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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:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. You need a podcast :-)

    Julia wrote on June 11th, 2013
  2. I think a series of 3-5 minute videos on the basics of how to get started would be a great way to inform all the new people who come every day.

    Kelly Gage wrote on June 11th, 2013
  3. I somewhat agree with a lot of the comments re video’s being unnecessary/being less likely to watch them etc.
    However I do think there can be a place for them, you just need to figure out how best to integrate them into your blog.
    My ideas are:
    Don’t just have a video – please include text as well.
    Interviews are really good, and I’m definitely more likely to watch – Mark I love you, but it would be great to have some other thoughts/ideas/musings in the mix too (thereby making your website a true a complete destination for all things primal/paleo).
    My other suggestion is to show things that can’t as easily be written. For example, I read Katy Bowman’s blog (Aligned and Well). She has a lot of video’s to help explain how to stand correctly, squat correctly etc).
    Also, and I trust you would already do this, but video’s need to be professional. Youtube is littered with crappy home made ‘how to’s’ – we don’t need any more!
    Also, I’d say 5 mins is about right.

    Emily wrote on June 12th, 2013
  4. Hi Mark,

    In my opinion:
    Interviews with other people in this field, covering the topics that you already answer via blog. In other words, bring new perspective with respectable people, especially regarding nutrition. I suggest a monthly relatively long video (>30 min). Almost like a podcast that some already do but in video form.

    Have a great day!

    Jeremy wrote on June 12th, 2013
  5. I’m most interested in nutrition and training, but would be thrilled to watch all videos that have useful tips to make primal life easier :)

    Sebastian wrote on June 12th, 2013
  6. I love your website but please no videos. I have little kids and no time to watch a video . Ask Mark is my favorite day… thanks for everything.

    dawn wrote on June 12th, 2013
  7. No video, please!!

    Reading is a better for my brain to absorb info, and it’s more versatile for checking out this blog at different times.

    If you have to do a short video, heavy lifting moves would be the way to go. Thanks!

    Kate wrote on June 12th, 2013
  8. Wow, well heres some ideas:

    Primal diet 101 video to really target non-primal civilians who basically have no idea about how what they eat to change their life. I’d show this to my mum and nan and anyone who needs it + those family members who just don’t understand what we are doing (even for our kids).

    Fasting 101 video covering how it works, benefits us and who its for. Would be awesome.

    Primal Compromises for Athletes video targeting the many of us who want to find a healthier balance to our athletic endeavours. Who better than Mark to cover this?

    Oliver wrote on June 12th, 2013
  9. I prefer educational videos about nutrition, and how sugar and insulin affect us. I’d like to see illustrations and explanations about how the bio-science works. I’m really interested about how the biochemistry works in our bodies and prefer science based info. For example: all the biochem in the middle of “Sugar: the Bitter Truth” was fascinating. Medium to long videos.

    Christina wrote on June 12th, 2013
  10. I know the contest is already over and perhaps Mark won’t ever see this, but I think this has great potential. One thing I’d really like to see is hosted reader videos. It’s one thing to post your own videos and just hope you get plenty of views, but there is a brand recognition set up behind Mark’s Daily Apple. I’m an enterprising blogger myself, and would really love to get a couple of recipe and workout videos up somewhere that they can get lots of views and that I can plug my website. So one of the things I think you should do, Mark, is have a once a week or more upload from a viewer, and allow them to plug their website and projects if they have one!

    Daniel Hensey wrote on June 12th, 2013
  11. I also would prefer a podcast to a video. Two minute information or inspirational message.

    I’d be interested in how the primal diet helps/hurts those with chronic ailments.

    Sue wrote on June 12th, 2013
  12. The contest may be over but Id still like to weigh in. Before and after pictures galore, sans accomanying stories. Primal plates in pictures! And super simple combo ideas. Im sick of recipes and prep. I just want to see pics with a piece of meat and fruit and veggies. Grab and go ya know? And a special needs section for special issues like massive weight loss, loose skin etc.

    Heather wrote on June 12th, 2013
  13. What could be awesome
    - interviews with heavy hitters in the paleo world
    - maybe once a month, the Friday success story could be video based
    - a grocery store tour (where you show people how to approach a normal American grocery store and find all the foods they need for their paleo kitchen)

    Marian wrote on June 12th, 2013
  14. Hi
    I would like some inspiration type video’s as I struggle with getting back to the way my body wants me to eat and live…

    I’ve always been interested in the now versus the before and after of people’s weight loss adventures.

    What does a busy weeknight look like for a struggling Primal family? When a weekend goes awry, what are tips and tricks to get back at it?

    Also some short cooking videos like, shaking breakfast up or snacks that are super easy, that kind of thing would be helpful.

    Thanks for asking
    mmt

    mmt wrote on June 12th, 2013
  15. I look to text for information and reference. Videos are good if they feature hot girls. Maybe some of the success stories? Especially hot girls with Atlas Stones or kettlebells. Pull ups or even burpees would work for me in a pinch. I’m way more jazzed about these videos than I was when I started writing.

    I know it seems like the passive bovine maw of the public craves video content, but the problems with the maw spring from its being at once passive and bovine. I’d suggest some more research into how life-changing online videos are capable of being.

    ion freeman wrote on June 12th, 2013
  16. I like the idea of video, we are in the 21st century and times have changed. Video is a valuable tool in illustrating an idea and for educational purposes, it definately has a place. I am sure many people like myself read the blogs in the evening after a tiring and stressful time at the office. (My eyes are tired) it is nice to sit back and listen, reading the odd bullet point, looking at the occasional graph, diagram etc.

    A cholesterol and arterial sclerosis video would be very informative, with images to illustrate, a great one would show how important particle size is, how choleterol is not the bad guy, especially to newbie’s who have yet to be convinced.

    As part of the learning process many people require visuals, others oral or some kinetic. See hear or do / touch, to put it simply. Most of us require a combination of all three.

    Please lets have video for limited subjects. Enthusiasm when talking about some of the subject matter is important, I am sure Mark will be able to convey this more easily with video. That is not to say that his written word does not do this, but some subject matter is more easily conveyed through the spoken word and visuals. You can also see the speakers eyes and gauge sincerity.

    Jan wrote on June 13th, 2013
  17. I like the idea of video, we are in the 21st century and times have changed. Video is a valuable tool in illustrating an idea and for educational purposes, it defiantly has a place. I am sure many people like myself read the blogs in the evening after a tiring and stressful time at the office. (My eyes are tired) it is nice to sit back and listen, reading the odd bullet point, looking at the occasional graph, diagram etc.

    A cholesterol and arterial sclerosis video would be very informative with images to illustrate a great one would show how important particle size is, especially to newbie’s who have yet to be convinced.

    As part of the learning process many people require visuals, others oral or some kinetic. See hear or do / touch, to put it simply. Most of us require a combination of all three.

    Please lets have video for limited subjects. Enthusiasm when talking about some of the subject matter is important, I am sure Mark will be able to convey this more easily with video. That is not to say that his written word does not do this, but some subject matter is more easily conveyed through the spoken word and visuals. You can also see the speakers eyes and gauge sincerity.

    Jan wrote on June 13th, 2013
  18. I’d like a video about how to do sprints on a stationary bike. I mostly understand it I think, but I’d like to see someone do it, and haven’t had much luck finding good videos about it online.

    Bekka wrote on June 14th, 2013
  19. Similar to the “Big Ass Salad”, do a video or series of videos on “Long Ass Walks”. Use a GoPro or maybe Google Glass (once it’s out of the beta phase and publicly available of course) to film yourself going out and just walking for miles like Grok would have had to do with maybe some other types of exercise thrown in. Do a sprint every half-mile or mile. Climb some trees. I think it would be interesting.

    Mark Pompeo wrote on June 14th, 2013
  20. Written word works best for me as I do not want sound on and it is much much much quicker (and time is everything). I assimilate text as part of my job (attorney) and if I find a state website which is video description I sigh and turn away as I cannot rush through that material to the sections I want.

    By all means add video but not as a substitute for words. Also words are so much easier to search and archive to find the element you want.

    EnglishRose2012 wrote on June 15th, 2013
  21. Only if it comes with a TRANSCRIPT!

    And the shorter the better.

    With audio, you can’t search for keywords.
    With audio, you can’t easily re-read a missed point.
    With audio, you can’t scan ahead for the “meat”.
    With audio, you can’t skip past the bits you don’t need.

    The Written Word Rules!

    secret agent girl wrote on June 15th, 2013
  22. I know I’m way late on this, and most likely someone else has also suggested it. A short (2-3 min max) video that is a brief summary of what Primal Blueprint is all about, and its benefits would be great so I can send the link to friends and family to help try to convince them to look further into it.

    Audrey wrote on June 15th, 2013
  23. Videos as occasional features that build on Mark’s exploration of the ancestral lifestyle, as with the theme of his latest book, “Primal Connection.”
    In fact, you could call it that. Maybe once a month, so that more thought can go into producing them.
    They could then be more like special treats, or deserts, giving something special to look forward to.

    Hale wrote on June 16th, 2013
  24. With videos and podcasts It’s more difficult to skip what I’m not interested in and sometimes I don’t want to listen to personal stuff, hellos, goodbyes, sales pitches, etc. I prefer to read.

    kay wrote on June 19th, 2013
  25. No videos. I never watch them. I prefer to read. Reading makes my brain happy! :)

    Kim wrote on June 23rd, 2013

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