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."
Dan Redford has built a life at the intersection of China/Michigan relations, doing international U.S./China business in raising millions of dollars of investment from Chinese clients into the United States. Knowing he wanted to be involved in U.S./China business, his first large opportunity came as a result of being a paid attendee covering the Shanghai Expo, and connecting with traditional media throughout Michigan as part of that trip. All along the way, he's connected with great people, lent a helping hand, and taken leadership roles in organizations.
In this interview to promote his GiveGetWin deal, a Group Class on Establishing Leadership and Influence, he tells his journey towards leadership and influence positions, and gives you extremely practical guidelines on doing that in your life.
"The Journey Through Fear To Influence" by Dan Redford, as told to Sebastian Marshall
My family really helped me become a leader. My younger brother is a famous basketball player where we're from. As the oldest of our family, it was a really big challenge for me. Seeing my younger brother rise as an athlete in the community and I didn't have to the skills to do that, it hurt.
I didn't pursue playing basketball in high school for a year because I anticipated my younger brother would be starting as a freshman and not wanting to compete with him.