I need you!

I’m taking a blogging class, and my instructor suggested the following:

If I had to leave you with a final thought it would be to separate your blog from your personal life and think of it as its own unique entity that has a very defined audience. Anything that doesn’t serve that defined audience, probably doesn’t belong on the blog if your goals are to serve that audience as best as you can and to grow your blog as largely as possible with as much engagement as possible.

Maybe you could try sending a survey to your current list and asking for feedback on what they enjoy reading the most on your blog and why to see if they can help you narrow things in a bit.

That’s what this page is for. I need you to help me zero in on the purpose of this blog. That means I need you to tell me why you read it, what kinds of posts you care most and least about, and a few other things that will help me make this blog a success for a bigger and bigger audience.

Will you help me by taking my 7-question survey?

I would be eternally grateful!

4 Reasons You Should Sign Up for my Email List Today

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If you’re interested in my writing, you need to sign up for my email list. You may have heard this before and thought, “Why get more stuff in my Inbox? I’ll just go to the site once in a while.” Here are four good reasons you should sign up for my email list right now.

1. You won’t need to think about going to the site. My posts come to you. You can always hit the delete key if a post comes that you don’t care to read, but this way you lay your eyes on the headline of every post. Which means…

2. You won’t miss something valuable. If you’ve read much of my work, you know I write — almost exclusively — about stuff that matters. Big time. I write about self-improvement, the search for God, improving relationships, and other big topics. I write provocative things, things that make people think, things that if you take them seriously, it’ll change your life big time. Check around the web — my voice is pretty unique. You won’t get these views most other places. When my posts come to your Inbox, you’ll get to quickly and easily see what every post is about and decide whether or not it’s for you. The ones you miss when you’re not signed up could have been the ones that could have changed your attitude, your relationships, or maybe even your life.

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Wow — Blog exploded!

Okay — yesterday I announced on this site that I had installed a new theme on my blog, and yesterday my blog got 400 page views. That’s almost double what an average post gets. And 39 of those views came from Twitter, so thanks especially to my tweeps who stopped by the site to check it out.

Michael Hyatt‘s Get Noticed theme is fantastic if you’re serious about blogging, but still requires a lot of time and energy to set up, especially if you are like me — a blogging mortal who does it all alone!

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope more of you will do so today, and even sign up to get my posts in your Inbox.

Pardon My Dust — Changing Theme on Website

I apologize for the mess on the site right now. I am making some radical revisions to this place! These changes will allow me to communicate more clearly with you than ever. I won’t announce a “finished” time, you’ll just notice the site changing a lot over the next few months, with stuff being added, changed, subtracted, cleaned up, etc.

It will be messy sometimes, but I hope it won’t often be annoying! I am sorry for the inconvenience, and so appreciate your patience.

No New Posts Lately?

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and I am posting this just so you know I know. Sometimes when I have just a short observation I struggle with whether to post to this blog or to my Facebook page or to Twitter. I hope you’re following me on both of those as well! I have been using Twitter and Facebook quite a bit, as I haven’t had time to develop a full blog post in several weeks. I’m knee-deep in a huge initiative at the church I pastor, and seeing clients more often than usual. If you are a subscriber, I hope you’ll hang with me. Going against all the conventional wisdom for growing a blog, I post in spurts, sometimes several times a week and then going without posting for a month or two at a time. I have reconciled that this is simply how I roll, and those of you willing to roll with me will hopefully benefit when new posts finally come out. I do try to post thoughtful work that helps you see with a new perspective and/or challenges your current ways of understanding your life. That will continue, and I won’t just post for the sake of posting.

If you are subscribed to this blog, thanks especially to you. Your readership, comments, and support means more than I can say. Meantime, I have an idea for a quickie I’ll put up right now!

–dave