Focus group wanted

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hi Guys!

In September, I told you all about my new project, It's been a slow start getting my focus directed on it but I've been working with this awesome guy, Timothy at Operation Enterprise. He worked through the web design with me and is now helping me to focus on SEO web content.

As you may recall, I started the website because of my obsession with dieting. In my quest for the perfect bod, I LOVE looking at before and after pictures of people and reading about how they did it.

So I set the site up as a place for people to post their stories and photos to share with others. I also write articles for it and have added a community forum where people can support each other during their journey.

I see my web traffic increasing but people aren't becoming engaged. They come, they read a few articles, they go. We're currently working on re-doing the profile registration so that people can sign up even if they're just getting started or maybe are too shy to post their pics.

This is where I reach out to you, my dear readers, to help me determine what people might be looking for to make them feel like they're part of a "community" or just make them want to come back more than once.

I'm not looking to become a Facebook for weight loss. Well, not right away....That requires deep pockets of which my pockets have deep holes.

But I truly believe the concept is great. I know it's something that I always looked for and was never able to find. Here are some general questions for you:

Would you be willing to post your pics and info?

If so, to what degree? Just pounds lost or before and after stats? Too much info?

How active are you in other forums? What draws you in and keeps you coming back? The information or the relationships you develop in that "community"?

Would you be interested in having your own personal blog on a community site where you could post your progress?

I would LOVE any and all feedback you're willing to share. I'll tell you lieu of payment, I would give you future stock shares in the company. Can you say IPO?


  1. Okay, seriously, I just started following your blog, so I didn't know about your website, but I'm excited about it, even though I haven't visited it yet. I just started a blog yesterday... called 6 Weeks of Health. I did it, because, like you, I've been a diet/health food/fitness fiend, for as long as I can remember, but lately, I just want to eat cake! Lots of cake.

    I don't feel like I have anyone to do this with, and I'm people motivated. I thought maybe if I started a blog just for that, I would get some followers, feedback, learn things I didn't know before, and also be able to pass on what I know.

    I will share any pictures I have, but I'd rather share my before pictures along with my after pictures (at the same time)... maybe if I wasn't so pale right now? I don't know. I will share any stats I need to at any time.

    I'm really only active here in blogger. I don't have a ton of followers but communicate with most of the people who follow me through emails. I really enjoy talking to people about so many different things!

    As far as a personal blog on another site, that would be fun, but I'm not tech savvy and am currently struggling with the set up as far as setting tabs... I know, ridiculous, right? I should be able to do this.

    Anyway... I'm going to check out your website. Thanks for the comment on my blog! I agree with you and your friend's conclusion!!

  2. Hey Chrissy....

    I just wanted to stop by and say that I read this post, but I want to think about this for a bit to see if I can come up with any good suggestions.

    Perhaps you and I could talk on the phone sometime? Let me know.

    Have a faaaaaabulous Thursday, girl!


  3. Hey Chrissy! I'm there already, and I'm still on board =) Indigo x

  4. @Just Two Chicks,
    Welcome! I'm following your 6 Weeks blog. Thank God, I've never eaten Ramen noodles!!

    Thank you so much for your feedback. :-)

    I would love that, thanks! I'll email you...

    I know, thank you! MUAH!! xoxo

  5. If I can get past my ego and review the pre photos, I will! :-)


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