It’s been a long and difficult road, my friends. Okay, it probably hasn’t been that long, but it’s certainly great to be back in the saddle again. And by saddle, I mean the YouTube Partner Program. And by “back in,” I mean currently “under review.” Potato, potato. Oh, I suppose that doesn’t really work in writing. But hey, a cute picture of my kid waving to the crowd whilst sitting on a fire truck has got to be worth something, right?

In case you haven’t been following my harrowing tale, YouTube made changes to its Partner Program back in January. Basically, even if you had already been in the program before, you had to meet a couple of new requirements if you wanted to stay in. I didn’t.

So, they kicked me out and it felt like the end of the world. Well, not really, but it was rather disheartening that I couldn’t monetize my videos anymore. And to be perfectly fair, YouTube is practically the only mainstream “social media” platform that pays its regular Joe creators at all.

Do you get paid for posting on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit or Facebook? I didn’t think so.

To celebrate hitting this momentous milestone, the family headed out to the grand opening party for the nearby Willingon Linear Park. That’s how Addie got to hop aboard the fire truck from the Burnaby Fire Department. There were plenty of fun activities for the kids and some free entertainment to boot.

One. Thousand. Subscribers.

I couldn’t have gotten back into the Partner Program without you (obviously), so thank you so very much for all your love and support (and loving support). If you haven’t already subscribed to my YouTube channel, please consider doing so. Smash that subscribe button 2018 style, as a certain Toronto vlogger likes to say.

Onward and upward!