I've never completely bought the saying "curiosity killed the cat" because often my curiosity pays off in some way. It certainly did in the case of my first ever reader survey. Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill it out! The feedback was fascinating and very much helpful.
160 people filled out the survey, which is a decent sample size. (Yes, this sociology major is geeking out right now.) Of course, being able to survey alllll of my readers would be the best but I feel good about extrapolating these results across the board.
50% of you are between 26-34, which is my current bracket. Though I just realized I'll be ticking off the next box a few months from now, which is where the next highest age range is at 23%. There's a nice bell curve here and I'm gratified to see readers in their early 20s and in the 55+ crowd.
I did know my audience is primarily women but I'm happy to see male readers in the mix. Usually the only time I know men are reading is if they leave a comment or tag me on Twitter.
I was surprised to see a 50-50 split between married and unmarried (never married, divorced, widowed) readers. I don't know why this surprised me. Maybe because there seem to be so many more married bloggers and commenters out there?
Most of you live in the US. 35 of the states were represented, with California, Illinois, New York, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kansas at the top. Based on Google Analytics, there are more non-US readers than the survey reflected.
The survey was anonymous, otherwise I would mail a medal to the lone reader who has stuck with my from the beginning. 37% of you have been reading 2-3 years, while 39% have been reading 6 months to 1 year. This latter statistic makes sense, as I have seen a bigger increase in subscribers.
55% of you read whenever there's a new post, which warms my heart.
Not pictured here, the responses to how you first discovered my blog: I had some guesses but far and away, most of you came here because another blogger linked to it. I am so grateful for those folks. I am a natural link-sharer (all the good stuff goes on Twitter and in Storify for What I'm Into) and it is gratifying when someone returns the favor.
We're right on trend here. Commenting for most sites is way down from where it used to be. Not here! I truly appreciate every time I receive a comment and for every new post, I respond to every comment posted the first day because I love interacting with you all and because I know how much I enjoy getting a response when I comment somewhere.
A few people asked about comment notifications or subsribing to comments. As far as I know, this isn't possible with Typepad, although you will receive comment notifications if you have a Typepad account. I will be leaving them feedback about this.
Book nerds represent!
A few of you mentioned the This Is How We Met series from a couple of years back. I don't plan on reviving the series but I will be thinking on how to incorporate wisdom from married folks here.
I asked about other blogs you read regularly and you came up with over 250 of them. Many of the big names you'd expect to see were included but there were also a number of blogs I'd never heard of. Also, y'all are really into all things French.
These were the most mentioned:
West Side Story Stuff
Some of you want me to write more about singleness, books, the Enneagram, and culture. But some of you want me to write less about those same things. Of course, this makes me think about the Jets and the Sharks facing off. Not that you would ever do such a thing.
Most of you appear to be happy with the variety on this lifestyle blog. This is a good thing because I'm going to keep writing the usual.
However, I don't plan on writing any more "big picture" Enneagram posts here. Although I might reference being a Four from time to time. For all things Enneagram, it's best to follow me at The Enneagram Coach. There's a blog, FB page, and Twitter, in addition to the newsletter.
I asked some questions for my own personal knowledge and some to figure out what site improvements might be in the future. All very useful feedback.
It's not fun to open yourself or your blog up for criticism, even when said criticism can help you improve. There were a few "say what?!" responses but the overall thoughtfulness and caliber of responses made me proud to have you as readers. I'm taking your words to heart and overwhelmingly grateful for the many words of encouragement I received. Thank you, for instance, to the person who is most frustrated by me being an extraordinary person but still single. I also appreciated all the solidarity, regardless of the topic. It means so much to know we're in this together.
Thanks again for participating in the survey! If there's anything else you didn't get to say, feel free to tell me in the comments.