I started dronenr., which was then called Tasty Tech Tips in 2013 as a Twitter account dedicated to sharing all things drones. Tasty Tech Tips lead on to doing graphics on the side for various social media accounts, this led to me changing my name to Drones ‘N’ GFX. While on Twitter I encountered a company by the name of 1 Martian Way who would later host my website for me, which basically kick-started my interests in drone news and creating drone-related content.
I also managed to put a Drone related group together with companies from around the world, where we would discuss the latest in drones, technology, confidential releases and much more. This group included but not limited to 1 Martian Way, TurnCircles, Chordata Quads, Flybrix, inurZONE, TeraRanger, IDRL, and Freebird Flight.
I started to gain interest in racing drones, so I bought one and it never flew (still in my cupboard today). At the same time, my interests in custom built PC’s also grew, resulting in me to think about creating a similar website to PCPartPicker but instead for drones.
I spent around one year on this project without success and not much knowledge on how to create such a site. This is when I started to teach myself code in HTML, CSS, and Python. Not knowing the other languages needed to create this type of site.
Luck of the draw
Throughout all of this I’d been watching MarzBar, who I’d followed for about 3 years, and saw that a MarzBar and Qutee Drone giveaway had been announced; I was currently sticking to doing drone news on Twitter as I did not have the money to go out and buy a drone, so I decided to enter the giveaway. I went straight to Qutee, created my account and began sharing the latest drone news. Then the giveaway announcement was made, I rushed to my phone and saw a message from MarzBar. I didn’t believe it, so I went to Qutee.com. To my surprise, I had a message from Qutee saying ‘You have won the drone giveaway!’ I was so excited, I told everyone!
Hard work pays off
In January of 2018, I was watching Android Authority’s CES stream in hopes to get incite of the latest tech available. In one of the streams, they had a guy by the name of Jonathan Feist (who I’d later get to know pretty well), a writer for Android Authority and head of Android Authority’s drone website, DroneRush.
From this, I ventured to the website and found the ‘Work for us’ section, so I decided that I would fill in the form in hopes of possibly getting a response. I linked my Unsplash profile and my resume. Three months later I received an email from one of the founders of Android Authority, asking to have a meeting with me. I was shocked and not sure what to think of it! (little to my knowledge this would be the start of my drone world career.)
As you might be able to tell, the meeting went well and I now work for DroneRush producing news articles, interesting articles on drones and on the Good idea/Bad idea series. I also work for Drone Advice where I keep the website maintained as well as write drone reviews and top 10 lists.
In addition, I was also nominated for Unsplash.com’s “Editor’s Choice: Most Downloaded Photo in 2018 | Spring” and have over 30,000,000 views with around 2,000,000 views per month.
I also sell my drone prints via Riptide Prints as well as custom prints through my own brand dronenr.