First Annual Reader Survey!

January 16, 2017

Provocative Joy Anniversary This Dust Never Settles Reader Survey

Reminiscing on the past

This virtual corner of property has come so far! Do you remember when I first started? Back in 2014 this place was called This Dust Never Settles and it was primarily a way for me to work through my thoughts in writing and keep my family and supporters updated on my journey with Mercy Ships. I suspected this blog would exist longer than my volunteering abroad. That’s why I didn’t name it “Ivanna’s Journey With Mercy Ships”. That held true because here I am in 2017, still blogging!

At some point in my first year volunteering on a hospital ship in Africa a friend asked me what my dream job would be if I wasn’t a nurse. My response? “A professional blogger!”

I knew there were people out there that got to write on a personal website and somehow got paid for it. The reality of how that worked was a mystery, but at least I knew it was possible! I’ve always dreamed of writing as a career and slowly the idea worked it’s way into my brain. I continued to write and stumbled across different websites and blogs over time. Eventually, a few prompted me to think… “if they can do it, I can definitely do it.”

Last January, I paid over $100 for a platform to host my own website. This would allow me to own all the content and customize the appearance to represent who I am (and so that I didn’t cringe while looking at my own blog). I changed my name to Provocative Joy (although I miss the old name a lot) and started devoting hours upon hours to writing, designing, promoting, and brainstorming for Provocative Joy.

It’s our one year anniversary!

I’ve wanted to conduct a reader survey for months! I hesitated because I thought it would be weird to conduct a survey if I didn’t have a lot of readers. I wasn’t sure it would be worth the effort.

As I move forward into a new year, I’m giving in. Regardless of how many readers I have, I need to learn a few things about who YOU are so I can find the sweet spot where what you need help with and what I have to offer meet. There’s a lot of ideas constantly rumbling around in my head and I don’t know which ones to roll out.

This survey is simply my attempt to get to know you a little better. Whether you read everything I’ve ever written, or you only clicked on that one article where I mentioned sex in the title, I’d love it if you took this survey!

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