Always Well Within

Calm Your Mind, Ease Your Heart, Embrace Your Inner Wisdom

I Hear You! Reader Survey Results

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When I read your responses to my Reader Survey, I couldn’t help but feel you are my “perfect people.”  You get Always Well Within and you get me.

Although we are beautifully in sync, your responses show me where to focus so I can benefit you even more. And, they highlight where not to go so I don’t waste your time.

Thank you so much for your heartfelt replies.  I feel deeply moved by all that you’ve said and alert to your requests, which I will incorporate in my future posts.  Here are the survey questions and an overview of your collective responses.

What three post topics do you enjoy the most at Always Well Within? Choices:

  • Personal Transformation
  • Working with Emotions
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Nourishment for the Spirit
  • Living with Ease (Stress Reduction)
  • Inspiration and Quotations

You seem equally interested in all the above topics with the exception of Inspiration and Quotations, which had a small show of hands.  This tells me we’re in alignment and to keep writing on the same overarching themes.

Additional suggestions:  Write on aging gracefully and a special interest in posts on anxiety, fear, and Buddhism.

What are your three biggest life challenges that you would like me to address on Always Well Within?  Choices:

  • Life Balance
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Productivity
  • Simplicity
  • Money
  • Confidence
  • Motivation
  • Stress Relief
  • Emotional Balance
  • Spiritual Meaning

As a group, your biggest interests are in the areas of Life Balance, Simplicity, and Spiritual Meaning with Emotional Balance and Stress Relief running closely behind.  You’re least interested in communication.

Additional suggestions:  Write about cancer and other physical challenges, accepting chronic illness, communication and relationships, doing what’s right for oneself instead of sticking with old habits, and dealing with tragedy and grief.

I’ll definitely write on the topics you’ve requested in the coming months.

What three topics would interest you the most as a fee-based e-course? Choices:

  • Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Working with Emotions
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • The Art of Contemplation
  • Loving Kindness
  • How to Write Compelling Blog Posts
  • Overcoming Digital Overwhelm
  • I’m Not Interested in E-courses

Mindfulness Meditation and How to Write Compelling Blog Posts were the leaders with Boosting Self Esteem and Working with Emotions close behind. Some of you cannot afford to pay for e-courses. I’ll offer a scholarship option in the future.

Additional suggestions:   E-courses on relationships, simplifying your life, clarifying your life work and purpose, creating a meaningful portfolio career and trusting your inner wisdom.

If the price was right, would you be interested in an ongoing monthly membership program with instruction, instruction, inspiration, and support on one of these topics?

  • Mindful Living and Stress Reduction Meditation
  • Compassion and Contemplation
  • I’m not interested in a monthly membership program

Most of you are not interested in a monthly membership program. Of those who are, there’s more interest in Mindful Living and Stress Reduction.

Additional suggestions: a closer look on relationship and daily troubles from the Buddhist point of view, blog writing, and motivation versus fear.

Where is the best place to connect with you in the world of social media. Choices:

I love that a fourth of you are not on social media much at all!  Facebook is the resounding leader  in response to this question with Twitter second and Google+ a weak third.

The very best place to connect with me is right here on my blog.  If you haven’t subscribed already, please consider doing so:  Click here to subscribe for free updates by email.  And, if you’d like to connect with me on social media too just click any of the links above.

Thank you so much for sharing my posts on social media.  It helps bring my work to others who may benefit and I’m so grateful.

What do you find unique about my blog and my approach?

These are some of the words you used to describe my writing and approach on Always Well Within.

  • Soothing, calm, uplifting, loving, compassionate, peaceful, gentle, soft, warm, inviting, serene, quiet tone, a place where I could rest my head, kind, positive, centering, inspiring, friendly
  • Open, honest, universal, heart-felt, personal
  • Encouraging, hopeful, motivating from within
  • Simple, direct, understandable, thoughtful, based on real life, serious, straightforward, trustworthy, non-judgmental, sincere, attentive, think outside the box
  • Intelligent, well-informed, challenging, practical, helpful, thought-provoking
  • Clear, meaningful, unique, simple yet profound, deep and light, insightful and wise
  • Your spirit, your life, your personality are present
  • Reminders for living, encouragement on living mindfully
  • Mindfulness and spirituality permeates your posts
  • Very spiritual and inspiring; not overbearing on the senses; upholds “always well within”
  • Humility, you so clearly express your own emotions, pain, joy, experiences and insights
  • You connect with the reader, I feel seen
  • A bridge between Easter and Western thinking; your unusually succinct interpretation of Buddhist thought, the Eastern perspective on common issues
  • Short, meditative writings I can reflect on with my morning tea
  • I always connect with what you say
  • The spiritual quest for simplicity
  • Resources:  links, articles, and books

Naturally, your appreciative words mean so much to me.  They capture my purpose for writing and make me feel so aligned with you.  Most importantly, they illustrate that we are a community of like-minded people who value peace, love, and wisdom and aspire to actualize these qualities within ourselves.  Of course, we are all in the midst of polishing our stone, but we can accept and love one another as rough as we may still be.

Is there anything else you would like to share?  Any additional suggestions?

  • How to be compassionate to someone I don’t really like. (You might like to read my four part series on compassion that starts with this post:  How to Cultivate Genuine Compassion:  Begin with Impartiality.)
  • More about mid-life challenges and success.
  • Your views on the wicked, manipulative, and negatively-minded people of the world. (I responded to this request with this article:  Good, Evil, and the Meaning of Always Well Within.)
  • I’d like to know more about your lifestyle in Hawaii.
  • The font is too small and I prefer a sans serif font.  (I’ve increased the font size. I hope that helps!)

Looking Ahead

I’m always learning so much about myself!  I’ve come to realize even more that I need more down time than the average person because I’m an introvert and a highly sensitive person who also needs space and time for spiritual practice and my health.  So, bearing all this in mind as well as my wish to write useful articles for you:

  • I’ll post a new article once a week on Sunday.  I’ll occasionally post mid-week when inspiration strikes or I have a special guest post.
  • I’m revising my Living with Ease e-course into a self-study program so you can purchase and follow it any time.  I plan to release it in April or May.
  • Mindfulness will most likely be the topic of my next e-course.  While I would love to have this ready for the fall, it may not be ready till 2015.
  • I might try out short audio posts now and then.  A few of you suggested this and it might be fun to try.

I feel so blessed to be connected with all of you.  Thank you so much to the many people who responded.  The path ahead is clear. I’ll keep writing especially for you.

If you didn’t get a chance to respond to the survey, feel free to share your thoughts and requests in the comments.

I’m glad you’re here and thank you so much for sharing my posts.  If you’re new, please consider subscribing for free updates by email.  With love, Sandra


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  1. Jean Sampson

    What wonderful responses you got, Sandra! And I am ALL FOR an audio post or two because hearing the sound of someone’s voice adds another dimension entirely! So, yes, and just keep on taking excellent care of yourself and sharing all of your wonderful thoughts and ideas with us! We appreciate your thoughts and ideas AND we appreciate YOU! Love to you! <3

    • HI Jean, They are wonderful, I agree and feel very moved! I’m curious about trying something different, but I don’t know how soon I’ll do an audio post. As you say, right now, I ‘m focused on taking care of myself along with sharing and caring. Thanks for your sweet words of appreciation. I love hearing from you. Your thoughts always add to the conversation!

  2. I love that you did this survey. The results are so interesting! (And please note that I love serif fonts for reading text. It feels soft on my eyes.) I’ve also recently discovered that a good portion of my potential readers are not on social media. I’m working on getting a public blog back up and I probably will not even focus on social media.

    • Thank you, Nicole. That’s so interesting that many of your potential readers aren’t on social media. I would love to know how you will reach out to people!

      I love serif fonts, too. Since everyone has different preferences it would be hard to make everyone happy! Wishing you the best.

  3. Sandra I found it so interesting reading this even though it’s not my blog I loved hearing what your readers are interested in and of course I agreed with them – probably because I was one of the people surveyed 🙂

    It’s so good to get this type of feedback and it’s well overdue on my blog. I’ve run surveys in the past but not for a while so you’re trailblazing. Love that your readers aren’t interested in monthly programs and so many aren’t on social media. That really frees up your time to focus on what they do want and work on your blog and products.

    Most of all I am so excited to read all the things your readers love about your blog. Those are the most brilliant recommendations and feedback you could ever get. This is definitely a time for you to celebrate and take stock of the amazing things you’ve achieved yet.

    I can’t wait to see how you develop the blog and I know whatever you do it will just keep getting better and better.

    • Dear Annabel,

      Reader surveys are truly precious, aren’t they? I feel so blessed by all the responses I receive. It’s really given me an eye into what’s important for my reader. You’re so right that it frees me up to work on the priorities and not mess with the small stuff, where we can lose our time and energy so easily as a blogger. I hope you do one on your blog soon too!

      I’m definitely taking your advice and celebrating! My readers describe exactly how I want my blog (and me) to be. Even though I’m far from perfect, it’s all about the journey and heading in a good direction together.

      The interesting thing is that I’m mostly slowing down and I’m not a remarkably innovative person. So time will tell what might come next. But, most importantly I’ll be responding to my reader’s requests in my writing.

      Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate you!

  4. Hi Sandra,

    I found you via The Progress Lounge this morning (I’m new there!) and this is the first post I’ve read on your blog.

    Thanks for sharing your survey and reader responses – it’s a wonderful and personal introduction to you and your site.

    It’s always a pleasure to receive that ‘spark’ from someone who is sharing their gifts: Your gentle sparks of receiving, listening, and thoughtfully responding to your readers’ remarks create a friendly caring oasis of ease!

    As I read through this post I felt my shoulders relax and my breathing soften. I’m looking forward to reading more!

    In Delight and Gratitude,


    • Thank you so much, Frances! I’m glad this post inspired you to relax and breath easy. That makes my day. I love this description: ” a friendly caring oasis of ease.” I look forward to connecting with you in the Progress Lounge, where we can delight and share gratitude too.

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