I’m an evaluator.
I want to know if something makes a difference; if the change is for the better; if it has value, merit, worth.
After all, the root of evaluation is value.
I haven’t answered individually the numerous comments that have been posted. I just continue to write and see what happens. I’m hoping that some of what I’ve said over the past now over three years has 1) made sense; 2) made a difference; and 3) been worthwhile. I also hope you reader have been able to use some of what you have read here. I don’t know.
Someone is keeping track of my analytic measures; that’s wonderful. Some blogs use that as a measure of making a difference; I don’t. I look at what people say. I read every comment even if I don’t respond. A lot of folks say that the information has been interesting; that the blog is well written; that I should continue. No one says how they use the material, or, for that matter, if they do. So, reader, I have a challenge:
Post a comment about how you have used the information you have read here. Post it next week when I won’t be blogging (see last week). Let me know. I’ll summarize the responses when I get back. I won’t do this for very long–two, maybe three weeks; a month at most. (When I posted previously a link to a quick on-line survey, I kept the survey open for only two weeks; not long enough for some folks.)
Other blog writers get comments not dissimilar to mine (I read a lot of blogs for ideas). I don’t see that folks are actually giving the writer specific information on what difference the blog has made in the lives of the reader. I must confess, I don’t let them know either. So since this is a new year, and everyone is trying new behaviors, the new behavior I’m asking for here is Tell me what difference this blog has made/is making.