Is it Golf Season Yet?


 

Winters in Winnipeg are long and cold. Not a great place to live for a golf enthusiast such as myself. I’ve been golfing for 25 years but have really taken it to the next level in the last year or so. Addiction is such a strong word, but I suppose that’s what it’s called when you think about it almost every hour of every day.

What do I like about it so much? There’s lots to like. First, I love being outdoors, in beautiful surroundings. Golf is perhaps the only sport on the planet that puts you outdoors and on nicely landscaped land. Big trees, beautifully mowed grass, gleaming ponds. Beautiful.

Second, I love the challenge. When I first started, like almost everyone who just starts golf, it was a very tough sport to do well in. I started when I was 13 and couldn’t hit a drive longer than 150 yards. That made the par 4 and par 5’s pretty much impossible to reach in regulation (reach in 2 shots on par 4’s and 3 on par 5’s). However, as I practiced and played more and more, I gained distance and those longer holes became reachable, making the game much more fun. I find it exhilerating when you have a putt for a birdie.

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My Big Twitter Win


So I’m fairly new to Twitter (@BrianWawryk).  I’ve maybe been using it consistently for about three months.  It’s like anything else though, the more you use it, the more you learn and become comfortable with it.  I began looking into it more when I started this blog with the thought that it would be a good avenue to do some promotion of Today’s Tangent.  Lately I’ve expanded my use from just tweeting about my new posts to replying to other people’s tweets.

If you’re new to Twitter or haven’t used it yet, let me share with you the basics about how it works and how to use it.

First, go to twitter.com to sign up.  Choose a username and a password.  The first thing you should do is to find people you know to follow or search for those that tweet about interests you have.  For me, I follow a lot of professional golfers.. exciting, I know, but this is where my twitter win comes from… stay tuned. Read more of this post

Why Twitter is Depressing Me


As I’m sure you are aware, Twitter is another social networking tool which allows you to share quick messages (no longer than 140 characters) which are called “tweets” with those who “follow” you.  You can follow anyone you choose (unlike Facebook which requires the friend to accept your friend request).  However each user can change their publicity settings which are set to viewable by the public by default.  For more on twitter, go to www.twitter.com.

Some people use twitter to keep in touch with their friends by “following” each other.  Others use it more as a “news” ticker by following popular news, entertainment or sports tweets.  With more than 100 million users on twitter, the choices of who to follow are endless.

Some of the most popular users on twitter (based on number of followers) are sports celebrities.  For example, Shaquille O’Neal [basketball] has over 3 million followers, Lance Armstrong [cycling] (2.6 million) and Ian Poulter [golf] (1 million).

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