On May 5, I posted my #macrobowlcontestfinal to my personal Instagram. I took the red gracilaria hayi out to put in my 5.5 gallon with the dwarf seahorses which just arrived that day. This was a really fun learning experience, and it was really awesome getting to chat and see other contestants’ macroalgae bowls.
Thoughts and updates
Below are parts of my professional and personal journey. I hope that I accomplish my goal of having my most recently created piece being my best.
Click based re-engagement and email list cleaning automation chart
Since Apple’s Mail Privacy went into effect in September 2021, open based engagement and open based email list cleaning automation is nearly obsolete. iPhones account for approximately 70% of mobile email opens according to Litmus, and Apple Mail for desktops opens represents 44.8% of market share. Apple represents 59.8% of total email clients, making it the most popular across devices. Unless you want to potentially ignore the behaviors of that many of your subscribers, or more depending on who your audience is, you cannot afford to ignore these new changes to email privacy.
Completed the Yoast Ecommerce SEO Course
I completed the Yoast Ecommerce SEO Course. I’m working in Magento 1 and 2 at my current job, and I was happy that this course content was applicable to all ecommerce platforms. It covered the basics, and much of it was review, but it was definitely worth my time.
Google Analytics Qualified – Finally!
Becoming Google Analytics Certified/Qualified has been on my New Years Resolutions for at least ten years. I once took the pre-test on a whim and scored 89%. For years I procrastinated taking the time to complete all the online training courses, and take the tests. Being self taught to look up basic information in Google Analytics is not the same as confidently knowing where the data is and what it means. I wish I had taken the free Google Analytics Qualification courses long ago!
My #MacroBowlContest macro algae contest entry – so far
I’ve been following lots of small tank, nano tank, and macro algae posting accounts on Instagram, so when I saw Bry_the_algae_guy post about a contest/challenge to aquascape a fishbowl in a way that is macro algae dominant and featured, I figured what a great way to connect with others and learn! As a total newbie to cultivating macro algae and aquascaping, this seemed like a good “starter” project to apply what I’ve read on various forums and articles to “real life”.
My saltwater BioCube 29 tank revival
Here are some pictures and the story about where I’m at so far with reviving my BioCube 29 gallon saltwater tank. I started this project on September 30, 2021. The goal has always been that all creatures, including the rock, will be sustainably aquacultured or captive bred. This limits me even more than a small tank!
Photography portfolios are a pain!
I’m hoping to re-build this site and my portfolios as an exercise in professional self-discovery and personal growth. Trying to find my best work, especially my photography, for this portfolio is overwhelming and a pain!
July 2019 YES Networking Recap
(note, this was originally published on my LinkedIn profile here) In early July 2019 I attended the Youth Exploring STEM (YES) Networking event at The Science Center’s John S. McDonnell Observatory. I had been thrilled the week before to get...
Above is my favorite polaroid snap of me in April of 2000 with my avian life companion, Boo. Goffins cockatoos can live 50-80 years and I hope that we have many more together!