Writing about golf is a fun past time for me. Eclipsing 1,000,000 (yup 1 million) views this summer after almost 11 years of writing, I am thinking about what to do with my little golf blog. I am grateful for the 568,000+ visitors who deemed my musing worthy enough to stop by. But now it is time to do something more with my golf blog. As of yesterday, I have started a small experiment with the hope that it expands over time.
I do not intend to change the content, but I have decided to advertise. The intent of advertising is to support the local charities and fund some youth and school sports programs. I believe it is time to ‘pay it forward’ with more than just my time spent coaching. I am working on the details of creating a non-profit to match my intent, but in the mean time I have started to advertise in a small nonintrusive manner.
From the beginning, I have funded The Grateful Golfer out of my own pocket. I intend to continue with this method in order to allow the maximum my fundraising to be passed onto my intended recipients. It may amount to very little, but I feel this is something I would like to try. What I am trying to figure out at this time is whether I need to create a non profit organization, a charity, or if either is really required. I have started the first phase of my plan and will see where I end up after my research.
I believe in improving my 3 foot of space. It is that special area of influence I have that never goes away. Sometimes I accomplish great feats and others, I carry out small deeds of kindness that brightens someone’s day. Most of the time I do not even realize that my positive attitude is affecting those around me; it is my natural default.
Remember that you can create the day you want by choosing the path you want to follow!
You can do anything; you are capable of greatness!
The above image got me thinking. I always talk about being part of a solution to community problems. I enjoy volunteering and, presently, spend about 15 to 20 hours a week (during the school season) coaching various age groups at the local public schools. I believe that to make a positive impact on the present and the future of our community, focusing on ages 11-18 is the place that will make the most impact. Additionally, I volunteer with other organizations on ‘as needed basis’. I feel that in order to improve my 3 foot space, I need to offer my time to improve my community.
Having said this, I think that The Grateful Golfer blog underutilized in my goal of improving my 3 foot space. By trying to create fundraising revenue by talking about golf will start my journey down a great path to give back in a financial manner as well.
The change of how I use The Grateful Golfer is way outside of my comfort zone. Needless to say that by trying to monetize my writing by fundraising is very new to my psyche. I do not plan to be aggressive about fundraising, nor will I accept just organization looking to advertise on my blog. Right now this is all fuzzy logic and I am muddling through the process. Let me assure you that my approach to what I write on The Grateful Golfer will not change. It is a blog about golf!
Well folks, a new adventure begins. I am looking forward to see what the future holds. Stay tuned for more to follow about my successes with my new adventure.
If any of you blogging entrepreneurs have any advice, I am all ears.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!