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Say Anything

Jul 09, 2013 // By Marcus Brotherton


Dear readers,
I’m going to press pause on this blog for a few weeks this summer just like last year so I can catch up on a backlog of work, transition to other writing projects, and spend time with my family during the three days in the Pacific Northwest when the sun actually comes out. Regular postings will continue in the fall.
Before I go, would you do me a huge favor?
Let me know how this blog can better serve you.
I began this blog 2 years ago with a vision of hanging out with you, the good folks who read my books, and talking about deep subjects together.
We focus on four main areas of practical leadership:
Who we are (our character),
What we do (our work),
Who we care for (relationships & family), and
What matters most (faith and purpose).
About 700 of you subscribe regularly to this blog and read it every week. About 12,000 of you stop by each month to read a page or two. What’s always important to me is the individual. I want to know how this blog can be sharpened and focused to better serve those who read it and forward the postings to their friends.
For that reason, would you take a few moments to “say anything” in answer to the following questions?
Please answer in the comments section below, or send me an email at:
allies [at] marcusbrotherton [dot] com
(no spaces between words, @ instead of ‘at’).
1.      WHAT TOPICS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE COVERED?
When you think about those four main leadership areas mentioned above, what would you say are the greatest needs in your life, or in the lives of your friends? What topics are most pressing to address in this blog?
2.      WHAT LENGTH OF ARTICLES DO YOU PREFER?
Would you rather see longer more thought-provoking postings, or quicker more scan-able postings?
3.      HOW OFTEN WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ AN ARTICLE?
Currently I post once a week. Would you like the frequency of postings to remain the same? If not, then how many postings? Twice a week? Once a month?
4.      WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN PREMIUM SERVICES OR AN E-STORE?
Many authors offer premium services or e-stores on their blogs where readers can purchase e-books, educational courses, coaching, or ancillary products such as t-shirts and posters. For instance, author Jeff Goins offers an extensive course on how to blog. Brett McKay at the Art of Manliness offers stickers, stationary, coasters, and more. If I offered a service or product for sale on this blog, what would you want it to be?
5.      HOW’S LIFE, BUBBA?
What have you been reading lately? How’s the weather where you live? Say anything else.
Thanks in advance for your replies!
Have a great summer,
—Marcus
  • I pop in, now and then and I am not sure that I have ever commented. But I do enjoy what I read and I gain inspiration in my desire to one day make a living from my writing as you do.

    Keep up the good work.

  • I love the once a week posts. In fact, it has inspired me to “try” to blog once a week myself. Hard when you are working on a book deadline and some articles BUT *no excuses* going to try. I do understand the need to take a break too SO I will look forward to reading more in the fall.

    In other news, I finally got around to reading, “Unbroken” and more about author Laura Hillenbrand. I am convinced she is my sister from another mister! I also am watching the documentary “Ghost Army” which if you haven’t seen it…I highly recommend it! We met producer/director Rick Beyer through the boy’s 101st performance AND he was so interesting to talk with…. A WWII enthusiast like us! Happy summer!

  • Marcus, I’ve been following your blog for some time and recently learned my wife knows your wife! I appreciate the weekly posts and especially the focus on the “who we are (our character)”. Keep up the great work and I am looking forward to any new developments!

    James Freeman
    President, Child and Youth Care Certification Board
    Training director, Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families

  • Andrew Skelly

    Hi Marcus, I like to pop in irregularly. I like the stories on those that lived trough WW2, they were a special generation, we can learn lots. I’m a firefighter I love to read and learn about leadership, teams and adversity. Keep up the good work and go with your gut it is your page

  • Thanks to the folks here for offering input, and thanks to the many more who sent me e-mails on the same subject. Much appreciated. Keep ’em coming.

  • Brandon D

    I enjoy your work. The two articles that stood out the most to me was the one about “Playing it Forward” (I think about that article every time I drive past the ice cream store in order to avoid temptation) and the article about the dogfight where the German pilot shielded the American plane.

    I’m not sure which categories these two fall in, but I love it! Thanks for your work!

  • Jeff

    I have forwarded more of your blogs than any other I read. Continue to help us protect our families, protect ourselves and make us think and always give a call to action.Keep the past always in our thoughts so we have strong examples to follow. Your Christian worldview is appreciated and gives us an anchor to stable our souls. And, more stories, we love stories.

  • Marcus,

    I really appreciate you and this blog. I will be a junior at Taylor University (IN) in the fall and am currently working at Kanakuk Kamps, a Christian sports camp in Branson Missouri, for the whole summer. At night I have been reading VFTP and have been loving it. I even share some of your writings (from the book and blog) to my campers. They love it. As a side note, my father wrote a book on coaching and parenting two years back. Thought you might enjoy so i will leave the link. Thanks so much!

    – Will

    http://www.keepersofthesandlot.com

  • bap

    I’m likely an outlier here, since I’m female and this is my very first time to your blog (via your article on AoM). You write well and I was drawn by your blog title.

    Personality-wise, I’m a very good worker/follower, not so much a leader. In the last few years, it’s become plain to me that developing some leadership skills would be immensely useful in achieving some of my life-goals, so here I am.

  • I’d keep it once a week, unless you feel inspired occasionally to jump in more often. In my experience there are few bloggers who have anything worthwhile to say more than once or twice a week. Plus that pace gives you more time for research.
    I especially enjoyed your post on Lance Armstrong, and used your exchange with reader Yuri as part of a guest sermon I gave in church recently about atheism. Keep up the great work!

  • @ David, thank you for your comment and for your kind words.

    Yuri comments on a regular basis, and his comments are always very intelligent and well-thought through. I’m glad that the larger community of readers surrounding this blog could help your endeavor.

    all best
    -MB

  • Hello David, thanks for doing that. I sure hope that what I wrote did not offend anyone.

    Marcus, about your questions:
    1. WHAT TOPICS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE COVERED?
    I really enjoy the different topics. About World War 2, about “family life”. Certain tips about how to achieve certain things in life. The variety of topics makes this blog very interesting.

    2.WHAT LENGTH OF ARTICLES DO YOU PREFER?
    I think the length should depend on the topics. If you have a post that needs more space, use that space. If it’s easy to keep it
    short, no reason to drag it out.

    3.HOW OFTEN WOULD YOU LIKE TO READ AN ARTICLE?
    Once a week is nice. Every week I honestly look forward to the next blog post.

    4. WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN PREMIUM SERVICES OR AN E-STORE?
    I had a look at the webstore of Jeff Goins. He has some nice things to offer. For me personally, as I am writing my first book, without any education in writing/researching, and
    writing it in English (not my native language), I surely would be interesting in PDF “courses” or techniques that might help in
    writing a book. Maybe also an editing service? These are things I will be looking for when I feel my manuscript is good enough to be reviewed by someone else. right now, I am just doing what feels right.

    5.HOW’S LIFE, BUBBA?
    Life is good. Enjoying the time with my girlfriend and our little 3 month old baby girl. What more do you need? 🙂
    I hope all is well for you too Marcus!

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