For half a year now, I have avoided blogging about a certain topic.
My belief is that I could convince a certain demographic to learn a highly in-demand skill. It would be a guaranteed return on their investment of time. I have lots of reasons to try blogging about the topic and few holding me back. And yet I do not do it.
One problem I do have is a lack of information. How large is this demographic? Where do I find them and what is their experience of this? Will they be receptive to the idea? But that’s a bullshit reason and I know it. There’s some subconscious switch that needs to be flipped. Remember, I’ve been mulling this over since before summer started.
This brings us to last night when a friend of mine posted a plea for survey data on Facebook. Humans have a natural tendency to help their friends, so I shared the post and asked people to participate. I thought that was the end of the story. Nope.
As I was driving home today, a thought occurred to me. I know this demographic is out there. Why not make a small questionnaire and ask people myself, either online or in person? Great idea. It doesn’t need to be perfect from the start — I can update the questions and redo them later if I need to.
By the time I reached my driveway, the idea was stored away for later. An hour passed by before I signed onto my Facebook and see… my friend’s survey.
It is common knowledge that people copy each other.
But how often do you spot it happening in real time?