Would you mind giving me some feedback please?

May 6, 2009

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I’m trying to do a Blog Tune-Up and I need your help – would you mind if I pick your brain for a moment?  Could you take second and write me a quick comment on what you think?

I started this blog last August in an attempt to

  1. Share some of the homeschooling resources, ideas, and tips I’d come across day to day. 
  2. My other hope was that the blog would develop a sort of community feel with parents commenting, giving feedback, and sharing their own great ideas and suggestions.

I feel like I’ve been trying to do #1 most of the time, but #2 hasn’t really happened.  When I look at my blog traffic, most of it comes from search engines, which means people are looking for a certain topic, find one of my articles, read it, and then move on.  Not very many stay or come back to read new material.

So, I thought that maybe I could do a better job meeting your needs and encouraging your feedback and involvement if I asked you what I could do better.

So, I’d love to read a comment from you about:

  • What you like about HomeschoolBytes.
  • What you don’t like or isn’t really of use to you.
  • The kinds of posts I should write more of.
  • Challenges you/others have homeschooling that I could address.
  • Resources you need help finding and would love some ideas about.
  • What you think I could do to make the blog more inviting for readers to comment and come back daily to read.
  • Any great ideas you have!! 

I’ve always been impressed with how much homeschool parents know, and how helpful they are.  So, if you have a second and could help me out . . . Thanks in advance for the good advice!

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5 Comments so far

  1. Becky May 8, 2009 11:18 am

    I love your site!! I have visited many of the sites you link to. For me I am lazy about commenting.
    I agree with the above posts about asking questions that draw your readers into conversation.
    Thanks for the great site.

  2. Misty May 6, 2009 9:12 pm

    Thanks for the comments, gals!

    Cindy – The teen topics and question of the day are both great ideas.

    Olympia and Shelly – it’s funny and seems so simple, but you’re right, maybe I just need to ask more questions and I’ll get more conversations going. Thanks!

  3. Shelley Nash May 6, 2009 4:35 pm

    I agree with an earlier comment…ask a question that will get people to share, brag, debate, discuss, help, etc.

    I found you through your twitter request, so keep working on that 🙂

  4. Olympia May 6, 2009 4:00 pm

    I’m new to the site and enjoying it so far. I’m probably not the person to ask regarding feedback since I’ve only read a few posts, but so far, I’ve found value in everything I’ve read. You seem to cover a wide range of resources from books, lessons, websites, crafts, games and what have you. I just want to thank you for this endeavor, because homeschoolers already have their hands full as it is, having a great blog like this makes it a little easier.

    I’m glad I found your blog through our twitter connection.

    I think social networking may help you to gain more of a following and interaction on the blog. I stopped by because of your request for feedback. Maybe you can ask your readers for their feedback more often and even pose the same questions on all the social networks you participate in…that’s if you aren’t already doing so.

    Well, I hope that helped, you’re sure helping me! Take care.

  5. Cindy May 6, 2009 11:59 am

    I like the website, and really, can’t think of many problems with it. Perhaps you just need more advertising to get the news of your journal out there?

    You have some great ideas and good sites that I haven’t seen elsewhere, and I’ve been homeschooling for a very long time now.

    The only thing I can think of, off the top of my head, would be to add more ideas for teens. There are tons of websites for littler kids, but I haven’t found a lot for teens, especially teens who have learning disabilities. The stuff I’ve found is rather babyish.

    What about doing something like a question of the day, and ask for homeschooling parents to give their opinions or answers? Something like, “What is your favorite math site online?” “How do you motivate your teens to actually do work of some sort?” Just a thought.

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