One of the great things about my job is that I can do it anywhere. For instance, right now, I’m in the bed of a Ford Ranger pick-up in a campground in southeastern New York. The life of a writer is very flexible.

But it is also a life that doesn’t require or even want a lot of human contact. As most writers say, we need to be alone to do our work. However, we also need community, engagement, discussion to keep our ideas fresh and our writing relevant. 'Itàlia´06 ' photo (c) 2009, Jaume Meneses - license:

I’ve been thinking about this idea a lot over the past week as I talked with my friends in New Brunswick, as I read Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford, as I digested the wisdom of Jeff Goins, and as I check out the discussions on BlogRocket. In particular, I’ve been pondering this blog a great deal, trying to figure out how to make it more meaningful to you, my readers, and also more connected to the rest of my writing life. Since this is my primary form of contact with a large group of readers, it’s very important to me that this blog be relevant and important to you.

So with that in mind, I’d like to ask for your input. If you could take just a few moments and answer the questions below, I would be most grateful for your thoughts.

1. Why do you read Andilit? What do you like about it? What don’t you like?

2. Do you ever comment on the posts here? Why or why not? What might make you comment more frequently – responses from me, direct questions, giveaways that require comment?

3. What types of posts do you most like to read – thoughts on writing, music reviews, book reviews, musings on spirituality?

4. How did you find out about Andilit? Facebook, Google search, Twitter, a friend’s recommendation, you know me and I hounded you into reading?

I’m planning some changes to the blog in the coming weeks, and your responses will guide those changes in a significant way. So I am very grateful for your thoughts. Thanks so much for your time.