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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. Saturday recipes + cooking videos!

    Dan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  2. I really like interviews and educational videos. As far as content perhaps lifestyle behaviors. I prefer 2-5 min videos.

    Title: Sleeping Well Without a Bed

    Eric wrote on June 10th, 2013
  3. I’d like to see motivational and how-to videos, probably 2-5 minutes long on fitness, cooking, and Primal behavior. It’s one thing to read about a squat/sprint/etc., and yet another to see it. It’s also one step up from reading and seeing pictures of success stories to seeing videos of them. Finally, Primal behavior fascinates me and it’d be great to see real life examples of how blackout curtains and blue-light eliminators work in someone’s home, how people play, even their primal garden spaces and homes, and so much more.

    Carisska wrote on June 10th, 2013
  4. I would love to see a 2-5 minute video going through some short fitness routines. Another cool idea might be to quickly go over some of your primal concepts, just a quick definition, maybe some graphics. That way if we have friends with questions we can just shoot them a little 2 minute video with the answer.

    A video I would love to see is “5 minutes to better sleep” I still struggle getting my sleep in check. If you had a 5 minute video explaining some ways I could do it, that would be great.

    Combsy wrote on June 10th, 2013
  5. I strongly prefer text! I can read far faster than a video, and can read and re-read whatever section I wish without having to queue up a video. So if you must post videos because of those who prefer them, then please provide a full written transcript whenever possible. Thanks!

    Tim wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1

      gibson wrote on June 10th, 2013
  6. I like the idea of “Basics” videos to start. Take the Primal Principles and do one or two – kind of like a how to series. When I was back in the vegan world (thankfully I’m back to being a carnivore – what I’m supposed to be), Brendan Brazier had a great series of “Thrive” videos people could subscribe to. I think that format would go great here.

    Break out each of the Primal Principles (Eat Lots of Plants and Animals, Avoid Poisonous Things, etc) would be a video – ideal posted with printed content (which you already have from the blog). So, vid #1 could be a cooking or meal prep demonstration or just a discussion on the overview of how to eat Primal.

    Grok on!

    Ken Wilkens wrote on June 10th, 2013
  7. I think a video(s) capturing you at a moment in time. Whether you’re working out, cooking a meal, going for a hike, etc. This would give readers a chance to see how the “master” does it. Sure you could provide instructional videos, but I think getting a snapshot of the primal lifestyle in action, by the man himself, would provide a benefit above that of your traditional instructional videos.

    Basil Cronus wrote on June 10th, 2013
  8. Videos sound like a great idea.Subjects should include anything & everything. The longer the better. Videos that illustrate proper workout form would be especially helpful.

    John Verity wrote on June 10th, 2013
  9. Primal ‘v’ …
    I’d like to see interviews / debates / discussions with critics / skeptics / non-paleo people. I’d like to see how paleo arguments fare against well-motivated and knowledgeable proponents of alternative perspectives, and vice versa. I think such exchanges could help move the debate forward, and both sides could learn a lot. It would show that the paleo movement had come of age, matured, grown-up… and was ready to take on the world. The videos should be as long as they need to be to air the issues, and come to a tentative conclusion. I am most interested in nutrition, but obviously the format could cover all topics.

    Surely we don’t need yet more videos on how to make broth or do a press-up??

    Scott UK wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • … in other words, I don’t want to see more videos of paleo people agreeing with one another. Let’s (momentarily) stop talking to eachother, and start talking to other people. Let’s escape the echo-chamber!

      Scott UK wrote on June 11th, 2013
  10. Would like to see you interview other successful individuals with primal-like life styles. Not just athletes, for which there are tons of examples, but people with office jobs or people on the move but with challenging work schedules. I want to see how people adapt their unusual situations to fit an otherwise ideal lifestyle.

    flenser wrote on June 10th, 2013
  11. I’d prefer medium length videos mostly on the areas of nutrition, cooking and exercise, especially how-to type videos (for example: how to prepare a coconut including reinforcement of why it is healthy and which parts are best, or proper form for this exercise, including why it is primal and ways to work-up to that exercise for a beginner and suggested workout regimens with it). A great title for a video I’d like to see is: “Primal Coconut: How to prepare and what’s so great about this Primal staple”

    Paulke wrote on June 10th, 2013
  12. I think if you’re going to do videos the how-to exercise/cooking realm make the most sense. Personally I would love to hear you verbally discuss your thoughts and reader questions once a week in a podcast similar to Robb Wolf’s. I find it very enjoyable to listen to an hours worth of good talk during a commute that would otherwise simply waste my time. It would do a good job of giving folks a bit more personal time with you that is somewhat lacking with the written word. Video’s are nice occasionally but I never really find time for them as I have to be careful of the environment in which I consume them. Selling a workout DVD (and maybe a bit of cooking) could be great for you as well. I think many would like that and it could be a consistent product in your store.

    Groktimus Primal wrote on June 10th, 2013
  13. I’d like to se video interviews. But not from the usual suspects like Robb Wolf, Loren Cordain and the likes, but rather from the authors behind your Primal Publishing Books and such.
    I’d also like tips on how you use all the accumulated wisdom in your blog posts in everyday life. Think of it as Marks Everyday Primer. They won’t have to be too long, but somewhere between 10-20 min would be nice.

    peter wrote on June 10th, 2013
  14. I’m a reader too. Never can get into videos… sometimes podcasts. I READ while my husband has the tv on.

    Karen wrote on June 10th, 2013
  15. A video on troubleshooting paleo, for those who arent getting everything fixed with basic paleo

    James wrote on June 10th, 2013
  16. Not sure if this has been suggested (haven’t read all the other posts), but actual, follow along workout videos might be cool. Something that is 15 minutes or less, involves compound, primal exercises, and can be used on our sprint/strength training days.

    I could use workouts like this for my Taekwondo classes. I always make it a point to do a ~10 minute conditioning routine at the beginning of each class, so ideas for full workout routines would be great!

    Jacob wrote on June 10th, 2013
    • +1 Follow-along workouts would be good.

      Scott UK wrote on June 10th, 2013
  17. I’d really like to see some how-to video’s on some primal recipes/meal ideas, and also on how best to workout when following a primal lifestyle. I’ve never really fully gotten my head around how much I should do HIT training, weights, walking etc etc and would really benefit from a more structured explanation on that.

    Educational videos on nutrition and fitness would also be warmly received. Sometimes it just sticks better when I watch a video rather than read about it. And friends and family always react better to videos I show them, but rarely read articles I show them.

    Kate Norris wrote on June 10th, 2013
  18. I would prefer how-to videos regarding exercising, particularly from the perspective of newbies who don’t know proper form or how to keep it safe. Video length doesn’t matter to me as long as the topic is covered; I will watch them all whether they are 1 minute long or an hour. A title of a video I would like to see would be How to Crawl. Having said all that, I will be happy to watch any video you make on any topic at all.

    Alice wrote on June 10th, 2013
  19. I like the idea of seeing ‘A Day in the Life’ of someone living the Primal lifestyle. Start with a compilation of Mark’s videos showing his daily food intake and edit in examples of the sprints, the lifts, etc. Add short 2 to 3 videos of others living the lifestyle. They need to include a ‘good morning’ shot and shots of every meal/snack. Plus the workout.

    bryan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  20. I have watched your videos on your exercises! Very helpful!

    Karen wrote on June 10th, 2013
  21. I’d love to see some videos! Especially interviews with other Primal/Paleo people or maybe some instruction videos regarding setting up the bedroom for sleep or some play.

    I saw some people mentioning a podcast, that would also be an amazing addition to an already fantastic site.

    Sam Revel wrote on June 10th, 2013
  22. +1 for podcasts on all topics, including interviews, especially about areas you are less confident in, for instance, women in/post menopause (Carrie?).

    drjoyous wrote on June 10th, 2013
  23. Here’s an idea for a video: A reader submits what they have in their frig/cabinets (in my case, I have odd “leftover” raw ingredients that I need to use up before they expire) and Mark comes up with a Primal meal solution to make use of the items.

    Mark wrote on June 10th, 2013
  24. Hi Mark,

    I find everything that you do here fantastic. It has changed me in more ways than you can imagine.

    What I would love to see, and would also love to do myself, is to post videos from users about how living Primally has changed them, and their lives for the better. Sort of like a motivational nudge from the users for the users.

    I am so excited that I can finally do pullups that I want to record it and show the other MDA fans, just to hear positive (or critique) feedback to keep myself motivated.

    And it helps us to get to know each other a bit more.

    primal_jeff wrote on June 10th, 2013
  25. Weight loss and training videos!!! Maybe some well done bodyweight training videos, including exactly which muscles you are working and instructions on how to get correct form. Perhaps maybe some information on paleolithic posture?!? I often find I am held back in some areas of weightlifting as my neck gets painful and so I know I havent got the correct form!!

    KM wrote on June 10th, 2013
  26. Mark,
    We love it all! Videos ranging from 3-5 minutes, ideal. Love reading your written word, too! FItness form! Strategies to stay primal in a busy world! Video TItle: Grok on the Street!

    Lisa Sharp wrote on June 10th, 2013
  27. Would love to see videos of your workout routine.

    As you know, some people don’t really “buy” the idea that all you do is lift a little every few days, play frisbee, and run on the beach. It would be great to see what you’re really doing when you lift, so the mystery is revealed.

    Nick wrote on June 10th, 2013
  28. In accordance with comments from others:

    I enjoy reading your site and do not want that information to turn into a video.

    I am not interested in cooking/recipe videos (at least not very often).

    “A day in the life of Mark and his staff” is a great suggestion.

    I would also would enjoy seeing guest interviews.

    I enjoy many of your videos–especially the one on walking barefoot and wearing vibrams, I also find the mobility and fitness techniques helpful. Similar videos would be great.

    My length preference is 5-10 minutes–but the first few minutes cannot be fluff and chit-chat with a horrible theme song that I have to sit through (like certain other blogs that I have stopped reading ). I like videos to be concise and to the point, and that is also what I love about your blog–well written, informative, efficient and my time is well spent.

    Bev wrote on June 10th, 2013
  29. Mark, there has been so much opposition to the Paleo/Primal diet/lifestyle recently. It would be fantastic to have some video interviews of debates and/or technical experts from the paleo side debunking the debunkers.
    Basically any type of informed interview/debate based on scientific evidence and that does not deteriorate into an argument about the small stuff.
    Thanks for all the hard work over the last 7 years. You have made a difference.

    Dave wrote on June 10th, 2013
  30. I prefer to read online, but I would love to access your videos on my TV. Therefore I would hope that you will make all your videos available through Dailymotion ( I can’t access You Tube on my TV).
    I would love to see 5 minutes or longer videos for people over 50 years old, including improving health, weight loss, hormone health, exercise for older people, etc.
    Thank you Mark for caring!

    Cara wrote on June 10th, 2013
  31. Medium length motivational videos would be cool. Let’s get some footage of your legendary ultimate games!

    Geoff wrote on June 10th, 2013
  32. I would love to see weekly videos that cover your meal planning and ideas about how to manage a grocery list. It would be cool to see how you plan your meals each day to better understand your process. It seems like people, myself included, really enjoy imitating your approach to life. A weekly video would help readers feel more connected and to put a face with those 5 million words.

    Jonathan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  33. I would like to see cooking videos, specific workout videos, interviews with paleo experts, and adventure videos. It would be awesome to have submitted videos from MDA readers from all over the country doing amazing activities they never thought they could do. GoPro kind of stuff.

    Jeremiah wrote on June 10th, 2013
  34. I would like to see ‘A Day in the Life of ….” each of our favorite Paleo heroes, or those readers that have completely turned their life around.

    How they wake up (alarm or not), what they are eating for breakfast, managing work/play/excercise, etc. A summary of their typical day and all the emotion and passion behind it. I would think that some will have some simple habits that could all make our lives a little better.

    Tom wrote on June 10th, 2013
  35. I would like to see interviews. Personal health improvement is personal – there are often no one answer, one way to go about things, one right way – so I like to hear from people about their unique knowledge, perspective and experience to broaden my own view and experience. I especially like to hear from people who are doing something new. Similar to what primal_alex is talking about. I’ve also had it up to the eyeballs with cooking/recipe vids. Boring waste of time unless you are just learning how to cook.

    Topics could cover anything!! Maybe a fitness instructor trying a new method (I like Super Slow) or a parent raising paleo kids, you could talk to anthropologists, biochemists, farmers, grocers, etc.

    Title: “Mark Interviews Dr. Lustig about Childhood Obesity” 😀 or maybe “Mark interviews Dr. Diana Hsieh of Philosophy In Action and the Modern Paleo Blog.”

    Keep up the good work, Mark!!

    Michelle Fire Eater wrote on June 10th, 2013
  36. I like the idea videos (3-5 min would be great) of things that you just can’t get in print. I’d love to see how-to videos of exercises and cooking, and “a Day in the Life of….” would be great for both motivation and to see how others are fitting primal principles into their everyday lives.

    What if you followed one particular from early on in their primal journey? Monthly updates on how they are progressing, their successes, strategies and pitfalls that they’ve encountered. I think that would amazingly helpful to people who are just starting out.

    P.S. I’d love a podcast, too. I listen to them during my commute every day!

    JennF wrote on June 10th, 2013
  37. Mark’s Daily Apple, as you have pointed, has been a active for quite a while now and has managed to reach a large number of people all over the world. And the key word here (words 😉 ) is “ALL OVER THE WORLD”. And while the Primal/ Paleo information can be found in many places on the internet, the availability for non English speakers is limited. I am fortunate, I have studied English for many years and as an expat I get to practice it every day, however there are many people, who do not speak English, which I would LOVE to reach. It is very hard to explain so many posts and information at once. It is a lot easier to digest when one just gets the info and reads it in its own time and most importantly has time to ponder by one’s self without somebody else nagging and explaining over and over again.

    The people that know and understand Primal will find their answers, they will know how to search and they will solve their dilemmas. I believe your next step be it video, podcast or which ever method you will chose should incorporate other languages.

    Using the video idea I see two options:
    1. Videos meant to reach new people, with easy to digest info. These should have as many subtitles as possible. The example that comes to mind is the method used by the videos from TED which are available in many languages.
    2. Very detailed how-to’s for the more advanced people.

    I am aware that is not easy to translate in so many languages, however there are so many people all over the world like me that would be more than happy to help translate such video’s in order to reach dear people.
    Here you have your first volunteer: I am a native Romanian happy to translate! 😀

    Corina wrote on June 10th, 2013
  38. More than 5 minutes in length, covering all of your suggested topics but I’d really like to learn more about nutrition.

    Mike wrote on June 10th, 2013
  39. I think there are plenty of cases where having a video to demonstrate an exercise or cooking method would be great. It’s also a really nice way to present interviews. The video enhances the information being shared.

    My number 1 request regarding video posts is to please, please, please also include a full printed transcript with each video! The issue I have with video posts vs printed posts is that I can easily scan a printed post in seconds to determine whether there is content that is important to me. I have to commit 3-5 minutes of my time to view an entire video post in order to determine if it contains what I need. This is my biggest frustration with Kelly Starrett’s MWOD site and the reason I was so happy when he published his recent book. It’s not so bad if you’re keeping up with the posts week to week, but if you first show up after there’s already a year’s worth of videos posted, trying to weed through everything to find what you want is very difficult without transcripts.

    Also, there are times when it’s not practical to view a video (slow internet connection, no speakers/headphones available) and having access to the information in print form would be helpful.


    Peace Karen wrote on June 10th, 2013
  40. The primal basics in list form would be nice, so I could forward them to people who get overwhelmed by reading too much detail. Especially when it’s not their choice to get information about changing their diet,but rather what they should be doing and they have no idea!

    Also some basic workout videos,either full HIIT sessions or single primal exercises focused, like the one you had posted on the push-up by Al Kavadlo (which was perfect in detail and length).

    Anything below 5 minutes is enough in my opinion.

    Theodora wrote on June 10th, 2013

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