Happy Blogging Birthday To Me!
I made my first post in GolfBlogger on March 22, 2004, so today GolfBlogger heads into its fourth year of golfing goodness.
When I started the site, blogging was a relatively new thing and I simply wanted to see what it was all about. At that point, it seemed to me that most of the blogs were about politics and technology, so I decided to stay away from those topics. I loved golf— I play and have coached golf— so I decided to write about that.
I think of GolfBlogger as a cross between two more well-known blogs—http://www.instapundit.com and http://www.gizmodo.com. Instapundit offers a series of short, pithy comments on political news; Gizmodo writes about new tech products. Combining these two with a golf twist led me to Golfblogger’s general format, which is to offer short, pithy comments on golf news, and links to new golf products.
Over the last three years, I have published 2,515 posts, avoiding the fate of most blogs where the authors write a few pieces and then quickly lose interest. A post a day has always been my goal, and as you can see by the numbers, its one I’ve easily met. And I see no reason to stop now. I love golf as much—if not more than before—and reading and writing about it is my second favorite thing to playing it.
Since its conception, I’ve also added a few extra items to the site, like the GolfBlogger Golf Blog Search Engine, which works like Google (and in fact runs on Google), but limits searches to golf blogs. There’s also a directory of golf sites, which lists 6,570 sites in 312 searchable categories, a gallery of courses that I’ve played, a forum (sadly underused), and much more.
What’s next? Well, the biggest project is going to be a site redesign. I’ve hired a professional designer to turn my homemade look into something more exciting and useful. That, hopefully, will get going very soon.