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It has been a while since I posted a transparency report.
I have a good reason for that though.
I needed a break from something boring.
Why do progress reports matters?
A progress report is a great tool to keep you on your toes. It shows your strengths and weakness. By taking a few minutes to pull together a few numbers, framing them in a way that makes sense to you, you can reset your strategy for next month.
I did this every month for ten months last year with my social networking numbers.
It was interesting to notice how much like a roller coaster my social networking efforts was from month to month. Two of those months were huge and the others were more mini-peaks and valleys.
But something was missing.
It was not until this year that I started getting regular engagement on this blog in the form of comments. That’s when I noticed a difference.
One day a week. That’s what changed. After doing some thinking, I figured out what matters to me on Sundays.
Feedback comes in many form. However, when it comes to engagement, there’s no greater feedback than feedback from my readers. While reflecting on this, I noticed how feedback matters as if we were gladiators in the arena.
As a result, I shifted my focus from social networking to feedback.
Two things happened.
- The numbers of visitors started going up.
- The number of comments started going up.
That means I am doing something right. While I still engage on my social networks, especially during AXSChat, where we discuss accessibility and inclusion topics every Tuesday, I don’t spend as much time as I used to because it was taking time away from this blog.
I don’t expect engagement on my transparency reports. Not everyone knows what to do with them. But they expect to get them.
They want to see the results.
It’s a lot like a stakeholder’s meeting. You can fill up an auditorium like Warren Buffet and give a presentation but only a handful of people in the auditorium will actually say something directly to Warren Buffet. The rest of them will go out forth into the world and spread the word.
So I have to finish my 15 minutes of reflection on my transparency report and ask you this.
Why do you expect progress reports?
Feel free to leave a comment below. Who knows? You might be the first person to ever comment on a progress report.