As of 10/5/2015, all my YouTube accounts have been suspended. I have no idea how this happened. I have received a notice that one of my videos was blocked in some countries because of the music that I used. But the video was not deleted. I simply could not use it for ad revenue since I did not own the music on the video. Which made sense. I also had a video that was age restricted, meaning that a person had to be 18 or over to view it. But again, the video was left on YouTube and YouTube did not delete it. If these counted as ‘strikes’ against me, it was not shown on my settings. My status always remained in ‘Good Standing’ with no penalties. However I got the notice that my account and all my channels had been suspended though email on 10/5/2015.
This is a major blow for me. I had been terminated from my office job earlier this year for my videos and everything that I do online. Rather than go back into the same profession, I had made it my choice to continue on making videos and work as an online vlogger full time. Which was working. It was not completely steady but traffic to my site and my videos have been continually rising. My videos do make money and was not the sole source of my income, but it did help out tremendously.
What happens from here? I can continue to vlog through other video sites such as the lesser used site – Vimeo. Which this site is much less restrictive. I would have to purchase a Pro account to upload the number of videos that I do upload in a weekly setting. I would not make any money off of these videos as there is no Adshare revenue that I am aware of at this time. Or I could download a plugin that would allow me to host my own videos, rather than rely on an outside video hosting site. But I would more than likely have a slower load time and the videos themselves would be lesser quality.
I filed an appeal with the form below. I do not know if that will do anything as I have been reading very mixed messages from many YouTubers online. It appears to be my only recourse. I do not like feeling this way. No one does, right? I am not the most optimistic person in the world, but I definitely do not wallow in my own self defeat. I felt bad and depressed for a day after I was fired from my previous job before I took action. This time, I had anxiety all night long and honestly did not sleep. But it is a new day and I will have to move on. I am just not sure what direction to go yet. I have to find a new path to succeed at being the GayComicGeek. It took several years to build up the number of subscribers that I did on YouTube. I hate to think that all of that work is thrown out because of some technicality on a site that has not even been explained to me what happened. I also do not want to think that all the haters that I have, which have grown in number as well recently, have won and successfully removed me from posting online.
I am completely open to advice. If you suggest something, by all means, I promise to read it and take it seriously. I obviously will not be posting up videos in the next couple of days, but I will continue to post on both my websites and my Patreon site. Thank you all for being there and thank you to those that have been encouraging me to go on. You are all literally why I keep doing what I do.