The future of my channel

Hello,

 
I need to share an important update with you all. In early November, YouTube decided that my channel is no longer eligible for monetization. This is because of duplication. If you saw my update on Twitter, you’ll already know that I’m upset by this. Not only has the opportunity to earn ad revenue been taken away but other features have been removed too.

 
I’ve never seen my channel as a job because it didn’t earn enough revenue to be classed as such. Health problems have prevented me from working for a living but seeing that I was earning a small amount through YouTube was encouraging. If it seems that I’m moaning over a trivial thing then please allow me to explain more.

 
I’ve known for a while that running a YouTube channel can be expensive and it was getting to the point where I might not have been able to continue on YouTube for much longer. I have a very small income and the costs of running the channel is becoming expensive (newspaper archives, Picmonkey, etc). When I saw that my ad revenue was increasing about a month ago, I thought the revenue would help cover the costs and I wouldn’t have to worry so much. Then YouTube hit me with demonetization.

 
Worries over the expense is partly why I started a podcast version of my channel. It’s a cheaper alternative to YouTube and I knew I would have somewhere to create content if being on YouTube became too expensive. Before my channel was demonetized, I felt okay with the fact that ending the channel because of costs might be a possibility. It would have been my decision and I was fine with that. Now it feels that YouTube is forcing this decision upon me.

 
I have always been grateful to YouTube for being a place that I could share my work. Starting a channel has helped me deal with mental health issues in ways I never thought possible and it led to me meeting you all. However, the reality is that YouTube is becoming a place where anyone who makes dark content isn’t welcome. YouTube has been hitting many types of channels with demonetization but any channel that can be classed as horror seems to be a particular target.

 
So what does this all mean? I’m not sure. Before demonetization hit me, I planned to keep creating on YouTube for as long as possible and then focus on the podcast. As I have been hinting earlier, my channel may be ending sooner than expected. This makes me incredibly sad, as the channel and your support has been a lifeline for me. Right now I don’t have the heart to make any content and I’m suspending the Patreon account I set up for a month. If I can’t make regular content, then I know I won’t be able to follow through with Patreon rewards right now. If you were a Patreon supporter I’m sorry for letting you down.

 
It’s tempting to walk away from YouTube out of anger but that isn’t fair on you all. Having said that, it’s becoming increasingly clear that anyone who creates dark content on YouTube isn’t welcome and part of me doesn’t want to be creating content on a platform that only wants to support particular creators. I think I’d be happier creating the podcast. At the same time, I don’t want to walk away from YouTube so easily. I have been thinking of concentrating only on the podcast over the next few months (with the possibility of focusing only on true crime) and saving money so that I can one day return to YouTube, despite feeling disheartened with them.

If you have any advice on what you would do in this situation, please let me know. The channel started out as a way to help me deal with mental illness but it has become much more than that and I really value your input. I’m not making any immediate decisions as to the future of the channel as it will only be based on hurt and anger. Let me know what you think.

 
Wishing you all much happiness,

Liz

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Nightmares Before Bedtime is now on Patreon!

Nightmares Before Bedtime began in September 2016. I’ve been struggling with mental health issues for a number of years and, at that time, I realised that I needed a way to occupy my mind. As I began to find true crime intriguing, I decided to create a YouTube channel where I could explore the darker side of humanity in a creative way. I chose the name ‘Nightmares Before Bedtime’ when I noticed how many people consume ‘horror’ content before going to sleep. But as I began researching true crime, I found that this fascinating subject was actually helping me deal with depression, anxiety and OCD. Motivated by this, I decided to expand the channel by covering haunted locations as a nod to my love of history and ghost stories. My channel has been key in helping me on the journey to conquering my mental health issues and I wouldn’t want to be without it. The support you have given me has played a big role in making me feel empowered.

I want to ensure that the Nightmares continue to entertain you all for a long time. If you wish to donate, your contribution will go towards funding new equipment, research materials and it will help to cover some of the costs the channel/podcast encounters. If you’ve read this far, thank you! Now you can look over your shoulder. That thing standing behind you is starting to bother me.

Here are the different types of rewards you can get if you choose to pledge:

$1 a month

  • Your name on the Nightmares Before Bedtime website
  • Access to Patreon only polls when I can’t decide on a case/location (I can’t guarantee how often these polls will be)
  • My endless thanks and I’ll even ask the monster under your bed to leave you alone tonight

$3 a month

  • Access to episodes a day early (starting November 2018)
  • An occasional postcard in the mail
  • All previous rewards and a nightmare delivered by the thing that watches you while you sleep

$5 a month

  • A monthly bonus episode of One Moment in Crime (starting November 2018)
  • An upcoming episode of the channel/podcast sponsored by you
  • All previous rewards and a visit from Dracula himself

 

Please don’t think that you have contribute to Nightmares Before Bedtime on Patreon. The best way to support my work is to tell others about it. I will always be grateful for you no matter how you choose to support Nightmares Before Bedtime.

Wishing you all the very best,

Liz