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What Golfer Bubba Watson Can Teach You About Blogging

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What Can Golfer Bubba Watson Teach You?

Actually Bubba can teach you a lot, but today I’ll share how he can help you be a better blogger.

Oh and yes his name really is…Bubba :)

In golf Bubba Watson is the abnormal golfer, on paper he should not be as good as he is, he should not be winning tournaments. bubbawatson- masterswin

Why?

Well, Bubba does things completely different than any other golfer…

 

He has never taken golf lessons.
He doesn’t have a coach.
He doesn’t tweak his swing..ever.
He doesn’t have any fancy golf psychologist by his side.
He does MANY things that he knows he shouldn’t.

YET, he is a pro golfer and a damn good one. He just Won the Masters golf tournament over the weekend.

If you don’t know anything about golf, then let’s just say Bubba just won the Super Bowl!

Ok let me say this, I am no golf nerd, well unless it’s mini golf, then I tear shit up :)

The closest I have been to a golf course was a few years back with my brother and cousins (all wanna-be golf stars) I was bored so I took the golf cart 4-wheeling and flipped it…Ooops!  Let’s just say my brother wasn’t happy and never invited me golfing again… haha good time’s.

But for me, an Inspirational story motivates me no matter where it comes from.

And Bubba’s story can help you be a better blogger.

When you start blogging or even when you have been blogging for a long time, there are always people telling you this and that.

You have to do it this way if you want your blog to succeed.

This is the best way to succeed as a blogger.

Now fundamentally this is great information and will help you BUT. the problem is, people start to think it is the ONLY way to succeed.

Have you noticed how so many blogs look the same? have the same design or layout?

That’s because they copy a successful bloggers blog and advice to a T thinking it is the only way to have a successful blog.

The problem is, there are so many ways to build a successful blog, that to try or believe there is only one way is crazy.

Have you heard these before?

You need to write great content – Not true, good content will work fine if you know how to promote the hell out of that new post.

You must use social mediaNot true, you can do fine without SM. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it can be done.

You must post numerous times a weekNot true, two good posts a week promoted correctly will bring you a nice stream of traffic all week.

You must write for SEONot true, there are many many blogs that kill it without the need of SEO traffic.

You must have great designI agree with this, but again not the only way. I see some messy jacked up blogs out there that are doing very well despite their bad design.

All these are good solid fundamental things you can do to build a successful blog, but they are not the only way!

Take Bubbas story.

He does the complete opposite of what almost all golfers believe is the way to be a great golfer, yet he is killing it.

Do you know why Bubba Watson is so good?

He works hard at what he does and he works it hard every day!

That right there is the same exact reason you will either build a successful blog or you won’t. So when someone tells you what you’re doing won’t work..just ignore it and keep going.

Hard work and perseverance will beat out knowledge every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Great post John, Bubba Watson is an inspirational man for sure, he could also teach us a lot about golf!

  • Anonymous

    Love the post. Thanks for making a neat analogy. Great lesson for bloggers. I’d trackback but it has s***.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks man.. glad you enjoyed the post.

    Next time you comment, can you ONLY use your name in the name field? Thanks :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Yes he can haha Thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.logallot.com/ Sonia

    I am a Golf nut too. Play every other Sunday. I was so happy for him when he won. But when he hit that shot around the trees (nice draw) I was thinking if he didn’t make a shot like that he has no chance. Then BOOM! Green Jacket time!

    The advice you mentioned was spot on because so many of us spend too much time listening to everyone else, when the only person you should be listening to is yourself. Educate yourself and do it your own way. I think that is why I changed the look of my blog so many times before I finally felt that I had something right for me. It takes time, but trying to find short cuts is the clear path for disaster.

    Besides, if everyone looks the same, where is the fun in that? I love reading blogs that go outside the box and tell a completely different story.

  • Anonymous

    Very good point, John…I am in the process of becoming a decent musician and all I did was go out and play.  I surrounded myself with other people who played an instrument and sang songs and over the past 10-12 years I’ve grown to the point where I can lead large groups of people in an entire 20-30 minute group of songs.  Just going out and doing it is the key. Don’t get caught up in all of the details right away.  They will come.

  • http://twitter.com/CodyMWard Cody Ward

     John,

    This post is relevant, timely, and very interesting! Awesome connection with Bubba’s story and how it can be related back to blogging. I’m always impressed with the connections you make and the insight to help bloggers and marketers alike. Keep up the great content!

    - Cody

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Sonia.. I’m no golf nut lol but I watch the big tournys here n there. But Bubba had me watching.

    Now getting advice from bloggers that been there is not a big problem,, you have to learn from them that’s the beauty of blogging. But to listen to every nugget and try to duplicate their success exact is just silly.

    Your right.. to stand out in the blogging community then you need to STAND OUT!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    That is the way to go.. learn and you do. The details aren’t important in the begginging anyway.. why worry about how well your blog is laid out to convert if you don’t even have a readership yet?

    Just silly.. better to put your head down and go hard.. learn as you go and tweak what needs tweaking when it comes up.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Thanks Cody.. Bubba made it easy to write this. Inspirational dude.

  • http://www.hapidayz.com/ Cynthia

    Interesting post, I watched this game here in South Africa and of course was wanting our guy to win… sadly he did not but what a great shoot off.  I think its always a good idea to break some rules, not all, just some.  Works for me!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    True success comes when you break a few rules lol I agree with you there Cynthia :)

  • http://twitter.com/CodyMWard Cody Ward

    Absolutely. I watched him win it. He was cool, calm, and collected the entire time. Even when he got caught 60 yards in what looked like a wooded area. Bam, next shot onto the green.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Yea, great golfer. I think when you play just to play you can be calm and laid back.

    Like when I was a kid.. I was on a street hockey team practice games I would kill it yet in games not so much. I was over thinking everything in games..

    Bubba has it down.

  • http://adriennesmith.net/ Adrienne

    Hey John Paul,

    I had to stop by when I read your headline because I watched the last hour of the Masters.  My Mom is a golf fanatic so it’s always on when I’m with her which I was last weekend.

    I actually shed a tear when he won it because my Mom wanted him to win that so bad.  As for me, I was like you.  My Dad tried to teach me the game and I kept tearing up the grass.  He made me put it right back so after several hours he finally let me quit.  Thank goodness.

    I was very surprised to hear that Bubba had never had any lessons either and never watches himself on TV to check out his swing.  I so admire him because he can hit the hell out of that ball.  His putting, not so good but he took it home when it counted so for that he was very deserving.

    His abilities are like many of us online.  We all need to remain unique in our own way and stay true to ourselves.  I didn’t do that in the beginning which is why my blog never got any attention.  It wasn’t until I did start just being me that it started to take off.  

    Great advice for the new or old blogger.  If you are passionate and are doing the work I have no doubt your time is coming.  Just hang in there, you might end up blowing yourself away just like Bubba did.

    ~Adrienne

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Adrienne Thank you for the great comment. I’m glad your mom got to see her buddy Bubba win :)

    It really is all about personality and hard work. No one can be you, so it’s up to you to be you and share you as much as you can, really the only way to stand out.

    There are many bloggers that write good content, but not all of them know how to make it enjoyable and bring personality and honesty to that writing.

    You do those 2 things over time you will get seen and read.

    I’m glad you learned that and flipped it around and are now seeing success.. Congrats on that :)

  • http://twitter.com/ingadeksne Inga Deksne

    I’m not into golf at all, never tried it before. Having read your post, I put it on my list of “things I’m going to try”.
    key word in your post for me is ” perseverance”, it aligns with my recent determination to succeed as a blogger, before I read your article I was writing my plan of actions to work on my blog every day, to be consistent in what I’m doing. Thanks!

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com John Paul

    Inga happy my post got you interested in golf lol maybe start small with mini golf like me :)

    But it really is all about determination and perseverance.

  • http://me.damanbahner.com/ @Daman

    Another great post, and right on the mark. I’ve fallen into the trap of trying to duplicate aspects of popular blogs (particularly from a design perspective) and found out I have a lot more fun, and response, when I just have fun and put my heart and mind into the writing :-)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    TY Daman.. and your right my man. Do YOU and you will enjoy it more and so will your readers.

    Thing about successful blogs, is you don’t know the REAL reason they are successful.

    So why copy-cat their design or content when you don’t even know if those 2 things have helped them be successful?