This site is being updated, revamped and there are going to be some changes. One change that's been made in the last few months is my attention to chowderheads with bar girl problems has dwindled. Slowly but surely I have regained my focus as a writer and photographer.
As some of you may know, Google and YouTube are under closer scrutiny from its' advertisers, and YouTuber earnings are down from top to bottom. I've never made a huge amount from YouTube — but going from $400-$500 a month to $50 a month does sting. All the funds I earn from this site, YouTube, my books and my photographs go back into the expenses associated with traveling, photography and videography in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Earlier this week, I decided to check if any of my videos had been demonetized. A month or so again, one of my videos related to the use of testosterone (under a doctor's supervision) was deemed not advertiser friendly. Seems advertisers didn't like me talking about drugs, even when referring to the medically supervised use of Testovirune. I appealed, and the video was again monetized, only to be demonetized and monetized again. Then this week, My Thai Wife Scams, Ten Mistakes to Never Mistake in Thailand, which is also my most popular video with over 825K views, was demonetized.
"Why?" I asked.
"The sensitive nature of your content is not advertiser friendly," said YouTube.
"The video is my biggest earner and advertisers have paid for three and half years. So I guess things have changed?"
I'm not going to get in why YouTube and its advertisers have changed, but one word says it all — SNOWFLAKES.
When I make videos and photographs without the YouTube revenue, I am effectively spending as much or more time (and money) as I once did in return for even less money. To be honest, I will always be a photographer. Earning money for what you create is great, but I do not take photos for the money. Much of the time, I am operating at a loss and there are times when I cannot afford to purchase film, or process it, or purchase much needed equipment. I continue to push the shutter button, paid or not and I have no problem with this. Continuously losing money is a horrible business model though and a bottomless pit.
This said, I have a favor to ask. If you like and enjoy my photographs, videos, and podcasts (new podcasts return this week), consider financially supporting my efforts via one of the methods shown below. If you can do so or are currently doing so, thank you. If not, visit this site every so often, watch my YouTube videos, check out my photography site, follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook page.
Make a purchase through Amazon (at no additional cost to you)
Make a one-off donation through PayPal
Purchase one of my photographs as an open or limited edition print
Support Me Through Patreon
Purchase one of my books - They Call Me Farang: Shorts Stories By An American In Bangkok, or Ask Me Anything: Letters From Farang.
Sponsoring or co-sponsor one of my photo/video excursions (Contact Scott)