Around this time last year I asked for readers to fill a survey. One hundred and thirty people participated and really helped me understand what readers are looking for.
I used to be obsessed with getting a lot of readers, but I've been thinking lately that connecting with my existing readers is a lot more important. This stems partly from the nagging feeling that people who come here aren't getting everything they want out of the experience. Still, they're coming back, which means that they probably feel like I have the ability to deliver it.
So this year's survey is to help me understand better what BTYB means to people. I've kept it as short as possible in the hopes that many people (that means you!) will take the time to fill it out. Feel free to write one sentence or pages,I will give every submission my full attention and consideration, and I often make changes based on a single person's opinion.
You can go to the survey here, or you can fill it in below. All questions are optional. I hope you'll fill them out, but if you don't have an answer or much time, leave some blank.
Above all, thanks for reading. I consider it a privilege to write for you.
P.S. To the anonymous guy who left me a message today,great suggestion! I will write a post about it soon.
same here. I had to copy my answers over to IE to post it because the submit button didn't fit in the rectangle for the form.
If anyone is having trouble submitting, click somewhere on the form and tab down to the submit button. It didn't fit in the window for me.
Last week I had an interesting talk with Ramit and Matt in New York. At one point the conversation turned to Matt's site, and Ramit started asking him a few questions about it. Actually, it was more like an interrogation.
"Who is your average reader?"
"Someone who's looking for travel information."
I used to dislike to work. I saw how most people lived their lives, slogging through work that they hated, and I was determined not to fall into that trap. I made the mistake of generalizing, lumping all work together in the same bucket.
Since then, things have changed. In terms of monumental personal life changes, becoming a hard worker is the most recent one I've undergone. About a year ago, for reasons I touched on in this post, I decided that it was imperative for me to become a hard worker. I didn't do it because I had suddenly fallen in love with work, but rather because I had began to feel as though I was behind. And believe me, it wasn't love at first sight.
To fall in love with hard work, you must understand why it's necessary. When I was young I was told that sugar was bad, but I never understood exactly why it was bad, so I kept eating it. Only when I learned how it chemically affected my body did I finally give it up. The same is true of work-- if you don't know why you have to work hard and love it, you'll probably never actually do it.
Work is your gift to the world. That sounds corny, but it's true. And believe me, you owe the world a gift or two. Think of all of the various things that millions of people around the world have done for you to enjoy the life you have. They made up languages, invented stuff, procreated at the exact right times to create your ancestry, and managed to not kill each other in the process. We're lucky to be here, and the high standard of living we all enjoy now is only because of those who came before us. Some, like Einstein, had huge impact, but even people you don't notice, like the janitors, are making your life better.