Jan 02

Looking for some feedback

So, the other night my wife was catching up on the blog.  And as she was reading it, she said something that kinda surprised me.  She looked at me and said that she got to a part in the post about the universal remote and got “lost” and didn’t understand what I was talking about.

So I tried to explain what I meant, and then realized, that even though I’ve been trying to keep things simple and easy to understand, maybe simple to me is complicated to someone else. But the problem is, I really have no idea what you all know and don’t.  Even more importantly, I have no idea what topics might be of interest to the folks who read this blog.

I try to select the topics based on random conversations and questions that I get. I never know when a topic might come up, and if you don’t see a post from me, well that probably means one of two things… either I got busy or I just couldn’t think of anything to write about.

[notice]So here’s the deal.  I’d like some feedback.[/notice]

Let me know if I get you confused with what I’m writing… or let me know if you simply don’t understand something. Even better, let me know what you’d like to know about.

That makes it easier for me to be able to help you use your tech stuff better.  Please leave your questions and comments here, or on any post that you have a question about or don’t understand.

Thanks, and Happy New Year to everyone!

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  1. Stuart


    my first suggestion to you is a harsh one: It doesn’t matter what your wife thinks. Or at least it doesn’t necessarily matter. For what it’s worth my wife reads the stuff I write but isn’t an avid follower. I think she finds it entertaining now and again but doesn’t really seek to learn from what I write. She just isn’t representative of the 350,000 people who viewed my content in 2013.

    My second suggestion is just to keep writing conversationally, as you do. We both grew up in an age when creating sterling prose with erudite references was paramount, but these days people just kinda want stuff they can chew through. When you write conversationally you’ll find that people “get you” more.

    If you’re serious about this blogging business, I’ll give you a tip I got from reading Stephen King: Write every day. Write something, even if it’s just a few paragraphs, and even if you don’t post it. But write every day. The brain is a muscle and it atrophies when left to disuse.

    I’d like to see your posts include more real-world examples. The other day I was talking to someone and they asked me why Pac-12 wasn’t on DIRECTV. I explained that they didn’t have a contract, and they said (note I intentionally avoided the more grammatically correct “he said”) “But, that channel has commercials. Why wouldn’t they want everyone to see their commercials?” This led to a whole discussion about how commercials aren’t profitable enough on their own, DVR habits, and why this whole commercials PLUS retrans fee mentality will kill broadcasting.

    That’s a real-world example of how using real-world examples starts a narrative rolling.

    But above all, just KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! You’re just starting out and it will take you a while to get good, but you’re already doing a lot better job than most of the teenage illiterates out there.


  2. Marty Silbernik

    Stuart, thanks for the great insight. I appreciate it, I do try to write every day, and I usually have a couple of different posts working at the same time.

    Love the suggestion about real world examples. I know I’ve done some, but I could always use more. Yanks for the compliments as well. I think 2014 will be a good year!

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