Sundays is a good day for what Jack does.
Reflection. Feedback. Strategy. Get Ready.
As a blogger, my question is exactly what kind of feedback am I supposed to be looking for? After doing some research, it appears to be feedback can be found in different areas.
- Look for feedback from those we engage with? Yes.
- Look for feedback from those we engage with on our site? Yes.
- Look for feedback from those we engage with on their site? Yes.
- Look for feedback from those we engage with on social networks? No.
After almost a year of posting monthly transparency reports, I took a break from it for almost two months. The reason is because I was not quite satisified with them. It is great to be transparent.
What was not so great was being a robot.
Meaning I was tracking the same numbers over and over. And it felt like I was becoming a robot. Trying to repeat the same level of success in what was pretty much a roller coaster year with regards to social networking on a monthly basis.
Some months were great.
Others were simply too busy to bother with. Those months, while busy in other areas, resulted in a not so great performance. This seems to create a psychological impact that can be avoided.
The Psychology of Success
Last week, I returned to a site I haven’t visited in a while. On their blog, they posted a transparency report that caught my attention. I check out the last three transparency report they did and one thing became obvious.
- They do not track the same numbers over and over.
- Nor do they publish on a regular basis over and over.
- But they do publish a transparency report from time to time.
For some reason, noticing this reminded me of something I read in a book by Peter Drucker, Managing for Results (Amazon Associate link). Peter talks about how businesses live or die by the decisions of those who are outside of the business. Not within.
In other words, your desicion whether you want an accessible product or an inclusive experience will determine whether your business lives or die.
In a sense, it is like the ancient times when the gladiators fought in the arena. Regardless of who won, the winner still have to find out from the crowd outside the arena whether their victory is worth a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.”
To sum up my thoughts, it is not what your numbers are outside the door that matters. It is what your numbers are inside the door that matters. By engaging with your readers, whether on your site or their sites, they will decide whether your business lives or die.
15 Minutes Are Up.
My fifteen minutes of reflective writing is up.
This may become a regular exercise. It takes time for a train of thought to get the engine going. Apparently, I am writing freestyle which is not my goal but it does seem to serve a purpose in laying down the train for my train of thought to set upon.
For now, let me ask you.
What exactly does feedback means to you on a personal level?