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10 Jun

Dear Readers: What Do You Want from Mark’s Daily Apple Videos?

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It’s Monday and that usually means another round of Dear Mark, but today I have something a little different in mind. Today I have a question for you (along with a chance to win a Primal prize).

Since I launched Mark’s Daily Apple way back in 2006 it’s been my goal to help 10 million people take control of their health. While MDA now reaches millions of people every month I’m always looking for new ways to do a better job, so I’m coming to you for ideas. This is a joint effort after all. I couldn’t do it without you.

Over the years I’ve published nearly 4,000(!) blog posts. I don’t know the exact figure, but it’s probably upwards of 5 million words. That’s a lot of writing and I don’t have any plans to slow down, but I feel like it’s time to take things to the next level. I’m seriously considering publishing regular (say, monthly to start, and perhaps weekly down the line) Mark’s Daily Apple videos. Imagine instructional/how-to videos, interviews with experts in the paleosphere, and videos that give you some insight into my Primal life. While I have a few ideas of my own, nothing is set in stone just yet. That’s where you come in…

The Contest

“What do you want from Mark’s Daily Apple videos?” My blog, my books, what I do are constantly informed by your thoughts and ideas. Today is your chance to tell me what you’d like to see on my part in this next stage of Mark’s Daily Apple. In the comments section below, tell me your ideas for future Mark’s Daily Apple videos. What kind of videos would you prefer (educational, how-to, motivational, interviews, etc.)? Which topics interest you most (nutrition, weight loss, fitness/training, Primal lifestyle behaviors (sun exposure, sleep, stress management, barefooting, etc.), cooking, etc.)? Do you prefer short, medium or long form videos (less than 2 minutes, 2 to 5 minutes, more than 5 minutes)? And lastly, tell me the title of a video you would like to see made. That’s it. I’m really interested in what you personally would find useful, and what you think would best serve the Primal movement. 

A winner will be chosen at random. Agreeing with other people is allowed (and encouraged), but only the idea comments will be counted for drawing purposes.

The Prize

A 15-serving pouch of both the Vanilla Coconut Creme and Chocolate Coconut Primal Fuel.

The Deadline

Midnight (PDT), tonight!

Who is Eligible

Everyone. I’ll ship the Primal Fuel anywhere in the world.

Thanks in advance to everyone that offers an idea. I’ll see what I can do to give you what you want! Grok on!

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Videos illustrating solutions eg how to achieve a Paleo life in a wasteful materialistic money driven consumerist world. In my case half a mile from the town centre in England I grow most of my veg and herbs plus keep chickens and am building a rocket heater warmed greenhouse to produce in winter. I get great g/fed meat and game with all the bones and fat free. I am about to start buying my fish in bulk from the port with next day del. Wish I had 10 acres tho.
    I’d be interested in other people’s Paleo strategies

    Freddy Campbell wrote on June 11th, 2013
  2. I am another who prefers reading a blog. I’m pretty old school about my learning, but if you do start video blogs I think you shouldn’t limit it to a set time for every entry.
    I think you should adopt a “TED talk” type model for videos. Allow each expert to present their ideas in a format and time limit that they feel is required for their subject matter. Perhaps a transcript should accompany each video to allow for those who prefer to read information to absorb it.

    Exercise is one area that would benefit from videos, It’s hard to understand correct form and posture, to minimize the risk of injury, if you’ve never seen it.

    My suggestion for a video is titled “100 up: Learning to run barefoot.” I know there are videos on the net about the 100 up technique, but none of them show a clear front and side view of someone demonstrating the two stages of this training with a clear explanation. I think it’s something all new “bare-footers” would benefit from.

    Luc wrote on June 11th, 2013
  3. I’d prefer written articles over video streams, since I’m not allowed to watch them at work. I love to read because I can do it in my own speed, interrupt, browse up and down, jump over a paragraph, it’s much more flexible than if I have to follow a video. Since I’m not a native English speaker, I sometimes have to watch a video twice or trice to get the whole meaning, especially if the speaker is fast or has a special accent. If the videos are an addition to the written word, that’s fine. I find them useful to show certain exercises or the use of sports equipment that’s unfamiliar to me. Even in the preparation of food a video can be useful. The length should not be longer than 5-7 minutes, probably even less. Interviews with people living a primal lifestyle and having success with it however could be very worthwhile and entertaining I think, it doesn’t necessarily have to be experts that speak. We all love the success stories so how about doing a success story video sometimes in addition to the articles? I’d also be interested to hear more of your own story Mark, how everything evolved and how it changed your life for the better.

    Margit wrote on June 11th, 2013
  4. I think short but sweet videos would be useful. Personally I would quite like to see “A day in the life of…” sort of theme. With a different person every month/week recording what it is they do on a typical day as a person following the primal lifestyle, including things such as favorite go-to recipe or favorite exercise.

    This way you could show the approaches of many different types of people as well as experts. Personally as a 21 year old university student I sometimes find things that I read about online irrelevant as it simply would be possible for me to do that on my budget and at my age!

    Ellie wrote on June 11th, 2013
  5. Well, I’m trying to spend less time on the computer, not more. Might be useful to demonstrate exercises. Please no more video recipes unless they are also provided in text format. And like many others, I can’t watch videos at work. I hope this won’t replace the daily posts.

    Siobhan wrote on June 11th, 2013
  6. Hello there

    Well I loved the videos linked to the Fitness blueprint showing the four basic movements, so I think training videos are a good plan. Strikes me that a variety of things linked to primal lifestyle would be interesting- cooking is a really obvious one. Both if these could be fairly short- from 1-5 minutes. But also longer q & a sessions between yourself and a guest poster e.g. Robb Wolff. An “in conversation” kind of thing. I also think videos on grooming and beauty treatments without a big chemical component would be a great. Look forward to them!

    Libby McBain wrote on June 11th, 2013
  7. I think that video or text subject is not the matter. Here we are speaking about only a monthly video initially and for me its a great idea. Please stick to the topic correctly what kind of topics you want in the video, not if you want video or not…

    For me all kinds of videos are ok! All about the paleo lifestyle, variety and assortment…


    Quim wrote on June 11th, 2013
  8. I would love if your def guides (like the “definitive guide for fats” and such) were made into videos, and maybe some videos about the science behind things, with presentations, narrations, a la coursera videos.

    recipe videos with professional production would be fun but much more expensive, I understand.

    motivational videos of people eating primal, excercising primal, living primal…

    primal headshrink wrote on June 11th, 2013
  9. Some sort of cooking videos would be great, plus real time videos of you working out with tips, form, equipment etc.

    Peter wrote on June 11th, 2013
  10. What kind of videos would you prefer (educational, how-to, motivational, interviews, etc.)?

    All of the above except motivational… purely “motivational” video seems contrived to me, somehow. If I’m going to invest the time in actually watching a video, I want to feel like I’ll get something specific out of it. Interviews would be cool, though!

    Which topics interest you most (nutrition, weight loss, fitness/training, Primal lifestyle behaviors (sun exposure, sleep, stress management, barefooting, etc.), cooking, etc.)?

    I would love short workouts shown entirely on video. I’m also interested in meeting other primal people and/or experts via video.

    Do you prefer short, medium or long form videos (less than 2 minutes, 2 to 5 minutes, more than 5 minutes)?

    2-5 min– any shorter, and it doesn’t seem worth watching (since I’ll usually have to make a special effort to come back to watch– I usually have a baby napping on me when I read the site) and any longer I might not have time to watch.

    And lastly, tell me the title of a video you would like to see made.

    FOUR-MINUTE FITNESS! I would love to see a regular feature of four-minute videos designed to provide some kind of fun fitness challenge, so that the video itself takes me through a four-minute-long mini workout that I can do in my living room. I don’t want just a demo, I to follow directions on the video as I actually exercise, with the video as motivation to, say, hold a pose for longer, do as many pushups as I can in two minutes without needing to time myself, guide me through a visualization, balance a pot on top of my head, or whatever! I think this would be a really fun way to do creative, challenging exercises that aren’t part of my regular routine, and I would definitely make a special trip to the site for this.

    I live in Israel, so I hope this looong comment justifies the shipping costs on my powder if I win. :)

    Read more:

    Maya wrote on June 11th, 2013
  11. Videos I would like:
    1.what kind of video: Educational & motivational, or uplifting talks like the Allan Savory one on TED about fighting desertification
    2. Topics: Education and science
    3. Length: more than 5 minutes
    4. Title: “Living a hunter-gatherer life” – could be Western family gone “bush” or actual hunter gatherer families

    Sheila Grant wrote on June 11th, 2013
  12. I woul like to see videos on primal recipes and inspirational interviews with primal/ paleo experts. Exercise videos featuring a specific primal theme, ie lift heavy things or sprints, would be good too.

    Heidi G wrote on June 11th, 2013
  13. i’d like a cartoon series, starring “bart sisson” and family with a lot of funny lines centered around the primal lifestyle. i know its not possible, but just the thought of it makes me smile :-)

    einstein wrote on June 11th, 2013
  14. I would love to see short videos that give us more insight into Mark’s daily life. Feel free to do them shirtless, too. :)

    Jen wrote on June 11th, 2013
  15. Reading over viewing, but I think intro videos would be great “gateway” devices if they were well-produced (I’m thinking V-Sauce, minutephysics, Crash Course, etc.). Cover the basics to entice more people to delve into a counter-SAD, counter-SAX (Standard American Exercise program; you don’t want to pull folks from the European version- just too much confusion) world.

    dogfood wrote on June 11th, 2013
  16. For serious topics that I want to really spend time absorbing, I like to see the information written down. That’s why my video ideas are mostly light and fun. Here are a few ideas:
    1) I would love an episode entitled “Chopped- Primal edition.” There are so many great Primal/Paleo food bloggers and I think it would be AWESOME to see them create amazing dishes with random ingredients. I have been thinking about this for a while and think that if anyone can get this together it is Mark!
    2) Get Mark and other experts together and let them do a random show. Maybe have a reader supplied list of topics and give a minute or two to each topic. No preparation, no planning, just free think and talk. Different combinations of experts would keep this concept new and fresh.
    3) I love to laugh so I would love to see a parody on the primal lifestyle. Perhaps a fake anthropologist following Mark around observing and commenting on Grok in his natural habitat!

    I prefer short to medium length videos, no more than 5 minutes.

    I am looking forward to seeing what Mark decides on and the videos that will be created!

    Marykate wrote on June 11th, 2013
  17. I think the videos would be a great idea – but not in lieu of the text. Videos that show how to do things by picture better than text – I’m down with that.

    Primal Movnat. Let’s see a video on some bacis exercises and movement and a simple Grok workout. I’d also like to see some Primal cooking.

    Kris K wrote on June 11th, 2013
  18. I like short video less than 5 min but I usually only read articles since I’m at the office, so please keep written article under the video. and please keep the basic info free on this site, I have purchased books.I always tell people about this website as well.
    Thank you Mark for wonderful new lifestyle you have turned me on to.

    Shirley wrote on June 11th, 2013
  19. Hi there-as a newbie, still researching the whole primal “thing”, I’d love to see videos relating to specific health conditions I have. Am coeliac and diabetic. Also can’t do exersise due to disk conditions, with partially severed sciatic nerve in back. Generally miserable, but hopeful that primal eating and lifestyle may help things. Videos would be a great motivational tool for me.

    AshyBashy wrote on June 11th, 2013
  20. Nothing like seeing some success stories to keep motivation high.
    Also primal workouts.
    I think short videos are a awesome idea !

    Rod wrote on June 11th, 2013
  21. I actually would love to see motivational videos (you speaking or maybe short film style– you can search on youtube “MC barao In the making”), maybe like a Q&A in which you could answer quick questions you wouldn’t necessarily write blog post about. Or you could do “the basics” series where you would condence as much information about certain topics like grains/inflammation/ketosis in short videos (which I could show to my friends and relatives that are too lazy to read! )

    Agnes wrote on June 11th, 2013
  22. I’d love to see more (video or text) on fitting exercise into a busy lifestyle. The article by Paul Attia was great! More of that please. I’m mom to 3 small kids, work FT, and travel (for work) a lot, I think I’ve got the diet part down, just need more help & motivation for the movement part. Thanks!

    Mae wrote on June 11th, 2013
  23. Oh, one more idea. A video on what your pantry & fridge look like in a “typical” day.

    Mae wrote on June 11th, 2013
  24. Would love to see specific gym/floor exercises, the muscles they reach and more importantly the proper form to be used to avoid short/long term injury particularly on the back. Lots of videos on youtube but all seem to vary in what they say. None seem to mention how you breath when you perform them (silly as though this may sound)

    Paul S wrote on June 11th, 2013
  25. I am new to your site and researching paleo and already overwhelmed with info and find many different sets of rules to follow depending on whose site or blog you are reading. So I would like to see basics for newbies on the videos. Maybe a quick nuts and bolts series: Step 1 video; Step 2, etc. (I listened to some podcast the other day where the question was what is the best sweetner for your coffee and their only advice was-why would you want to sweeten your coffee??? It was not helpful as all as and very discouraging.)

    Missy wrote on June 11th, 2013
  26. The written word works best for me. Save the written word. Quote the written word. Scan through the written words. Search for the written word — on my computer or the MAD website.

    There may be some things about primal living that may be suitable for video presentation. Demonstration of some body position/movement might be an example. Keep it short and to the point.

    With the written word, I can scan and read at my pace — not the pace of the video.

    No doubt making videos will take more time than writing words. Script writing, taping, re-taping, editing, and publishing the video. With the written word, it is essentially the script and nothing more.

    Please: no cooking demos.

    Wandrin Lloyd wrote on June 11th, 2013
  27. Hi Mark

    I’m a primal follower with a lot of weight to lose, and am disabled and can’t do standard standing exercises, and without access to a pool, I’m struggling to do any exercise.

    I’d love to see a course of 5-10 minute videos of beginners exercises that can be done sitting down, this would be so helpful for your disabled audience.

    Lee M wrote on June 11th, 2013
  28. I just like to hear and see Mark talking…any subject will do…lol. He looks great, and speaks so well. Also like to read from him. Guess I am a visual person. Seeing and hearing Mark makes a person want to look, live, and BE like him. :)

    Jeannie_5 wrote on June 11th, 2013
  29. Yes, and I also like the idea of Mark doing stand-up comedy. :)

    Jeannie_5 wrote on June 11th, 2013
  30. I think that you should limit the videos to around 3-5 minutes. I feel that much longer than seems to be a bit long winded and shorter just doesnt really get that much info accross.

    As far as content, i think it would be pretty sweet if you had little videos every day/week/month (whatever) that basically gave the quick-and-easy on different aspects of the primal lifestyle i.e. fitness, fats, grains, etc….this would be awesome for sharing with all my none primal FB friends cough* cough* 😉

    im very excited to see where this goes!!!

    Alex K wrote on June 11th, 2013
  31. I’d like to see educational videos. “How to rock climb for beginners” or “How to paddle surf for beginners”. These are activities that would keep us outside and would motivate us to start new active hobbies instead of never trying because we don’t know how.

    Ethan wrote on June 11th, 2013
  32. I’m much happier with reading blogs, but podcasts work for me as well (as I can listen to them whilst out trail running). For podcasts or videos, I would love to hear/watch interviews with people leading a Primal lifestyle, ‘how to’ segments and recipe and food preparation ideas.

    Martin Bamford wrote on June 11th, 2013
  33. Personally, I really appreciate “a day in the life” video’s that give a complete picture of your (or any uber cool person) daily routines.
    Mostly, these vids last about 10 minutes and are (IMHO) very motivating.

    Shaun B wrote on June 11th, 2013
  34. i think podcast would be the best next step!

    jonas wrote on June 11th, 2013
  35. I haven’t read all the comments so i’m not sure whether this has been addressed, but I am a little concerned to how many people would like a ‘day in the life of’ type video..why are we so interested in other people lives? Why do we make these people into some kind of larger then life celebrities. Not that I don’t appreciate Mark(quite the opposite actually) and all of the knowledge he has presented to me but I think it is unhealthy to compare ourselves to others when the circumstances are never the same.
    We should be seeking for our own food and health wisdom instead of trying to recreate someone elses.
    I also think its quite rude to want to snoop around Marks house, life and family.

    On another note how are you going feel when your idea of Mark isn’t what is presented in the videos? I think its a dangerous game.

    Personally I like the idea of a podcast, with interviews or questions of the month type things.

    kat wrote on June 11th, 2013
  36. Mark, break away from the normal concept of nutrition and recipe related videos, the internet is already flooded with these. Instead, focus on videos around different subjects in your book primal connection, i.e. how to live a more “primal life” in our modern world. The videos does not need to be long, but could be short tips and how to’s.

    Martin wrote on June 11th, 2013
  37. Hi Mark,

    First of all, I love your blog!! Keep it up!!

    On video’s: please include how-to video’s cooking video’s showing how a product should look like when cooking/preparing.

    For example: I lately tried the batter for paleo tortillas and I was really not sure for what kind of consistency of the batter I was looking for or how the baking in the pan should look like. A video would have helped tremendously.

    Also any debate or speech video’s on health, whole products or the food industry as seen on the TED-talks or the RSA would be amazing. Come to think of it, a selection of just those two on the subject would be great!

    David wrote on June 11th, 2013
  38. Mark,

    I’ve been in the US for about 8 short months and am fortunate to have stumbled upon the MDA ecosystem. Its truly a wonderful gift for those interested in changing their lives.

    One sincere request would be to make video versions of all your brilliant “Definitive Guides On XYZ…” – beginning with a “Definitive Introduction to the Primal Way of Life”

    This could ideally be a short 4-5 min video going through all the reasons why Primality works well (not necessarily best, but definitely well). Just my humble thoughts!

    Regards & best wishes!
    (From India, currently in Cincinnati)

    Vishnu N S wrote on June 11th, 2013
  39. I’ll turN 60 next week. I’d be interested in long video interviews with experts on how to repair physical and emotional damage from any number of years living a conventional American lifestyle. Especially interesting would be how to tell if you’re hungry, when you know you need to rest and how to get off the darned prescribed synthetic medications. I would call it something like “primal recovery”.

    Cheryl Berumen wrote on June 11th, 2013
  40. I think monthly videos are a GREAT idea! I’d stick to the 2 min or 2 to 5 min variety.

    Although I know better (now), I think that something people really struggle with is knowing what to buy at the store. Especially when they are new to eating primal. More specifically, deciphering food labels.

    So how about a video focused on beginners for focusing on deciphering the ins and outs of food labels (although we usually don’t but very many things with food labels 😉 )…

    “Eating Primal 101: The Magic of Deciphering Food Labels (the less the better, and I ain’t talkin FAT!)”

    I know, a bit long, but hey, I like it!

    ~ Shane

    Shane wrote on June 11th, 2013

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