This past weekend I launched my 2014 Reader Survey. I had fully intended on doing this last year as well but never did get around to it. As a result this year’s results were extremely beneficial!
The best part about this process has not only been the incredible insights you guys have offered and blessed me with, but also the excitement of knowing that ultimately your feedback will help me make some tweaks and improvements that benefit you.
To all of those who responded, I can’t say “Thank You” enough!
I posted on Facebook the other day, that the weight I felt while reading your heartfelt responses were an incredible gift to me and I can assure you I will be referring back to them often.
I must admit that of all the insights that were made, I was a bit surprised by the suggestions to make marriage and parenting a greater priority on the site. I didn’t see that coming at all, but considering those are two things I’m very passionate about, I look forward to including more content on both of them.
In addition to announcing the winner of the $25 Amazon Gift Card, I told you I would present you guys with 3 of my key takeaways from your responses.
So here they are:
1. Intimacy with Christ. Almost every single person, when asked to identify their greatest need, spiritually speaking, communicated something along the lines of intimacy with Christ. There were a few variances here, but the overwhelming majority of responses all spoke to this need. Your answers give me great encouragement because they’ve confirmed some suspected beliefs I’ve had for quite some time. The awesome thing, that is, the key to unlocking a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ is simply by experiencing the Gospel, and that just so happens to be something I find quite easy to talk and write about. In fact nothing breathes more life into me than that. For months now, I’ve been working through the early stages of a discipleship course that hinges on this idea of experiencing the gospel. I’m anxious to reveal it all to you guys!
2. Don’t be a people pleaser. Of course there’s a risk when asking and inviting honest feedback, but to not risk anything is to accept a death sentence, essentially killing our very own hearts. Knowing my tendencies to struggle with this area, people pleasing, I was blessed beyond measure by the feedback to follow more of my heart with the content I share. Naturally as a communicator, I fear not having anyone to communicate with, so gravity has a strong pull in directions to participate in trends or fads with no real kingdom value. You guys made it clear, that you trust me to speak to the things that need to be spoken.
3. Honesty is always the best policy. The experts are divided on this. I mean some of them suggest honesty, but rarely employ it themselves. Several of you actually specifically mentioned that. I can remember on more than one occasion where someone of influence told me that I was too honest. I didn’t quite know how to take that kind of feedback, especially considering it goes against every fiber of my being. So needless to say, receiving numerous comments about the format of this blog and the vulnerability with which I share, further convinces me that what’s needed is not more experts or those who pretend to be, but rather honest humility and kindness.
Of course there were lots of other important takeaways for me which I will continue to digest and use to make improvements. Overall this has been one of the best experiences for me both professionally and personally, so thanks again to all those who participated!
Now on with the good stuff.
A very special congratulations goes out to Gabe Garcia for winning the $25 Amazon Gift Card! Thanks Gabe for participating and lending your voice to making the.josh.collins [dot] com even better! You’ll be receiving the gift card later today via email.
If you didn’t win, have no fear, there are TONS of giveaways coming up! I was blessed with some incredible resources last year that I’m super excited to be sharing with you guys in the coming weeks.
If you weren’t able to complete the survey or perhaps didn’t even know about it, feel free to leave a comment below with any additional feedback! I’d love to hear it!