Something I didn’t think would happen anytime soon, happened just a few days ago… Little as it may seem, compared to other much larger sites and advertising budgets, we reached a small milestone with this. So, what does it do for the site?
First of all, my forums Facebook page is a free way to market and advertise a small budget site to a generally younger audience, which may otherwise never find out what you are up to. Getting a hundred likes on this social media platform without being a superstar who can spend a couple thousand dollars on a “Campaign”, is a little tougher than it looks. Considering that the seaplane industry is squarely lost somewhere in the 1980’s, everything that requires a lot of effort or time is pretty much an incredibly large mountain of pain. Being a part of a discussion board requires at least the ability to say hello on occasion. So far, 150+ of our members haven’t figured out how to do that. Guess what… we’re a patient bunch of people.
In 2008, I predicted that the seaplane industry would benefit from a discussion board that functions without major headaches. My claim was that the industry would need increased interaction due to the counterproductive political and regulatory environment we get to live in. Having a lot of freedoms and liberty isn’t guaranteed. Aviation, here in specific general aviation and seaplanes, are under CONSTANT attack because they still exist, contrary to many European and Eastern Block countries who have already converted to socialistic governments.
In 2010 I started this seaplaneforum.com project, not knowing who would be right in the end. Those who said we would fail within the first six months, or those who thought we had at least a slim chance of success in this competitive field of self-made aviation hero’s. Most of my proposals and joint efforts between aviation discussion boards have fallen on deaf ears, and that’s OK. Good ideas take some shoving, or so I am told…
- Roundtable meetings between association & group leaders to help bring the U.S. out of its collective beauty sleep in terms of advocacy awareness….
- Increased collaboration between discussion boards and associations, combined membership rallies to get people aware of ongoing advocacy issues….
- Combined letter campaigns aimed at getting members to write letters to regulatory and local authorities….
- Outreach to smaller and sometimes larger associations, who dimple along in brackish water that seems to go nowhere….
- Field Director Network: A Network of actively involved, responsive pilots and advocates who focus on certain geographical areas as a watchdog… and help make the rest of our pilot community aware of issues.
We have reached out to Boaters & Recreational Water Users. Results will be seen, as everything – things take time. We have reached out to Bush & Backcountry Pilots. Results will be seen, as … no need to repeat… We have reached out to AOPA, EAA and SPA – with limited if any successes to be reported.
Now I am starting to work on an Expat Seaplane Pilot Section and within 2013 we will try to have “Seaplane Advocacy Watchdogs” in every state of the U.S. and anywhere we can find them abroad. Nobody else wants to do something, so seaplaneforum.com will take the initiative, again. We’ve come all this way from NOTHING and I am not scared. Whatever it takes is the credo…
What does it all have to do with 100 likes on Facebook?
Facebook is traffic, so is Twitter. Both platforms are OPPORTUNITIES to reach out and be seen, recognized and followed. Both are awesome tools to make people aware of something. If you’re into cute puppies, its a lot easier, but I knew that when I started. Whats the next goal after the 100 likes? 1.000 likes, of course! Just like the 500 members are still a possibility, so are 1.000 Facebook Likes. I don’t care how we do it, but I know we will. We will continue to grow and I will personally continue to volunteer my time and effort to the cause of sustaining seaplane aviation in this country. We deserve no less, our members and tireless supporters deserve no less.
Instead of being depressed about a Anti Aviation President… lets work on pulling our collective heads out of our collective asses and kick some butt!