In my efforts to make this blog better for readers, I'd appreciate some feedback.

I often leave lengthy replies to reader's comments and questions – in the comments section.  I feel they are 'lost' because few readers ever see them.  Is that true?

I'm considering changing my approach to the comments section of the blog, and want to know how often you look at the comments.  I plan to covert more comments into separate blog posts.  The result would be more frequent posts and more question/answer type posts.

How do you feel about Q&A posts?

Right now I have little choice except to place a link to the comments at the end of a post. Does that work for you?

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10 Responses to Comments

  1. BB 10/29/2009 at 3:57 PM #

    Q&A posts inspired from comments would be fine; I surely miss some learning by not bothering to click on the comments section each day.

  2. greg 10/29/2009 at 10:19 PM #

    Collar lesson was very good and informative. Comments on post are great ways to learn more details.

  3. Steve 10/30/2009 at 7:59 AM #

    Mark: I truly appreciate the effort you put into this blog and the extra time you take to answer questions and provide the best possible advice. I feel that this is one of the best blogs out there! I am also delighted that you want to improve your service even further. My concern, however, would be that you might overload yourself with too much and thus dilute the great value of the blog as it currently stands. I think what you’re doing is excellent as is.

  4. Mark Wolfinger 10/30/2009 at 9:17 AM #

    Thanks. Your appreciation is appreciated!
    The one problem for me is that I put in so many hours already, and certainly want to avoid that dilution.
    What I want to do is generate income from my work. This blog and it’s contents would continue, as is, for free.
    Thus, I am working on ideas for additional educationalal ideas that I can offer as a separate, membershup blog. I have some thoughts, but am not ready to launch.

  5. Mark Wolfinger 10/30/2009 at 9:19 AM #

    Not all comment discussions are gems. But there is a bunch of good material in the comments.
    The plan is to post more of it in the main blog.

  6. Rob 10/30/2009 at 10:21 AM #

    Hi Mark,
    Additional feedback for consideration after just filling out the form you posted.
    First of all, the amount of useful information on your blog is completely amazing. I have come to think of your blog as a companion to the “Rookie’s Guide”. The book provides the foundation and the blog, a lot of times, goes deeper. It’s great. There are many topics on the blog that I couldn’t understand until after I had read your book (chapter 20 being a great example).
    If your goal is to get the attention of rookies who may be first time visitors to your site, a few ideas for you:
    1. Make a section on the blog for “First Time Visitors” with some tips for getting started, (reading the book would be an excellent place to start).
    2. Consider a topic related to reasonable expectations with respect to using options. Most rookies really don’t know. And I’d go farther and say that most rookies don’t have a grasp of how flexible options really are, and how many different ways they can be used.
    3. It would be interesting to hear what some other readers think about this, but my impression is that a lot of your readers are significantly more advanced than what the general public would call “rookies”. I point this out because I think you have a niche here.
    One more thing: You’ve mentioned your reasons for not wanting to share a lot of details of your personal trades, and that’s completely reasonable. Have you considered setting up an example trade that readers could follow along with, complete with discussion of adjustment alternatives and similar considerations? Not necessarily a trade recommendation, but more like a class. (Starting to sound like a subscription service!)
    Personally I really want to learn this, and I’m trying on my own with paper trades on RUT–but if feels a little like trying to self-study linear algebra…
    Thank you for this blog and the energy you put into it!! It really is one of the best blogs “out there”.
    Kind regards, Rob

  7. simon 10/30/2009 at 4:15 PM #

    I agree with alot of what has been said & agree that many of your readers are’nt exactly rookies and would probably find a more in depth discussion into option very rewarding.
    I do think a different layout that categorizes sections would be welcomed and may even give the blog some added structure.
    Finally, have mentioned this before. Picture, graphs etc.. go along way in explaining a scenario, especially with options. One such idea might be to run a play by play as you go with an example trade so readers can better unerstand what is happening. This could take the form of posting possible adjustments or protection that may be used. Options are difficult enough to understand and when it’s all words it can be confusing to a rookies.
    Just some thought,

  8. Mark Wolfinger 10/30/2009 at 8:49 PM #

    Thanks for the good suggestions and complimentary remarks.
    Yes, I have considered making trades and adjustments available to readers. In fact I did that once before. But it proved to be difficult for me. Mainly because I was forced to try to manage the trade as a stand alone iron condor, when in reality, I own a bunch of iron condors simultaneously – and manage them as an entity. Bu it is an excellent idea under the right conditions.
    That aside, I know that some readers would probaby mimic the trade, despte all the disclaimers that it’s not a recommendation.
    The last part – where you mention a subscription service: I believe I will be forced to start one. The plan would be to continue this blog as is. But with special extras available for subscribers. Those extras could include free (or very heavily discounted) e-books, live webinars, live Q&A sessions (may be difficult to arrange), videos. And of course, some sample trades to follow.
    Any other suggestions?
    My main problem is time. I’m already overwhelmed with Options for Rookies and my trading.

  9. Mark Wolfinger 10/30/2009 at 8:53 PM #

    I appreciate the feedback.
    Yes – far too many categories right now. Am working on using fewer categories so that each may be considered similar to a book chapter.
    I an do tables and some graphs from Excel. I can use my brokers software for risk graphs. I don’t have any good software for general image making. And Simon, I find that these visuals take a long time to put together. That is one serious problem.
    I will keep this in mind, and thanks for the suggestions.

  10. Donald W. 10/31/2009 at 6:30 AM #

    I just keep coming back. Nice Blog.