Each time that I return to work, I get a huge slap in the face from reality. It is never a smooth transition no matter how many times I do it. My first official return to work after a year-long maternity leave was tough but I came out of that thinking I had things sort of figured out (read my 10 tips for moms returning to work). Then came summer vacation and a refreshing taste of what it was like to be able to adventure whenever, blog as much as I wanted, and take a break from my real full-time job, teaching. The September back-to-school period felt harder than the initial return in a lot of ways, mostly because I thought I knew what to expect, but obviously wasn’t prepared, and it only confirmed how much I want parenting, adventuring and blogging to be my full-time occupations. I’ve gotten used to a new normal and am still coming to terms with “good enough” (read more about that struggle here), but my blog is still more often a source of stress, not enjoyment, and it’s time to change that! I did some research and it sounds like it’s time for a Reader Engagement Survey!
That’s where you come in! I NEED YOUR HELP! I only have so much time and energy to put into my blog and am accepting that I can’t do as much with it as I’d like to right now. So, it’s up to you to help me decide how that time and energy are best spent. Why did you start reading my posts or following me on social media in the first place? Why do you keep coming back? Which posts do you enjoy most? What would you like to see more of? Is there anything you don’t like? Should I give up on Twitter and Pinterest? (I sort have already, but is that a bad decision?) All of that and more in the Reader Engagement Survey below…
In the same way that we research, crowdsource and plan for adventures, I need to do the same for this blog. Where is it going? How will it get there? What are the most important elements? Some of that is for me to decide on my own, but much of it can come from you, yes YOU! I don’t write this blog so that I can look back on it and learn from my own mistakes (that’s definitely part of it, lol, but there’s more). I write to help you, inspire you, motivate you, share great gear with you, ultimately to get you out the door with your kids so that we can raise a generation to love and protect the earth and be happier and healthier for it! Step one of my researching, crowdsourcing and planning is a Reader Engagement Survey.
This survey should not take you more than 5-10 minutes to complete and the answers will help me so much and will, in turn, help you and more families like yours and mine. I am not offering any kind of gift or prize to those who fill this out, as I want honest opinions from true fans. Please know though that I truly appreciate you taking a little bit of time out of your busy day to help me – we rise by lifting others!
To fill out the survey, simply scroll down as it is embedded in this post. Thank you so much for your time and your help, I really and truly appreciate it!
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