As Ed Koch Would Say, "How am I doing?"

Ed Koch
The three-term mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, walked the streets asking taxi drivers, passersby, and shop owners, “How am I doing?” He genuinely wanted to hear suggestions for improving his work.

That’s my question for you today regarding this blog. How am I doing? You can help make this a better blog by letting me know what kind of information you are looking for when you visit here. This blog works best when your purposes and my purposes match.

My purposes are to provide tools to help you write your memoir, life story, or family history and to make available my services for those who want to hire a personal historian. I do that by:
  • Trying to inspire and educate.
  • Presenting established and new techniques.
  • Linking to a variety of professional resources.
  • Pointing out what others are doing.
  • Identifying opportunities for new thinking, such as National Family History Month and the Men’s Story Project.  
  • Reviewing books of top writers in the fields of memoir, life story writing, family history, and writing in general.
  • Sharing well-written stories that illustrate good storytelling methods.
  • Posting how-to-do-it articles from the experts.

How am I doing? I’m not looking for praise. I’m genuinely looking for your suggestions on ways to improve my blog so it works for you. What would you like to see here? What kinds of information are best for your purposes?

Please leave your comments.

Thanks a million!

Photo: Ed Koch sports a sailor's cap at the commissioning of the USS Lake Champlain. Courtesy Patrick J. Cashin, U.S. Navy.


  1. Wayne, I've enjoyed everything I've read here, and the diversity is stimulating. Keep it coming.

  2. Thanks, Sharon. Dale Carnegie said when you help other people get what they want then you get everything you want.

  3. I really like the new design, Wayne. It just looks slick and professional.

  4. Good to hear, Linda. A little redecorating once in a while lifts spirits.

  5. I'm not sure what happened to my comment but I'll try again. :)

    Congratulations on your blog's new design -- it's very attractive and professional.

    I agree with Sharon about your blog's content. I enjoy your posts and always learn something new.


  6. Your post worked this time. Thanks for your kind words.

  7. This blog is one of several online resources I keep coming back to, along with Linda's, for tips and pointers. The posts are helpful, and the links you provide are, too. Thanks for inspiring me! I'm one of many author-wannabes who lurk behind the scenes and seldom leave comments.

  8. Happy to be helpful, Jamie Jo.

    A great way for you to get published is to join a local writers’ group. If there is none where you are then consider starting one. I’ve found members of my group very willing to share ideas regarding potential sales. And guest speakers are a wealth of information. I’ve made sales from tips of guest speakers and learned from the speakers how to improve my writing.

    Another option is to write for local and regional newspapers and magazines. Contact the editors for their guidelines.

    You can be doing these things while writing your novel or nonfiction book.

    Best wishes for every success.