As the last week of the semester comes to a close, this will be my final post on the South Jersey Golf guide for quite some time. I thoroughly enjoyed providing you with information about one of the best areas for golf in America.
As you know, my three main types were stories about the golf community, game improvement, and course profiles. The golf community posts contained information about the people and the news surrounding golf in South Jersey. I had two quality golf community posts including: my Q & A with Pitman Golf Course’s PGA Professional Orist Wells and my interview with former South Jersey high school golfer Joe Kendall. The game improvement posts contained information about where to go and who to see to get better a golf. My best game improvement post was my aggregate of local golf ranges in South Jersey. The course profiles posts were overviews of various courses around South Jersey. I had two posts stand out to me: the course profiles on Valleybrook Country Club and Riverwinds Golf Club.
I believe my greatest success this semester was communicating with golfers to find out how golf has impacted their lives. This blog would not have functioned successfully if golfers were unwilling to talk to me. I also believe I wrote my course profile posts well. I have a deep knowledge of golf courses in South Jersey from playing in high school, so with a combination of my knowledge and other golfers opinions, the course profiles gave a good overall summary of the courses covered.
This blog was not perfect however, as I struggled to get hits and had even more trouble with doing original reporting. Sharing my stories never seemed to work, so I relied on the viewers who used search engines to look up various South Jersey golf topics to gain hits. The reason for my struggles with original reporting lies with the timing of the blog. While the fall golf season is fantastic, many people golf less during the and there is no high school golf to cover on a weekly basis.
As of the last week of this blog, I had 206 hits over the course of roughly four months. While that is not spectacular, I’d like to give myself credit because I know many people cannot afford golf and therefore it is not a topic that trends on the internet. South Jersey golf is a very limited market, so considering the circumstances I think I did well.
One thing I learned about golf this semester is that the best golfers are the ones who don’t worry about their score until the end of their round and most importantly they have fun while playing. I learned that I’m very lucky to be able to play golf, and I will use the things I learned while maintaining this blog in the future.
One thing I learned about journalism this semester is that it takes a lot of time and effort to write a good post or story. Going into this class, I thought I would be able to start and finish and one night and after one week of difficulty, I learned that you need to take your time and have a back-up plan when preparing and writing a story.
Overall this blog has been a great experience and I learned a lot about a wide variety of topics. From audio and video editing, to interviewing people and finding helpful links, this blog has provided a foundation for my future as a journalist.