What do you people want from me? (A Happy Post)


by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

So every few months, I like to take a long hard look at the blog in order to generate some fresh ideas about how to draw new readers and keep current ones.

Some ideas I’m currently tossing around include: working harder to employ the same writing style in posts that I employ in my books (more story, less ranting!); sticking to the Monday-Wednesday-Friday post schedule; including more interviews with fellow bloggers and writers; including more links as resources; returning to book reviews; and of course updating some of the site’s graphics and pages.

Regarding topics, I’d like to write more about church (believe it or not, it looks like Dan and I will be partnering with some old friends to start a new one in Dayton!), community, love as fundamental, Dayton, the Scopes Trial, women in leadership, reflections on Scripture, writing, religious pluralism, and of course my favorite themes—doubt, faith, and questions. I’d also like to respond more quickly to news events and trends, giving you the opportunity to weigh in right away.

Of course, there’s always the fear that I will run out of things to say…or perhaps worse, I’ll keep writing even AFTER I’ve run out of things to say!

So I need your help.

Please consider answering some of the following questions to help me reassess “Evolving in Monkey Town” and make it a better forum and community.

1. What are your favorite blogs? Which ones do you visit every day, and what do you like about them?

2. How do you keep up with “Evolving in Monkey Town”? Do you subscribe through a reader? Do you follow links from Facebook and Twitter?  Do you simply visit the site when you happen to think of it?

3. How did you first find “Evolving in Monkey Town”?

4. Regarding navigation and site design, do you have any suggestions for the site?

5. Perhaps most importantly - What topics would YOU like to discuss on the blog? Which conversations have you enjoyed in the past? What would you like to see me write more about, and what would you like to see me write less about? I'm really open to your ideas on this! I want YOU to help guide the conversations here. 

Feel free to offer constructive criticism. Remember, I'm a full-time writer...so I'm used to "feedback"! :-)

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