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I blog on a variety of topics. I'm wondering which ones interest you the most.

1.      Future (robots, technology, healthcare, etc.)

2.      New business ideas (apps, inventions, services)

3.      Management bullshit

4.      Success tricks and tips

5.      Personal health

6.      Psychology (hypnosis, cognitive bias, illusions, affirmations)

7.      Politics

8.      World events

9.      The startup I'm working on

10.  Humor (silly stories usually about my life)

11.  Metaphysics (hologram reality, religion, meaning of life)

I ask because I usually hear "stop doing that" more than I hear "do more of that" so I have an imbalanced idea of what people prefer.

 
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Apr 13, 2013
I like 4, 6, 10 and 11.

I don't think the metaphysics stuff is my absolute favourite, but I would be very sad if you stopped doing it because some people don't "get" it. Even if its made-up and scientifically shaky its thought provoking. Which is the #1 reason I come here.

Oh, and you are very good at making people laugh too. The article about vacuums I loved.

3, 7 & 8 are also pretty cool. As someone else from an Economics background, I like your economist's view of the world.

I have started skipping the 1 & 2 recently. I still read them sometimes, I don't hate them. It just that imagining the future in that way seems unreal and doesn't do much for me (but yet I love the metaphysics?!).

 
 
Apr 13, 2013
My order is this. I'd log on to your site every day if it was just silly stories about your life.

10. Humor (silly stories usually about my life)
6. Psychology (hypnosis, cognitive bias, illusions, affirmations)
3. Management !$%*!$%*!$%* Success tricks and tips
 
 
Apr 13, 2013
I think you should blog about whatever you feel like blogging about. It's your blog.

That said, I think you're on the shakiest ground on you Metaphysics posts, and I think you're technology related posts (Apple, robots) sometimes are a little lite in the background information department. But those are the ones I have the most fun responding to so nevermind.
 
 
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Apr 12, 2013
I agree with Phantom II.

But more importantly, this is a "blog" -- you should know that the word "blog" is short for "web log" aka an online diary of the days events from your perspective. if they are humorous, so much the better. but the world at large, around you, should dictate your topics.

keep it organic.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
This blog is about what interests YOU at the moment. Whatever that is, I want to read about it.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
In order I like:
10
9
11,6,3,1

But probably what you find interesting to write I'll find interesting to read.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
I am most interested in World Events, Humor & Metaphysics.
 
 
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Apr 12, 2013
Scott, stop asking us what we want.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
There's a thumbs-up / thumbs-down vote on every article. Perhaps some light analysis on the highest rated articles is in order. As any software developer knows, what people tell you they want, is not necessarily what they want.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
I like when you put on your futurist hat. Mashing 2 technological breakthroughs and coming up with an angle on the future that nobody else has thought of is priceless. Or just any topic that helps to predict a possible future is great.

I like speculation on extraterrestrial life (or maybe I've been reading too much sci-fi lately?)

I also like any dissection of a current topic that exposes a conspiracy or connects disparate events in a way nobody else has thought of. (That old Israel post for example.)

Finally, I like descriptions of throw-away or silly inventions. Air tunnels, the virtual bedroom and the swimming pool idea come to mind.

THANK YOU!

 
 
Apr 12, 2013
I am most interested in what bubbles to the top of your mind so significantly that you want to blog about it, to share that bubble (concern, idea, insight, whatever) with the world. I particularly like those topics that you preface with the warning about sharing with appropriate audiences, topics that you think need such a warning.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
Oh, one more thing. Yes, your startup is interesting, at least to me. I'd like to know the nuts and bolts of how you did it. Maybe after it's up and running, you can let us in on what it takes to get that kind of a business going. Or compare the topics of "The Dilbert Principle" to what you found in your own business.

Speaking of that book - I actually am rereading it, and I am amazed at how it remains germane today even though it was released in 1996 (my wife bought it for me for Christmas that year). There's a whole new generation of young'uns out there who are just getting enough into the business world to appreciate it. Have you ever thought of putting it back into print, or maybe updating it first?

I know you have enough projects going on now to keep ten people busy, but just thought I would mention it.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
I love it all. But my favorites are 1, 6 and 11.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
Hey, Scott, this is your blog. It's for what YOU want to talk about. It's not as if you're a talk show host who is looking to please his audience to get ratings. I'd say stick to the topics you want to discuss and, if people don't like the topic du jour, then they don't have to comment on it.

But, since you asked . . .

I enjoy your posts most when they are humorous. You are truly superb at writing humorous prose, and I wish you'd do more of it. Having said that, I know how much more difficult it is than writing straight prose; but you are an expert at it, and I would love to see more of it.

One thing you didn't list as a topic was movie reviews. I would be willing to pay for your subscription to Netflix just to get more of your reviews. My sides are still aching from laughing at the 'Life of Pi' review.

So my number one is your number 10: humor.

My number two is politics and world events, but that's because I'm a current-events junkie. I don't know how many of your readers are interested or knowledgeable enough to really benefit from that as a topic, though. When you add humor in, it is fun, as when you're 'running' for president. I keep coming back to that humor thing, don't I?

You sharing your knowledge of technological frontiers is interesting and thought-provoking, until you stray into the area of your anti-existentialist philosophy. We KNOW you don't believe in a creator. We KNOW you think we're meat robots, and that there is nothing that separates humanity from a toaster beyond a bigger CPU. We KNOW you think reality is an illusion.

But guess what? You can't prove any of it, no more than I can prove its counterpoint. It gets achingly tedious to hear the same philosophical non-points stated ad infinitum and ad nauseum. You're not going to convince us; we're not going to convince you. The debate is therefore circular and meaningless. For the sake of the children, move on. Please.

Management BS, your #3, is an ambivalent one for me. I love Dilbert. I mourn the passing of the DNRC Newsletter. But I also know that that's what Dilbert is all about; so is it redundant to have you also post similar things in the blog? Maybe if you would put something similar to the DNRC Newsletter into your blog periodically, that would be perfect.

Overall: humor first. Politics and world events second, but that may be a narrow audience, and also results in the most contentious responses, so I don't know if that's necessarily good.

Cool stuff (tech, future, etc.) third. The more humorous the better on all topics.

There you go. You're welcome.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
I like thought experiments, usually no matter the topic.

But you have an annoying tendency to ignore human nature. Many of your predictions are not possible because people, especially politicians, individually look out for themselves, rather than collectively look out for everyone. You blow by this with an assumption that we'll collectively come to our senses and establish sweeping policies that benefit everyone, which is a pretty big assumption.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
1, 2 and 4; I always take my investment and career advice from cartoonists.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
I personally prefer:
1, 7, 8, 9, 10

Number 7 has a tendency to irritate 50% of the readers, so most writers try to steer clear of that topic.
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
Keep doing everything EXCEPT #7 Politics.

And only do #8 World Events once in a while.

 
 
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Apr 12, 2013
7, 9 and 10 (hate robots topic - though I am in love with my gadgets).

Not a very helpful survey, uh?
 
 
Apr 12, 2013
Hmm. I think I enjoy all of those. You bring a unique perspective on a lot of things, Scott Adams, even when it's intentionally non-serious.
 
 
 
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