As I looked out my kitchen window this morning, drinking in the sight of the trees in all their glory, I started thinking about how those trees change with the seasons, and how each change plays its part in their growth. If they’re not undergoing some type of change, they’re most likely dead. Even the evergreens, though their foliage might not look any different on the outside, undergo changes as they grow and reproduce.
That led me to thinking about this blog and whether, like those trees, it needs to undergo some changes. Is it serving the purpose it needs to serve?
I have a sign hanging on the bulletin board over my desk that says, “Be the resource you wish you had.” I put it up there soon after I started this blog, because I wanted a reminder of why I was doing this to begin with.
There’s only one problem with this little sign – this blog doesn’t need to be the resource I wish I had; it needs to be the resource you wish you had. This thought really hit home the other day when I was answering the questions for the Your Fibro Questions Answered feature. I realized that people who are looking for answers don’t necessarily have the same needs or preferences I have.
I know the types of blogs I like to read, and which type I find the most helpful, but this blog isn’t for me. My entire reason for starting it was so that hopefully, I could help others living with fibromyalgia or other chronic illness, wherever they might be on their journey.
In order to do that, I realize I may need to make some changes. Obviously, I’m not planning to change everything I’m doing, and it would be a gradual process, but I really want to provide the information people want and need.
The problem then becomes, “but how do I know what people who visit my blog need?” You guys know me well enough by now to know that I always use the simple approach – so I figure I’ll just ask.
That’s where you come in. You could really help by providing some insight into what you, the wonderful people who take the time to read what I’m writing, would like to see here.
Here are a few questions for you:
- What types of posts do you find most helpful?
- Which are your favorite ones to read?
- Would you like to see more research-based posts?
- Do you find general wellness posts (such as the Wellness Wednesday posts) helpful?
- What are the most pressing issues/challenges you experience with your chronic illness?
- What do you search for most often when you’re researching your illness?
- What have I forgotten to ask?
I know you don’t have time to answer all these questions – you’re busy people – but if there are questions that strike a chord with you, or certain things you’d like to see on here, please let me know. My goal is to make this the resource you want!