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Bloggers Are A Lot Like Pigeons

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Bloggers Are A Lot Like Pigeons

So I'm sure many of you read the ti
tle and thought, "Where is he going
 to go with this one?"

Okay, I agree it sounds corny, but
it is amazing how your mind frames
things early on a cold, wet Midwest
 winter morning walking to the trai
n station (remember, a perfect morn
ing involves staying in my sweats,
not leaving the house, working on t
he computer). Now granted, I do hop
e most of us are potty trained bett
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Bloggers Are A Lot Like Pigeons
So I'm sure many of you read the ti
tle and thought, "Where is he going
 to go with this one?"

Okay, I agree it sounds corny, but
it is amazing how your mind frames
things early on a cold, wet Midwest
 winter morning walking to the trai
n station (remember, a perfect morn
ing involves staying in my sweats,
not leaving the house, working on t
he computer). Now granted, I do hop
e most of us are potty trained bett
er, have a more permanent residence
 and a sharper mind when it comes t
o avoiding traffic, but stay with m
e and read on.

Both bloggers and pigeons are:

1. Vastly colorful and individual.
 The flock of pigeons that served a
s my inspiration reminded me of how
 unique each one was physically. At
 a glance they may appear similar w
hen you see a flock together as a t
apestry, yet, it is remarkable how
distinct the markings are to each b
ird. Just like our blogs; each poss
esses personal font-image-layout-co
lor preferences, variances and nuan
ces specific to distinguish us.

2. Tend to bobble, hunt and peck.
  I don't know about you, but I feel
  I resemble a pigeon as I hunt and
peck across the keyboard with my he
ad bobbling most the day! It's craz
y too how their always pecking at s
omething they can see on the ground
, or think they can see, and I can'
t see it! Do we do that?

3. Friendly and respectful.
 Pigeons and bloggers are a genuine
ly friendly, communal group. Even w
hen pigeons are being fed they are
respectful to one another as they g
o in for their share--unlike seagul
ls. Granted, every now and then, on
e in the group gets a little "randy
" and starts climbing on the other,
 but we know the motivation behind
that behavior. Overall, they get al
ong tremendously.

4. Very vocal.
Ever notice how much cooing goes on
-especially when they congregate? I
 am amazed everyday as I sit with m
y feed reader at the wealth of inte
llect and insight shared daily amon
gst us all! Maybe that's why pigeon
s huddle too, because they have so
much to share with one another!

5. Free to travel.
  Well, bloggers can travel anywhere
  Wi-Fi to blog, but isn't that almo
st the same today as having wings?
What a beautiful thing to no longer
 be bound to a brick and mortar mod
el and be able to blog from the bea
ch (its really funny here in Chicag
o along lakeshore beaches we have b
oth pigeons and gulls out in the sa
nd!).
6. Helpful.
Fellow worldwide bloggers I have be
en privileged to "meet" are some of
 the most amazing people I have eve
r had any fellowship with. Although
  most bloggers are willing to lend
a hand with information or a projec
t, if they have the time, don't for
get that they might have to refuse
or even not reply because of time c
onstraints, heavy workloads, set pr
inciples, or a simple distaste with
 your lack of proper etiquette. You
 know what I am saying, don't get s
o consumed with your own needs that
 you behave or come across disrespe
ctfully to your fellow bloggers. Ev
en pigeons do get ruffled and fly away.
Let me know what you think!

Derrick Sorles
copyright 2007

				
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