I know that your time is precious. You might think that taking a survey is a waste of time–but I’d like to put a different perspective on this: what if taking 5 minutes now to take this survey could help you get more of what you want out of LivingVertical? Wouldn’t that be a reasonable trade-off if it helps you get out from ‘behind the herd’?

I have several months to transition into living in a trailer with my family and that means lots of new avenues to explore and share. Unfortunately, I can’t prioritize every possibility equally, even though I’d like to. So tell me, what jumps out at YOU when reading through the items below? Take the survey and let me know!

Here are some themes and topics I want to explore more:

  • Adventure and Chronic illness (not just type 1)
  • Climbing
  • RV/Trailer life
  • Minimalist living
  • Thriving through dietary experimentation
  • Stories

Here are some methods we could use to explore the above themes and topics:

  • Meetups (hiking, climbing, photo with a little diabetes thrown in)
  • Books
  • Films
  • Video blogging from the road
  • Podcasts
  • Photography
  • The LivingVertical forum
  • Diabetes coaching

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Here’s the thing. LivingVertical started off as my place to share my perspectives–and it’s grown up a bit. We have thousands of people who come through this site each month (not to mention our social media feeds) and of necessity it’s gotten to be bigger than just whatever random thing I feel like writing about. LivingVertical has tapped into a larger idea that you clearly value too–or you wouldn’t be here. It takes some effort to visit a website. It’s not like a social feed where you just happen upon something. You chose to give me some of your time–and that’s not something I take lightly.

I don’t consider what I create here “content”. I know that technically it is, just like technically I am a diabetes “patient”. But just as I see myself as a climber and an athlete and set my goals and expectations accordingly–thus, I also try to aim higher than just churning out clickbait to sell ad-space on this website. We have a meaningful opportunity to offer the world something that is not common–inspiration and information all in one place that puts the power in our hands by focusing on what we have, in a system that thrives on reminding us of what we lack.

I want to invite you to think of this not as a website but as a movement. A community of people who refuse to be boxed in by medicine–and that includes you. This is only going to be as good as we make it–just like the rest of life. I know some of you reading this may be newcomers and others of you have been supporting and sharing this message since I first crawled out from under that rock in 2011 and started stirring the pot. I want you to know that I appreciate the time you have chosen to give me and I value you as a part of this community and I am always looking for ways to give more.