It's the day after Christmas, and I just wanted to share that I am thrilled by all of the uses that disc golfers are making of this website. I started to end that sentence with "especially this blog, I love the posts" but although I do love this blog and posts on it, there are so many good things about what people are doing in here that I cannot realistically add "especially" to any one.
Here's a little background on Disc Golfers R Us
Way back before I joined the PDGA board of directors, I had a website called "DiscGolfing.com" which was intended to be a site where you could come and easily, all on a single page, find via links verything else about disc golf on the Web. It was actually, based on links and various stats, the fourth most "popular" disc golf website, after pdga.com, discgolf.com, and disclife.com. I was having great fun with it, and actually had some deals with manufacturers where I got some discs and stuff for featuring their ads on it.
When I joined the PDGA board, I closed the site down because I do not believe that PDGA board members should have any direct financial interest in the sport.
When I left the board, about a year and a half ago, I began ruminating on what I could do next on the Internet to most effectively promote disc golf. Since part of my job is to scan the changing environment of information technology, I was able to get a feel where things are going in terms of online functionality.
No one can know where things are going very far down the road, although my son, Ben, and I agree that in just a few years we'll all be carrying our computers in our pockets and the world will be full of screens and devices that connect with them automatically. But what will people be doing with it? Who knows? We'll see!
Right now, though, the convenience of Web 2.5 functionality and the availability of niche social networks like this, combines so well with the sense of community disc golfers have, everywhere, that for now and the near future, something like Disc Golfers R Us is where it's at.
At least that's what I thought was the case, and I think the reality of what's happening in here is proving the correctness of my theory. I hope you enjoy this virtual disc golf clubhouse.