Thursday, January 17, 2013

and the survey says...

A great big thank you to those who took my annual reader survey in the last week! I loved reading your responses and I thought you might want a glimpse of what I learned too. What do you think?! Also, just a brief warning, I got a bit nerdy and created a few pie charts along with a pie graph to use show the results.

70% of those who took the survey do not have children
This surprised me because I feel like most of my blog friends/readers are mamma's, but I guess I was mistaken. Or maybe those blog reader mamma friends didn't have time to take the survey?!

Either way, even from this sample, please understand I plan to keep this in mind as I make the transition to motherhood! I don't intend for this blog to become one focused on parenting or motherhood, though those will certainly start to influence me as my life changes.

88% of those who took the survey have their own blog
I was not surprised by this number. A lot of comments are from fellow bloggers (though I know not everyone who reads my blog leaves a comment).

But it makes me wonder how those non-bloggers find my blog and what keeps them interested in blog reading if they're not invested in their own. I read blogs a bit while I was wedding planning, but did not spend much time on blogs outside of looking for those inspirational images (remember the days before Pinterest?)

What topics you find most interesting?

I love knowing what interests you! No one chose to write in any additional topics, but it seems clear that personal stories, DIY and home reno/decor are the clear favorites. That made me happy because I find those topics interesting too.

What topics you like to see on this blog?

Thanks for giving me some encouragement with what to blog about. I was excited to see so many people are interested in home renovation and decor, because I want to spend more time blogging about it, which means I need to do it in real life, right? I am also considering DIY tutorials to share and will keep them in the mix along with recipes, social media tips

How do you follow this blog?
I was really surprised Twitter and Facebook were tied. I always think of Twitter as my best option for spreading the word on blog posts, but it turns out Facebook is just as popular. I have way less Facebook fans, so I'm not sure it's the best comparison. Maybe I need to make an effort to increase my Facebook likes. What do you think?

I also started thinking of other questions to ask, but those will have to wait until next year I guess. Or maybe I will do some smaller polls via Facebook or Twitter to get some input. Have you ever done a reader survey? What kind of results did you get?

By the way, I used Learning with NCES Kids' Zone to create each of the graphs above.


  1. I think it is interesting your reader marriage stat. You can be a parent and not write a parenting blog. I rarely write about my kids. I do share pictures, but I don't hardly ever write parenting tips, or even parenting stories.

    1. good point about the difference between mom bloggers and moms who blog :)

  2. This makes me want to do a survey! I love that you did pie charts and graphs! Sorry I never filled out the survey I was planning on coming back and doing it but things just got busy!

    1. Thanks, Amber! It was fun :) but now I keeping thinking of more questions I could have asked!

  3. Pretty charts! And although I do not have kids, your future goad better show up on the blog!!

  4. Love your pretty pie charts. I'm a mom, but not a mom blog. :) I didn't make my entry in your survey, but the top three are what I'd be interested in too.
    Catherine Denton


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