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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. I don’t usually take the time to watch a video but do read descriptions with them. If I do watch a video, I prefer short 1-3 mins.
    Personally, I would benefit from gaining more nutrition and supplement advice. What herbs, vitamins, supplements work best for which situation? Do I need to be concerned about where I buy and store these too?
    In regards to fitness, stretching is something I am interested in learning more about, spending more time doing.
    And recipes and cooking tips are always useful, especially in adapting recipes to make them healthier.

    Anastacia wrote on June 10th, 2013
  2. Short videos (under 5 mins) addressing the most common questions you receive. Something that you can refer to in order to answer some key questions, such as: What is PB & Paleo? What are the basics of eating PB and main reasons? How do carbs affect your body composition? Why do you recommend reducing carbs/processed foods/other (in different videos)? Besides carb content, why not grains? If we move to PB style eating, why supplementation? How do you increase your fat consumption? How does food affect cholesterol, and why is not good to consume statins? How does diabetes develop? Why going barefoot? Why moving at a slow pace? (you already have videos on excercises) etc, etc, etc. I think that over time you’ll develop a wealth of quick reference videos that you can combine with your references to past posts on these topics… for many (specially teenagers today) the videos will be much easier for them to consume than reading.

    Daniel wrote on June 10th, 2013
  3. I think a series of functional fitness videos would be great because future generations will not only read your books but will get a chance to see the man behind the knowledge. You will leave a legacy behind when our lives are over and new ones are born from years to come. The videos will be more personal than just words on a screen.

    Terence Flynn wrote on June 10th, 2013
  4. stepping stones and stumbling blocks from success story people. things they overcame to succeed and things they used or did to help them get it done. Short and sweet, to the point.

    John Snyder wrote on June 10th, 2013
  5. Get the Keatleys to demonstrate some of the more challenging recipes in Primal Cravings or give other cooking tips!

    Jesse wrote on June 10th, 2013
  6. I would love to see body weight workout videos. Maybe including some creative variations or ways to advance to the next level (ie how to avoid doing 100 squats or at least not get bored doing them). These would be short, five minutes max to demonstrate form.
    In fact, I would like to see a video called “how to do body weight squats and not get bored”

    Sunny wrote on June 10th, 2013
  7. 1) cooking videos! I’ve been using the Cravings book, and i’ve been baking for 30 years, but this is all new, so I need to SEE these techniques.

    In general, the videos should do what videos do best: SHOW. As your Youtube exercise videos SHOW proper form.

    2) the guest blogger you had a month or so ago with the squating.. perfect for a video

    3) dynamic experts being interviewed

    but also,

    4) real people, thousands and thousands have been had their lives changed, as we read on fridays. How about a few interview/conversations with the real people

    Alexandra Soiseth wrote on June 10th, 2013
  8. I tend to watch how-to videos and on occasion, inspirational or informative ones like TED talks and interviews can be interesting as well. As to length, well, that depends I guess.

    Recipe demonstrations….. not so much but others seem interested.

    I do tend to read podcasts rather than listen to them..

    BTW your Primal Fuel is really good tasting, especially with fruit added. Congrats to the chosen one who gets a supply. (Hope it is me.)

    Sharon wrote on June 10th, 2013
  9. All 4 options would be a very helpful adjuct. educational videos short 3 minutes tops in nutrition. Inspirational videos that people, especially new can launch to get them through some of the rough patches. how to’s on movement and cooking and interviews with other people in the primal/paleo community. I know you have guest writers why not slop them in fron of a camera.

    cavejim42 wrote on June 10th, 2013
  10. Mark, I’m sure the majority who consult your books and avidly read your blog would agree, what keeps us coming back day after day, is your reasonable, simple and easy to grasp explanation of the primal lifestyle. All of the suggested videos above and on the contest page sound like something I would like to see- as long as you are leading the dialogue or tutorial. You truly are the inspiration here! I want to see more of your routine and how you get your results. That’s what convinced most of us that this way of living can work and be fun. Heck…teach me how to play ultimate! As far as length…why limit yourself? If its interesting, informative and something I can apply at home… I’ll watch!

    Thanks for Inspiring!

    Brent wrote on June 10th, 2013
  11. I would LOVE some workout videos, I’m talking step by step you-work-out-at-the-same-time videos. Weights and HIIT for those of us who can’t run sprints or want a break from them.

    KD wrote on June 10th, 2013
  12. Videos that cover exercise/workout tips and techniques as well a primal lifestyle stuff (barefooting, play, etc). I’d also love to see interviews & science of primal diet.

    Jessica wrote on June 10th, 2013
  13. I think a video format would be an excellent medium for a 5 minute piece about how nutrition, physical activity, sleep etc contribute to the biological/molecular processes that lead to fat loss. I would be very interested in a visual piece that ties it all together, on a semi-technical level.

    Lori wrote on June 10th, 2013
  14. I think both videos and podcasts sound great. I love the idea of a few MDA interviews and primal gabfests on a cross country drive….

    Anyway, I’d love to see interviews, creative exercise technique, guest fitness experts, guest cooks/chefs, etc.

    Graham wrote on June 10th, 2013
  15. Hi Mark! Thanks for bringing PrimalCon to Austin — it was a blast! I would love to see short videos (3-5 minutes) integrating primal movement into everyday life. Examples would be discreet exercises that we can do at work, exercises that we can perform in the course of doing ordinary chores, and primal play. As far as the frequency of the videos, once or twice per month would be good since I mostly read this at work.

    Myra wrote on June 10th, 2013
  16. The Weekly Grok-down (lowdown)

    10 minute video’s published every Friday night recapping any significant news/research happening in the paleo-sphere, highlighting other bloggers posts and giving Mark’s personal take on the matter. Maybe even some video responses to submitted questions.

    And no trying to sell products.

    chris wrote on June 10th, 2013
  17. I love reading your blog. I vote for a 3 to 5 minute video. Your blog has quite a broad appeal so I assume your video’s would also reflect this. I like the idea of ‘a day in the life’ of the Daily Apple Folks. Also why rebrand by changing the name? “Mark’s Daily Apple” would allow newbies who find either your blog or your video to easily cross reference (as well as the tech challenged like me – I intend to live to 150 now that I’m primal…so you’ll have to make it easy for me for the next 100 years). Ha Ha. No really….how about Mark’s Daily Apple…Whats On Our (Weekly/Monthly) Primal Plate. Ok, that was a really long name. So much for my marketing career. Good luck! I look forward to seeing what develops.

    Judy G wrote on June 10th, 2013
  18. I’d like to see 3 specific ideas in a video (mostly to show others who aren’t interested enough to read a blog post or book)

    1) Explaining primal to a non-primal parent
    2) How to eat primal at work (assumes you’re stuck with the company cafeteria and can’t go out.)
    3) How to eat primal while traveling (could double as ‘primal eating out”

    Rob S wrote on June 10th, 2013
  19. For the most part videos are a nuisance. The best way to integrate (in my own opinion) them would be “how to” types where a visual demonstration is worth more than the headache of trying to read the step-by-step instructions.

    Crystal wrote on June 10th, 2013
  20. I think to start a series of Primal Blueprint 101 videos would be most helpful. Similar to your PB 101 articles, covering topics such as fat, the carbohydrate curve, etc. I have had several people that have seen my results and want to know what I do, and how they can do it themselves, but never read the links I send them. I think they would be much more willing to watch a video. As it continues, I’d love to a video on the importance and execution of each of the PB Principles and then getting into the more nuanced topics your blogs often discuss. A monthly workout/movement technique for your average layperson would be great. I know they are all over the place if you do a simple google search, but so many people like a “one-stop shop” for all things, and I know a lot of people are doing basic movements, such as squats, incorrectly.

    ErinFS wrote on June 10th, 2013
  21. An interview with Mat “Krakken” LaLonde. But for interviews maybe just a podcast format would be great since the file download will be much smaller.

    Butch P. wrote on June 10th, 2013
  22. I’d love to see a good mix of videos – primal exercise videos we can workout to, cooking videos of favorite recipes, interviews with other paleo/primal experts and video versions of primal transformation success stories. And how about periodic videos submitted by readers?

    Erin wrote on June 10th, 2013
  23. I like the cooking videos that have been submitted for the contest. It would be great if they could stay up. I am 65 and learned to cook at home, in 7th grade home economics and Girl Scouts. I was totally surprised when I realized that there are people who don’t know how to cook. For folks making the transition from fast food to Primal slow food, videos seem really important.

    I would also like to see fitness videos for older folks, especially older folks who have not done much besides walking. I tried a regular pushup one day and thought that I had done myself serious damage. It resolved in about 10 days. So I would like sensible advice for people my age.

    Joan Blocher wrote on June 10th, 2013
  24. I rather like the idea of a weekly or so how-to video of some kind. I’d recommend putting it up on Fridays.

    Some are complaining about how they wouldn’t be able to watch videos at work–I agree, but personally I do like to watch videos on the weekends, so it’d be nice to have something to watch on the occasional Friday.

    Cyborcat wrote on June 10th, 2013
  25. I would like to see basic fitness videos and have also some Nutrition based podcast, focusing on answering questions from the Grok populous.

    Daniel wrote on June 10th, 2013
  26. I’d like to see some shorter videos (less than 5 minutes) focusing on the more abstract concepts you hit on that we usually see in the Thursday articles. Something to help provoke some thoughts in our heads about living as a whole.

    Kevin P wrote on June 10th, 2013
  27. Another good idea (again haven’t read all the other comments so if I’m stealing someone else’s thunder I apologize), is an ongoing documentary style series of short videos of someone who is just starting the Primal lifestyle where we’d get to see regular updates of how they’re doing along with some weekly/monthly markers of how their health/fitness is improving such as weight, blood pressure, other health related issues, etc.

    Jacob wrote on June 10th, 2013
  28. I agree with the video suggestions above – shorter videos that gives life to a topic, instruction, idea. Interviews would be fun too – I can imagine there are a lot of folks out there that you’d want us to be more familiar with.

    An example video title – “Tour of Our Primal Kitchen”

    Don B wrote on June 10th, 2013
  29. A “How to Pack Primal” meal video would be neat. Like a planning video for putting together a healthy primal lunch and snacks to keep you full for the day. Something for beginners (like me!) to get a grasp on the food planning process. Maybe even a “primalizing your cupboards/pantry” video, just for the new members trying to get a sense of what a true primal kitchen looks like.

    Maura P. wrote on June 10th, 2013
  30. If the videos were monthly, I would really like to see some longer interviews (5-10min length) with primal/paleo athletes and how they optimize their nutrition/lifestlye habits in regard to what they do.

    Phil wrote on June 10th, 2013
  31. In addition to motivational and fitness, I’d love to see the best kitchen gadgets; what you use them for, pros and cons, multi tasking for less clutter in the kitchen along with a recipe to go with the particular gadget.

    Grasiee wrote on June 10th, 2013
  32. Short videos of the weekly Primal Blueprint Real Life stories.

    Peter C wrote on June 10th, 2013
  33. maybe an instructional workout program called mark90X! haha jk but seriously something like that might be cool.

    brandon clobes wrote on June 10th, 2013
  34. I’d love to see the videos generally be 2-5 minutes in length (I typically don’t spend more than this reading the articles every day on the site), with the occasional longer segment if necessary. I think cooking videos would be great, mobility (i.e. if Kelly Starrett was a guest), interviews with experts, experiences at farmers markets or other Primal sources of food. Great idea to have videos!

    Jon wrote on June 10th, 2013
  35. Definitely Primal 101 type videos, probably no more than medium length.

    When friends and family ask about this “primal thing” I’m doing, they sometimes can be overwhelmed with the vast amount of information on MDA. Pointing them to a series of short videos that explain the diet, exercise and lifestyle choices would be perfect.

    A sample diet video could show several meal ideas that are completely primal, demonstrating that you don’t deprive yourself when eating primal. That kind of thing.

    For a sample exercise/lifestyle video, how about a short recurring series about play. Things to do, ideas to try, etc. Title: Primal Play.

    Ted wrote on June 10th, 2013
  36. I like the day-in-the life video ideas. Besides those from Mark, we could have user-submitted ones too.

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

    There are millions of primal/paleo how-to, interview, and instructional videos online. Pretty much any question, exercise, recipe, or paleo hack is already out there if one searches for it. The one thing that you can add, which doesn’t already exist, is Mark (and MDA). There are two reasons MDA is such a success… Regular compelling content and you. You bring an entirely unique and strongly desired perspective to living “paleo”. No matter what type of videos you bring, people are going to want to see you, your life, your team, and hear your perspective. After all, this is “Mark’s” Daily Apple.

    A blend of every primal topic (each with its own video so they’re easily searchable) in 5 minute sessions would be great. Also, in depth looks into aspects of your (and your team’s) primal lifestyle would be great. And longer interviews, if you must (lol, I love them), would be most helpful.

    I’d really love to watch a series covering each of the PB laws, concepts, and action items, as displayed in the life of Mark and family (and staff). I wouldn’t mind if these were 30 min eat or more.

    “Hunting & Gathering Primal Foods in an Agro World – How Mark brings home the bacon”

    I’d watch that!

    Brandon wrote on June 10th, 2013
  38. I’d love to see videos of you doing things in your primal life such as cooking (if you cook with your wife and/or kids, that would a fun video), playing on the beach and talking about how important play is to the primal lifestyle, lifting heavy things, etc. The first video could be you talking about how you first got into the paleo movement and devised the primal blueprint–The Primal Life might be a good title.

    Joyful Susan wrote on June 10th, 2013
  39. A weekly how-to video who be very helpful to those new to primal and also those who are changing there ideas along with the paleo sphere. For example, an instructional video on how to eat to perform athletically versus how to eat for a sedentary lifestyle, etc. many people get basic principles of the primal lifestyle confused and videos could help fix that.

    Matthew wrote on June 10th, 2013
  40. Written word trumps video, unless it’s necessary to see how something is done (e.g. exercise demo, butchering)

    AutumnP wrote on June 10th, 2013

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