A Reader’s Poll
Here’s the thing: traffic was down 3.01% last week and down 6.11% the week before. That’s all I needed to see before deciding I’m headed for complete and utter ruin, washed up, a has been (ta-da!, a K2).
But traffic is a variable, right? An indicator? Please, tell me it’s not necessarily a harbinger of doom. Tell me it could be a harmless, inconsequential blip. No, don’t, I won’t believe you. I’ll still freak out and worry and obsess over it.
I mean, I’ve been mired in a blunk (blog funk) for what seems like forever and, while I tried to maintain some standards when publishing posts, maybe I didn’t. Maybe I’ve been posting crap all along. Steaming piles of the stuff. How would I know? I’ve lost all perspective. Up is down, black is white, and I’m dizzy.
So I keep asking myself: is this the beginning of a trend? Have I lost my relevance as a blogger? Am I not funny anymore; well, assuming I ever was? Are my topics uninspired and predictable? Should I leave blogging to the professionals? Those questions taunt me.
I need your help to find the answers. Maybe we can turn this ship around, bring the old fun back. Make a few improvements here, add new features there, hire a writer, polish this, burnish that, put in an oxygen bar, et voila, a new and improved blog experience for you, my loyal and discerning readers. Would you like that, a better blog experience?
I would, so I hope you’ll give me a chance to shape up and fix the error of my ways. Simply answer a few quick questions and — bada bing, bada boom — we’ll be on our merry way. Please secure your flotation device.
1. Does the content on publikworks stink?
a.) Yes, ma’am, it does.
b.) No worse than usual.
c.) What’s a publikworks?
2. Is there too much whining and complaining?
a.) Yes, there is, you big crybaby.
b.) No, there’s not enough.
c.) I don’t know, I only look at the pictures.
3.) Do you have any favorite posts or topics or categories?
Which ones ______________________?
4.) Would you like more variety?
a.) More videos and music, please.
b.) I like to enter contests.
c.) Poetry slams.
d.) Games are fun.
e.) Happy hour specials.
f.) A mosh pit.
g.) Better, funnier posts would be nice.
5.) Do you have any interest in:
a.) Book reviews and / or recommendations.
b.) More science and astronomy and topical interest posts.
c.) The revival of Half-Baked, our weekly review of new books and music and other hip stuff.
d.) Receiving occasional and offbeat tweets.
e.) Better, funnier posts would be nice.
6.) Would a change in format help?
a.) It wouldn’t hurt.
b.) No, not at all.
7.) How about a complete overhaul?
a.) Yes, change everything.
b.) Nah, leave it alone.
c.) Change is refreshing, but it needn’t be drastic — new curtains will work wonders.
Well, I guess that about covers it. If you have any suggestions or opinions or tips or answers, please drop a comment in the comment box or shoot me an email. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’ll let you know the results of the poll and of any planned changes in a future post.
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