Last week, I asked you all to play a little game and answer a few questions about my blog. I won't keep you in suspense any longer, I know that you have been waiting for the results of that survey with baited breath.
No? Not really? Huh. Ok, maybe that was just me. Probably.
Well, either way, the results are in and I am going to share them with you...well, because I want to and as one lovely respondent stated, I "should just share what I want." I love that answer, by the way, and I do want to please my audience, so here goes.
It's the official, Exquisitely Unremarkable survey results, 2015 edition. Actually, there is no other edition, but it just looked more important that way.
For most of the questions I gave multiple choice options and included the dreaded other category, with the chance to enter your own ideas. I wanted people to be able to answer freely, after all, I may not have anticipated your particular response and real insight is what I was going for. Of course, other can be a dangerous proposition, but I was willing to take a hit for the sake of self improvement and turns out those insert your answer here boxes truly were the most eye opening.
First off, I asked who you were. "Isn't this the eternal question, lol", wrote one participant. Love that. Love you, whoever you are, and yes, it is and now I have a post idea for another day, thank you!
For those of you who colored in the lines, I was very surprised to find out that over 65% of you are not bloggers! That number shocked me. I mean, I do dig into my analytics every now and again, but I interact with so many lovely bloggers on a regular basis, who comment and email, that I just figured bloggers represented the lion's share of my reading audience. Not so, and good to know!
I have to keep reminding myself that just because people don't comment (apparently, the silent majority of you), doesn't mean you're not reading. Point taken. Thank you.
The big question I wanted answered, was number two, why do you read Exquisitely Unremarkable. I was never sure if the crafters and DIYers among you enjoyed my thoughtful tangents, silly or serious. Looks like it's all good. Everyone loves an embarrassing tale. I've got plenty of those, so we're all set. I will share more. I may have to move or change my name to protect my kids, but you know, that's the price of fame...
...and actually, my kids are teenagers and already completely embarrassed of me. I don't think moving is going to change that.
Speaking of teenagers, only one person listed "too lazy to unsubscribe" as their reason for reading and yet they took the time to answer all of the questions and thoughtfully so. Seems like a lot of effort for someone too lazy to unsubscribe. There was also only one "sympathetic friend or family member." I am thinking that this lazy, family member is one in the same ~ and by the way~ you're grounded.
The rest of the answers were a mix of continued surprise (50% of you follow via email) and relief (you want a lot more of the same content). The best of the replies were the thoughts shared at the end, where I asked if there was anything else you'd like to let me in on.
So many people said so many nice things. I was totally humbled by your answers. The fact that so very many of you took the time to play along and leave so many kind words, was genuinely touching. As a writer and a teacher, to hear that people are enjoying your work, learning, connecting to you and your words and being entertained, is such a gift. Thank you so much.
I was also given some very helpful constructive ideas. The overwhelming majority would like to see posts twice a week. Someone asked for an archives tab. I added it. Someone asked for more home tours. I have a few lined up. I received several requests for additional sewing tutorials. Done. There are projects in the works. This information was extremely helpful. It gives me direction in my content offering. So again, I thank you.
The last note I want to leave you with is regarding comments. Commenting, answering comments, returning comments, it sounds like it should be pretty straightforward, but it's tricky business here in the land of blogs. There are a lot of different opinions regarding what's proper. Here's my take.
If you comment on my blog, I will always visit you and comment back. I also email you a response, if your email is available and I post that same answer on the blog for others to read. I have received some grief about this from time to time.
There are a lot of people who feel that if you comment back on your blog, you're just trying to inflate your numbers for advertisers. Others assume you are not emailing or visiting. None of that is true for me. I do not have advertisers. I write freelance for businesses, other bloggers and publications, none of whom care about my comment numbers.
I do it because, as proven by the survey, many of you are not bloggers. You do not comment, but you may gleam something of value from someone else's comment and my answer, so I display it all publicly.
Perhaps you wanted to comment the same thing, but you are shy, do not have an account or can't log in. Maybe it's about one of my DIY's and the comment is a question about the project and my answer will clarify the process for others.
That is why I do what I do. The fact that I received many responses from people thanking me for answering the comments in plain sight is reason enough for me to continue in this manner.
Well, that's that. That's all the information I have to share with you. If you didn't participate in the survey and would like to, you can find it here. I am always eager to hear what you have to say. You can leave a comment or email me if you have other requests, too. I adore reader input!
Unless you're one of those grounded teens.
Then I would advise you to just keep it to yourself.
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