I am announcing today to my most loyal subscribers that I am at this point retiring from doing youtube reviews on cologne. As you know I am on hiatus at this point overseas but my return home in april will not mean a return to reviewing. I am grateful to my followers.. all 800 and so of you that have been deticated to my channel, you have been great and always supported me even with some choppy camera work and terrible audio. I wish all the best to the rest of the reviewers and I have e-mailed them accordingly letting them know to continue on. The reason behind me leaving this behind is not because I don't love it, I love collecting and no I will not stop collecting fragrances, the passion is in me and I am purchasing bottles as I am typing this (new bottle of bond no.9) . I was really enjoying the feedback early on when I was doing videos. It was great that I was helping people and they truly loved what I did and I had a goal to review as many bottles as I can. At this point it has turned sour for me, the last few weeks before I left for overseas I felt like I owed my subscribers all these reviews before I left, I was trying to churn one out and another. I believe it finally hit me with the last susbscriber's choice when I did terre d'hermes and I was getting hate mail for reviewing that instead of Dreamer. I actually got more hate mail about that video then any positive mail. Hence me feeling bad and doing the review on dreamer anyway a week later.
It has become a job not a hobby anymore. Some may understand , some might not. I am not making any money with youtube, I am a partner but 99% of my video cannot have advertising since I use copyright material ( songs at the start of every video) and I feel the music at the start is a part of my reviews and I can't remove that of the sake to make a buck. I have been approach by websites but I never wanted to advertise a certain site to help me make money. I have spent my own money on my first giveaway and I didn't mind that. I truly enjoyed everything that giveaway ment , I felt like it made a difference. I have noticed my buying was less about me and more about what bottles my subscribers wanted (ed hardy bottle purchase etc ). Not that I hate that, I love hearing what you guys wanted and I found some real jewels with some purchases, but it's time to step back and take a breath of fresh air. I am at the moment keeping the blog and the youtube channel and no my old videos will not be taken down, I will still be lurking youtube and perhaps in the near future you might see a new video from me.. who knows
If you want to talk to me personally you can always pm me on youtube, I am always open to chatting with any of you. I hope everyone is well and I hope you all understand ..