Friday, May 13, 2005

Exercising Caution

Greetings everyone.

So as you may have seen, this site was recently reviewed on Travelgolf.com. I was and still am blown away by this news. For some reason, I only pictured maybe 10-15 readers seeing this site every day or every other day. Obviously I was mistaken.

My initial reaction to this article was completely positive. I laughed, read it about 30 times just to make sure I wasn't seeing things, and started calling up family members to tell them about my good fortune.

But then I got a little dose of reality. My parents were happy for me, yes, but they also gave me a warning: "Now you have to start being careful about what you say, just in case somebody from work realizes who you are. Just don't want you to lose your job, bud."

Thanks dad.

So now, even though some interesting things have been happening at work, I have been too paranoid to sit down and write about them. Will I be walking into work soon and be confronted about what I've been writing? I guess I just needed some time to digest this new reality.

After considering my options, I decided that I needed to change a few things on the blog, but I would continue to write.

After spending the last 3-4 hours reading over all of my previous postings, I noticed a few things. Firstly, I wasn't as incriminating as I had originally thought. Hell yeah bitch. I won't have to make a whole lot of changes to the site. In addition, I realized that not only has my writing style evolved considerably, but my readers have progressively become more responsive and more receptive.

I mean come ON. I can't let you guys down now.

Plus, I really enjoy ranting for a while after work. It's a win-win situation for everyone. I just have to be careful now. So I've changed a few things. Personally, I hated to make these changes because I LIKE being open with people. But to assure the success of this site over the long term, a certain level of anonymity had to be reached. I guess I'm pretty stupid for not even CONSIDERING these things until now, but I was just having fun. And that's exactly what I want to continue to do.

This Sunday I will be moving into this "New Apartment" I was talking about earlier. Unfortunately I will not be able to post anything between now and then because I'll be living out of a hotel. But trust me, I'll be taking notes during the day and I'll make sure to post something extra either Sunday or Monday.

So in short, I would like to thank everyone for your support and I'm looking forward to a great summer.

I'll see everyone on Sunday.

10 comments:

Jerry said...
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Jerry said...

Small edit...

Do a google search of "The Reluctant Jam Boy" and see what comes up. You are mentioned on more than just Travel Golf. Paranoid now? Once again, keep up the good work. Don't change too much.

Bryan said...

Your first successful correct was removing your name.

You used your full name in a post one time and I was like, 'ehhhhh....not too smart since all you do is bash your club members :)

So you fixed that, thats good.

I wouldn't worry too much about your work finding out. What are the chances your bosses are super web savvy, etc...?

Anyways, I like your writing and it would be a shame if you had to stop because your work finds out. So just try and stay anonymous as much as possible.

Anonymous said...

Don't even think about modifying. You're hilarious! Keep it coming! I found out about your site on TravelGolf.com and I'm so glad I did. You're on my bookmarks now.

And in case you do lose your caddying job, you can probably find a job in publishing. I'm waiting for Tales of a Reluctant Jam Boy to come out in hardback.

Bunker said...

You're doing well. I have a hard time writing only golf, but you've got the skill and eye for a story.

As a former caddy myself (many years ago) I enjoy the tales.

lucas strange said...

I've been reading your tales for a while now and i just love them. don't change and stay who you are.keep up the good work man!

Anonymous said...

Dad means well but he's not seeing the forest for the trees. Your talent lies in putting your experience into words moreso than caddying. If your fear of losing your job gets in the way of your observations, the product will suffer. Anyway, should you not be able to continue in the caddy profession, whatever field you work in will provide ample material for you. Eventually, when presented with your body of work, any idiot editor should be able to recognize your talent. Just don't let this new self-awareness change you too much. Best wishes!

P.S. Selfishly, I hope you are able to report on caddy life for a good, long while. It's just too damn funny.

Jim Rogers said...

I wouldn't be bragging about being mentioned on Travel
Golf Dot com. Robert Lewis, who
hides behind the Rebel Blogger signature Blog, is mad
at Walters Golf of Las Vegas for pulling its
advertising. Now, Lewis is waging a smear campaign,
totally sophmoric at Walters. On the other hand Lewis
praises Ron Garl as the greatest architect of all-time
because Garl is writing a FREE architecture column for
him. Garl is excellent, but not up to the "hypocrite"
Lewis' praise. Lewis also calls media types "whores"
because they accept free stuff and trips.
TravelGolf.com was built on FREE everthing. Writers
write for free to get free trips. And to this day
while he is still ripping those who accept "FREE TRIPS
and stuff" his company, Travel Golf Dot Sucks
Big-time, still accepts free stuff from anyone. Robert
Lewis is the biggest "WHORE" of them all.
Walters Golf is suing Robert Lewis the Rebel Blogger for libel. See their side of the story at http://www.waltersgolf.com.

Also, the guy at SeasideGolf.com says Lewis and TravelGolf.com might be guilty of copyright infringement. Read this thread about that:

http://forums.seochat.com/archive/t-74/you-wont-believe-this

Jam Boy said...

Thanks for the info Jim. It's definitely something to keep in mind and watch out for.

But please do not misunderstand this post. I haven't bragged since I was 13 years' old. I found out very quickly that being humble is the way to go. I never considered my writing to be anything special, and I was just trying to express how floored I was that somebody would write something about my little journal here.

I had no way of knowing the underlying politics behind these sites. But I'm glad you brought it to my attention.

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