When I started The Grateful Golfer in 2012, it was difficult to imagine I would be still writing today. As I continued to learn and evolve my writing, I found that the one thing that was fundamental to my success was the consistency of effort.
Within a few short days of starting my blog, I was inundated with spam! I would receive 10x more spam than actual views. It was a bit disheartening to be blasted with so much negative information. To date, my anti-spam app has blocked 157,499 attempts negative spam messages. The worst month was in 2014 with over 23,000 attempts. At first, I would check out the spam hits to see if any were legit, but I soon realized that they were not and I have stopped checking. I waiting for the day when my actual views eclipses the spam hits (and this should be around August of this year). Before you leave, there is a caboose at the end of this train of thought.
My trails and tribulations of starting a golf blog parallel the challenges faced by a golfer just taking up the game and the higher handicap player trying to improve their game. I look at all the information on the web at their finger tips and have come to realize that without any real effort, they are spammed with information.
One of the real challenges, like when I first start The Grateful Golfer, was trying to figure out the good information from the bad. It can be very overwhelming for any inexperienced (and experienced) player to figure out how to proceed with the proper information for their game. Even more dangerous for the fledgling player is the spam they receive on the range! Poor players giving advice and swearing it is the answer generally inhibits a novice’s development. Unfortunately for the novice, they do not realize they were just spammed.
This is reality of starting to play golf. Of course, taking lessons from a professional is likely the best course of action to learn how to golf or golf better. That is a personal choice and there is no real right answer.
However, the only real advice I can offer for that beginner or novice player is focus on the consistency of effort. Stick with it! You will make some mistakes, but over time you will get better. And just as important, you will realize when you are being spammed.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!