So you want to encourage skepticism. And not necessarily financially? Guess what, its really easy to do.
This is a big world, and we are only a small part of it. Inside that group is an even smaller group, those of us that are out there producing the videos, podcasts, blogs, books and articles we are reading and listening to.
Trust me when I tell you that you can make a difference, not necessarily just you. But You and You and You and You. Crowd sourcing as Tim Farley keeps telling us can be very powerful. Remember the movie “A Bugs Life”? Remember the part where the main grasshopper is telling the other grasshoppers that it is important to keep the ants thinking that they are weak, because when they realize that together they can overpower the grasshoppers, that will be a very powerful moment. Okay the illustration isn't perfect, but I hope you get my meaning. When there are a lot of people focused on one goal, things get done.
I'm not going to talk about my project Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia here, but it is an excellent example of crowd sourcing.
Our bloggers, podcasters and authors need our help. If you appreciate their efforts let them know. Leave a review on Amazon, a comment on their blog and a review on iTunes. Don't just comment on a social network thread, that comment is quickly gone, make it more public and permanent. Also when you add your voice where others can read it, you are influencing others outside our community.
Trust me this kind of activity means so much to them, we can see counts showing that you are at least accessing our media, we might even know how long you spent on the page, we even know what Internet browser your using and what country you are reading it from. That's about it. We want to know your out there.
But please also share us on social networks, it builds our reader/listener base and that is very important also.
And lastly, if you can afford it, please consider supporting these people with subscriptions, donations and also purchasing items from Amazon through the links from their websites. I can ask you to do this because as an editor of Wikipedia, I can not accept donations. I have no books out, nor host a podcast.
I'm not just advocating this in a blog for you to read, I'm practicing what I preach. I made a conscience effort in 2012 to take a few minutes each week and leave comments, write reviews and share links, I also provide a monthly subscription to two skeptic projects.
One more thing, If you haven't heard about Tim Farley's promotion of WOT, look up his blog Skeptical Software Tools when you get a chance. If you are one of the thousands that have the WOT plug-in, go to these websites and see what we little ants have done when we all make a teeny tiny effort.
You don't have to click through the warning message. No harm will come to your computer if you choose to do though.