Hey Buddy, How Can I Get This Car Out Of Second Gear?
For those who remember, that’s the punchline of the marvelous comedic song by the Playmates, ‘Beep, Beep (The Little Nash Rambler).’ Give it a listen while you read…if you haven’t heard it before, you need to:
I’ve been a lover of cool old car songs for a long time, but this one really speaks to me these days. At a little more than a week since this blog came into existence, we’re off to a grand start. It’s picked up and is already gaining speed and momentum…much like that little Nash Rambler in the song, it’s surprising just how fast it got moving. That proves my point about the internet’s capability to get a message out there many times faster than the clunky Cadillacs of the old paradigm of the pre-internet days of fundraising. Like the Rambler, we’ve already left that method in the dust!
Now it’s time for the next stage…to harness that power of the internet to get out of second gear and push this thing as far and as fast as I know it can go. While we’ve gotten an awesome start, right now we’re stagnating a bit…stuck in second gear, you might say.
Most if not all of my online pals and friends from friendly sites where I hang out have visited and a lot of you have generously donated. Thanks, friends, you’re a bunch of angels! Some have become regulars, which is mighty gratifying, but for this project to succeed, we’ve gotta reach a whole lot more.
I’ve seen your comments, and those are always welcome, of course. I appreciate the words of support, encouragement and confidence, and now that the preliminaries are past, I need your continuing help to tell me what you want to see, what you like and what I can throw out, to get the message of this blog out.
I’m working on ways to do that at my end to the best of my ability. I’ve talked about my strategy with some of you, and you’ve agreed that my ideas seem to be sound so far, that I need to make this as fun and engaging as I can to attract visitors, balancing that with the need to stay focused on the blog’s primary goal of fundraising.
One way to do that seems obvious to me, trying to get some endorsements in the form of short video dedications that I can link to and feature here from entertainers whose names are known and who also have a convenient YouTube presence.
Approaching folks like that with such a request isn’t as easy as you might think. Every one of us ordinary people has already seen enough scammers, con artists and other assorted creeps online in our time to know that even a whiff of them is enough to make us want to get out of their unsavory reach or evict them from our space, so you can imagine that for anyone who’s achieved even modest success the hazard of these lowlifes is many times worse!
With that in mind, a few days ago I wrote a polite note to Jackie Guthrie, who maintains a YouTube channel to keep the public up to date about her talented family’s doings, especially her husband Arlo and her daughter Sarah Lee. I didn’t include any links and tried to make it clear that I was just a regular guy in unusual circumstances who could really benefit from some help from them in the form of one of these dedication videos.
I haven’t heard back from her yet, but it would be silly to worry or get impatient for a quick response since Arlo and Sarah Lee Guthrie have millions of fans and I imagine the family is swamped with tons of correspondence from all over the place. I just hope my note didn’t get lost in the shuffle!
Today, after much fretting and rewriting, I composed another note requesting a dedication video, this time to Julia Nunes, a YouTube entertainer whose name should be known to you by now if it isn’t already. A recent discovery for me, I’ve been just blown away by Ms. Nunes’ presence, enthusiasm and of course, that strong, clear voice of hers.
Meet her on Lew Rockwell’s blog, the same way that I did.
He adds a bit of background information, and obviously as impressed with her as I was, some good links that I do not doubt will garner her many, many more fans from his readership. See? It’s that crazy old internet synergy in action again, always working and doing good works in new and unexpected ways.
While I’m the Compleat Arlo Guthrie Fanboi, I’m especially excited about the possibility of Julia doing a clip for us. She’s young, net savvy and has not only spirit but a superb grasp of how the internet can work as a communications tool. This makes it clear that she has what it takes as a business person to ensure her own success, but it’s also exactly the sort of mindset that would make her the perfect ally in this adventure…someone who can help get us out of second gear and approach warp speed.