I receive five or more email requests EVERY DAY to blog about a crowdfunding project for a “great new product that is going to change the game.” I’m all about the spirit of entrepreneurs and the dedication it takes to design, build, and release a product for sale. That said, if I posted about every Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign the blog would be overflowing with that content, which isn’t interesting and would make the site very spammy.
I focus on real reviews of real golf products. I give my best regards to those who want me to post about their crowdsourcing campaigns but I have to decline at this point, unless you want to talk about some paid advertising.
When you DO have a REAL production product, hit me up. I’ll be happy to look at doing a product review of it then, free of charge, if I think it would be an interesting item to cover for the awesome HOG readers.
I need another social network like I need a worse short game. I’ve resisted Instalame, I mean Instagram, for a long time. There are many reasons I’ve not been a fan of Instagram and not joined it:
I can’t stand the crappy pictures shot on cell phone cameras which are then over-processed with instalame filters. “Ooohhh you’re such a great ‘photographer!'” LOL.
I don’t dig square pictures*. Sometimes I use them but in general I like to shoot wide panoramas of golf courses and square just doesn’t cut it.
I can’t upload images from my computer. I often shoot raw images with one of my many cameras, then process the raw settings in photoshop to get the best quality and exposure I can, then upload to the web. Not being able to upload photos from a computer is one of the dumbest things ever.
Despite those irritants, I’ve decided to take Instagram for a spin now.
I’ve been capturing a lot of pictures with my smartphone lately. Smartphone cameras keep getting better and better. But it’s a pain to download them to my computer, then edit them in Photoshop, then upload them here to be displayed. If I can go straight from my phone to Instagram I can then just embed the photos. It does make the workflow a little easier.
Because Instagram is so big in terms of members, I might be able to make a few new connections and bring in some traffic from users who find HOG there and not on other social networks. Even if I get a few new happy patrons it will be worth it. Photos I post there will likely only be from my phone, and not edited or processed.
*I did find a way around the square images, which is good. You can click a little icon in the post window in Instagram which switches from square to actual picture dimensions. I will not be posting much square stuff now.
New Gallery Coming in 2016
I have recently found out that the image gallery engine I’m using here has been mothballed. So I’m testing out using Instagram (Twitter, G+ and Facebook) as my photo repositories. Free storage. Each one of these has its inherent problems though. Instagram’s are that the image size is reduced. Facebook’s photo quality is crap. Google plus is likely to go away due to the fact that it’s a ghost town. That leaves Twitter, which so far has been the best to deal with for images. But still I can’t organize the photos into albums, sort them, edit them, etc…
Those reasons above are why I’ve decided to program my own photo gallery in PHP. It’s come along but not ready to use yet.
So there you have it. HOG is now on Instagram. Can’t wait to see more Paulina Gretzky and Paige Spirinac yoga pants photos there. #barf
Post your top five picks in the contest thread at The Golf Space’s forum. The order does not matter. The prize money for all players will be added and the contestant whose 5-team roster amasses the most prize money will win a Masters Flag from MMO Golf!
I just received an email asking if I ever do any golf related videos here at Hooked On Golf Blog. It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned this so be sure to visit the HOG YouTube channel, and subscribe too! Here’s the URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGolfSpace
The HOG YouTube channel currently features 450 videos. There are 672 subscribers and the channel has logged over 5,486,000 views! That’s substantial! Below are a couple of highlight videos for your enjoyment.
Oasis Palmer Course Hole #5 Reverse Flyover
Tiger Woods Driver Swing With Slow Motion
Automated Folding/Unfolding Golf Push Cart (Trolley for those of you in the UK)
Black Mesa Golf Club 16th Hole Flyover
Sandals Emerald Reef Golf Club Flyover
There are a couple of videos of my baby boy in there but since his name is Seve that qualifies as golf videos… 🙂
It is with great pleasure that I post to inform HOG patrons of a major HOG World Tour event taking place in July of this year. I’ll be heading to Scotland for a third time and checking out many new courses in the Scottish northeast. Courses on the list for that swing are Fraserburg Golf Links, Cruden Bay, and Royal Aberdeen.
I’m thrilled. Not a day goes by that I don’t daydream about the upcoming July tour. I’m not in golf shape yet. I put on some insulation over this brutally cold and snowy winter. I look forward to getting into golf and walking shape and of course, getting my game ready for real golf. Links golf.