Happy Blogging Birthday To Me!
The last couple of weeks have been very busy for me, and I somehow missed the site’s sixth birthday. The first GolfBlogger post appeared on March 22, 2004, so GolfBlogger.Com now is in its sixth year.
GolfBlogger is, to my knowledge, the second oldest golf blog (the oldest is less than two months so), so when I started, there really were no models to follow. I did not want to turn it into a site that simply recycled 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 news; as with Gizmodo, I planned to link to new products and review them; and following BoingBoing’s lead, I would simply write about and link to things that interest me. Finally, as with any blog, I would offer observations on life—in this case, my golfing life.
In the past year, I’ve published 858 articles, bringing the total to 4,276 since March 2004. And in doing so, I’ve managed 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 golf blogs.
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.
Among the highlights of this past year were my visits to, and reviews of top Michigan courses Forest Dunes and Tullymore, and a trip to the PGA Championship. The Tullymore Review was noticed and appreciated by course designer Jim Engh.
For this year, I’m going to finish my project of playing, photographing and reviewing every course in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Then, I’m going to play and review some of Michigan’s top—and nationally known—courses, such as True North, Arcadia Bluffs, and Black Lake. I’m also making a real effort to upgrade the photography on the site. I purchased a Canon Rebel XSi and several lenses just for that purpose.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the 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.