Blogs like this one are abound in the golf industry. Some are good (I’d never say bad) and some are a little too technical to be considered “members blogs”. Here’s a great link to those who use blogs around the world http://gcmbloggingworld.blogspot.ca/. The common ground among all of those using blogs is communication. The turf grass blogging world, in my opinion, has given more substance to member communication than the monthly newsletter. To spread the word and communicate even more, many golf courses use other social media outlets like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
I was quizzed by a few fellow Superintendents last week on why I had taken a step back with my online presence (blogging, twitter etc). It really was a great question, one that was hard to quantify immediately. I just made the choice to be online less because I had started to feel that the “information” aspect of what I was doing was in a way being turned against me. And to be quite honest, I think I had really lost my passion to provide information. To me, Twitter and this blog (sorry I’m not a Facebook guy and I don’t get what LinkedIn really is) were the easiest way to communicate the good and the bad.
I believe my purpose for using this blog and social media as a whole really took a hit 2 summers ago. I have allowed all of you into not only my job, but, my life. I have written with huge pride what my two oldest sons have developed into and become. But somebody decided to tell me on the course 2 summers ago that “nobody cares about your kids, just make the golf course better”. Fair enough I thought at the time, and that statement has carried forward to present day.
Last week I had the privilege to attend the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas. My time at this show has evolved greatly since the first show I attended many years ago. I can remember spending most of my time alone and not really getting to meet or know any new people. Fast forward to this year and I believe that between this blog, my club account (@PRTurfUpdates) and my personal account (@andrewhardyturf) on Twitter that many avenues have opened up and allowed me to meet and get to know a lot of people in this industry. So when your peers ask you where you’ve gone and why you aren’t using your communication outlets anymore. Their kind words and encouragement really struck a chord with me. Heck who doesn’t feel good when a high-profile, top 100 club Superintendent tells you he loves your posts and honesty. Or a complete stranger telling you that he follows you on Twitter and “loves your posts”.
“Writer’s block” is a phrase for real writers. I don’t consider my self a “real writer” and I view this as a hobby that’s not an absolute part of my job. And to be honest, I can’t make greens aeration sound cool or interesting writing about it for the 5th straight year. So with a new fire burning to “communicate” I am dedicating myself back to this blog. While I may not be the one doing all the writing this year. I will be including the thoughts of members of my turf crew, club members (yes I’m looking at you Michael Gardner), a freelance writer and though she isn’t aware of it yet…my wife. I want to go back to basics and give everyone different views of what my passion (and the passion of others who work in golf as well) is for this career path, this property and ultimately the game of golf.