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September 01, 2008

Dear Readers: What Do You Want?

By Mark Sisson
88 Comments

I’m skipping this week’s “Dear Mark” post en lieu of a “Dear Readers” post. That’s right. Enough from me. I want to hear from you. You see, I’m working on giving MDA a well-deserved design update and would love some feedback. I have a long wish list that just keeps getting longer, but I want to know what you want out of Mark’s Daily Apple – both in terms of content and blog features. I’ll throw out some ideas and questions to get the ball rolling. Hit me up with a comment with your suggestions.

Content:

What kind of content would you like to see more of on MDA? Here are some of the major categories to give you some ideas, but feel free to offer up your own ideas.

  • Videos
  • More “Dear Mark” and Reader Response posts
  • Tuesday 10 (Top 10 Lists)
  • Fitness Posts – Specific Workout Ideas/Routines
  • Definitive Guide Posts – Lengthy/Detailed Nutrition Articles
  • Recipes – How-to and Tips on How to Prepare Food
  • Coverage of the Latest Health News/Research
  • Weekend Link Love
  • Guest Posts
  • Interviews
  • Book or Product Reviews
  • Health Challenges
  • Posts on broad topics: low-carb living, Big Pharma, stress, sleep, supplementation, weight loss, aging/longevity, marketing, etc.

Design/Blog Features:

  • Apart from content (which to us is most important) what else could MDA offer you to make the experience fulfilling and enlightening?
  • Would you be interested in Primal e-books?
  • Would you like to connect with me Twitter?
  • How about weekly reader polls?
  • Does the ability to easily submit MDA articles to social networking sites (stumbleupon, digg, reddit etc) appeal to you?
  • How about the ability to easily print a blog post?
  • Would you be into reader avatars to personalize comments?
  • Would you be interested in the ability to subscribe to all of our posts via email instead of just via an RSS feed?

I want this redesign process to be as democratic as possible, and want to reward all loyal MDA readers with what they want. This is your chance to be heard and have your wish list for MDA turn into a reality. I am eagerly awaiting what you have to say. Thanks, everyone!

P.S. It doesn’t have to just be about what you do want. If there is something that has always driven you crazy about the site (the way our search results are displayed has always bugged me), or some regular column we do that just doesn’t strike a chord with you please let me know. Thanks again!

Update: Keep all the suggestions coming! They are wonderful and will be extremely helpful as I redesign MDA to make it the best health/fitness blog on the net.

If you want to comment, but are worried your suggestions will get lost in the shuffle (as of writing this there are 38 comments), think again! I will be going over each and every comment with a fine-tooth comb.

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Phillip
Phillip
8 years 26 days ago

The workout posts have been the most interesting to me. They brought me to the site, but I have learned so much from your other topics.

Perhaps you could have a workout routine of the week. Some of the routines might spark debate: is crossfit too much, too hard; can kettlebells replace cardio and traditional lifting; what are some primal compromises in a non-primal world etc etc.

sherri
sherri
8 years 26 days ago

More recipes! I’ve used your archive of recipe posts time and again.

Chris - Zen to Fitness
8 years 26 days ago

More workouts you actually do would be great. A Primal e-book at a reasonable price would also be a superb tool. Looking forward to the new direction/redesign!

kme
kme
8 years 26 days ago
As I have said before, your blog is the only one I read on a regular basis and look forward to every update. It manages to stay varied without being to vague. One of my top frequented sites. I love the top tens and the weekend link love. It’s hard to find new reading material that isn’t rehashing the same article of BBC health over and over. I love any bashing of supplement health and big pharma. Keeps me motivated to stay healthy myself without having to spend money on useless garbage. I could use more “recipes.” I quote recipes… Read more »
Mark M
Mark M
4 years 4 months ago

New WOWs with videos would be great, but how about an interactive Primal Menu tool? You have a calendar displayed and you get to add primal recipes from your books or from readers. This can help with the grocery list and help you stay primal by planning your food for the week (including snacks. By clicking on a recipe title in you calendar, it opens the link to the full recipe instructions and ingredients. No more looking for the books or going to other websites.

Bill
Bill
8 years 26 days ago

pic’s of the food that you eat in a day.

Bill

Bill
Bill
8 years 26 days ago

the workout that you preform, because we need to know how you have built your body to look the way it does.

Marc
Marc
8 years 26 days ago

I’d say the Definitive Guide Posts are the most interesting to me as they seem to enlighten readers the most.

As a suggestion, how bout including a user forum area to the site for different readers to discuss aspects of the PD with each other, maybe even share recipes.

Dana Woodman
Dana Woodman
8 years 26 days ago

I’d love to see more videos (making meals, your thoughts, workout routines, etc…) and more examples of different (easy) meals to eat.

Dana Woodman
Dana Woodman
8 years 26 days ago

Also, you could put the search bar at the top of the page (it is somewhat hard to find if you dont already know where it is).

Jon
Jon
8 years 26 days ago
As stated by others, your blog is probably the feed I look forward to reading most. Although I haven’t gone ‘primal’ myself, I definitely have enjoyed your wisdom significantly. I definitely think that a forum would be an excellent addition to this site. I love the “definitive” guide posts as well, but I feel like they should be released bi-weekly or something. It is a ton of reading, and on most days, I am happy just reading interesting takes on the news from yours truly, recipes, workout routines, etc. I find the science behind the primal diet very interesting and… Read more »
Rodney
Rodney
8 years 26 days ago

I always appreciate your references to prior posts, whether they are linked within a particular blog, at the end of a blog, or listed on the main page as favorites. It is a great way to review things we might have forgotten or need to refresh in our minds, and also serves as great reference reading to get new readers up to speed. I agree that your site is already phenomenal in both content and layout, so any updates will only be an added bonus!

cam
cam
8 years 26 days ago

I would very much like to be able to print posts.

jimmy
jimmy
8 years 26 days ago
I personally would like to see an article on food timing. For example, does it matter what part of the day you eat your carbs? I have heard theories that state that carbs make you sleepy through the tryptophan-serotonin-melatonin connection. Thus, if you wanted to be alert all day for work or school, eating carbs in the morning would be a bad idea. However, carbs for dinner (only fruits & tubers, of course) could potentially help you fall asleep – although I am not sure if they actually improve the quality of sleep. These are just theories I keep on… Read more »
Keith Norris
8 years 26 days ago

Mark,
I think one thing that would be interesting for the readers is to compare and contrast our various workout styles. We come from two extremely divergent previous “lives” — you being an endurance athlete and me being a football player/sprinter/gym rat. Now, though, we have both embraced this Paleo lifestyle. It really can work for all folks — not just a certain type or mindset.

Keith

Nick
8 years 26 days ago

Definitive Guide Posts – Lengthy/Detailed Nutrition Articles
Recipes – How-to and Tips on How to Prepare Food
Coverage of the Latest Health News/Research

The three above topics are the ones I enjoy most. I like the design and layout of the blog, and as I use Google Reader, it takes care of the formatting and quick delivery. Thanks for the great site and keep up the great work!

Marc S,
Marc S,
8 years 26 days ago

Readers forum to share ideas.
Search at the top.
Success stories
e-book excellent idea!
The effects of different foods on the body.
Inflammation and that works.

Nick L
Nick L
8 years 26 days ago
Coverage of the Latest Health News/Research Definitive Guide Posts – Lengthy/Detailed Nutrition Articles Recipes – How-to and Tips on How to Prepare Food Fitness Posts – Specific Workout Ideas/Routines MDA is one of my main sources for nutrition info, and as such I would love to see more coverage and evaluation of the latest findings, as well as detailed summaries about fats, soy, etc. It’s also nice to get specific ideas for meals and workouts. Primal ebooks sound like a very cool idea, though they could be very time consuming and I wouldn’t want them to interfere with development on… Read more »
hedda
hedda
8 years 26 days ago

My personal faves are ‘dear mark’,definitive guides, videos, and fuming fuji. I miss the lil green guy! polls are always fun, the printing thing would be oh-so-nice, and I have been DYING for an email feed. the rss doesn’t seem to want to work on my computer. in other words…thumbs up to all of your suggestions!

charlotte
8 years 26 days ago

You know me, I’d love to hear more actual workouts! I’m all about getting more fitness ideas. Also, I adore your breakdown of the latest research – in fact, I often wish you were a little more comprehensive. You could go a bit longer and in depth on those posts and I would be happy:)

I agree with hedda – the fuming fuji was funny.

charlotte
8 years 26 days ago

And oh yeah, a bulletin board or forum is a great idea!

Fishman
8 years 26 days ago

Love the site and glad to see you always striving for improvements.

How about changing the color of the links away from that pale green. It is tough to see and even harder to read (for my old eyes at least.)

Thanks for the opportunity.

Swimmer
Swimmer
8 years 26 days ago

Hey Mark,

Firstly, this is an outstanding blog!

Here’s my wish list:

1) Videos.

I saw your sprinting video the other day and would love to see:

– more primal workout ideas/routines
– primal challenges like getting back to nature & cold water therapy

2) Recipes.

The stir fry and salad dressing posts are classics.

3) Podcast covering the latest health news/research or broad topics.

ps. looking forward to your guest appearance with Jimmy Moore.

4) Primal and/or health challenges.

5) Definitive Guide Posts.

The cooking oils post recently was brilliant.

Thanks for the opportunity to provide input.

Kyle
Kyle
8 years 26 days ago

Have an easy to find and easy to use search function and tag each entry thoroughly to make past entries more accessible. I know you have a search function and tags, but I’d like to see it more prominently.

Zoran
Zoran
8 years 26 days ago
Hi, Mark! I would like to hear your opinion on whey protein – is it any better than a whole food meal after a workout, is there any big difference between an expensive and a cheap one, etc… I would also appreciate if you would make a post about body/metabolic types and their genetic body fat limits because I’m having trouble with lowering my body fat as an endomorph but it’s of great importance to me because I’m a wrestler and unfortunately weight cutting is a part of my sport so I want to be able to lower my body… Read more »
Zoran
Zoran
8 years 26 days ago

P.S. Yeah, a forum is a great idea. We could all communicate much better.

P.P.S. Mark, this is all growing into something really outstanding. Thank you!

Jonas Cronfeld
8 years 26 days ago

I would definitely love so see more videos on all kinds of subjects related to health, fitness and cooking 🙂

Dirk Wilcke
Dirk Wilcke
8 years 26 days ago

* Definitive Guide Posts – Lengthy/Detailed Nutrition Articles
* Coverage of the Latest Health News/Research
* Guest writers on fitness, e.g. Ross Enamait etc.

Jedidja
Jedidja
8 years 26 days ago

* More recipes!! 🙂
* Twitter would be great, but not essential.

Tee
Tee
8 years 26 days ago

Like the videos, product reviews or recommendations, forum, videos on how to make certain meals.

Thank you

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– Coverage of the Latest Health News/Research
– More “Dear Mark” and Reader Response posts
– Posts on broad topics: low-carb living, Big Pharma

Kristin
Kristin
8 years 26 days ago

recipes! recipes! recipes! i really get inspired by your ideas… and it helps me break out of my steamed veggies and fish rut!!!

Bill
Bill
8 years 26 days ago

What ever you do if you start a discussion board DO NOT caharge 49.95 to get on it.Your word does need to get out like the book you are working on i will buy it for shure but i will not pay to get on a discussion forum.

Bill

Wendy
Wendy
8 years 26 days ago

Great idea bout food timing. I am also interested in pre/post workout nutrition.
How about innovative new ways in overcoming plateaus?
And my top two wishes: fist, a step by step direction sheet (re: quick cheat sheet) to IF and two, access to your fitday account. In Fitday, you have the ability to make it public. I want to see what you eat on a day to day basis to give me a better understanding of the Primal lifestyle. I know, a little weird, but a girl can only have a kitchen sink salad so often.

Jason Smith
Jason Smith
8 years 25 days ago

More Definitive Guides and recipes

Jason Smith
Jason Smith
8 years 25 days ago

Oh ya, and more info in terms of nutrition for marathon/tri athletes: even though I know you don’t recommend that long training =)

Heatherly
Heatherly
8 years 25 days ago

I would love to see “Day in the Life of….” posts from individuals living the Primal Life. First and foremost, a Day in the Life of MARK!

A forum would be great. I struggle with finding ways to “deal” with people not understanding this lifestyle, thinking “is just another diet/gimmick” and would love support of fellow Primal folks.

Hannah
Hannah
8 years 25 days ago
As a long-time lurker of Mark’s Daily Apple, I really like the site as it is… I don’t know how you come up with so many things! Of course, you can always improve (right?), so here’s a list of what I think would be positively marvelous additions to the site: – Videos would be extremely helpful, especially if you made a video of the weekly routines, how to do them, maybe your own cooking show…(lol) – More “Dear Mark” and Reader Response posts: I LOVE reading these. It’s usually a question I’ve been pondering myself, or something I would never… Read more »
Mark Sisson
8 years 25 days ago
Wow! Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. They are all very helpful! Keep them coming. As I said, I am working on a new design for MDA – one that will better serve my readers. What better way to serve you than to ask you directly. A lot of great suggestions here. One I have tossed around again lately, somewhat reluctantly, is the forum idea. MDA had a forum for the first year or more. We had trouble with spammers (though, I’m sure this could be managed if we were to do it again), it drove comments away… Read more »
Jay
8 years 25 days ago

I (personally) think Twitter is a great idea. Also, maybe consider publishing some simple tracking tools or pocket-sized quick reference lists for us newbies. Oh, and please please please, ditch the goofy logo of you with the giant head. I’m thinking a rotating series of logos, each one depicting you in a humorous caveman situation, though with a normal sized head.

Mark Sisson
8 years 25 days ago

Jay – Yes, I will probably be ditching the comic book character. I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but my header will be something along the lines of your suggestion.

Tracey
Tracey
8 years 25 days ago

A few things I’d like:
#1 More recipes (with nutritional info)
#2 More of what Mark eats
#3 Reviews of food products..ex: salad dressings etc
#4 More ideas of how to eat in the real world..loved the first one!
#5 Cooking Videos
Thanks it for now:)

rodrigo
rodrigo
8 years 25 days ago

Reader Response, Fitness,Definitive Guide, Recipes, Latest Health News/Research and Posts on broad topics.

All of these ingredients make yours a great blog, with rich and varied content.
Maybe a forum wisely moderated by you, would be good to add.
Thanks a lot Mark!!!

Andy
8 years 25 days ago

I think the content has been well-covered by others, but I’d like to see, on the technical side, a better post index — that is, search results not being the posts themselves, going backwards in time, but rather a listing of the post titles by category or search term or whatever: much easier to find what I’m looking for that way!

Thanks!

Heather
Heather
8 years 25 days ago

I enjoy the reader Q & A. Not a big fan of videos. Receiving posts through email would be great. I don’t do the Twitter thing. Thanks for everything y’all do.

Jerry
Jerry
8 years 25 days ago
I liked the forum and was against it being removed, especially because I know the spam problem is manageable as other forums use the same software and never have a spam problem. Like anything else a forum needs to be maintained, and if it’s not then you will have internet bots taking over in a heartbeat. Now, being that said I actually think not having the forum is just fine because it would feel to time consuming at this point. You have lots of great information on this blog, some great reader comments, and between that and reading some other… Read more »
Kym
Kym
8 years 25 days ago

I love the top 10 lists, the guest posts and the recipes- especially the ones that are quick to make. If you could do more recipes focusing on low cost indregients that would be great. College students want to stay in shape too!
the probelm I have with search and the categories section is that it comes up with the full article immeadiately. I would prefer if you got a list of links, sorted alphabetically or by date posted, that you could then click on to go to that specific post.
This website is awesome as I try to into primal eating.
Thanks!

Apurva Mehta
8 years 25 days ago
Hello Mark, I have not read all the comments on this thread, so what I say may have been said before. However, here are some of the things I would like to see more of on MDA : * More in-depth articles, perhaps branching out to more esoteric subjects. I find that understanding the details about the science underlying the PB acts as great motivator to action. * Following on from the previous point, the in-depth abstract articles could be supplemented by in-depth concrete articles about how to implement the PB lifestyle tangibly. This would mean more recipes, more workout… Read more »
Ethan
8 years 25 days ago

More Definitive Guides to “x”. I love the unfiltered information and being able to draw my own conclusions. Also, more exercise related posts would be beneficial as I feel like a generally active bunch consistently reads your blog.

Mitchell
Mitchell
8 years 25 days ago

Mark,

Great site and great info. I’d love to see more recipes and videos.

Keep up the great work.

Mitchell

Ryan Denner
8 years 25 days ago

Mark,

This blog rules – I look forward to a new post everyday. Seriously. Because of this blog, I say “primal” on a near daily basis!

I looked over your suggestions, and here is what I liked:

More Videos
More Recipes
Definitive Guide Posts
Weekly Reader Polls
Easily print a blog post (when I cant read at work)
Better Search results

and on a personal note, my “primal utensils” email to you 🙂

Keep on keepin on man!’

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