Well everyone. We made it. Out with the old and in with the new. We bid a fond farewell to 2018 and in a few short hours we’ll be saying hello to a New Year. 2019 we’re ready for ya.
I just wanted to take the time to say a few words to you…my readers. Before I say anything further I just wanted to simply… Thank-you!!
Without all of you taking a few short minutes out of your busy lives to quickly read my articles I wouldn’t be doing any of this. It’s very humbling for me that you take any time take a look at what I have to say. From the beginning of me starting my own golf blog I was happy if anything I said reached one pair of eyeballs. I underwent a name change… re-brand what ever you want to call it. I was starting to gain traction when I decided that Alexander Toth Golf was no longer going to be feasible for growing a product. So in 2017, right before the PGA Show I made a difficult choice to start all over. Close the chapter on Alexander Toth Golf and start Until The Next Tee. When the dust settled in 2017 my stats were low and there was part of me that regretted the change. But, I decided to stay with it for another year.
2018 was a year that was unreal for me. All of the regrets that I may have had slowly started to get forgotten. I was watching my site views grow per day and month and suddenly things were looking promising. In 2017, I had around 7,200 views (here at my .blog) while the .com gathered a little more. 2018 was a record-breaking year. All of the years that I’ve been writing and blogging I’ve never seen a year like this. The month of December alone was my best month ever by nearly 2,000 views and that too humbles me. After all, I’m just one little guy. It may not look like anything compared to the big guys (THP, WRX, MGS, Golfballed etc) but I’m happy with what my site has become and the growth that it’s seen. I’ve worked my arse off to get to this point. Funny thing this is all without Search Engine Optimization.
Without the companies that jumped on board with me to give me a shot… it couldn’t have been done without you. Bridgestone Golf, Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company, Cobra Golf, Callaway Golf, Tour Edge Golf, FlightScope (mevo), R-Motion, Shot Scope, Bald Head Blues, Loudmouth Golf, Bolle Eyewear and so many others all gave me a chance to test and review their products. Thanks so much! Later on, it was the likes of Wilson Golf, Srixon/Cleveland/XXIO, TaylorMade Golf Canada, Bettinardi Golf and once again Cobra Golf all made me privy to press releases of soon-to-be released products.
I have to give thanks to marketing firms like Mary Beth Lacy, Vanessa Price (Read The Greens), Stuart Goldstein (Raker Goldstein), Al Abrams, Joe Wieczorek (The Media Group) and David Wheatley (Medi8 Golf) who sent me press releases to keep myself and my readers up-to date with products in manufacturers pipelines. Some of these releases also lead to reviews like Nexbelt, Shot Scope V2 and so many others. Thank-you everyone!!
2019 is going to be even better yet. Look for several changes. Some changes have already taken place like adding Crystal to the UTNT team. She’s going to be a real asset to all of this so as always thanks so much for staying by my side like you have for the last 21 years. the coverage that she’s going to provide will be at times edgy and she definitely gives a perspective on products that I likely wouldn’t cover. I’ve already made changes to the way that I’m doing things. More video, a podcast and updates to the site that will make UTNT more like a community. Look for a forum sometime after the 2019 PGA Show as well. Oh… there’s going to be downsizing as well. I’m getting rid of my .com to focus solely on what I have here.
2019 is a year where I will have other goals as well. Some golf-related and others that will only help my golf. For golf, yes I need to get out and play more. Sometimes this is hard to do when you work in the industry. But it’s something that I’m going to strive towards. While we’re at it… I need to address my putting while I’m out there. You can’t make putts if they don’t reach the hole (thanks Shot Scope V2). Is tournament golf and playing competitively in the cards? It might be but much of that depends on my amount of play and practice and of course my health. That said, I’m going to try to stay out of hospitals and have no more Strokes.
December 2018 is finishing strong and we’re going to carry that momentum into 2019. Thanks everyone for being there and taking the time. 2019 will be fun and just think.. the PGA Show is fast approaching.
One thing remains for sure. The mission statement. Honest and unbiased reviews should go without saying. Being genuine is another thing altogether. I will always guarantee that we will remain genuine. In our reviews and editorials. If we don’t stay true to who we are than why bother?
From Crystal ,my children and myself. Thank-you!! Stay safe and please don’t drink and drive. #SeeUOnTheNextTee.
Until The Next Tee!!