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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 +1 the podcasts idea as well. I’ve learned so much more listening to podcasts like the History of Rome, Astronomycast, and the British History Podcast than I did in school. It’s a lot easier on the eyes than reading and can be multitasked with unlike a video. 20-30 minute podcasts, explaining the more technical science/research and just the basic concepts of nutrition would be awesome.

    Miryem wrote on June 10th, 2013
  2. I started to read through the posts to see some of the ideas and there are some good ones that would be extremely helpful, i.e. the how to’s, there are an infinite amount of subjects that could cover and would be helpful. I’m personally an athletic trainer and I think a video titled “eating for injury recovery” would be interesting. I know as an athletic trainer I’m always looking for new ways to help my athletes recover quickly and would be curious to see if you have any pointers or you could get someone like Dr. John Berardi of Precision nutrition on the video and give his input as well for any collegiate and recreational athletes as we all get injured at some point.
    I am new the Primal Blueprint but love what it has helped me accomplish!

    Adam wrote on June 10th, 2013
  3. Hmmm and I thought I was one of a few who preferred text to videos.

    I’m post menopause (way post) and hunger for more info about how to get slimmer and stay vibrant.


    Anne Wayman wrote on June 10th, 2013
  4. I like videos of exercises to see the proper technique. Or if cooking something in a special or different way.

    Gerry wrote on June 10th, 2013
  5. I think the videos should be ‘how to’ videos. How to do the exercises or how to cook uncommon foods. I would keep the videos under 5 minutes in length. I enjoy your books and your blogs.

    Audrey wrote on June 10th, 2013
  6. I think alot of these vids that peeps are looking for already exist. How about a layout change that has an obvious section for vids cooking and exercise. Podcasts/interviews seem like a good idea.
    Or how about an action shot at a supermarket or such where you actually find the food you are hunting down… That’s what it seems…. if it’s easy to find and get, it no good for you… Or it takes work to obtain.. such as raising own food and garden. Is there anything at kroger that grok can stomach?

    notgrokyet wrote on June 10th, 2013
  7. Bacon…

    Seriously though some kind of reality show for Primal/Paleo that would stack up against the Biggest Loser. I know this is a stretch but if you could show the public what a band of obese people could do compared to that show I think it would go a long way towards changing mindsets in the general public.

    Tab wrote on June 10th, 2013
  8. I thought I was the only one who didn’t like videos. (Rural area, slow net.) But I’ll crank up a video for a new twist on getting exercise. You pointed to a video of an artist playing – balls, ladders, balance stuff, old fashioned jacks, and a really odd skateboard – and that was way worth the time to buffer up. You advise play, but (I’m ashamed to say it) I’d forgotten what it looks like.

    Kathy wrote on June 10th, 2013
  9. >What kind of videos would you prefer?

    I think how-to’s are very appropriate for video, as many people find it easier to absorb information from a visual demonstration rather than a text explanation.

    >Which topics interest you most?

    fitness/training and cooking definitely. some fitness for beginners especially would be cool (I mean super super weak people) and cooking that sometimes goes into more territory of primal arts would be nice. Like how to gut an animal/fish, how to prepare various organ meats..

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

    2-5 minutes sounds good, though really I could see it varying depending on topic.

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

    How To Cook A Whole Mackerel. (cause I found a really good fish market recently and they had whole mackerel and I had no idea what to do with it… :)

    Tam wrote on June 10th, 2013
  10. Technical scientific stuff about nutrition…like a mini university lecture.

    Danielle Thalman wrote on June 10th, 2013
  11. I’m still learning and experimenting with the PB lifestyle and would I would love to see:
    1) Interviews with real scientists and medical doctors who back up the primal blueprint lifestyle. Explain the flaws in CW.
    (2) Interviews with athletes who follow the PB lifestyle.
    (3) A convincing 3-5 minute video for introducing PB to friends and family.
    (4) Longer 10-30 minute graphic/animation styled videos for explaining the science behind how various foods affect our body. Backed up by peer reviewed research. I’m a visual learner and would love to be able to understand the science behind your recommendations – “PB food science explained” or “PB body science explained” segments.
    (5) 3-5mins How-to videos for cooking organ meats (and other unconventional foods)
    (6) >10mins How-to videos on growing your own food, farming your own poultry the right way etc, this will have to be a longer video with experts in the field.
    (7) Short 1-2 minute CW debunking videos – “love your fats”
    (8) Short 2-5 minute themed videos with nutrition and exercise tips and advice tailored for different target audiences, e.g. pregnant women, oldies, heavy travellers etc.
    (9) Titles and content of videos: “Why and how grains are killing you softly”, “How to prolong ageing by ….”, “Top X flaws in Conventional Wisdom”, “The Paleo men died young, but healthy”, “How PB lifestyle can improve your life”, “Grains and Auto-immune Disease”

    I find it most difficult to explain and convince friends and family who support a balanced CW diet including grains. Sending them to your site doesn’t help when it’s full of written information they have no interest in. I wish you could make videos with no salesman pitch, just easy to understand logic that is backed up by real science.

    Amy wrote on June 10th, 2013
  12. I would love to see videos…short and sweet about some creative ideas for intense prImal workouts.

    Kathy wrote on June 10th, 2013
  13. I think a video series on how to incorporate those uncommon foods we should be eating, but most probably don’t, would be very helpful. For example, a short series on organ meats: considerations on what to look for when buying, you or guest paleo cooks showing some cooking techniques and good recipes, etc. I think seeing stuff like that helps more than just suggesting we better eat it more! It might help demystify some of the stranger foods that we shouldn’t be missing out on.

    Chris wrote on June 10th, 2013
  14. I would love to see more cooking related items. I just started the 21 day challenge and have been feeling great and losing weight. I think it would be amazing for the next 21 day challenge you do to have a plan for us newbies that we can follow with multiple options and a video with a dinner idea everyday.

    Videos from success stories. It would be so cool to see videos of people who are succeeding and living their life primaly and here them talk instead of just reading. Just another level of excitement.

    Other things I would be interested in is a Grok for kids videos once in a while, sun care (i just got burnt to a crisp! Though now that is has pretty much healed, I am noticing my energy coming back), nutrition, weight loss, and how-tos! Especially food related how to!

    Anani wrote on June 10th, 2013
  15. I prefer the written word. However, my absolute favorite posts were the slide pictures of the groceries as well as the pictures of food eaten out. I found that very motivating.

    Kathleen wrote on June 10th, 2013
  16. It would be cool to do a series of short form videos on how to do household chores the Primal way. For example, how to clean with non-toxic/natural liquids, how to unclog a drain without weird chemicals, etc. The focus would be on how to reduce our contact with harmful chemicals that are easily found in most cleaning products

    Justin Bare wrote on June 10th, 2013
  17. I like a lot prefer to read the blog yes – the info sinks in better.

    However I would love to have a short (3 > 5 mins) video clip daily on TIPS TO STAY PRIMAL – perhaps tips shared by others – or simply shared by Mark.

    The TIPS TO STAY PRIMAL could be on any subject – from an easy beginner excercise demonstrated – to a simple fall back recipe for any occaision –

    I love to read but a short clip on any subject or a reminder could really help too.

    My day is not complete unless I read the daily blog and I love the Weedend link too

    Trish wrote on June 10th, 2013
  18. I think a three to five minute video would work great for beginners on the different chemicals or organ functions you speak about in your book. For instance, a video on how insulin works or how your liver reacts to processing carbs. I found the videos you posted online in reference to your store products very helpful. You could use the same folks who designed those videos except a mix between animation and a real discussion. I do like the idea of a podcast. It would be great for those “light” walks or hiking days.

    Kirk R wrote on June 10th, 2013
  19. I would love to see glimpses of the little things, like a tour of your home office, your favorite beach run…

    Christine wrote on June 10th, 2013
  20. How about a series of video shorts about a day in the life of Mark Sisson at home( or other Paleo/primal interesting celebs.) just to get the video thing started …starting with things like : “Breakfast with Mark”, “WOD with ……”, fermenting with Chris Kresser “, dinner with Matt LaLonde, lunch with Art DeVany,
    I thing it would be really interesting and special to see all these Paleo leaders on their home turf. It would be inspiring and encouraging. Great Variety with regard to subject matter and whom is interviewed would be the priority . I feel this would finally bring a greatly needed visual connection to put all the books/suggestions that we have read from these wonderful lifestyle mentors into a rewarding, engaging , and entertaining format. Agreed?
    Thanks for considering.

    Karl wrote on June 10th, 2013
  21. or jokes such as…you might be a Grok if….
    After 2 years of reading MDA a change of format is refreshing. Video will be perfect for demonstrating movements that are difficult to properly convey with words alone.
    primal, body weight exercises that build lean mass and promote fat loss. Basic for beginners and more advanced for others. Next do some interviews that educate and that motivate. Take some success stories live action. Episode 1 can be “where are they now” Thanks Mark for your passion and all the resources you provide.

    Mark J wrote on June 10th, 2013
  22. hi mark, what a great idea. If you were to do a video it would be cool if it was a short piece. I find that most people only have a short time to devote to these presentations each day (that is why i love reading your blog – as it only takes upwards of 2-5min of reading). Ideas – love to hear from experts, your friends, like to see you living the paleo life. I fall into the category of needing someone to look up to – so it would be inspirational to see how you do it.

    Michael Reibelt wrote on June 10th, 2013
  23. I think videos would be great in addition to existing posts. Some ideas are:

    – Workout videos, example of primal workout or video explaining the technique to a particular movement

    – Interviews with people following the primal blueprint

    – Cooking demonstrations

    – Day in the life of Mark or Marks primal tips

    Videos should range in length from short to longer depending on content

    Jovana wrote on June 10th, 2013
  24. Podcast would be great, videos not so much. I find I don’t enjoy watching them so much.

    Karen wrote on June 10th, 2013
  25. I like real-world examples of people. So if you could have people that have found success with certain aspects of the Primal lifestyle, I would like to see them talk about that. It could be about anything. If someone has a particular system for sun exposure that works well, or meditation, or sleep (maybe nighttime routines).

    It’s very easy to talk about it but seeing how someone has put your system into practice that they find effective, I would enjoy seeing and learning from that.

    Alex wrote on June 10th, 2013
  26. Mark, interesting question and perhaps more interesting is to see the various responses. What is slightly disconcerting is the criteria or media need would be based on if they can get their daily dose of “Mark’s Apple” while on work hours and the related complications.

    The correct answer however is (both) print and video formats. It allows your (large number) readers the greatest opportunity to find the “I get it” moment and keep things interesting. The content question seems to me would be real people telling real stories and of course instructional video with a slant toward cooking and nutrition.

    Besides Mark you got that Movie Star look about you. (must be the prime rib)


    James T wrote on June 10th, 2013
  27. Mark, I skipped the comments so I wouldn’t be influenced 😉 I would enjoy medium-length videos that specifically addressed putting the FUN in fitness. There are so many how-to videos for cooking, proper form in exercise, etc. What is lacking, IMHO, are videos that show people having a blast with everyday movements. I think there are plenty out there with Ultimate, but how about some beach fun? Or playground antics? Or those Primal games like the one where you race to pick up a weighted sack (dead animal) and wrestle it from your opponent, then race back to the other end?

    Really, you have a lot to offer and much of it is … wordy. I think videos that were FUN would be great teaching plus entertainment. Just my $.02 worth 😉

    Becky H wrote on June 10th, 2013
  28. I think a video to go along with some of the recipes you post over the weekends would be helpful, at least for me, seeing as I’m a bit culinarily challenged. In that area, a visual of HOW things are done, rather than just written instruction of how they’re done, could be extremely effective.

    Thank you!!

    Tazza wrote on June 10th, 2013
  29. I’d say a weekly or bi-weekly podcast with interviews, hearing you talk as well in some episodes covering everything from lifestyle, exercise, diet and just primal living

    Carl H wrote on June 10th, 2013
  30. I would enjoy periodic videos of workouts that you are really enjoying doing or perhaps recipe videos. There is nothing wrong with a few high quality videos for eye candy every once in awhile. I think a “Dear Mark” in video form would also be fantastic. That’s a very common way that Q&A’s are done on the internet I think. Whatever you decide should be fantastic. Keep on keeping on!


    Theo Wecker wrote on June 10th, 2013
  31. Mark,

    I like the idea of “how to” videos that focus on specific primal techniques. Whether it is preparing a specific meal, doing a specific exercise, or things like the techniques of fasting, etc.

    Like others I enjoy reading your blog. But short (less than six minute) videos would be a nice addition to what is currently being provided.

    How about a series of videos titled “Getting Your Grok On” with subtitles by topic for people new to the Primal Lifestyle?

    Thanks for all you do!


    Pop wrote on June 10th, 2013
  32. I’m sure its already been mentioned in the comments but I would love to see Marks weekly workout routine. These types of videos will help better understand of what the Primal lifestyle truly is when it comes to physical activity.

    Although I love reading the informative articles I believe the videos will be a great asset to the website.

    Can’t wait to watch!

    Savio wrote on June 10th, 2013
  33. I recommend an augmentation of the success stories; however, starting with 1x per month and targeting to hit the variations of the generic categories that fall out of the following different classifications (age, work type, family situation, local environment (i.e. desert / mountains / etc.)). The benefit of this is the same as what made the shift to primal / paleo easy for me which is finding a story that allowed me to really associate myself with the success story (i.e. someone with a crazy work life and multiple kids in a young family). That was the key for my conversion from “browser” to “30 days” to “convert” (6 months 90%-95% primal and no going back). once these videos create library of sorts i would recommend posting a “find yourself here” section where people can find a similar story on the “Start Here” section of the blog.

    keeps the current readers happy and further increases that (more important) chance to have a positive impact on more people.

    Kyle Smith wrote on June 10th, 2013
  34. New to your site. Would love to see a video series on Autism and the Paleo lifestyle/diet.

    Sharon wrote on June 10th, 2013
  35. As some others have mentioned I think that a “how to” series would be great. Primal exercises, primal recipes, and video primers on primal lifestyle vs different chronic diseases would be great.

    Matt wrote on June 10th, 2013
  36. Any video would be fantastic, but please add subtitles or a transcript. There is a thriving Deaf Paleo community and we would miss out on the information you have to share!

    Adrean wrote on June 10th, 2013
  37. I have enjoyed the exercise videos in the past, sometimes the written word is hard to picture, and the videos have helped me get the body the right way to be beneficial. (Push ups, pull ups, neck and shoulders when at a standing work station etc). I think videos are of use when the instructions are complex. I like many others prefer to read as I can do this without interrupting others. Less than 5 mins per video. I started the podcast when I purchased Primal Cravings, but got bored and stopped after a while.

    Thanks for all you do to help. From way down under in New Zealand.

    Adrienne wrote on June 10th, 2013
  38. So long as there is a visual component- a demonstration of some sort, like fitness or cookery, then a video would be worthwhile (watching disembodied heads is a bit boring).

    While short vids would be a good idea on a regular basis, producing longer video, say 10 to 20 mins (or a culmination of short vids) might work as an exercise vid you could work out to. Just my two cents

    Jess wrote on June 10th, 2013
  39. I love the idea of 3 to 5 min videos on a big range… cooking, basic paleo premises, guest speakers, workouts etc… everyone wants different stuff so give everyone a taste of what interests them;)

    sarah wrote on June 11th, 2013
  40. I love the idea of adding videos! My suggestion would be a series of videos on making the home primal; tips on how to ‘primalize’ the kitchen, bathroom, living room, bedroom, yard etc… How to incorporate primal principles into your physical environment.

    Mike wrote on June 11th, 2013

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