We Can’t Read Minds

Last week my post was titled, “What are 2344 People Thinking?”. I was realistically hoping to get about ten of those newsletter subscribers to tell me, instead I got three people to e-mail me directly asking me to take them off the ListServ (nothing unusual) and two people were so kind as to share their thoughts with me.

We can’t read minds. We can survey formally using Survey Monkey, Response-o-matic even Google Docs Forms, and we can even do a Twitter Poll, which works for many of us Ed-Techies, but these methods do not work for the bulk of the educators subscribed to my Center’s Listserv. (Think back to the two comments left on my blog.)

What will work? Are they reading the newsletter? Since last Tuesday when I posted to my blog and sent the newsletter to the ListServ via e-mail I’ve taught two in-district workshops, one workshop at the Center and spoke in front of about 60 NJ educators at the monthly NJECC meeting.

I informally surveyed those I had the opportunity to speak with regarding ThumannResources.com during the week. “Oh, I get your newsletter – Great Job.” And “The tools looked cool, I’ll check them out soon.” And this one a few times as well “That grant site – do you recommend it?”. Are they reading it, or are they just really very nice?

What can I do to get them to read the newsletter? Better yet, what can I do to move them from the newsletter to a subscription to a blog? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.