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Inspiration and Information: Feedback

champions-1411861_1280A big thank-you to several readers who took the time to give feedback on my ideas for a new blog post format. Marketing managers often quote Ken Blanchard, a leading management and leadership consultant, who said:

Feedback is the food of champions.

Blanchard modeled his trademark statement after the old Wheaties cereal tagline (the breakfast of champions), so it was familiar to just about everyone when he first came out with it. Organizations and bloggers alike can benefit from soliciting feedback from their customers and readers.

Information on Feedback

Readers who responded with suggestions or opinions were:

  • Jean Ann Williams who thought the two-part posts (Information, Inspiration) was a good idea.
  • Diana Derringer also liked it.
  • Laurean Brooks liked the idea, too.
  • Jeaninne Stokes thought the format would be a good, but she wondered if it would be more time-consuming than a one-topic post. She suggested trying it and watching the stats to monitor increased or decreased interest.
  • Cecelia Lester suggested doing separate posts for information and inspiration.
  • Mary Lester (no relation to Cecelia, as far as I know) suggested more visual content, and she liked the idea of having an encouraging quote in each post.
  • Tracy Crump likes the idea of quotes in each post. She observed that people want quicker reads these days, but she did not recommend making posts too short.
  • Paula Geister suggested having two posts per week. The inspirational post would go out on Monday to encourage writers as they start the new week. The information post could go out later in the week on regular schedule. She also mentioned that my informational posts are often inspiring. (Thanks, Paula).

So, I’ve got some one-topic posts scheduled through Labor Day. Then, I’ll give the new format a try for a month to see how we all like it.

Inspiration for the Week

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. —William Faulkner

From Advice to Writers: A Compendium of Quotes, Anecdotes, and Writerly Wisdom from a Dazzling Array of Literary Lightscompiled and edited by Jon Winokur.

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! Job 19:23 (KJV)

Many writers dream of having a book published. I hope you’re smiling now. This verse is, of course, out of context when applied to modern-day writers. Job was affirming that he would not curse God no matter how bad things got for him. Others had told him that God had abandoned him, but Job refused to believe it. Hang on to your dream of getting published. God will not abandon you, either.

If you did not have time to give feedback last week, please feel free to do so now. There are three ways to do that.

  1. Share in the comments. If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.
  2. Go to my contact page, and email me from there.
  3. Go to my Facebook author page, and look for this post. Comment on the Facebook post and let me know what you think.

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2 Responses to Inspiration and Information: Feedback

  1. Laurean Brooks August 27, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    Emily, I like the changes. Not too short, not too lengthy. As Goldilocks said, referring to Baby Bear’s porridge. “This one is ju-s-s-st right!”

  2. Emily Akin August 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm #


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