Most organisations do it. Market Research. It is their way of finding out what the public thinks of their products or services.
I can't afford to hire a Market Research firm to do this for me. So I decided to do it for myself. I wrote down a few questions on my note pad and went to our local market to do some Market Research.
I wanted to know what people thought about my books. Many and varied as they are. Check them out HERE.
Some of my books are FREE do you know! The Kindle ones are very good value too. Or you might prefer the paperbacks.
Anyway, I asked people in our local market and to my dismay no one knew who I was, or the fact that I write books, or that I have a Blog.
Only one person thought he recognised me. He said, "Hello, I thought you emigrated to Australia, or was it New Zealand? Good to see you. Tell me, was it you who went to Australia or was it your lady friend?"
I kept my cool and replied, "Can't you tell the difference?"
"Frankly no," he said, "although I heard that Australia is bigger! Anyway, since you're here, then it must be her who went to Australia ... or New Zealand. She left you has she? Don't blame her. You were always a grumpy old git."
"She is not in Australia ... or New Zealand either, she is at home. My home ... our home. She has not left me. We are happy together." I said gritting my teeth.
"Oh pity ..." he said, "that means I got you and your lady friend mixed with someone else!"
"Do you know who I am?" I asked politely in exasperation.
"Yeah sure ..." he said, "you used to sell rotten vegetables from a stall here in the market."
I should point out that I never sold vegetables, rotten or otherwise, at any market place.
I nearly grabbed him by the lapels to shake him out of his misconception, but there was a policeman nearby. So I smiled and left.
And there you have it. My first Market Research was a failure.
How about you? What writings on this Blog do you like best? Humourous stories of dubious veracity, or Christian articles, or anything else? What sort of mix do you like in my articles? More of some genre and less of another?
How about my books? What do you think? Good, bad, indifferent?
Some of you, dear friends, have kindly left positive Customer Reviews on AMAZON about my books. To you and all my loyal supporters and readers - a BIG thank you.