So earlier this week I received an email from YouTube saying they've changed the rules for their Partner Program and my channel is being demonetized along with thousands of other smaller channels unless I can get 4,000 hours (240,000 minutes) of watch time within 30 days.
The Partner Program is the only means YouTube offers for it's creators to get paid for their work. So after this month I won't be eligible to get any money from YouTube for my videos even if I work 10 times harder to reach the new quota. Check out the video below to see how I feel about this.
This is an example of why I try to stay as closely connected to my fanbase as possible and use tools like Patreon to monetize my work. If you'd like to join me on Patreon there is a button below the video. You'll receive a live stream concert each month and be personally acknowledged in some of my videos. I hope you'll check it out after watching the video.