My eBooks have been getting a lot of attention so far this year. While my most popular one titled “The Foodie Guide To Farming Insects For Protein” continues to sell, my most recent one started to take off as well. Titled “Surviving Midlife Career Changes” there were no bites in the first two months after publishing but now it has found a foothold and continues to sell copies weekly.
Then the month of February arrived.
I was prepared for one personal landmark but not another – with both oddly enough landing on the same date. February 1st marked my 200th webcast. The webcasting I’ve been doing has been for the local Junior ‘B’ Hockey team, the Princeton Posse. My job is to set up the streaming video/audio feeds that allow the team to ‘broadcast’ their home games live via the internet.
My involvement revolves around me providing the actual play-by-play which is available through a pay-per-view subscription service. The service provider has a massive webcast network throughout North America so our local hockey games are part of a much larger schedule of sporting events. The local hockey webcasts started in September 2008.
I was the pioneering webcaster for our local team and never missed a home game for a total of six seasons. Some seasons included pre-season games while others didn’t. Some included playoff games, but only when the team made the post-season – which was not every season. I took a two season break as my workload just did not allow me to continue with the webcasts.
Just prior to the 2016/17 season starting, I was approached to see if I was interested in resuming the play-by-play duties. It took most of the season, but Webcast #200 caught up to me and happened to be on February 1st. I talked it up on social media and mentioned it only twice during the actual webcast and left it at that. It was a personal milestone, really.
The other personal milestone that fell on the same day was an anniversary. It would have been my 13th Anniversary of owning the Similkameen News Leader, a weekly community newspaper I bought in 2004 after being employed by the company for three and a half years before that. My wife, Brenda had to remind me of that as I was focused more on the #200 than I was on the #13.
Either way, it is a little funny to me now to look back to earlier this week when those things fell on the same day. I’m not sure I would say I didn’t want to recognize them, but I see each of them as very different, yet significant markers. One hints at the past and the other hints at the future. In a way, I can use them to measure how far I’ve gone since both timelines started.