If you write a blog page and you want a lot of hits, put up something with the word “Obama” on it in the title or somewhere where it can be found, and you will get hits. Now “hits” or visits, doesn’t naturally translate into comments. Comments are a horse of a different color, comments do not come eaisly by any stretch of the imagination.
Consider this, Baracks House has received over 225,000 views on this site and out of that, it garnered only 300 comments.
Change is a coming, another article I wrote, has had 20,339 and it only had “one comment.” Obama under glass, 8,406 and again, only “two” comments. Obama’s History 5,795 did a little better than most, it had 938 views and at that time 11 comments, of which only one was of a positive nature. Obama’s Dilemma, 938 again 3 comments, two of which, were of a positive nature.
So if you want to attract a lot of people to your site, just put Obama in the piece some where, and they will come … getting them to comment, well that is something else.
Obama supporters I would say are “legionary” and they are certainly out there, as for having something to say, it appears that they do not have much if anything to say.
Most of it is “Go ‘Bama pep talk stuff” and a great many admonish to “Pray for the guy” and that is about it. Truth is Mr. Obama is going to need a lot of team players … If any of this is possible.
This fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter flying along in a “V” formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates a uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock has at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose flies out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone. It quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front of it.
If we have as much common sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others. It is harder to do something alone than it is to do it together.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation, and another goose flies to the point position.
It is sensible to take turns doing the hard and demanding tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent of each others skills, capabilities, and unique arrangements of gifts, talents, and resources.
The geese flying in formation honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek. We need to make sure our honking is encouraging and not discouraging.
When a good gets sick, wounded, or shot down, two other geese will drop out of formation with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it dies or it is able to fly again. The, they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their flock.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by our colleagues and each other in difficult times as well as in the good.
You can learn a lot from a goose.