Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Big Day

It only makes sense that exactly three years (to the day) after doing my very first video on YouTube, I would cross the threshold of actually earning real money from Google. Let me tell you the story.

For a little over a year, starting on July 4, 2011, I had been writing on my blog (which still exists to this day). December 1st, 2012, I made my first YouTube video, a Google+ Hangout live chat with my good friend, Carolyn Higman. You can go watch it, the quality of the video is relatively embarrassing, and a lot has changed since then.
The first time I exposed my face to the world, three years ago to the day.
As a point of comparison, here is the latest episode of Future Chat, recorded this past weekend:


Over the years, a lot has changed. But one thing that hasn't changed is that I still love teaching, helping, writing, and learning about technology. Here's a brief timeline of my milestones on the internet.

July 4, 2011 - I start Living In The Future, my blog, on my birthday. I published the first post the following day.

December 1, 2012 - My first Google+ Hangout on Air.

January 14, 2013 - I agree to begin work with Sons of Pluto, a band with my friends. Work includes recording their practices, shows, building their website, making promo videos, and running their social media accounts. Those guys are now working on an EP!

February 7, 2014 - The first Future Tech Chat takes place. This is the spiritual successor to the first Hangout on Air from 2012, and the podcast continues on a weekly basis to this day under the more general "Future Chat".

March 27, 2014 - I make the first Attrell Update video. My sister and I go on to exchange videos on a weekly (or almost weekly) basis until December of 2014.

May 20, 2014 - The first episode of Ottawhat is released, after Keegan, Amaan and I decide we should start an Ottawa-themed podcast about people.

December 14-16, 2014 - East Meets West and Feedback debut, also marking the formal launch of UnwindMedia.com, a media network that is the home of my Internet-related work so far.

November 5, 2015 - Ottawhat News, a satirical look at events around Ottawa, has it's first viral post. In just a few days, over 65,000 people read about Peter Hayes and the Bier Markt.

December 1, 2015 (Today) - In an inevitability of time, math, and fortune, Unwind Media finally passes the threshold for being paid real money for ads on the sites I run. It is now just a matter of time  now until a cheque from Google arrives. It's not a lot of money, but it feels extremely good to hit that threshold.

I really love making things, and being creative. I've been doing it for over 4 years and I'm more excited now than I ever have been. I'm looking really hard for a job right now, and the stuff I do on the side is the only thing keeping me sane at the moment, as it's one creative outlet I have amidst filling out applications and writing cover letters.