This is the question I posed to my newsletter readers this week. I wasn't trying to be clever or pulling some marketing trick. I really wanted to know how I can improve things for my readers.
The response was a flood of email, which I'm incredibly grateful to have.
Some responses involved money and/or Leicas.
Some asked about going pro (not really my specialty).
Most wanted nothing but to say hi.
Some wanted more photography content, others wanted more miscellaneous content, because they've discovered other blogs and artists this way.
About 75% of those with content or formatting suggestions wanted me to keep doing exactly what I'm doing. 25% wanted me to go back to doing essays and publishing fewer links or quotes. I understand both sides and I'm just do whatever's comfortable for the moment. That's what a personal site/newsletter is all about.
I'll continue to read and respond to these throughout the week. I really recommend you do this with your readers/viewers/customers. No survey. No specifics. Just take the temperature of the room. It helps.