The so-called 80/20 rule (80% of [whatever] comes from 20% of [whatever]), which I’d always associated with Vilfredo Pareto, seems to have been named by quality guru Joseph Juran (who died last March at the age of 103).
It’s a heuristic, not a law of physics, of course (80% of the people who insist otherwise are rounded-number lobbyists). Juran and Pareto were big on analysis. As Tom Gilbert said once, science observes, which is why Pareto charts make a lot of sense.
I’m not sure if I got onto this track-and-think path because I wanted pizza last night, or because of the comment-on-blogs challenge I found out about. I do think it can be valuable for people who read blogs to make comments — assuming the comments aren’t “get V!_ag Ra cheap!”
I think there’s value for me in paying attention to whether, where, and when I comment. I’m a couple of days behind, but then, that’s a fair description of my life. The activities for the first three days of May:
- Do a commenting self-audit. I will, this weekend, though I understand that today I’m going to be redoing my closet.
- Comment on a blog you’ve never commented on. I see I’ve done that three times in the past three days. (My “three clicks out” habit helps me here.)
- Sign up for a comment tracking service. I’m on CoComment, though I have to say that it sometimes seems to be more about comment than about tracking.
- I have the little gizmo that’s supposed to take me to “my conversations.” When I go there, as I just did, items appear somewhat randomly. The first in the list is March 24, the fifth is three hours ago, the tenth 36.
- If I click “my conversations,” the list changes to most-recent-first. Why? I don’t know.
To me, this is all about taking active part in various communities. I don’t think I need to comment for the sake of commenting (that’s what talk radio is for). I do think that by engaging with other people virtually, as I might if I met them at some event we were attending, helps me find out things, share what I know, and focus on whatever the big picture happens to be.
Potato photo by vladdythephotogeek / Paul Vladuchick.