Statistics. Numbers that you can’t ignore. I’ve really been bothered this week by statistics, simple statistics. Allow me to share. Hopefully they will bother you, too and as a result, we will all be changed a little.
The Pioneer Woman is one of my favorite blogs. I love her writing style, her humor, her recipes and her heart. She has give aways. Often. She gives away mixers, pans, knives and cameras on a regular basis. I typically leave my comment as an entry, with hopes to win the prize. But lately the odds have been brutal! This past week she gave away 2 sets of All Clad Stainless Steel cookware. We had 48 hours or so to enter. She received 38,590 comments, or entries. In the past few months she gave away 4 custom designed (for her) Kitchen Aid mixers. She received over 65,000 entries for each one!
Why is this an issue for me? Well it wouldn’t be if it weren’t for this week’s give away. She’s gave away quarters, as in $0.25. Let me explain. The “prize” was a $500 donation to the charity of your choice. All you had to do, as usual, is leave a comment to enter. The bonus was the quarter. For every comment she received, she pledged to donate a quarter to the recent tornado victims in the south. When I first read it I thought wow, with her average of about 45,000 entries that would be an $11,250 donation. Awesome. And the fact that she held this one open for a week, I thought wow, this could be something to watch!
And herein lies my issue. After 5 days, the contest ended with a mere 22,820 entries. At twice the length of her typical give aways, she received about 1/3 the entries than she does for a kitchen mixer!
Now I realize the “sell everything you have and give to the poor” philosophy is a little difficult sometimes, but this wouldn’t cost anyone, except the Pioneer Woman, one single cent! Even if you didn’t have a favorite charity, she had suggestions for you.
So there’s my statistical sadness for the day. I wonder if we all tried just a little bit harder, took one step closer, gave one percent more effort, how much of an effect we could have on the world….
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