With spring here … it’s time to start chucking

In my neck of the woods, it was 66 degrees out yesterday.

After the winter and early spring we’ve had, my eyes popped when I saw that. Of course a lot of areas still have some snow and it’s really muddy out. But it’s a good sign.

Maybe I’ll finally get a chance to play some disc golf again. And start writing. That would be cool.

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When I started this site more than two years ago, I had no idea where it would go. But, I knew it was something I needed to do for a couple of reasons – mainly because there weren’t many disc golf blogs with decent stuff and also because, at the time, I was unemployed and needed to find something to help me through that time.

It worked.

Over the next two years, we had some ups and downs. We had some great writers with us, good stories and a solid following. But it never grew to certain levels and I think it wasn’t necessarily about the quality of the content, but what we did. I never intended to try and make money off the site, either, as I wanted to make sure we always kept independent.

That didn’t stop us from doing what we had hoped to do – deliver some cool stuff.

See, looking at statistics over time, the biggest hits usually came with reviews or shorter stories. The longer, more in-depth features, while liked by many, didn’t get as many hits. It makes sense though, as society grows, that kind of “journalistic style” isn’t always something people want to read. Disc golfers are players, for the most part. They want to know what can help their game.

And the items that were read the least, at least with us? Anything with the PDGA Tour. It kind of shocked me, actually, as I thought that would get hits, but not so much.

Though my interest in disc golf remains high, the reality is I haven’t personally played in probably eight months. A new job in the fall, mixed with one of the most unreal and crazy health situations have been part of that (if interested, you can read about the health thing on my personal blog). The health part is why there hasn’t been a thing on here since early February. I honestly didn’t have the desire or will to write about disc golf when it was pretty much impossible for me to even consider playing.

The winter seems to finally be ending here, though. A small, nine-hole course I was hoping to have installed in my town all of a sudden is gaining legs again. I checked out a few new discs. I saw a couple of photo galleries online. I am feeling into it again. I hope.

What about the writing?

I’ve discussed this with my cohort Steve Hill a bit. We are going to stick it out (heck we have shirts with the logo – would make sense to keep us going!) in a more laid-back approach. In other words, we’ll work on things, post when we can and always be available if some ideas float. We are going to try and get back to what we liked the best – in-depth posts that tell a story. Sure we’ll have some other things – reviews etc., — but the reality is other sites do that better than we do. We know that. And we are fine with it.

But the two of us have the journalism background and we still like delivering those stories and when we are on, I truly believe we write those stories the best.

I post this only because I feel our readers deserve an explanation of where we went. We just disappeared. So we’ll be coming back from hibernation soon enough, just more on a non-fixed schedule and delivering things we can get into a bit when writing. I hope it will have been worth the wait.

For all out there, though – I hope you have been letting the discs fly and rattling those chains!

P.J. Harmer is the founder and executive editor for Rattling Chains. E-mail him at: pj@rattlingchains.com.

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4 thoughts on “With spring here … it’s time to start chucking

  1. Thank you for keeping the blog going. Here in Florida, there is no disc golf off-season, so I’ve been wondering why there were no new blog entries.

    It doesn’t surprise me that the blog entries about PDGA didn’t get as much attention. For me, disc golf is something I prefer to do on my own terms.

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  2. P.J., I hope you heal up real fast. I enjoy the blog and would like to see it continue. Here’s an idea…how about asking your readers to suggest topics that can be addressed in future articles?

    For instance, I would like to hear how accomplished players practice. Do they have a strategy about what to work on? How about discussing disc selection and technique as it regards wind velocity and direction. What are some good exercises to strengthen my throwing arm..stretches, warm ups etc. Just a thought

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  3. I feel ya, I love playing and blogging about disc golf – but even so, I only have so much to say. I like to write when I have the urge hit me, which due to life, family, work – sometimes means I gotta put the brakes on.

    Glad to see you’re getting back in the saddle.

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  4. Thanks P.J. My suggestion is to write whatever you want. It’s not a contest. Many of us enjoy the blog regardless, and some will be drawn to your in-depth stories. Others won’t be interested. That’s fine. Looking forward to it.

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