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September 01 2008

Dear Readers: What Do You Want?

By Mark Sisson
81 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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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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 because I’ve never really noticed a “four cups this, 2 tablespoons of that” type list, but rather just a great idea to eat well.

    One thing that I haven’t noticed much on here that I’d find of value is more encouragement and ideas to get outside and break the ten reps of this 3 sets formula. I know it sounds silly to tell a reader, “Hey, there is more to getting in shape than eating right and lifting something ten times” but sometimes it really helps to have common sense presented to you by somebody else.

    At any rate, sorry for the tangeted thoughts. Hands down my favorite read on the internet.

    I hope all is going well in your neck of the woods.

    take care,
    K

    1. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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).

  8. 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 would love to see more of this. I also think that it would be great if you discussed specific workouts we can follow.

    I personally would be interesting in a “Primal Guide for Vegetarians” and also a topic on how to shop on the cheap for primal necessities.

    Overall though, excellent work. I am very thankful for all your efforts.

  9. 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!

  10. 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 hearing, what are your thoughts on this?

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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 the rest of the site. Collections of favorite posts might be a good use for these, such as recipe collections or definitive guides to primal living, perhaps one for exercise, one for nutrition, and so forth.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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 fat as much as possible before turning to dehydration (i know, i know, one day it’s gonna kill me).

  21. 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!

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

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

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

    Thank you

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

  26. 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

  27. 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.

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

  29. 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.

  30. 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 have thought of, but it’s always useful.

    – Tuesday 10 (Top 10 Lists): I’m not sure what you mean by this, top 10 of what? (That might be the point.) No matter what it’s about I’d like to hear your top ten of anything, whether it be Top 10 Work-outs, Top 10 Brands of Shoes, Top 10 Housepets, etc.

    – I’m all for the specific work-out routines-coupled with the videos, of course!

    – Definitive Guide Posts – Lengthy/Detailed: I’m one of *those* people who likes to have things down to every detail…I would love the odd lengthy/detailed article here and there. (:

    – Recipes are ALWAYS welcome!

    – Book or Product Reviews: I very much like to read, and I also like to know what’s worth buying before I buy it…no one likes to waste money, you know.

    – Health Challenges: THIS, my friend, would be something I would be looking forward to greatly! I’m always one for competition and _motivation_!!

    Primal e-books would be great for when I need to review and the internet is down…also to print out and carry around with me (I actually do that!)

    I don’t use Twitter, it’s mostly about MySpace…it has essentially the same function.

    Weekly reader polls would be fun and interesting. I, for one, would be taking part.

    I think you do fine without avatars, although I’d like to hear others’ opinions on that.

    I’ve tried to answer your queries as directly as possible, Mark! I really do like the “Apple” Design and I hope you will stick with something similar. I think it’s very creative and very cute. (: Although if cute isn’t what you’re looking for, of course, the “daily apple = health connection” gets through very well. Also, the search bar would be easier to find at the top of the page…the first time I used it, I knew it was on the page SOMEWHERE, I just didn’t know where, and it took me a bit to find it.

    Other than that, you’re doing great and I really appreciate all the advice you provide your readers with. (:

  31. 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 from the comment boards, was somewhat time consuming to moderate, and overall wasn’t used by that many readers. With that said more people are reading and participating on MDA now than ever before and a community is forming around the Primal Blueprint. I’ll have to give it some thought. If anyone has any more ideas regarding a forum I’d love to hear them.

    Thanks again, everyone!

    Cheers!

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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:)

  35. 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!!!

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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 blogs I personally wouldn’t have time for the forum anymore. That’s not to say others wouldn’t, I’m just saying that while I still don’t agree with the decision to remove the forum when it happened, I as a reader here have no problems with not having a forum now. As for anything else I like MDA as is, I visit at least once a day.

  39. 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!

  40. 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 ideas, etc. Calling out external resources or including guests posts on these topics would be a source of great variety.

    * A more expansive “Ask Mark” section. Maybe doing the column bi-weekly instead of just once a week would be desirable. This would keep the blog interactive and more relevant to the readership.

    I think MDA is by far the best overall resource I have found for guiding one to a healthy life. And I think the reason I like it so much is that it does the best job of covering the abstract science, as well giving ideas about how that science might influence one’s day to day choices.

    By increasing the focus on the three areas outlined above, I think MDA could really build on its greatest strength and be even more valuable to its readership.

    Thanks for all the great work. And thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our opinion for this blog’s future direction!

    Enjoy,
    Apurva

  41. 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.

  42. Mark,

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

    Keep up the great work.

    Mitchell

  43. 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!’

  44. Fixing a good search function would be brilliant, I often come back here thinking of some post- Never quite being able to find it without scrolling through 10+ pages.

    Me, I like ‘dear mark’, definitive guides, and I’ve got this thing for guest posts. It’s nice to find out about other sites, the fitnessblackbook f/e was new to me.
    Maybe some more ‘how to do this shit in real life’ kind of posts? 😉

  45. I love this blog, it’s my first go-to when I get a chance for leisure reading each day. Here are my suggestions:

    – more difinitive guides
    – recipes and what you eat
    – topics of most interest to me: low-carb, fat loss

  46. I’m a big fan of your top 10 posts so please keep them coming. I also agree with some of the comments that an improved search function would be a good idea. Keep up the good work.

  47. Huge fan of yr smarts work and site.
    Only one thing i ask;if those who love you notice that you are going the way of Art De Vany with his seemingly endless self-aggrandizement will they stop you ?
    Arse de Vany more like !

    Keep it up..as the actress to the bishop sayeth

  48. Mark
    Great blog. I’d like to see more technical, scientific explanations to help understand how the body works better. More explanation of the chemistry, hormones, proteins and more explanation of how such things are affected by stress, diet, exercise, sleep.

    I guess what I’m going (and probably some of your other readers) for is a holistic understanding of the body but on a deeper granularity.

    I know there have been several posts like this already, so perhaps all that’s needed is a new category so it is easier to find; perhaps: biochemistry, science, chemicals and pathways of life, etc..

  49. I would love a section devoted to readers and primal health followers telling their story, before & after pictures – that kind of thing.

    A forum is also a great idea, as debates can get lost in the comments of different posts.

  50. I like the definitive guides! More please! What about some stuff on mainatining weight after losing it?

  51. I am huge fan of the varied content on this blog. Great work! I would suggest –

    1. Definitive Guides
    2. Recipes
    3. Videos

    The ability to search for key words with a list of blog titles, rather than the entire posts to scroll through.

  52. Here are some thoughts, Mark:

    (1) I would love an “e-mail this post” function that would work like the similar functions found on newspaper sites (like the NY Times).

    (2) Keep the Definitive Guides coming.

    (3) In the archive section, when you click on a type of post, provide at the top an index of all posts under that heading (just the titles).

    (4) Or just leave the site as it is and finish writing your book(!).

    Whatever you do it’s all good stuff and I thank you for your efforts.

    Ed

  53. More video would be great. Fits well for the work from home and desk-bound people.

    Would also love to see you step away from the ABCs — the science of it all more often. Get into the reasons, the phylosophy of exercise and eating. Give people reasons to not be slaves to numbers.

    This is clearly the best website relating to fintess — the very best. But I belive it is too numbers driven, and could use more attitude and emotion.

    Great thngs to you Mark!

  54. I am really impressed with your site and knowledge. As far as design, the most important thing, while it is a small thing, is to see that you have carefully reviewed your writing before posting it – grammar and good editing really makes your work more professional. You do a great job, but many health/nutrition/fitness sites really lose validity when their content is full of typos.
    I like all of your content – I really enjoy the Definitive Guides, recipes, link love, Dear Mark, and Top 10.
    Otherwise, the extra functions are not too important to me. I just enjoy reading your posts and the comments left by your thoughtful readers. Keep up the good work!

  55. Please avoid videos. I don’t have a good way to watch them. I’m often on limited internet connections, either a cell phone (slower than dial-up) or at work (no video player, and even if there way, I only read/post while watching something else from the corner of my eye and videos don’t work well for that. Also videos don’t allow easy review of points. Generally text is a lot more flexible.

    Notice that I said avoid, not don’t use. Sometimes a picture is worth 10,000 words, and a video is just a few hundred pictures (over 1 million words!). When a video is the right thing of course you should use them. Just ask yourself if a video is realy the best way to get the information across. Videos of you giving a lecture are not as useful as a write-up of the lecture. Videos of you lifting (with freeze frames noting form) are better than any text.

    I love the comments on research. Particularly when you find some obscure research that I really should know about.

  56. Count me in as another vote for the forum. I LOVED the forum and even volunteered to help delete the spam messages because I do have the time & ability. I also checked the forum more often than M-F/9-5, so I could have caught the bad guys on the off hours, which was always the reason given when people asked why there was so much spam. But when I went back to the forum to see if anyone had replied to my thread it was already deleted. =(

    While I love the blog posts & comments under them, I also liked having the ability to pose any random question I had to a community of people who could discuss it with me. Everyone has their own experiences that can add another dimension to a conversation, or their own little tips they’ve discovered through trial and error.

    I’ve always felt that any question I might send in would be lost in the shuffle, mostly because the few times I did ask something I never got a reply. I don’t ever expect to get a reply to my questions, but it would be nice to ask on a forum instead of wondering if my email will ever be answered.

    Another plus to a forum is the ability to see replies to older discussions. As it stands with the blog, unless I comment and click the “Notify Me” box, I’ll never see the replies to a post that’s a week old. Since I don’t comment all that often, I wonder how much discussion I’m missing. And no way do I have time to click back through a month of posts to see if something new has been added each day.

    I miss the forum so much that I’ve even considered starting my own to fill that gap because I’ve been unable to find another forum that fits my needs. If you do end up putting a forum back up, I again volunteer to help keep it cleaned up & spam-free. I’ve been running a forum with close to 2000 members for over five years now, so I’m not new to the message board universe.

    It might be worthwhile to try another type of message board if the last one you had was so easily spammed. I’ve used Runboard for years with zero problems, so that might be something to consider.

    Sorry if I sound whiny, I just miss having that community of people to turn to for support. This blog has been more than helpful to me, and even if nothing changed I would still read it everyday and be grateful for the advice.

  57. I was wondering if you could find a better way to organize all the great content.

    I find that sometimes i just want a list of posts about super foods, rather than a broad collection of post on diets or dieting in general.

    Also a better way indexing the posts would be great. short summaries perhaps?

    If you need help indexing and summarizing I’d be glad to help. I’m a medical editor and writer during the daylight hours.

    thanks mark.

  58. I would just like to add something about the forum: a low cost option would be to use a service like Google Groups. My website uses google groups for its forum, and I find it to be excellent for things like spam management, etc. The downside is that it will not be as well integrated with the rest of the site as you might like.

    But I think it is a low-cost, minimal effort option which is worth considering. It certainly provides all the facilities one would need to have lively discussion about PB-related topics.

    Apurva

  59. The only thing I dislike about your blog design is the RED BORDER. Drives me crazy. Too bright.

  60. Love, love your blog! I would like to see more recipes and more about good sources of protein. I have changed by diet quite a bit as a result of reading MDA, but I still like to eat brown rice, wheat berries and legumes. Also, where I can find good, healthy sources of poultry and beef? I read about the chicken and beef industries and it makes me think most of the chicken and beef that is widely available to the average consumer is not good for you.

  61. recipes and workouts! i’m trying to become more healthy, but need work out advice. i don’t know how to work out the “right” way!! help!

  62. First of all, fantastic site! All of your content ideas are things I’d enjoy reading. Things I’d love to see more of:

    -Workout routine ideas and workout videos (loved the sprinting vid)
    -Recipe ideas
    -Success stories (even better with pictures), always very inspiring!
    -posts on Primal blueprint for women (are there differences? Will we get ripped too?)
    -More accessible archives (organized by topic or searchable?)
    -Dear Mark Q&A’s

    Thanks for all your work!

  63. Mark,

    Love the site. There isn’t anything I don’t like. I have enjoyed the video how-to’s like when you made your big salad and the hard-boiled egg shell removal. I also liked the sprinting video as it is a very interesting concept.

    I like the way you use photos with the text on your site and not only text as it holds my interest longer keeping me from clicking away from too much reading. Your writing is always engaging, easy to understand/read just like a conversation. You have a common sense approach to health which is very reassuring.

    I came to know you through the ‘Know The Cause’ tv show and I get your vitamins sent out monthly. I am always excited to get your emails to read the latest health info.

    I am very interested in keeping healthy and in shape. I know I can always find something to keep me motivated on your site. I have adopted a low-carb lifestyle for about 4 years now but I have improved on it over time due to people like you. I eat more vegetables now instead of just eggs and bacon!

    I am also interested in the latest stories on big pharma and the info on how our food supply is grown/handled etc.

    I think you do a terrific job in all areas – you are particularly good at the voice overs and commercials you do for your products – great intonation in your voice. You are a real pro and I can see it throughout all you do. I was proud to see you on the local Fox affiliate here in so. cal! I’ll have to go onto their site and give it some good feedback!

    Take Care,

    Shari

  64. A search field for archived posts would would definitely be a fantastic addition. This is especially true for those of us that are more recent readers.

  65. from someone in the hinter-land will say that you taking time to do this website is most appreciated. amazingly good knowledge can be gleaned on a steady basis and in a way that un-scientific people can understand same. some websites are so technicial that they are useless to most readers. Videos would be good on exercises and book reviews would be helpful if you run across something that comes from someone who knows what the devil they are talking about. there are so many “experts” now on health and exercise that a person like myself has no idea a lot of time who is really good and who is really bad. thank you for what you do tommy forrester tulsa ok

  66. Is it too late to offer my opinion?

    Please bear in mind that I love the information and attitude conveyed via MDA. I am quite satisfied with the content really.

    I do, however, think a visual refresh is in order. The giant-head logo is a real problem for me! I find that sort of visual both overused and somehow tacky. And, overall, the header seems too big.

    Also, and there’s no way to put this politely, so I apologize in advance, but Marks’s handsome, blond head is offputting in a way. It seems to say: this is a site for super-fit Californians, skiing in the morning and surfing in the afternoon, when in fact so much of the information is of tremendous help to people in ordinary circumstances, people in considerably poorer physical condition and health. I know it has helped me. There’s no need to ditch the idea of a caricature; the fix may be as simple as having an artist take another crack at the portrait.

  67. Hi Mark!

    I love the content of your webpage, but since you asked for feedback, this is what I like to see the most:

    More “Dear Mark” and Reader Response posts

    Fitness Posts – Specific Workout Ideas/Routines

    Definitive Guide Posts – Lengthy/Detailed Nutrition Articles

    Coverage of the Latest Health News/Research

    Guest Posts

    Interviews

    Health Challenges

    Posts on broad topics

    Thanks again for the great website!

    Deborah

  68. Invite readers to submit the grossest/most unusual primal or nearly primal food you enjoy. For example, I’m eating a can of tuna (water and all) plus about 1/4 c of “garlic herb lemonaise.” I call it cold tuna soup.

  69. As an older woman, I’ve found real benefit from paleo eating, and the balanced approach of MDA to exercise. I’m a longtime runner, and generally ran every other day. More recently, for the last couple of years, I’ve added more consistent and serious weight work. Since the end of 2011, I’ve been doing CrossFit 3X/week, alternating with walks, intervals and whatever else comes up. MDA is a very helpful source for encouragement, recipes, and links to other sites — I’m especially grateful for these.
    Grok on!
    Sam