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
- 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!)
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