What do you want from GDB in 2013? + what’s coming up next year!

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The end of the year is drawing near which always gives me a chance to reevaluate the content we provide here at GDB.

It let’s me think about how I can help you more in the coming year than in years past and what’s missing to really make GDB one of the most useful resources for designers, freelancers and entrepreneurs.

I know for many of you the new year celebration coming up means delicious food and family time.

So I want to ask you, before you check out over the next week or so, “What do you want from GDB in 2013?”

Leave a comment on this post and tell me what you’d like to see more or less of in 2013 from this blog. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

What’s missing?

Is there anything you wish we did that we don’t already do?

What sort of content, channels, interviews, resources, etc. do we not currently provide that you wish we would.

What’s mediocre?

This is a hard one for me to ask, because I know I’ll get some very harsh but truthful feedback.

But I say, “Bring it on!”

Is there anything about GDB that you find mediocre or lack-luster? What can we step up in 2013?

What are we doing too much of?

Maybe there’s something we’re doing too much of and you don’t appreciate it.

Do we post to frequently?

Do we tweet to often?

Do we upsell our ebooks or other products too much?

To we write too much about any given topic?

What are we not doing enough of?

Lastly, is there something we’re doing here and there, but you would like to see more of?

Should we publish more ebooks?

Should we do more Q&A sessions on twitter?

Should we interview more designers/entrepreneurs/freelancers?

Should we post more often?

A sneak peek at next year

In advance, let me say “thank you” for offering quality, honest, feedback that will help make GDB even better in 2013.

Here’s a look at a few things I plan to do next year:

  1. Graphic Design Blender YouTube Channel
    I’m super-excited to finally be getting a GDB Youtube Channel off the ground. Hundreds of you have subscribed already and I’ve got a few video interviews I’m polishing up. They’re going to completely rock! Plus, we’ll do some Q&As where you submit questions and I answer via video. We might even through in a Google Hangout here or there.
  2. Regularly scheduled #GDBtalk sessions on twitter
    Over the course of 2012, we ran a few sessions of #GDBtalk on twitter and they were absolutely fantastic. Starting soon, we’ll be having scheduled Q&A sessions using #GDBtalk. Join us on twitter and during #GDBtalk you can ask anything at all about freelancing, design, entrepreneurship, etc.
  3. More ebooks and courses
    For readers who want to enhance their experience with GDB, I plan to publish at least 2 new ebooks in 2013. Hundreds of you have already downloaded From Passion to Profit which helps you start from scratch and, in 11 days, build a thriving design business. Early next year, I’ll be releasing Contracts for Creatives (title pending), a book all about writing contracts. The second book is up for grabs, so if you have a topic you’d like to see me cover, please let me know via email, twitter, or facebook. Joining the GDB insiders group is a great way to preview the books and offer your opinion.

That and much more is what you can expect from GraphicDesignBlender.com next year.

Don’t forget to share with me topics you’d like covered, innovations you’d like to see, books you’d like to read, people you’d like me to interview and more!

Leave a comment on this post. I promise to respond to every single one.

 

 

About Preston D Lee

Preston is a web designer, entrepreneur, and the founder of this blog. @prestondlee

Comments

  1. Personally I’d like to see more frequent posting andmore interviews. Also an editor would be a nice addition as well to cut down on the mistakes. I did it for an online magazine a few years, trust me it’s a lot more challenging when your colleagues don’t speak English as a first language :D

    On the content front, great work keep it up!

    • Alex,
      Excellent advice. I plan to do more interviews and we can maybe step up the posting schedule a little. We’re always hesitant to since more posts usually means a drop in quality for simple time reasons. Great advice on the editor too. Thanks!

  2. I have no complaints! If anything, I just want to see more of what you’re already doing. More frequent articles would be awesome.

  3. Hi, I just recently subscribed to your blog, but I thought I would leave a comment about why I subscribed. I like that you have solid articles, instead of round-up posts and top 10 lists like so many other blogs right now.

  4. I gotta say that pushing that Passion to profit book 5 times in a newsletter is kinda annoying. In some emails it’s like every 5 lines with a link, plus that photo that is always there. Even if it’s a sponsor, it becomes a little too much in some point.

    • Sheeva,
      I appreciate the feedback. To my knowledge there’s never been a post that links to it more than twice (except for the post that announced it). And most posts don’t mention it at all. We can look at toning it down in 2013. Thanks!

  5. I’m really excited about the YouTube channel. There seems to be a lack of designers making regular videos so it’s something I’d like to see more of. Can’t wait for next year!

    • Excellent, Ryan! I’m really looking forward to it as well! Our first interview has done really well and I’m excited to start a few other smaller segments. Thanks for the feedback!

  6. I would love it if you started a podcast as well I could subscribe to. Maybe you can turn your youtube videos into audio and video podcasts?

    • Ryan,
      Thanks for the feedback! I’ve been looking into it and will seriously consider it for this year! Having watched (I hope you did) our first youtube video, is that something you’d like to consume in podcast form? thanks!

  7. I totally aggree with Ryan McGrane. Hope to see more of that this year!

  8. Can’t wait for next year!

  9. Hi,
    I would appreciate it if you could post about the new trends in the field of graphic design and the potential it has to change the way businesses function. Also, let us know what to watch out for in the year 2013.

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