YouTube With A Disability is a monthly series on Graphic Organic where I interview a creator who has a chronic illness or disability. YouTube recently came out with a new policy. Only channels that have over 1,000 subscribers and a minimum of 4,000 minutes of watch time over the past year are now eligible for monetization, which means getting paid through ads. This affects so many small channels, definitely those people who need the money for medical bills. I want to help out by promoting those YouTubers on my blog. If you are interested in being featured, send me an e-mail or go to the contact page. There is only one rule: you need to have less than 1,000 subscribers.
This month's YouTuber is Beverly D (aka missadventurexx). Beverly is 40 years young and lives in England with her husband Lee and their dog Gizmo. She's been officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hyper-mobility, Depression and Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Chronic Migraines/Headaches. Although she's currently being referred to people for her joint problems that might be the start of Arthritis.
Missadventurexx would have long discussions in the comment section of the YouTuber Marissa LaRocca. Marissa noticed Beverly's talent and thought she should give it a try and that's how missadventurexx was born.
Her content is pretty various. She makes videos about her illnesses, vintage fashion, LBGTQ+, spreading the word of body positivity and geeky things like Funko Pops and movie reviews.
She's especially proud of her Chronic Fatigue Course video series because they show more about what she's is all about: how she learns and grows every day. You can definitely say Beverly is a very studious person. She wants to keep improving her videos and gain more editing skills.
Beverly: "I love filming because I like being able to get my thoughts and feeling out."
Her husband and friends are her number one fans and are really supportive and proud of what she accomplished with her channel. Although she would love to reach a bigger audience in order to get more interaction: comments and shares.
Beverly: "I see other you tubers have a little community of people and they become friends and I would love that so much."
Beverly is really dedicated and ambitious about her channel. She tries to film on Sundays and Wednesdays so she can upload on Mondays and Thursdays. On a high symptom day, she keeps pushing through but sometimes it's just not possible to get a video up. However she keeps her audience informed on social media.
Being on YouTube makes it hard to not compare herself with others who are healthy when she's 98% of the time alone at home. She prefers to watch other people who can be themselves and who do not silly things just for the views. Her favorite YouTubers are Gifted life, Molly Burke, Jessica out of the closet, Marissa Larocca, Christina Doherty, Chronically Mo, and Chronicles of a chronically ill girl. She'd love to collab with Gifter Life. It was the first chronic illness channel she heard about. She loves how chatty she is in her comments and how much she does to raise awareness. Beverly's must-see video is Batman talking about disabled parking in the Batmobile!
Beverly: "I love showing that though I have illnesses I am more than just that, and that I am not here for inspiration porn or for you to feel good about yourself I am here because I have a voice and I am a person who deserves to be heard and make friends."
Besides her YouTube channel, Beverly runs a blog called Blooming Mindfulness where she talks about how she copes with her illnesses through faith and positivity.
Her final piece of advice for anyone who wants to start a YouTube channel is:
"Be yourself, and show all of you not just the illness you are a person with other interests and talents so show all of you! Oh and do not be scared to ask questions and for advice from other spoonie you tubers."
Where to find Beverly: