Bowler Spotlight is a new NDBowling.com Series designed to increase bowler recognition and to help others get to know the faces of bowling in North Dakota. This multi-part series will run every other Tuesday and will include bowlers from around the state, as well as bowling centers, pro shops, and tournament event staffs. In this Special Edition of Bowler Spotlight, we will be taking a look at the making of NDBowling.com
Back in October of 2012, a group of bowlers gathered at North Hill Bowl for the first annual NHB Showdown. With the turnout being less than appealing, many bowlers left the Magic City wondering what could be done to increase awareness of bowling tournaments in the region and help fuel suffering turnouts at many of the events in the area. The conversation continued on a Facebook thread where I threw out the idea of creating a website to give bowlers a centralized resource for tournament events and details. After receiving positive feedback from the locals, I decided to make the website a reality.
Creating the Site:
I created the site with help from good friend, Dirk Monson. Monson is a developer/experience architect at Sundog in Fargo, ND and has done a great deal of website development in prior years. Dirk created the NDBowling.com logo and helped facilitate the operations of the site up until going live on October 25th, 2012. Dirk continues to be my go-to guy for the technical side of the site. Without him, much of NDBowling.com wouldn’t have been possible.
When I decided to create the site, I had a certain vision in mind. I wanted to create a site that would give bowlers the information they need to attend any tournament they wanted to in the area. I wanted to give bowlers recognition that they deserve after winning local tournaments or finishing well in national events. I wanted to give bowlers a reason to be excited about bowling local tournaments again. Having lived in both Minot and Fargo for many years, I have been able to be a part of two completely different bowling communities. Bowlers in Minot had no idea what was going on out East, and Bowlers in Fargo-Moorhead rarely knew about tournaments going on out West. I wanted to make bowlers aware of what is going on throughout the region. I feel as though I have accomplished all of these by providing an up to date events list, tournament results and history pages, as well as creating NDBowling.com challenge events.
After creating NDBowling.com, quite a few people have helped spread the word about the site and have continued to help make NDBowling.com one of the best bowling sites in the region. The companies listed on the Partners page have been so kind as to list NDBowling.com on their respective sites. A special thanks go out to Thomas Wolf, Jack Nelson, Greg Demakis, Jeff Kragh, Rory Selk, and Jim Mellon for helping advertise the NDBowling.com logo and build the NDBowling.com brand. I would also like to thank the folks at High 5 Gear for creating official NDBowling.com gear. They have created both jerseys and power sleeves for NDBowling.com. If you would like to order your own jersey/power sleeve to help support NDBowling.com, please contact High 5 Gear
Future of NDBowling.com:
NDBowling.com has grown much faster than I have ever anticipated. So where else can NDBowling.com go? Well, over the summer of 2013 we will be working on obtaining site sponsors/advertisers to help generate an income for the site. With that income, we will be adding prize money to the challenge events, creating tournaments of our own, and adding new features to the site. Most importantly, I would like to provide live streaming from events on NDBowling.com. Bowlers have shown strong interest in the live updates provided at events via Twitter, so this is something I am sure many bowlers will enjoy. If you would like to sponsor/advertise on NDBowling.com please use the “contact” button on the top of the page to inquire or email: email@example.com.
Since launching the site on October 25th, 2012, NDBowling.com has been visited by over 2400 unique visitors from 43 states and 12 different countries.
The response to NDBowling.com has been phenomenal and I thank all of you who have gone out of your way to offer kind words at events this year. I will continue to bring you the most up to date and accurate information regarding tournaments in the region. I encourage everyone to check out our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BowlND) and follow us on Twitter (@NDBowling) to receive all that NDBowling.com has to offer. Thank you for visiting NDBowling.com, and good luck to everyone bowling local, state, and national events this spring.