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Thank You for Your Calls

I consider Reader Request Month to have been a success. It pushed me to write about things I wouldn’t have otherwise, to dig deeper into my thinking about certain topics. It also forced me to spend more time writing posts, because I wasn’t reaching for the same low-hanging fruit that I always do. I have a backlog of questions that I didn’t answer simply because I didn’t have time to think through my answers to all of them. I intend to get to them at some point, I just haven’t yet. And of course, I’m always open to any questions you might have in the future.

What did you think?


Fitness: 30 minute workout
Writing: 0 words, 266 average

Operators are Standing By

Another month of blogging is behind me, and now I’m one-third of the way to my goal of posting every day in 2011. In May, I want to mix it up a bit.

Last October, I was invited to speak at the GM’s Conference at RinCon. I was given a thirty-minute slot. Instead of talking for the whole time, I prepared seven minutes of remarks and answered questions for twenty. And as good as the presentation was, the Q&A was better.

I’ve noticed a similar thing with this blog recently. I’ve gotten a bit monotonous with my posts, as my inspiration tends to be whatever I’m doing at the moment, and I do the same things a lot. My favorite posts to write — and many people’s favorite posts to read — are often those on topics that I don’t come up with myself but that respond to something someone has asked me about.

So May is reader request month. As much as possible, I want my writing to be in response to questions you ask me. Obviously, depending on the volume and quality of the questions, I might not be doing it every day. We’ll just have to see.

You can ask me questions either in the comments to this post or by using the contact form. Ask away!


Fitness: Biked 17 miles
Writing: 538 words, 267 average

One Quarter Done

I’m now 25% of the way through the Post A Day Challenge. Woo-hoo!

If you could take five minutes and comment on this post, I’d appreciate it. How am I doing so far? What do you like or dislike? What should I do more or less of? What should I try, change, or stop?


Two Down, Ten to Go

Just as I did at the end of January, I’m asking for reader feedback on the last month of blogging. What are your favorite posts from the past twenty-eight days? Your least favorite? What you like or dislike about them? Are there any patterns?


Can I Get Some Gets?

Tell me what to do. I am your blogmonkey.

In improv, we’ll often start a scene by asking for something from the audience.1 Why? One reason is so they know we’re actually improvising, rather than working from a script or from pre-rehearsed bits. The better reason is to prompt our creativity, to push ourselves outside of our heads and our normal boxes.

This is basically what I did with Becky during our first Fourth Friday Challenge. That was successful enough that (1) we’re going to do it again, and (2) I want to widen it. This is where you, faithful reader, come in.

Either in the comments to this post or using the form on the About page, give me some writing prompts. It could a be question, a topic, a restriction — anything that I can use to mix things up a bit. I’ll toss these into my blogging ideas file and use them to fuel future posts. Sound good?

So, can I get…

1 In techincal terms, it’s a called a “get,” which leads to fun sentences like, “What kind of get to you want to get?”