Marks Daily Apple
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11 May

Welcome to the All-New Mark’s Daily Apple!

Welcome, everyone, to the redesign of Mark’s Daily Apple!

If you watched the video you know the basics already, but here is a more thorough introduction to the new site.

We really did outgrow our old site. Loyal MDA readers wanted more ways to connect with me and the community so I’ve tried to incorporate some elements into the site that help facilitate this.

There are so many things that have been updated! I’ll try to be brief and just touch on some of the more important changes.

[UPDATE: Existing newsletter subscribers will be sent the confirmation email over the course of the entire week. If you are an existing newsletter subscriber and don’t want to wait to for the Free Introduction to The Primal Blueprint and want to ensure you get this week’s newsletter go ahead and enter your email address Weekly Newsletter Subscribe box in the sidebar and you’ll get the confirmation link immediately. Thanks, everyone!]

– Starting at the top. As I mentioned I ditched the old cartoon image of me in exchange for photos of me living the Primal lifestyle. Whenever you refresh the page a new photo will load. I hope the photos inspire you to get out there and stay active. If a 55 year old dude can stay fit so can you. I’ll plan on updating these fairly regularly so stay tuned.

– I’ve added the forum back. Many early MDA readers may remember that we originally had a forum. There were a number of reasons why I ended up removing it, but needless to say I think the community is robust enough now to fully appreciate a forum based around the Primal Blueprint and everything related to health and fitness. I hope you all take advantage of the forum to share your ideas, success stories, recipes, workouts and experiences relating to the Primal Blueprint.

– Next, jumping over to the sidebar: There are three ways to subscribe to MDA content now: by subscribing to the Weekly Newsletter, by subscribing to our RSS feed, and (at the bottom of the page) by subscribing to each day’s post via email. Just click the “Feeds” tab at the top of the page for more information on all of these ways to get MDA content delivered to you.

By the way, if you sign up for the newsletter now you will receive the complete introduction to my new book, The Primal Blueprint, for free. If you’ve already signed up for the newsletter there is no need to sign up again, but, as I mentioned in the video, you do need to click on the link in the confirm email you will be receiving today. Once you do you will the get the introduction delivered to immediately and will begin to receive all the new features I’ve added to our newsletter.

Ok. What else do we have?

Well, I’ve also addressed some of the navigation shortcomings found on the old site. To make a long story short you can view every post ever published on MDA by clicking “Site Map” at the bottom of the page. Search Results are now truncated versions of the post instead of full posts. Archives are now organized by category and date. And we now have a nifty “Top Posts” section that will highlight the latest and best the site has to offer.

There are a few more notable sections in the sidebar. “Mark’s Daily Apple TV” will be the go-to place for our latest videos. I’ll be putting up Primal related videos here. Sometimes they will be from around the net, but I do plan on creating my own on a more regular basis in the future so stay tuned.

The “Connect with Mark” section provides a way to stay in touch with me personally. Join me on Facebook and Twitter.

“Sites Mark Visits” is a rotating blogroll. Every time you refresh the page this list will update, so keep coming back for more of my favorite sites.

“Grok in the Wild” is a Flickr photo stream of members from the MDA community sporting the “Grok On!” t-shirts. I just released these shirts. They are American Apparel shirts and feature our new Grok logo. Send me a pic of you acting like Grok in one of our t-shirts and I’ll add you to the stream.  And check out the pics. Son of Grok and others have already sent in photos of themselves Getting Primal.

Some other features include the ability to email and share a blog post with others by clicking “Share This” and also the ability to print out a printer-friendly version of a blog post.

Lastly, the comment section has been improved. You can now add an avatar to all of your comments and you can reply to specific comments. Test it out to see how it works.

If you poke around you’ll also find information on Primal Nutrition products including my book The Primal Blueprint.

Apart from the design changes I also have some great new content up my sleeve that I plan to roll out soon, so check back daily.

Free Giveaway

I would love to hear your feedback. If you notice any broken links or funky problems, or just have a comment or question please let me know. We’ll be working out all the bugs and site quirks in the next few days.

And for everyone that comments I’ll be holding a random drawing tomorrow afternoon. The winner will receive a free Grok On! t-shirt.

Just submit a comment and you could be one of the first to sport our all-new Grok apparel. I’ll be in touch with the winner by 4:00 pm PST tomorrow via email, so be sure to enter your email address correctly.

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. Nice design, very user friendly and easy to navigate. Looking forward to getting my hands on your book, I just ordered one!

    Dean wrote on May 11th, 2009
  2. Thanks again for all the feedback and kind words.

    A few of you have shown interest in the T-shirts. They actually just went live on my product site. You can check them out here:

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 11th, 2009
    • Would love to see girly sizes AND kids sizes! Usually the only t-shirt size that fits me is kids large. :-)

      Andrea wrote on May 12th, 2009
  3. Beautiful re-design. I was actually a big fan of the primal cartoon homunculus myself, but a real life six pack is good too.
    If we subscribe to your site via the RSS Feed, do we still have to register for the email newsletter to get the introduction?

    Site looks great in Opera, btw.

    Sun wrote on May 11th, 2009
  4. Wow really neat redesign, very spiffy! I didn’t think the old site was that bad (and still don’t) but yeah the new site just looks awesome man, great job!

    Jason Turnage wrote on May 11th, 2009
  5. Mark,

    The site looks great! Can’t wait for the book. Keep up the great work!

    Brandon wrote on May 11th, 2009
  6. Looks great Mark!

    Reid wrote on May 11th, 2009
  7. Love the redesign, and the t-shirts are fantastic!!!

    Brianne wrote on May 11th, 2009
  8. Site looks amazing Mark! I can’t find one flaw. You should make some green and black Grok Tees to match the new design. I may or may not be stealing all your ideas for my next redesign.

    Dave | The Intelligent Workout wrote on May 11th, 2009
  9. “Grok on!”

    “lets get primal!”

    love it. you should have a “lets get primal”/book launch party!

    Ryan Denner wrote on May 11th, 2009
  10. A definite improvement. I can’t get anything from the domtabs with most popular, eat primal or health news. Just thought you might want to know.



    Jeremiah Bell (Digital Trainer) wrote on May 11th, 2009
  11. Looks awesome! Congrats on the redesign. I really enjoy reading your postings and getting my Grok on.

    Devon Crosby-Helms wrote on May 11th, 2009
  12. Mark,

    The new site looks very sharp!

    The “Grok in the Wild” Flickr Stream is not displaying in the sidebar for me. Not sure if you’ve activated it yet, or not. Great idea!


    John Sifferman wrote on May 11th, 2009
  13. The sound is dead on your video. Love the shirts – especially the white one. Always great content…keep it coming Mark!

    Mike wrote on May 11th, 2009
  14. I really like the new format; I’m looking forward to exploring all the great features! I’m especially excited about the forum.

    Sara wrote on May 11th, 2009
  15. I take it all back – you have me in favourite sites! Thanks Mark

    Chris wrote on May 11th, 2009
  16. The site looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Great job! I especially love the new shirts. I’ll be wearing mine with pride all over Cali. to help spread the good news of the Primal Blueprint!

    Bister wrote on May 11th, 2009
  17. I loved the old site (and miss the cartoon!Mark) but this is great! Nice photos :)

    Arielle wrote on May 11th, 2009
  18. Love the new site.

    Noticed that the copyright at the very bottom has “2008”. I’m thinking it should be “2009” but maybe not.

    Grok on!

    Russell wrote on May 11th, 2009
  19. LOVE the new look and as always all of the fantastic information :) thanks for always staying so in the know for us!

    katie wrote on May 11th, 2009
  20. I love the new look of the site, the photos and the t-shirts! Great job all around… now on to hours of exploring the new layout…

    Holly wrote on May 11th, 2009
  21. Hey Mark-
    The new site looks good. I just ordered the book for my parents. Hopefully they will enjoy it. Take care

    Matt wrote on May 11th, 2009
  22. Mark,
    Great new site, can’t wait to read the book. The forumns should be a great place for the primal community!

    Bradk wrote on May 11th, 2009
  23. Man, I have been updating the site every few minutes, couldn’t wait for it to finally appear. And no dissapointment there, the site is fab!
    That makes primal living even better!

    Tobi wrote on May 11th, 2009
  24. Looks really good. I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to do a redesign every year or so. Seems a bit excessive to me, but I can see from your site how it re-invigorates it.

    Jonathan Aluzas wrote on May 11th, 2009
  25. The new site looks awesome! I love the re-addition of the forum. I’m pretty new to the primal world so it’s good to have a way to connect with the veterans.

    dom wrote on May 11th, 2009
  26. Bookity book book! Yay! This new layout seems so bright. Like… whoa. I like it. I think there should be an apple pic though. Seeing as your blog title includes it. Okay, ordering book now.

    Tara wrote on May 11th, 2009
  27. Hey Mark,
    Just as I was getting used to the old site…

    Love the look, the feel, and the overall layout. I can’t wait to get back to skimming through the archives! Thanks for everything!!

    Keith wrote on May 11th, 2009
  28. Looks great!!! I am glad to see the forums, I’m sure I’ll find that quite helpful. I am excited to read the book but was disappointed that the free shipping offer didn’t extend to Canadians. Will your book be sold on Amazon or Indigo by any chance? As excited as I am for the book I would rather order it in Canada and avoid paying 12.95 USD for shipping . . .

    Amy wrote on May 11th, 2009
    • Yes, the book will be available on Amazon sometime in the next few weeks.

      Mark Sisson wrote on May 11th, 2009
  29. Wow, this looks really good! The new site is so intuitive . . .

    David wrote on May 11th, 2009
  30. Nice new design!

    The idea of a forum is great. Grok on!

    Dan wrote on May 11th, 2009
  31. Cool!

    kirill wrote on May 11th, 2009
  32. Love the new site design!

    mike wrote on May 11th, 2009
  33. Whooops! I incorrectly replied the first time.

    Anyway, love the new site Mark. Looks great.

    Ecala wrote on May 11th, 2009
  34. Site redesign looks very nice. I like the addition (re-introduction) of the forum.

    David wrote on May 11th, 2009
  35. Gotta love the T-shirt! 😉 Very happy to have found the site. Since I’ve gotten my husband to “go Primal” he’s lost 30 lbs & gotten his cholesterol under control without satins. Which is great.
    Grok on.

    Ann wrote on May 11th, 2009
  36. looking forward to see what the new marksdailyapple has to offer.

    Michael wrote on May 11th, 2009
  37. Mark – I really like the new website and am looking forward to the book! Thanks for all your hard work to have this type of info openly available.

    Robert wrote on May 11th, 2009
  38. very nice looking redesign, but I admit I miss the cartoon-Mark and the red colors..
    I kept getting this error message: “Information from this secure page will be submitted to a page that is not secure on
    Submitting sensitive information is strongly discouraged.”
    while on using the opera browser, it was quite annoying as it popped back up every few seconds, maybe you want to look into that (worked better using firefox)

    apart from that, I’ll need to figure out which friend/relative needs a copy of the book the most urgently .)
    also – are there any plans for a translation yet?

    Vasco wrote on May 11th, 2009
  39. I like the new look and the shirts. I also like having a forum again.

    Matt wrote on May 11th, 2009
  40. Mark,

    Congrats to you, Aaron, and the Worker Bees. Great job!


    DaveC - DaveGetsFit wrote on May 11th, 2009

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