Every year at work they make us complete an “engagement survey” which is intended to show how satisfied / dissatisfied we all are with our jobs. I’m not entirely convinced that the survey’s methodology works, or that it leads to any tangible improvements, but I suppose it does give us an opportunity to vent about the lack of custard creams in the kitchen and the horrendous colour combination of this year’s Christmas decorations.
It got me thinking that perhaps I ought to run an engagement survey on Take Courage. This little blog has been going for almost four years now, and although I’d like to think that the Texan and I produce high-quality content on a regular-ish basis, the number of followers has remained fairly steady. I look at some blogs and see 50k followers and think, “what the hell are they doing that I’m not doing?”. Then I remember how lovely my readers are and how numbers aren’t all that important – but, equally, while that’s true, I do want Take Courage to grow. I wouldn't necessarily give up my day job to blog full-time, but I’m increasingly thinking that I could make something more out of all of this. What that “something” is, is a question that bewilders me every moment of every day that I’m stuck at my desk writing letters to claimant law firms.
So, I’m looking to you to tell me what you think about Take Courage. In 2015, is there something you’d like to see more of? Less of? Is there anything we could do better? I posed this question last night on Instagram and so far it looks like you want:
- more DIYs and interiors
- more of Chutney (well, that is easily done!)
- weekend day trips
- more stories about my life, keeping it personal
- a monthly “ask the Texan” post to introduce a male opinion and voice
- a live “how to” session for readers in London
- a community
I really want to commit myself to Take Courage in the coming year, but I need some direction and your advice – as much as I run this little space for me and my sanity, I also run it for you, and your opinion matters to me. Instead of Googling “how can I make my blog grow?” (which is pointless anyway, because I’m already doing all of the things that these articles suggest I do), I’m asking the people that count – my readers. Please don’t hold back, be honest, I won’t take offence!