Hi, hope everyone is doing well! I just wanted to make a quick update post about the channel since it's been a while since I've done that.
1. Verified status - I don't think this really means much other than the neat checkmark next to the channel's name now. I don't really have a problem with impersonation, but YouTube kept pointing out I had the option, so now that is finally done.
2. Mid-roll Ads - You've probably heard from other YouTube channel creators that YouTube reduced the time limit on videos eligible for mid-roll ads. In the past I had usually disabled mid-roll ads anyway except for longer videos. However, I had been contemplating enabling more mid-roll ads for more of my videos since I have the data that shows that mid-roll ads can produce a significant increase to revenue. Videos with them tend to make over twice as much as those without.
Therefore, I have decided to enable them for a large portion of the videos on the channel. I know some of my current patrons are supporting the channel because of how few ads I have put in place, so I wanted to be transparent and make sure you would like to continue pledging an amount even with this change. I completely understand if you think the increase in ads should counter your contribution.
In the last few months, I have been thinking about ways to increase revenue without feeling like I'm selling out or anything. The current amount of income I get via the channel is definitely enough to sustain myself, and I have everyone to thank for that (supporters and viewers alike). However, I would like to take a step up on my life goals and try to be completely independent. Not only would this help with the channel, but with my life and health in general. Living with roommates is great since it's cheap, but it's not that great in any other regard, heh.
So, my goal is to reach ~$5000 per month in total revenue, across YouTube, Patreon, and SubscribeStar. Right now I'm fluctuating around $1500-$2000, which again is great, but I know I have a lot of room to improve and expand. Wish me luck!
3. Oh yeah, there's going to be a video out later this month of course. Actually, it may be the first week of September since I'm a little behind schedule. Sorry for those who sat begrudgingly through the Pokémon videos the past 3 months, but I'm doing another one (though it's less Pokémon-related and more generic-programming-related).
Thanks for reading!