In the past two weeks or so, I’ve learned that many of you have been reading this blog since its beginning in 2008, while some others of you have been reading for a few days because some friend or neighbor recently passed it along (thanks for that, by the way, friend-slash-neighbor).
I’ve also learned that a lot of you have kids around my kids’ ages, that your babies are awfully cute, that some of your kids are grown and out of the house, and some others of you aren’t parents at all.
You work from home, you work out of the home, you homeschool, public, and private school. You’re military, you’re an entrepreneur, you move every eighteen months, and you’ve lived in the same city your whole life.
Basically, these reader meetups have taught me that, true as it seems here online: you all are a seriously diverse group. And I couldn’t be happier about that. I learned this last year when I did our survey, but it’s still been so fun to learn it in the flesh, right in front of you.
Seriously, these reader meetups have been the most fun I’ve had in quite awhile.
I can hardly believe that it’s been a whole year since I last asked y’all questions in a survey—and since I learned so much last time, I think I’m going to make this an annual thing. It helps me adjust the rudders on this ship we’re sailing, because this blog is here mostly for YOU. And I want it to benefit you.
Comments have been way down the past twelve months around here, yet I take solace that it sounds like this is a blogosphere-wide issue. More and more of you would rather chat on social media, and while I’d never hold anyone’s feet to the flame and make them comment (heck, I hardly leave comments on blogs I read!), it does make it a little trickier to know what posts you love and which ones you find sorta “meh.”
So a survey is a great way for me to really hear from you, because I want to make this space one you love, and because I want to make the Internet a better place—not just one more voice shouting in an echo chamber.
Please head here to take this year’s short reader survey—it really will help us so much. Plus, answering questions anonymously—tell me you can’t think of a better way to spend a few minutes. I know I can’t.
A few tidbits:
We’ve got a new podcast episode! This one is with Stephanie Langford, recorded a few weeks ago when she was still in Australia. She and her family have just returned from their round-the-world, year-long trip… sound familiar? So from where she sits in a noisy Melbourne coffee shop, I ask her all sorts of questions about their journey—what they’ve learned, what they packed, how they did school, and what were their favorite places. It’s a really fun one!
The next reader meetup is in New York City! Sunday, February 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Head here for more details—all are welcome, even kids! Bring your books if you’d like them signed.