything that way.
I appreciate you all sticking around, watching my videos, and reading my blogs through all of this nonsense. I'm still going to post vlogs and main channel videos (I have some great ideas up my sleeve!), and keep my website up to date - and I hope as many people will see them as there used to be.
I love you guys. Please don't forget to go click that bell thing on YouTube and share my stuff. Thanks, everyone. I won't let you down :)