LURKERS: Read on. Today is a Part II of yesterday's Lurker Appreciation Day. Frequent posters... there's something in it for everyone. Stay tuned.
Edison's Whack on the Side of the Head
Lurker Appreciation, continued, and
Watch me attempt to weave these four things together.
How about using a beach ball as a fun way to learn more about family members at a reunion, friends at a cookout, or co-workers at a office retreat? Throw the ball from one part of the circle to another answering whichever question is closest to your right pointer finger.
We'll play in a minute. First we have a few more items of business.
Edison's Whack on the Side of the Head
Lesson #4: Knowing. For the innovator, knowledge must not be an end in itself. Creative knowledge means knowing the potential of many things - forces, components, design elements, and so on - so that these may be combined into new or improved devices.
Apparently Edison was more of a practitioner than he was a theorist. He considered the elements used to build his devices more important than any book-learned grasp of theory.
What does that mean to us? Concrete, specific, intimate knowledge of our lurkers is more important than what any psychology book might say about the motivation-theory involved in converting a lurker to a poster.
Hold that thought.
Lurker Appreciation, continued.
Yesterday we used a simple poll to learn more about our lurkers. And, we did. I was surprised to learn so many of our readers are between 35-45 and that posts of general inspiration are second only to those of creative ideas. I was not surprised, however, to learn that 92% of our readers SHINE!
Lurkers, yesterday was a baby step. Today, we're going to ask you to go one step further. Below is a list of the questions written on the beach ball pictured above. Close your eyes and, using your right pointer finger, pick a question. Then, go to the comment section and give us a more concrete, specific, intimate look at who you are.
Item 4 of 4, before we get the fun of the questions.
Open space. Anyone who has ever taken a counseling class knows that, sometimes getting a client to share means that you, the counselor, must become comfortable with the awkward silence. Would the 27% who said "planning on it" and 7% who said, "just ask" feel more inclined to share if our regular posters created space for them? You know, not jumping right in and dominating the comment section?
Let's try. Before any of our regulars posters provide their answers to one of the questions, let's get at least one lurker to post his/her answer to a question in the comment section.
I'll even sweeten the pot. For every post made AFTER the first lurker comes out of hiding, I will donate $1.00 to Highlowaha's philanthropy, Gift of 218.
Below is the list of questions, compliments of reader Peggy who made me the beautiful book you see pictured above.
What are your hobbies?Where was your high school and when did you graduate?
Favorite thing to do on the weekend?
What's your favorite holiday?
What are some of your favorite sayings?
What was the first album you ever bought?
What was the best trip you ever took?
What is your zodiac sign?
Have you ever saved anyone's life?
What is your favorite snack?
What was your first job?
How did you decide on your career?
Describe in details a place you really love.
What is your favorite quote?
What are you thankful for?
Which song do you sing in the shower?
What is the last book you read?
What are 5 things you want to learn to do?
Who knows you better than anyone?
What's your favorite aisle in Target?
How do you best relax?
Do you have any siblings?
What do you never get sick of?
If $$$ didn't matter what job/career would you go for?
What is 1 thing you could not live without?
What's your favorite game?
Who is your hero?
Phew, four items of business woven together into a single Whack on the Side of the Head. I'm tired.
Signing off until tomorrow...