Every good idea must be inspired by someone or something right? Right. It was in 2008 a certain Ryan Palmer - who I thought was an absolute standout bet for the Ginn Sur Mer Classic - brought home the goods and capped off what was then another highly profitable golf season for me. At the time Palmer did the business, I was frequenting forums, recording my betting results in threads and all the things a lot of aspiring golf or sporting "tipsters" do. I had no background in web design or didn't know anything about blogging. What I knew I did have though was a high risk intelligence and ability to accurately estimate probabilities and spot key patterns and trends that most could not.
After this huge Palmer victory on the golf - one I had to endure by looking at the reactions in the Betfair markets to let me now what was going on after I lost TV coverage - I decided to do a bit of a google search as I was baffled as to how a guy so obvious to me such as Ryan Palmer was at such high odds and I wanted to see if anyone else came up with him. It was then for the first time that I came across Dave Tindall - formerly of the Betting Zone and now chief Skysports golf editor and tipster. He had also tipped Ryan Palmer's ultimate success. It's funny how life works out as I now liaise with Dave on Twitter and am about to embark on my first trip into print journalism with his good friend Mark at National Club Golfer.
Suffice to say I kept an eye on Dave Tindall and the newly found Betting Zone site as well as searching for other people in this area. Ironically, one of the most famous these days is Palmer's name sake - Steve, and Steve Palmer is the chief golf writer and tipster for the Racing Post. Steve is well respected in the golf tipping world as well as Dave and while some may argue he doesn't specialise in finding value, his golf tipping record isn't half bad.
After a while of looking around the internet it suddenly dawned on me that I could do this blogging thing; afterall I did have a Myspace account and knew HTML coding! So with that Nicspicks blog was born and I havn't looked back since. I've now been running four years and I know I've inspired many more people to start their blogs etc and I hope to continue to do so. Thank you Mr. Palmer!