The 2017 Reader Survey: How am I Doing?

Hey everyone!

Greetings from Madagascar! I’m really enjoying my trip here with Intrepid Travel. This country has incredible scenery. I’ve seen a ton of lemurs, vistas, forests, and animals. I’m a week into my trip and, with not a lot of Wi-Fi options, ad enjoying the “digital detox.” I’ve been reading, writing, and journaling.

While I’m out roaming remote lands, I have a favor to ask.

I always like to improve this website to better suit your needs. So I do surveys every year (thank you to everyone who filled one out, and thanks to everyone who let me call them!), and they always give me a better insight into what I’m doing right or wrong, and how I can make this website better.

In the coming months, we’re going to be redesigning the website (not top to bottom, but just a simple refresh), releasing a new guidebook, updating our other ones, and planning a lot more surprises. One thing I talked about before — and have been slow to do — is writing more personal posts and taking more pictures when I travel. I kind of shied away from that (I hate how I look), but I’m getting better at taking pictures of me in places and writing more personal stories. So if you follow social media, you’ve probably seen them already.

While I’m away, I’d love for you to fill out our new reader survey! (It’s not long!)

I want to know more about you, what you like and don’t like, and what you want to see changed! I’d really appreciate if you could fill out the short survey so we can improve this website!

After all, I do this because I want to help you travel more — and your feedback helps me serve you better. In the words of New York’s mayor Ed Koch, “How am I doin’?”

And, while you do that, I’ll continue traveling Madagascar and taking photos for upcoming blog posts! Here’s a teaser photo:


P.S. – Here is the link to the survey!

P.P.S. – If you want to see more Madagascar photos, come visit my Instagram

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  • Nice Matt! I will for sure visit Madagascar one day, the island itself is a very unique place cause of the place it is (climate) and animals there are unique as it’s not connected to any continent. One question though, is it easy to find a WIFI hotspot out there? It would be awesome to work remotely from Madagascar!

  • I kind of wish you'd interact more in the comments. Do you read all of them? I know you said you'd stop but could you start it up again?

    • I can't read them all because I don't have time with all of the projects I have on my plate. I will not be starting it up again. That's why I have a staff who reads the comments for me.


        • He could have explained it in a bit nicer tone (ex: I really wish I had time but I'm working so hard on other parts of the blog to get you more good information, etc). But it's a legit answer nonetheless....very few blogs like this with such an array of information are one-man-shows.....always someone else helping out.

          • I didn't write that rude comment above. See my note!

            To the original poster: I answer lots of comments on social media. I try to get to blog comments here once or twice a week but it's often hard to keep up with the deluge between here and social media. I know I don't answer them as often as I should but it's really hard to keep up with comments, writing, doing the business things, and travel. I try. Believe me. I try.

  • Hi Matt,

    Look at that Lemur.

    Beautiful shot dude.

    Keep doing as you are doing. Positive feedback from here in the US, which is a long way from Madagascar.

    As for the comment thingee above, I know it is tough to understand until you see Matthew's level of success, but when you have 50 or 100 or 1000 things to do daily, from high level meetings online or offline to creating content to scaling and then, circling the globe while you do it, responding to comments on your blog posts is impossible.

    I am not as well known as Matt in the moment but I am finally learning to really appreciate what it is like to have a little bit of a presence online, and needing to let go some activities and engagements because my time and talent is better spent in other places.

    Promoting eBooks, speaking to clients, setting up sponsored posts and ads, promoting paperbacks, the list of duties is endless and even with a staff at your disposal, ya just outgrow some things as you become more successful. And that outgrowing has nothing to do with his appreciation of his readers.

    Again, this can help you understand why he does as he does.

    Carry on dude, you're rocking it, and enjoy that exotic, mysterious land.