Survey: How can my blogging in a pandemic help you?


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Cats are good therapy. That’s easy, be my guest! But can my blogging in a pandemic do more for you?

In lockdown we use the internet for company, help, information, inspiration, fun and learning. I’d love you to complete a short survey about what you require now from my blog, poems, podcast, courses, videos, drawings and photos. What are you looking for? What do you appreciate most?

Here we are in New Zealand, coping with our first COVID-19 cluster of unknown origin. To tell the truth, I’m a bit down. That’s why I’m thinking, how can I help you? (That helps me when I’m down.)

Please answer a short survey to guide me on my next steps

Survey closes on Sunday 23 August at midnight.

OK, we knew we were living in a fool’s paradise and that one day COVID 19 would sneak back into New Zealand. After 102 days, it’s here. Now we’re back in lockdown—maybe for days, maybe for weeks even though our government reacted quickly, going hard and going early.

Why I have time on my hands (maybe)

I had numerous interesting events and activities lined up for the next few months. I am (was?) supposed to run a blogging course, do some more readings, participate in a book festival, speak at a conference, perform with my dance groups and choir and so on and so on. Maybe some of those events will still be possible. But maybe at least some will be cancelled.

In which case I will have time on my hands, and all the work I do will happen online. Of course I’ll carry on blogging in a pandemic but potentially creating courses, ebooks or podcasts, for example.

So. How can I help you? Of all the online projects that I could (maybe) undertake in the next few weeks, which one would be most useful to you? What do you like about this website and what would you like more of?

Please answer a short survey to guide me on my next steps

Survey closes on Sunday 23 August at midnight.

The data supplied by your answers will be very useful to me and, I think, of general interest to other bloggers. As in, how can we help each other just by tapping away at our computers, blogging in a pandemic? I want to do my bit, and for once not merely following a whim but listening and responding to your advice.

Stay safe, be kind.

PS Thank you to all respondents so far!

I appreciate your taking (about) 3 minutes to answer my questions! Already I have some valuable feedback about what you like and surprising, too. The survey will close on Sunday 23 August at midnight.

13 thoughts on “Survey: How can my blogging in a pandemic help you?

  1. Anonymous says:

    the survey won’t allow me wander with the ranking… but my pennyworth is that I just like to have email notification that someone has posted – read and digest what they say, take heed of something not thought about – and so forth. And importantly to know you’ve still with us…

    1. cedar51 says:

      oops I’m not anonymous – cedar/Catherine – the comment posting boxes have gotten completely out of kilter of late! Wants me to constantly wait while they find me instead of just popping up with the right boxes…

      1. Rachel McAlpine says:

        By any chance, were you not logged in? I’m sorry for this nuisance.

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I hear you, Catherine. And I like what you say: I’m still with you. I could add an email Follow button…

  2. Joared says:

    There is no single thing i seek from reading here or from others blog as this is merely a form of socialization for me. I simply enjoy reading what’s on the mind of other bloggers and now, especially, during whatever circumstances Covid-19 has created for them. The writings of those in other countries than my own in the U.S. are always of special interest whether they write of their own lives, their surroundings, what is of significance where they live, their interests, and deeper subjects about life including aging to name a few ideas.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That is a delightful answer to the core question, so thank you!

    2. I feel the same way. Not being a book reader and having a fascination with people, the opinion posts in the blogging world open up many perspectives and subjects 🙂

      1. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Thank you Liam, that’s good to know!

  3. Jennifer Holdaway says:

    I like your take on life Rachel – your wit, your eye for a good photograph, your sense of what is pertinent. I like reading your words Rachel – they often make me chuckle, nod in agreement, make me think – “Good on you Rachel” or just make me think. Your spirit gives me a certain strength to reach further myself. And your words and photographs are a positive force in this overwhelmingly negative world. Thank you Rachel.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Dear Jen, thank you. Especially for your specificity– even while I blush I find that helpful.

  4. Jennifer Holdaway says:

    Ps – in the survey, is the highest ranking 1 or 6?

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Gosh, they don’t say!? I thanks for telling me. I assume 1 is first.

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