A Look Inside Tropics

Here it is!

The wonderful employees of Tropics spoke to Beachy Keen about how the store got started, what they do there and why they love it.

This is the first video I’ve ever made and put together, and while there’s obviously room for improvement, I have to say my favorite parts of my video were the introduction where Andreas tells his story and my B-roll where I put in lots of clips of all the fish they have at the store. I chose an alternative introduction (not one with a description/title) because I wanted the viewer to be immediately immersed in Andreas’ story.

As far as my field of study, I’m involved in Broadcast Journalism. I just made the switch from my previous major, Art & Design. With broadcast, my experiences so far have been with writing scripts, technical directing and anchoring. Can you tell I haven’t made any packages yet? 🙂

If I had to do it over, I would get more shots of the inside of the store, and to interview a customer. Overall, I’m happy with my project!



seal feeding

Beachy Keen got to feed the seals at the Morro Bay Aquarium!

For about $1.00, you get some pieces to feed them, and they love catching all the snacks. Beware, you might get a fish head in your bag!

Video taken by Avrah Baum.

Giovanni’s Fish Market

Giovanni’s Fish Market has been a huge attraction in Morro Bay, California for the past thirty years. Beachy Keen loves anything seafood related, so naturally checking out Giovanni’s was a must-do.

Review: Sun N Buns Bakery


Beachy Keen visited Sun N Buns Bakery in Morro Bay, California, and the well-known coffee shop did not disappoint. Besides coffee, they offer pastries, espresso, ice cream, and even dog treats! This family-owned business has been here for years and is a favorite among locals and travelers alike.

IMG_7865Sun N Buns Bakery. Image by Avrah Baum.

Their mochas are excellent, and their ice cream is a real treat. Their prices are fair and the indoor seating offers a sunny atmosphere to chat with friends and enjoy some of their pastries and sweets.

If it doesn’t sound good enough, they sell T-shirts and tank tops that read, “Everybody wants my buns”.

If you were wondering, yes, Beachy Keen definitely bought one.


Since starting this blog 6 weeks ago, I have posted articles, slide-shows and reviews of beaches, aquariums, and marine life to discover along the Central Coast. I want to thank everyone who has even taken a glance at my blog and given me feedback; it’s not possible to move forward and constantly improve without constructive criticism.

My Stats:

I’ve had 282 views on my blog, and 109 individual visitors. I haven’t been using social media to advertise very much, however I have added a link with my twitter, created its own Instagram, and I finally shared it on my Facebook page. In class, we conducted a peer assessment of our blogs to receive more focused feedback. Here’s what I got:

1. Use sub-headlines. Lupita Rodriquez, author of A Golden View suggested this. Absolutely! I didn’t think to do this, but it’s totally useful in helping readers get a sense of what my articles are about before they choose to dive in. Making my opening statements catchy is also important.

2. Increase font size. Lupita also recommended this. In general, I’ve thought about changing the theme of my blog, which would also re-arrange how my media would be presented. I can’t change certain things like font size with my current theme, so I’m looking into another theme I could use that would maximize the readability of my blog.

Thank you to those of you so far who have read Beachy Keen! I’ve enjoyed this experience so much that after this class is over, I’m planning on continuing it and making it more my own. Any comments & suggestions are more than welcome, so let me know your thoughts!

Keeping it Beachy Keen,