I've been posting since 2005, when you first opened your doors. Just by the brute force of multiple posts, and a few videos that are popular, my videos have been viewed close to 12,000 hours in the past year, but because I never promoted my channel and hardly even added subscribe buttons to the videos I only have 483 subscribers.
My videos were and always will be about anything and everything. Most of them were for family, friends, or students. I would get a real kick out of seeing any video get over 100 views. I've posted and removed hundreds of videos over the years. I didn't create them with the idea that I would make money. I never even thought about actively promoting my channel. Even so, I've made a few hundred dollars, most of which was passed on to charity.
It's hardly the end of the world, but you are forcing me to change the way I post. I will adjust and now that I know subscribers are important, I will do what I must to gather them, but you've taken some of the joy and fun out of how I use YouTube.
I will narrow the focus of my channel to videos that I think have general appeal. Instead of public posts on any and all topic. I will stick to wildlife, recipes, and a few other topics. All the rest will be unlisted videos that will be shared with a smaller target audience who might be interested in my grandson or the growth of perennial rye grass.
So in a shameless act of self promotion, I will now ask you to subscribe to my channel.
If YouTube did the same thing to you, feel free to share your story and a link to your page in the comments.