There are tons of quotes out there about mistakes as a path toward learning and doing better the next time. And there’s a lot of inspirational stuff about how innovation comes from failing, and trying over and over again, and some college graduates have even been told to “go forth and fail” by their commencement speakers. In spite of all that, most of us still don’t celebrate failure nearly as regularly as we do success. And even when we have the chance to tell someone how they really screwed up, many of us live by the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
I’ve been thinking about this lately as Rachel and I review the results of our annual On Pasture Community survey. What we’re trying to find out from the survey is what your job is, what you raise, and how you’re using what you read every week at On Pasture. From that information, we hope to get a better picture of the kinds of articles that would be most helpful to you, what we’re doing well, and what we could do better.
Just based on the growth in the number of On Pasture readers, we think we’ve been heading in the right direction for the last four years. Or at least we hope almost 100,000 readers aren’t wrong! 🙂 And we’ve gotten lots of supportive comments from those who’ve already filled out the survey that we’ll be able to share with potential advertisers and funders who are considering supporting On Pasture.
Being loved by you and feeling successful is AWESOME!
At the same time, I’m always looking for ways we can do better. So the fellow who said that he thought the articles had been a little “light” lately and that he’d like more in-depth stories – well that was helpful. And there was the fellow who thought the survey itself was confusing, so we’re still trying to figure out what didn’t work for him and how to do better. We can grow with those things. If no one tells us what ticks them off about On Pasture, we’ll never be able to change it. If you don’t say, “Hey, Kathy and Rachel, I really need THIS from a publication. Do you think you can do it?” we’ll just carry on as we are, maybe missing out on something that could be really useful to the On Pasture community.
So, if you haven’t had a chance to do so yet, please do fill out the 10 question survey. Tell us what’s going right, what’s going wrong and what we can do better.
And if you have some constructive criticism or a suggestion for something that would make On Pasture better, please send that along too. You can share it in the comments below, or in an email to both of us. We can’t promise we’ll be able to do everything. But we’ll do what we can.
Thanks for reading!
Kathy and Rachel