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In Life And In Blogging Observation Is Important

Have you ever noticed how some people make a fool of themselves because they they lack certain observation skills. This usually occurs from sheer laziness and is shown by many commentators when they leave stupid comments. Stupid because everyone who’s read the post can tell that they didn’t. Even if the blogger does not delete the comment and they still get a link back to their site everyone who reads the comment can see them for what they really are and will more likely than not give their blog a miss.

I got this email today which highlighted how important it is to observe what is going on around us, and I thought I would post it here for  you all so that it may hopefully open your eyes to what is happening around you.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their

Tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says, ‘Kemo Sabe, look

Towards sky, what you see? ‘

‘The Lone Ranger replies, ‘I see millions of stars.’

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their Tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep. Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and says,

‘Kemo Sabe, look Towards sky, what you see? ‘

‘The Lone Ranger replies, ‘I see millions of stars.’

‘What that tell you?’ asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, ‘Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.

Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What’s it tell you, Tonto?’

‘You dumber than buffalo shit. It means someone stole the tent.’ :lol_tb:

OK, I couldn’t help myself, I know some of you Yanks may have heard this one before but it’s new to me and I thought it was bloody funny.

I also thought it was a good way of highlighting the importance of reading the post through before leaving a comment so that you don’t end up with egg on your face.

Personally I know I could refine my level of observation some, especially when asking the wife where to find things because it always turns out that it’s staring me straight in the face.

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  1. Great gag – I first heard it told by Les Dawson as a conversation between Holmes and Watson. Still a great joke :)

    1. Yes, the version I first heard (in school 30+ years ago) was the Holmes/Watson one. Sorry, Ray, I don’t know who Les Dawson is, I’m pretty sure I heard mine from Dave Allen (Irish Comedian circa 1960’s/70’s).

      Thanks for the different spin on a great old joke, Peter.

      1. You’re missing out on treat. While Dave Allen did the bibulous Irishman so well, Les Dawson was the dour Yorkshireman – he’s on Youtube (don’t forget to check out his piano playing too).

    2. Shit where the hell have I been all these years? How come I have to wait until I get it in an email? Oh well, at least I refreshed old and precious :drunk_tb: memories.
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      1. Les Dawson and Dave Allen were wonderful comics. Dawson’s piano playing was a delight and I loved his long rambling stories.

  2. I get quite a few comments from people who ask questions and the answers are already in the post.

    Then I get follow up comments from others telling them to read the post!

    I remember Dave Allen and Les Dawson – both comic geniuses.


  3. Ha ha, that’s an awesome story and I certainly forgot about the tent! Really good post for pointing out the importance of actually reading the post (it continues to amaze me that people don’t! -seriously, why bother?)
    I have to admit, I still ALWAYS manage to not see things on the shelves at Woolies because they are RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. I’m glad blogs don’t look like supermarkets, otherwise I would be the one with on my face.
    Nice post mate, I really like the angle you took here

    1. Thanks Alex, I try my best mate. As to Woolies, we do most of our shopping at Foodland because we believe in supporting the little guy.
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  4. I really didn’t read your post but I will make a comment based on the title, OK?

    I am amused and often wonder how both commenters and blog owners think. Is your comment count that important that you want to display obvious spam?

    Not naming names but there are some pretty big blogs you can get some pretty good links from just spamming and they never know, they don’t even read the comments most of the time. Maybe its just a filthy habit like smoking and you just can’t stop!

    Whatever dude this is really a great post, thanks!

    1. Yeah, I’ve often wondered why some of the big boys don’t delete comments that are obviously spam, is it because they don’t actually read the comments or they just don’t care. Maybe they actually want the comment count to be high because it makes the post look better?

      Personally I prefer less quality comments that heaps of crap.
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  5. Hello Sire,

    This is quite interesting and it illustrates your point very well. And this is also the first time i’m hearing the joke so at least you were ahead of me :)

    We put in time to put together valuable content, it’s not encouraging when people just comment without reading it first in other to get links.

    Good point Sire, ride on.

    1. Yeah, it’s wasting our time and theirs, especially on this blog, because I’m going to delete those comments if I have a suspicion that they didn’t read the post.
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  6. Oh I love it! I know what it means in terms of commenters that don’t read the post, but to me, the story means that sometimes we miss the obvious and go way too far in analyzing things that just need a more simplistic approach.

    Oh, and my hubby asks me where things are all the time. He’s gotten to the point he doesn’t even try looking because he knows it would just be more efficient to just ask me instead of spending extra time on the matter. :)
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    1. I think you’ll find that when you got married, you took on the role of “finder of things”. Men are hunters and will get the things and put them somewhere. Women are gatherers and will find the things that we just put down a minute ago. Check the small print on your marriage license :)

      When I got married I abdicated all that stuff because my wife is better at it than I am…

      1. I wish my wife gets to read your comment Ray, or at least finds some other text of similar content somewhere. I can totally relate with Sire about my wife getting exasperated at the way I search things. I myself finds it quite confusing how I miss seeing things that are right under my nose, or as Sire puts it, staring me in the face.

        The Lone Ranger story above is funny, it made me laugh out loud. I’ve read of something similar before, about a man waking up one night and found himself lost and wondering at the beauty of the night sky, pondering about how beautiful the constellations were arranged by a supreme being, and so on, and then suddenly realizing…where the hell is my roof!?

    2. I’m with Ray :tongue_laugh_ee:

      I hope you don’t get annoyed with your hubby the way my wife get’s annoyed with me. After 23 years of marriage she still hasn’t learned her role in the scheme of things :tongue_rolleye_ee: :laugh_tb:
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        1. ha.. high five, Kristi. :)

  7. Buffalo shit!!!…………thats too funny. Its tru though, I do a lot of blog commenting for seo purposes but this one just flat out deserves a Bravo!!.

    When I’m leaving comments I always read the post, if not you look like some fool jumping from site to siteting…..”great site……nice post” It really was actually worse before I think, a lot of the spam filters have gotten rid og the blatant spammers.

    BTW, I’m gonna tell that joke at my next party……cheers!

  8. For a brief time I did grunt work for an insurance company, looking dept. to dept. for cases the claims adjusters had to work on.

    One day one of the adjusters said to me, I dunno why they give this job to men, we can’t find a gallon of milk in a small refrigerator.

      1. OK so you’ve never asked the wife, where’s the ____ and she pointed 6 inches in front of your face? lol

        1. Nope, and that’s because I do my best work in the dark lol

          1. Bait all ya want, I am so not going there! lol

  9. Absolutely spot on. One of the first lessons I learnt blogging was how important observation is.

    1. Well, if I didn’t learn it yet Sire here seems intent to instill it between my ears! Like he says I’m not sure its my first learned lesson but its certainly one worth having reminders about! Thanks Sire, good stuff!

      1. Kimberley, at least it’s comforting that people listen when I blog, they certainly don’t always pay attention when I’m speaking at home. :smirk2_ee:

  10. This short story is new to me, and I also had a hell of a time reading it.
    Apart from commenting, I think we also have to observe our posts for small errors we may have missed.
    These things can really affect our readers’ experience in our site.

    1. That’s true Julius, I know I usually have to edit my posts because I notice errors more after publishing than when actually writing it.
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  11. I called this commentator. machine commentator. I don’t know from where they get the theory, they just read the headline and then head towards comment section. I think they believe they know some short of astrology and can predict what I written on that article.

    1. Hmm astrology for spammers… now theres a blog post waiting to happen…

      It seems the stars are in alignment only to prove that most of them missed the tent!

    2. Yea it happens a lot. I guess it depends how far off the commenter is though. I know sometimes I start writing about the topic and then get a little side tracked.
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  12. “especially when asking the wife where to find things because it always turns out that it’s staring me straight in the face.”

    very funny, I think every men do this. lol

  13. lmao! That pun was good! Similar to you asking your wife where you left something I’ve countless times asked for something that was right under my nose. Can’t see the forest for the trees and through our own blind spots all rolled int one.

    However, I totally hear you about the commenters that are just digging for backlinks. Come on and read the post people, it wont kill you! Although, if it does, well I guess that solves the spam problem too!

    1. I wonder if that’s the true meaning of Killer Post lol

  14. Haaha what a great post, and tis true especially if you are looking ahead, and you realize that the one thing you’ve always wanted has been with you all along. :)

  15. Hahahaa..I’m bad about missing the obvious all the time, zeroing in on something that catches my interest. But yep – I know the point was about commenters who don’t read the post. It’s a shame – and it can make us bloggers feel like we’ve wasted our time writing the darned thing. But we must remember there are real readers out there too! ;)

    1. Yep, there sure are and we love them to pieces.

  16. Rereading this has reminded me of another joke:
    The Lone Ranger and Tonto are searching for outlaws. The Lone Ranger comes upon Tonto lying down with his ear to the ground
    TLR: Tonto! What do you know about the outlaws
    Tonto: 10 men passed this way on horseback about 10 minutes ago. 5 horses are brown, 3 are black and 2 are grey. The men all have hats on and have their pistols holstered and their rifles in hand. They have a small 4-wheeled cart with them laden with grain and mail sacks.
    TLR: Tonto! That’s amazing, how do you know all this from just listening to the ground
    Tonto: They ran over my bloody head!

    Feel free to use that one for future posts :)

  17. Haha, as others said, I definitely know what you mean. You can blatantly tell when a commenter tried to create their response by just reading the title of your post.

    As for the Tonto/Lone Ranger story, I remember hearing it when I was younger, but I can’t remember who the two characters were. Now you’ve got me thinking, and I’ll be wondering all day.

  18. Well, speaking as a Yank, I’ve never heard that one before, and I’ve been around the block a few times. Where the heck have I been? Probably looking for my keys which have been in front of my face all this time.

    Anyway, point well taken. I hate it when people have clearly not read my post either. Although it’s not usually spammers, but people who simply want credit for having “read” my blog so that I will reciprocate and comment on their blog.

    Speaking of which, I’m not expecting you to reciprocate a comment on my blog. That’s not why I read other blogs.

    1. Hey Margaret, you may not expect it but it is something that I always try to do so don’t be surprised when I do leave a comment on your blog.

      Thanks for commenting.
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  19. You make an excellent point. People just show up to leave a backlink and they don’t even take the time to read the post.

    Honestly we all want a free backlink but it’s a million blogs on the internet and if you are not interested in the subject being posted just move on to another post or another blog.

    I’d rather read a few paragraphs of a post and leave then spend 10 minutes trying to make up a comment to get a free backlink.

  20. This is a pretty spot-on joke for the topic, Sire. :) Fact is, I just came over here after deleting some ‘strange’ comments on my side asking questions that already have answers in the post. Maybe a few of them unaware they slipped the important part during scanning through the post, if so I don’t blame them as I do write lengthy posts. My bad :)

    Observation – a must. Especially if one intends to build network via commenting. Spend 5 seconds on a post then jump straight to comment form.. well, we do need a little more sincerity than that, do we? ^^

    Hope I don’t get an egg on my face with this comment. :) Great to be here again!

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  21. “‘You dumber than buffalo shit. It means someone stole the tent.’ Too funny. I think we are all guilty of winding up at times with Egg on our face at times.

    Good post Sire! It is inportant to read the entire post though.

    On another note: I must admit I miss visiting your blog. I wish I had more time. :(

      1. Thank you. That means alot.

  22. Wait, I’m trying to write a comment but I can’t stop laughing!!! I’ve never heard this story before but it sure drive home the point you are trying to make. Sometimes the best way to get someones attention is with laughter. Thanks for the humor. I needed a laugh today!

    1. Yeah, I try to find real live examples, so to speak, to highlight the point I’m trying to make and this one just happens to be quite funny. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
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  23. Theres a Aesops’s Fable which goes like this.

    A Astronomer was walking through the fields looking intently at the skys. His servant asks him about what he’s doing. He replies that hes observing the sky. After some time he falls down into a ditch , where the servant tells him ‘Sir, Before looking at the sky, at least be sure of what is beneath your feet’.

    :) Atleast read the post before giving ur 2 cents and making a ass of urselves

  24. Twitter:

    Personally I know I could refine my level of observation some, especially when asking the wife where to find things because it always turns out that it’s staring me straight in the face.

    Hi Sire,

    I’m very familiar with this one … but even more so with my kids. I can (embarrassingly) recall several times when I yelled about which one of the kids “stole” my wallet, keys, sunglasses etc., .. only to later discover them in my pocket/on the dresser/still in the car.

    Apparently paying attention is not always easy … especially for us dads :-)
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  25. Twitter:
    I’m easily not the most observant person in the world, but I’m usually pretty good when it comes to blog posts, even though I speed read. And of course I knew that joke already; it’s an oldie and a goodie.

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  27. I have never heard that joke before nor was I expecting the twist with the tent being missing. I mean the lone ranger starts making a really intellectual response which distracts you from the fact that the tent was missing.

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