I often wonder if my opinion on golf related issues is worth ink used to print it (old school analogy). I read a great deal of articles and advertisements relating to new golf equipment, rule changes, and the comings and goings of professional golfers. Through all of this, I try to keep an open mind and stay in my lane. Sometimes, I feel that one voice in the social media expanse has zero to no impact on the golf industry. And yet, I keep writing and talking about the sport I love to play.
Over the years, I have offered reviews on equipment, books, golf courses, and rule interpretation / changes. These articles are part of writing a golf blog and I enjoy offering my opinion. For the most part, I keep it very upbeat and choose to look at the positives of the things I review. However, I really wonder if my musing actually make any impact on the point of view of others.
Another aspect of offering a golf opinion is that we writers better have a thick skin. I am very fortunate that over the years that 98% of the feedback received was positive. It was not always in tuned to what I think, but I enjoy a positive discussion regardless if the person agrees with me or not. This aligns with what I am trying to achieve and I embrace the interaction. Yet again, I wonder if the approach has any affect in the golfing world.
I will never really know the answer to this question and in the big scheme of things it really does not matter. Writing a golf blog, or any blog, with no intent of monetizing it (at this time at least) affords me the opportunity to shine a light in the dark reaches of the golfing world. I realize that my opinion has limited value to the golf industry due to my lack of knowledge (which I am expanding every day), but I believe that if I remain positive and try to improve my 3 foot space daily, then I might make a small difference in the golfing world. I know this is pie in the sky thinking, but hey why not dream big.
As far as The Grateful Golfer blog, your opinion counts. I enjoy reading your responses and as long as it is respectful, it will be entertained. We do not always have to agree and sometimes that is the best way to really understand some golf related topics. Friendly debate provides great entertainment and expands our knowledge; how can that really be a bad thing.
I hope everyone has an awesome day!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!