Earlier today my YouTube account was terminated without warning and without any good explanation as to why. If you go to my YouTube channel there is a message that tarnishes my reputation. I have followed their procedures to ask for YouTube to give me my account back and I am writing this open letter to YouTube.
This is such horrible news. I’ve spent the last 5 years, since August of 2006 uploading workout videos on YouTube so that you, my blog readers and newsletter subscribers can have some free workouts to do to lose fat, get fit and feel a lot better. It pains me to know that all my videos are gone in an instant. All of the workout videos that I have embedded on this blog are now gone. Over 200 videos, over 600,000 views, countless number of great comments and feedback…Gone in an instant.
I’m hoping that by writing this open letter to YouTube, it will be read by the right person who can fight for me to get my account back.
I’m not sure why you dumped me.
I hope you’re not going to use the “it’s not you, it’s me” line, because I thought we had a great relationship.
I still have feelings for you and I know they won’t be going away anytime soon.
From that very first video that I uploaded back in August 2006, I knew we had something special. Over 200 videos, over 600,000 views, tons of great comments and feedback on my channel www.youtube.com/scottcolby, are you going to throw that away, all in an instant?
With so much spam and garabge out there on the web, I made special attention to respect your community and follow your guidelines and only upload my best material. All I wanted to do is help as many people get in shape as possible.
I thought we had something special…something that would last forever.
My brother Chris, who works for your father – Google – could even tell we were meant to be.
But today you shattered my heart.
I was minding my own business and watching the antics of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon of Pardon The Interruption when an email came in from you.
The email said that my video - 7 Weird Exercises To Lose Stomach Fat For Women – which I had just uploaded hours before, was in violation of the community guidelines.
How could that be? It was just a short, less than 2 minute video, where my friend Jen demonstrated 7 unique abs exercises. This was just another workout video that I wanted to share with my blog readers and newsletter subscribers so they could become more fit and happy.
I didn’t understand what had happened, so I tried to click on the video link and got this picture:
When I tried to log into my account, it said it had been terminated.
What’s worse – there’s not even a note of explanation – just a bizarre impersonal and very general note that I’m perceived to be in violation of some term of service and a spot where I can add my email address and ask you to reconsider (with not even a place for me to ask why this is happening).
But I didn’t do anything – and I really pride myself on the quality of the material I put out. All I want to do is help people get fit, and have some interesting, fun exercises that they can do at home. All I want to do is help people.
I haven’t even been given the chance to fix any so called “wrongs” that I have done – my account was just abriptly terminated. I would have gladly done what YouTube asked and made things better.
Sadly, if I don’t get my account back, I won’t be able to provide anymore workout videos. I won’t be able to help people get in shape as much as I do now. And that makes me want to cry.
YouTube, perhaps we can just sit down and talk. I still want to be able to help people get fit.
Heart Broken in Colorado,
P.S. If you’ve ever watched or enjoyed my workout videos on my YouTube channel, please post your support below. Your comment might help me get my account back online. Thank you!