Another year, come and gone. Instead of thinking ahead about New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to take some time and reflect on 2021. It was certainly a better year than 2020! I think most people can say that. It’s hard to believe that after almost two years, were still in a worldwide pandemic. As we continue to live, learn and grow together, it has its ups and downs but we are definitely dealing with it better today than when the initial lockdowns started.
I’m thankful that the internet has kept a lot of pond businesses going, from providing new advertising and sales opportunities to hosting trade shows and conferences. If we couldn’t be together in person, at least we could see each other virtually. As 2022 kicks off, it’s encouraging to see some companies starting to hold events in person again. Everybody continue to stay safe out there — here’s hoping for a return to normalcy right around the corner!
For this first issue of 2022, one word stands out in my mind — DRONES. We’re happy to have Dave Duensing back with a bird’s-eye view of drone technology’s role in designing and building ponds — see here. Drones have been popular for a few years now, but did you know how handy they can be in your day-to-day construction operations? Whether you’re building a small feature or a large-scale pondscape, hover over to Dave’s article and check out how these devices can up your game.
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With all this new technology, how can you be sure you’re using it correctly, especially when it comes to communicating with your pond and water feature customers? Laura Reale outlines some useful pointers for knowing when to use email, text, social media, or (gasp!) even the telephone!
Finally, if you’re a fan of unusual or exotic koi, you’ll want to check out Taro Kodama’s trip report and photos from the 2021 Japanese koi harvest. As you ponder your 2022 plans, Taro might give you a few travel ideas!