I was driving the other day with 4 teenagers in the truck.
As we made our way along the country road, we all noticed something furry and obviously dead on the side of the road.
"What was THAT?" I asked.
They all chimed in and tried to figure out what poor animal was the victim of a moving vehicle.
It dawned on me.
We were all talking while we drove.
We were all listening to music.
We were enjoying ourselves.
But each of us noticed and tried to figure out what was dead on the side of the road.
So, I asked them...
"How is it we can miss a turn-off or a certain street we are actively searching for, but we all notice roadkill?"
The discussion continued.
The teens were all in agreement that people, in general, notice disturbing things.
People seem to be drawn to them.
They may not want to, but they can't help but look.
This lead to talking about TV shows, the news, and the internet.
The most popular shows, games and websites always seem to be the ones full of conflict and with some sort of shock value.
I told them that I was sure someone somewhere had done a sociology study on why it seems to be human nature to be drawn to what I would consider disturbing things.
Ever hear the old saying.... "It's like a train-wreck...."? Ya just gotta look?
It's been a known fact for a long time, or so they say.
We continued talking and sharing our views on what was acceptable or not when one of the boys chimed in.
"Mom," he said, "You put a lot of thought and time into your web site. You work on recipes and try to find humor in everyday things. You have a lot of faithful readers. But I bet one with roadkill would have 10 times the hits."
No..... I don't think so. Sure, maybe in the beginning it would get hits because it would be new, but not everyday readers.
I mean... roadkill? It's something that is a unfortunate part of life.
We all see it when we drive.
Why on Earth would anyone want to see more?
When we got home they did a little research.
They came to me with a proposal.
They launched a site today called www.dailyroadkill.com.
They will take pictures of what they see on the side of the road.
They will run it for the summer.
And September 1st, we will evaluate the traffic compared to my sites.
Who knew we'd have our very own sociology study over the summer?
They are confident that their opinions about human nature will be proven correct.
I, on the other hand, think people are better than that!
Why would anyone waste their time looking at something they would prefer NOT to see in the first place?
This post is the only time I will mention www.dailyroadkill.com.
It's up to them.
And it is certainly NOT my kinda site!
This should be an an interesting summer....
I'll report back in September.
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