Today marks the birthday of GolfBlogger.Com—my “blogiversary,” if you will. The first GolfBlogger post appeared on March 22, 2004.
The highlight of this past year (and perhaps of my entire golfing career) was my invitation to play in the Crowne Plaza Colonial Invitational Pro-Am. The Crowne Plaza people were incredible hosts, making this lowly golf blogger feel like a total rock star. I’d like to give a big hello and thank you again to the entire Crowne Plaza organization, to Brian Gabriel, to my Pro Am partners, Robert Leonard and Del Ross, and to Stuart Appleby for making the week the experience of a lifetime. Mrs. GolfBlogger and I sometimes still can’t believe what a great trip it was.
I also had the opportunity this past year to attend the USGA’s Senior Open as a member of the media. That also was an incredible experience that I’ll treasure.
In the past year, I’ve published 1,270 posts, bringing the grand total to 7,748. In doing so, I continue to avoid the fate of thousands of others who have started a golf blog—that of writing a few pieces and then losing interest; the internet is littered with the corpses of abandoned blogs. And yet, through it all, GolfBlogger remains a part-time effort. I like teaching high school, and have no intention of turning the blog into a full time gig.
GolfBlogger is, to my knowledge, the second oldest golf blog (the other is less than two months older), and perhaps the oldest continuously publishing. When I started, there really were no models to follow. I did not want to turn it into a site that simply reprinted news on the PGA Tour (and I’m glad I didn’t, for there are far too many of those now). Instead, my models were Instapundit, Gizmodo and BoingBoing. Like Instapundit, I decided to offer short, pithy comments and links to (golf) news; as with Gizmodo, I planned to link to new (golf) products and review them; and following BoingBoing’s lead, I would simply write about and link to (golf related) things that interest me or that I found cool. Finally, as with any blog, I would offer observations on life—in this case, my golfing life.
I’ve kept the blog going because I love to write. Before I changed careers to become a teacher, I was a professional editor and ghostwriter. I also love golf, so the match was a natural. In fact, I find that writing for GolfBlogger has become a compulsion.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the many, many thousands who make a habit of visiting the site, and the sponsors who make it financially possible for me to keep it all going.