“Am I doing a good job at what I’m doing?”
A friend would always say yes. They would say you’re absolutely perfect in what you’re doing. Friends don’t want you to feel bad, so they aren’t going to say you’re doing something wrong.
Some people can’t take corrective criticism which is why other people hold back the slightest thought of saying the word “no”.
“What’s the problem with bloggers today?”
A friend who knew enough about blogging would tell you everything that they didn’t like. Maybe they think a blog bundled up with affiliate links is annoying. Maybe they think that the pop-up is annoying.
“What’s great about bloggers today?”
That same friend may say how frequently they get sent updates, the quality content, how a blogger makes you want to buy a product without constantly reminding you about it, or how someone’s blog is neatly organized.
Don’t ask people how you’re doing. Ask people how people of your niche are doing, what they like, and what they don’t like about people in your niche.