Make My Blog Better

My mother used to say, “The best way to get better is simple, just ask someone who’s already better.”  So, for once in my life I’m going to take my mother’s advice and simply ask people who are better than me for ways to better myself.

Through a New Lens is officially 2 months old and I’m proud to say that I have more readers and have connected with more people than I ever imagined, but that doesn’t mean I’m doing everything right.  Going back over my posts I noticed that I say a lot of things and give a lot of talking points, but rarely actually take any of that advice and put it into practice.  I see that as a great detriment on my part.  I’ve also seen it in our community, a lot of people saying pretty, nice things, but no action.  So here goes:

Make my blog better.

That’s right, I’m asking for your advice.  Look back through some of my posts and things you may have read from me in the past: what am I doing well, what isn’t working at all, what could I do that would be more helpful?  I’m making you the boss for the day.  Make me more productive.

Be Gentle (or Not)

Which Came First: The Method or the Madness?

Why am I doing this, you might ask.  I’m a big believer that the business of communication (whether that be marketing, PR or social media aspects of either) is a lifelong learn.  Things are always progressing and changing and it is my duty to my clients and you (faithful reader) to constantly strive to better myself as a writer/content creator/strategist/etc.

When I was in high school I played football.  There was a lot that I learned from my coaches about form and stride and hold, but what I learned of heart and determination and loyalty and power, I learned from my teammates.  I learned from them because if we could make each other better along the way, then as a team we would be stronger.

Now I’m  a part of a new community (we all are).  With Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets, we are all part of a team and I’m hoping to learn from my teammates.

Thick Skin Thinned

For all you nay-sayers, this isn’t just a cry for attention or an open call for insults on my character or physique (although I’m sure I’ll get those).  I’ve been working lately on practicing what I preach and on more than one occasion I have advised asking others in the community for advice and I’m finally taking myself up on the offer.

Another motivation I have for this is that I am currently designing and putting together my personal webpage (which will launch before August, hopefully) and I want to know what to bring to that table that is effective and helpful.

RT this, pass it around, I’ll post the comment advice and take the emails to heart and see if I can’t make this page better for everyone.

What advice have you given that you aren’t taking?  Is there a way your could improve what you do simply by asking?  Maybe we can take this journey together.

So, what do you think?


About Joey Strawn

Digital marketing sociologist and public relations specialist with experience on national and local campaigns with a love for film and the things it says about our culture and business. Joey is the Senior Social Media Strategist at ISM in Nashville, TN and is in the business of helping people and companies deal with the new universe of social media in their marketing and PR endeavors.
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4 Responses to Make My Blog Better

  1. Adam Fischer says:

    Really an inspiring post here Joey. You have a sincerity that comes across in your writing. I am going to check out your other posts and I’ll give you some feedback there too. I have been blogging myself for my company and I am in a similar phase as yourself – looking for feedback…check me out at

    • Joey Strawn says:

      @Adam, Thanks for commenting. I hope you like what you read and I look forward to reading what you have to say. I will definitely check you out more and look forward to growing a professional relationship with you in the future.

  2. Make My Blog Bettter – you stole my idea… except that you did this first! 😉 I have been thinking of doing a post like this for some time, so – again – thanks for the inspiration!

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