Julie G: Reporting Match Results – No Cryptex Required!
Infographics offer an easy way to share match results so you can tweet, pin and post to all your friends. Just what is an infographic? According to Wikipedia: “Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly.” Read more at Wikipedia.
Enter Visual.ly, a website where you can create your own infographics. Ever wonder what type of Facebook monster you are? Interested in twitterizing yourself? After all, you are what you tweet. I happen to be a book reading/writing foodie who wears a geeky grin while trail blazing on Twitter. Yes, I was a bit disappointed I wasn’t holding a Smith & Wesson M&P and Benelli M2 instead of a fork and book, but I did score a full 100% on “interestingness” so that made up for it a bit. Click on the pic to the right to see me fully twitterized.
While touring Visual.ly I found this little gem of an infographic – Are Guns & Ammo the New Gold? I love how the stats are presented so clearly. It got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be cool to have an infographic for personal results in shooting competitions?
For anyone who has ever tried to explain what a hit factor is in USPSA or has tried to determine stage performances in IDPA results you know that digging through results in the action shooting sports almost requires a cryptex. It’s one thing for you to decipher it all, but what happens when your mom asks how you did at your latest competition? With an infographic, you can share your latest shooting performances and fun little tidbits with the important people in your life in a way that they can actually understand.
I decided to take a stab at it for the first match of the year, the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor Nationals. The goal was to supply basic match info by the numbers, like location, number of stages, competitors and round count. I wanted to include the obvious stats: my overall time and penalties, ladies stage wins, placement in the women’s category and in my division. I added an interesting fun fact, my percentage of the all the competitors’ total points down in the match – .25%, then put it all together in one image. Drumroll please … am pretty happy with my first stab at an infographic. It’s a fun way to share shooting sports with so many people.
What do you think?
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Julie Golob is one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world and captain of Team Smith & Wesson. She has won more than 120 championship titles in international, national and regional marksmanship competitions in seven different shooting disciplines. Learn more about the champion, author, veteran, hunter and outdoor television personality at JulieGolob.com. View all posts by Julie Golob