Here Is A Quick Way To Give Feedback To 8 Women Dream

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Take the first ever 8 Women Dream Poll at the bottom of this post!

I’ve been told that building a website worth other people’s time and money, while creating a successful business model around it, means that I will be working harder and longer than I ever thought possible.

I was also told that I need to focus on more than just the blog itself.

As the creator of a blog, it is okay to focus on the blog to the point of obsession. This is normal behavior.

But if I focus only on the blog, instead of the overall business of 8 Women Dream, I then risk seeing this dream of mine never getting off the ground, and I wouldn’t be helping any of the other dreamers either.

The creation and maintenance of this blog is only one piece of the puzzle.

There is the marketing, which needs to happen both on and offline, as well as the need to improve and deepen our relationships with our readers, who may also be potential future buyers of any products we create.

I’m already working in the evenings, but I’ve started working every Saturday with Heather, while spending my Sundays writing posts, researching marketing, design and numbers.

To quote Bob Walsh

” In some ways, building a startup is the reverse of nuclear fission. Instead of converting some tiny amount of matter into an explosive amount of energy, you’re going to convert a huge amount of your personal energy into the actual thing.”

Which means I probably sit at this computer more than is healthy.

Yesterday Heather and I worked on setting up the first 8 Women Dream offline marketing event called, Dream Achievement 101: Reinvent Your Life Workshop scheduled for Saturday May 1 in Santa Rosa California.

The workbook I am writing for this event will end up being my first ebook featured on the blog. I figure if I sleep only three hours a day for the next month I should get it all done.

Will all this bring more readers to our blog? More fans on Facebook?

It’s my plan.

While working on the offline marketing, I questioned the need to change the design of this blog, and open this website up to readers who want to share their dreams with us.

In an attempt to start a dialog with our readers and the general public at large, I’ve decided to run a poll to get  feedback.

If I build it, will you come?

Here’s the first ever 8 Women Dream Poll


I’d love to know your thoughts, and I appreciate any feedback you would like to give.

In the meantime I’ll be over here icing my knees from sitting too much.

Keep on dreaming –


(Catherine’s dream is to be a motivator and published writer. She is testing her theories on motivation with this blog and the seven other women who have volunteered to be a part of her dream project. Catherine also writes about her life as a mom at the blog A Week In The Life Of A Redhead. Someday, she would also like to be invited to speak at TED as the next Erma Bombeck Catherine usually writes the weekly motivation posts which are published late Sunday evenings for the following week)

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Kim thanks for your feedback – we missed you last week!

  • Rayne

    P.S. How cute is that Run Like a Mother video?

  • Kim

    It’s nice the way it is, maybe not the scroll. I like having the option to look at more than one post. Good luck with the ebook!

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Rachel – I agree with you on the scroll, and have been noticing it gets worse as the site gets bigger. I appreciate your feedback – thank you so much for providing your perspective. It’s hard for us, as we are “too in the picture”. I agree that needs to be changed.

  • Rachel

    Since you asked about the “home” page, I will tell you that each month I change my bookmark to the archive for that month because I really dislike the scrolling thingy at the top of the home page. For a few reasons:

    1) It messes with the way the page renders on my screen, and makes it unreadable when it first loads (it fixes itself after a few seconds, but you have to wait for it to redraw before you can use it.)

    2) Sometime you try to click a link from the scrolly-thing, and it’s already changed to something else. Very annoying.

    3) I’m pretty sure it makes the page slower to load. And it’s pretty slow anway, with so many images & so much code.

    And… it’s just not necessary. We all know how to scroll down and see the most recent stuff. With the short excerpts, you don’t have to scroll too far. And you have the nice “popular posts” thingy on the sidebar.

  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Yes Miss Toni – I will get outside. Yesterday it felt good just to work in my pajamas! Thank you for all your support and hilarity. My feet hurt from Dancing on Sat – Laurie and her NIA class – OIY!

  • Toni Schram

    As one of the 8 (sounds like a prison gang/and or political activist group of the 70’s), I am forever grateful for all the butt glue you wear to make this blog gold.

    Thanks for creating ways for readers to become involved on our site with this Dream poll.

    Do take time out for your laborious day to get outside and listen to the birds sing. Take some deep breathes and stretch. It allows your creative juices to flow. ~may have made that last statement up, but it works for me.


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