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    Glassbox Throws A Changeup for 2011

    When I first started Glassbox Design there was nothing like it. A few websites were writing about common domestic products, but no one was writing about the gadgets, livestock and beautiful aquariums that I liked–so I decided to do something about it. Fast forward two and a half years and I am amazed at the […]

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    When I first started Glassbox Design there was nothing like it. A few websites were writing about common domestic products, but no one was writing about the gadgets, livestock and beautiful aquariums that I liked–so I decided to do something about it.

    Fast forward two and a half years and I am amazed at the influence, readership and sponsors that Glassbox has attained. It has been an unforgettable project that has connected thousands of advanced aquarists while shining light on the best products and companies in the industry. Despite what rumors have been going around, Glassbox Design will never be shut down. But some changes will be made in 2011.

    One thing that many people do not know is Glassbox is not my full time job. I have a demanding career in conjunction with the site. Combining the two has been stressful, fun and lead to many lost hours of sleep.  I am fortunate that some opportunities have recently presented themselves and I must make them a priority.

    What this means is, Glassbox Design will still be up and running, but will be pivoting away from the daily reef blogosphere (a space I am have grown disappointed in as of late…). It’s bittersweet to have to put the breaks on, but I believe the time away from the keyboard will lend to increased quality and getting back to why GBD was originally started.

    It also means that my personal aquarium, The Glassbox, shown above, will be coming down as I prepare to move.

    Going forward the goal of Glassbox Design will be to provide materially significant news and editorial content as it surfaces—and when time and resources permit. For shorter stories and link sharing, you can find GBD microblogging on Facebook and Twitter.

    Thank you all for your support over the years.

    Best,
    Eric Michael Sanchez

    33 Comments

    1. January 11, 2011 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

      Best of luck, Eric.

    2. January 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

      You’ve done so much for the hobby – always been my 1st go to blog for anything modern reef related. Thanks for all your hard work.

      All the best for what lies ahead of you!

      …and please, how about a parting full tank shot of the glassbox before you take it down? You owe us all that much, ha ha.

    3. January 11, 2011 at 3:25 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for everything you’ve done to raise the quality of discourse in the reefing world.

    4. January 11, 2011 at 3:25 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for everything you’ve done to raise the quality of discourse in the reefing world.

    5. clive@nanocustoms
      January 11, 2011 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

      Bummer Eric. Hope the new direction works out for you.

    6. January 11, 2011 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

      Eric: Best of luck to you. You’re one of the blogs that I read daily and you’ll be missed.

    7. Mark Callahan
      January 11, 2011 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

      Eric…I’m curious about your disappointment:

      “daily reef blogosphere (a space I am have grown disappointed in as of late…)”

      Can you explain?

      (and best of luck with your new opportunities)

    8. Anonymous
      January 11, 2011 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

      Best of luck Eric, I’ll be looking out for you on FB and twitter and future posts on here no matter how frequent. Thanks for providing a drama/gossip free source for us…I hear ya on the disappointment….; )

    9. Paulschin
      January 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

      Oh man … understand that there are other important “commitments” other than “the daily reef blogosphere” on GlassBox Design but nevertheless a much grateful Thanks to All your hard work indeed!!

    10. Sean
      January 11, 2011 at 8:06 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for all of the years of daily inspiration and bringing the international news to our shore, Eric. Best of luck in your new ventures and I look forward to future updates.

    11. January 11, 2011 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

      FWIW, it’s too bad you can’t find someone to “guest blog” or share blogging posts with on this blog. Thoughts?

    12. January 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

      This is sad news, but I wish you the best in your endeavors.

    13. January 11, 2011 at 10:44 PM | Permalink

      Real bummer, I’m going to miss the blogs you publish. Good luck with the new endeavor though!

    14. cp
      January 11, 2011 at 11:38 PM | Permalink

      Always appreciated the content of GBD. Thanks for the work up to this point and best of luck with the career opportunities you’ve received. I hope that you’re able to start a new reef and will keep us, the readers, in the fold.

    15. January 12, 2011 at 12:38 AM | Permalink

      @Shane, additional writers are in the works and it’s something that will need more attention going fwd.

      Irrespective of my personal time constraints, the frequency of the posts will be inline with what myself and the additional writers believe to be significant stories.

      IMHO there is currently not enough to warrant daily articles. That is unless unless you’re “smoking crack”. ;o)

      I can elaborate more via e-mail.

      @All – Thanks for the kind words and support. To reiterate GBD will still be publishing articles, just much less frequently. Quality > Quantity.

    16. Vlad
      January 12, 2011 at 2:59 AM | Permalink

      Eric, i know exactly what you mean. I always value quality over quantity. Could you email me about that stuff you are referring?

      Life can get very busy. Its important To prioritize. Good luck Eric with your new approach.

    17. theprodigalcube
      January 12, 2011 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

      that’s sad… anyway good luck!

    18. lemonlemon
      January 12, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

      hell of a good job you’ve done so far.

      wish you the best in your move and looking forward to seeing your future glass box 2.0 in your new place! 🙂

    19. Anonymous
      January 12, 2011 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

      Thanks Eric..I get it.

    20. January 12, 2011 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

      Good luck with everything, we will still read regardless of the frequency.

    21. Asdf
      January 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

      thanks for the great blog and good luck in the future

    22. Blueshorts88
      January 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for the hard work blogging. I have always enjoyed it. Good luck in the future!

    23. isacco
      January 12, 2011 at 6:17 PM | Permalink

      Great source of inspiration, will read your not so daily articles.

      good luck with your new plans.

    24. Fun2have
      January 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

      Sh*t, that’s a bummer….i even don’t have a reef aquarium and i checked your blog daily…….I wish you the best in your changes.

      Gr. Hans from Holland

    25. January 13, 2011 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

      That’s too bad. I love this site and it has been one of my bookmarks for a while now and I check it every day. I’m glad to hear that it’s not gone for good. Good luck and Godspeed.

    26. Matt
      January 14, 2011 at 1:14 AM | Permalink

      Eric – I know a bit about the juggle – you do what you have to do. GBD will be the better for it down the road as a result of your new perspective. I have no doubt.
      matt@3reef

    27. Mwandell
      January 14, 2011 at 5:00 AM | Permalink

      Hey Eric, great work so far and looking forward to many more years to come, as well as to seeing you more often in this area.

    28. Frode
      January 14, 2011 at 3:16 PM | Permalink

      T(h)anks

    29. Joe Reefer
      January 14, 2011 at 11:19 PM | Permalink

      I for one will continue to check GBD daily for updates. Some other sites have lost my veiwership forever. Eric if you ever need some help with content, let me know.

    30. Design and Reef
      January 15, 2011 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

      Good luck Eric!

    31. January 18, 2011 at 2:39 AM | Permalink

      Good Luck Eric. You did an amazing job on GBD. It was one of the best sites out there and it still will be.

    32. January 18, 2011 at 2:39 AM | Permalink

      Good Luck Eric. You did an amazing job on GBD. It was one of the best sites out there and it still will be.

    33. Moondoggy4
      January 30, 2011 at 8:20 PM | Permalink

      Sorry to see you go but I am sure the change will be for the better. I am not sure about twitter have not done that yet I guess I am behind the times.

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