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I was reading an interesting post on Ashley’s blog last night [ Would You Advertise Your Blog on Someone Else’s Site? ] and whilst this question isn’t ‘directly’ motivated by that particular topic, it is indirectly inspired by the subject in a strange sort of way. The indirectness of it is ‘noticeability’.
I am always curious about what people see, what motivates them to respond to something they have spotted, what makes them react to something once they have seen it and more importantly what made them notice something in the first instant? I mean, what makes you notice something, someone, a moment, an advert, a blog, a blog post in the Reader, an item in a window, a head turning incident, something new to you or something that you have walked past for however long and not seen it to suddenly notice it as fresh for the first time? Noticing something even has its own special name apparently – which is Baader-Meinhof phenomenon … l know right? Who would have thunk that?
To the layman however … not simply satisfied with saying ‘Oh l noticed something new the other day and l keep seeing it everywhere l now look’ they could say to impress upon folk “Today l had a titillating experience with Baader-Meinhof phenomenon l know right??” To another layman they could then say “Oh right, you mean you experienced ‘frequency illusion then? Why didn’t you just say that?”
In a nutshell, you see something new and then you keep noticing it ….
Ashley’s post was about the topic of would you advertise your blog on someone else’s blog/website etc and pay for the service. This would mean that in essence your brand would get noticed more by one would hope a higher traffic rate of viewers. They would notice you – for the first time, then for a while afterwards until they didn’t specifically notice you and your brand, because you had become common place.
Whereas my question concerns what makes you actually notice something for the first time and why? why did you see it? What make you think “Oooh look at that, them, those whichever’s and whatever’s ….” so what is it for you, what makes you notice something either for the first time and it catches your eye, or something has changed for you to notice something that ‘may’ have been there, but you simply never saw it …… maybe?
I am very detailed orientated and very visual, so l tend to notice certain things that many over look and yet at times l suffer from the A – C syndrome usually when l am crossing roads and so one, l can become distracted by seeing C, but forgetting to look at B, whilst l move away from A – bit different, but it usually happens if l change my route or l notice something. A classic example of this was from way back in the early part of the 80’s and learning to drive and l was approaching a T junction with the intention of turning left to cross over the road and then turn right down another street or T junction A, Left Turn B and Right Turn C.
It was an astonishingly beautifully sunny day in July and very warm, and when approaching A, because there was a wonderfully leggy blonde haired girl in a fantastically patterned short skirt with matching jacket in blues and yellows walking on the opposite side of the road on the pavement of B, l completely ignored that and stared at her whilst turning into C …… nearly causing a major accident apparently ……. l say apparently because when the instructor took immediate evasive action he thumped me and demanded to know what the bloody hell l was looking at and did l NOT see the approaching car??
“No, l didn’t actually, did you see that girl – she was stunning?” I proceeded to tell him every single detail of the blonde who l had seen for all of twenty seconds for him to kick me out of the car and to get myself a new Driving Agency!
So, at times l notice things that maybe l shouldn’t in comparison to things that l should …. but that’s a different example of noticing things …. of sorts … but what makes you notice something?
Is it colour or a sound, a person’s eyes or smile, a dog playing, do you smell something and that wakes up your senses … do you catch a word and that sparks you and your imagination or interest, what makes you focus on something over other things? What does your brain filter out for you especially?
Therefore, l ask of you ……………. and now having seen it, what made it so?
Let me know your thoughts below …