Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Blog evaluation--feedback wanted

I've been blogging for about 100 days now, and I would like to step back and do a little evaluation. Could you give me feedback? As I've written about, I'm big into evaluation as a way of improving, so I would like to ask three questions.

1) What works well for you with this blog?


2) What could be improved?

3) Additional comments/advice?

You can e-mail me your feedback, to bradley.wright@uconn.edu, or post it as an anonymous comment... whatever works best for you.

Thank you!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like that you don't try to be non-biased. You "keep it real", so to speak. I also like the topics. I think you could improve by doing more posts about Christianity and Sociology. You could also improve by (perhaps) taking a cue from Dan Myers and keeping a running tab on something (In Dan's case, it's last chances with CitiBank [For those that don't read the Blog]) Perhaps more posts on hang gliding That's about all I can think of.

trrish said...

I like that you 'came out' and you trying to mesh the worlds of academia and your beliefs is very interesting to me.

I'm in academia, and I also consider myself a Christian. I am surrounded by atheists and agnostics (who I love!) and balancing the two worlds is interesting.

So, my feedback would be, keep going. I think you can tap into some interesting stuff. Because I lean toward the more therapeutic-confessional style of blogging/writing, I'm always interested in your more personal writings. What's interesting to me is your experience, as opposed to the more generalized kind of thing. (I know, then it's not really sociology) :-)

Anonymous said...

Do you comment anonymously on your own blog often?
Andy

Ben said...

This is one of three blogs I check every day, and it is definitely the most fun of the three. I love the whole mix - funny, personal, sociological, educational and real. I've even cut an pasted some of your teaching tips into my hard-drive for permanent future reference. If I ever do teach, I'll try to lie (though maybe not about cockroaches) and throw candy to keep my class on the edge of their seats.

[Maybe change your picture. Your sailing picture looked pretty cool.]

I'm still waiting for the Kenyan malaria story you promised us a while ago.
- American PhD student in Nairobi (Biblical Studies) - long story.

Anonymous said...

Andy,

Brad doesn't post anonymously. He is also going to take your lunch money next week in poker.

NOT Brad said...

Brad, did not post the first anonymous comment. I did!!!!!!!!!! Don't steal my thunder or you will taste my wrath!!!!! The web page might give me away, but only if you know me....

Knumb said...

more hang gliding posts, IMHO.

Earth Girl said...

I agree with Ben. I check your site every day and like the eclectic mix.

Anonymous said...

not Brad,
How much did he pay you? Brad, I'll anonymously post about how wonderful you are for half of what you're paying him!
Andy

Anonymous said...

Andy, if you want money, get a cut of what brad pays his students for good evals... that's where the money is.

Not not-Brad

Brad Wright said...

Trish,

Thanks for the comments. I hear what you're saying about more personal writings... I'm much more comfortable with "cool" analytic writing than "hot" personal writing. I think that I'll drift toward more personal stuff, though, for if nothing else, I'll soon run out of good ideas, but I always have weird stuff going on inside.

Brad Wright said...

Ben & Earth Girl,

Thanks for the encouragement. I worry that the posts are too wide-ranging in topics, that I'm not specializing enough, but, I suppose, a joy of blogging is writing about whatever comes to mind when it does.

Ben, how did you end up in Nairobi for Ph.D. studies? Sounds interesting.

Earth Girl, your website is inspiring... are you anywhere near South Bend? My sister there is way into gardening, so I'm sending her the link to your site.

ryan king said...

I enjoy the blog, Brad. Personally, I like the soc / analytic posts, but they all make for good morning reading.

Earth Girl said...

I'm just north of Fort Wayne. We're having a garden and wildflower walk and brunch this spring at the only historic state garden in northern Indiana. Have your sister contact me if she might be interested in attending. I always like meeting gardening friends.

Brad Wright said...

Thank you for the offer... I'll pass it along to her.