The Results are In
The short version:
- remember how we met,
- choose the blogs you follow by topic,
- have shared at least one of my posts on social media,
- do NOT usually check the little box that lets you follow the ongoing comment conversation, and
- have NOT (yet) read my book …
… you fit the majority of my respondents. Congratulations.
The long version:
Most of you (74%) remember how we met. I like that.
Another majority (60%) say the topic is the reason you choose the blogs you follow.
This question warrants an apology. This was the one (How do you choose the blogs you follow?) that offered multiple overlapping choices and only one answer.
In my defense, I had copied the survey template I used in an earlier year and didn’t realize it was formatted for one-answer-only. As a result, you had trouble fitting this year’s square peg question into that earlier year’s round hole format. My apologies. I’ll try to pay better attention next time I do one of these.
A whopping 80% of you have shared at least one of my posts to social media.
I do thank you. For the one respondent who answered “I don’t know how,” I can only say two things:
(1) Do you see the line of social media icons at the end of each post? They appear under a small heading, “Sharing is Caring.” Most of us do not have accounts with all those platforms, but usually we have at least one. All you have to do is click on the icon of your choice (you’ll need to have an account) and poof, off it goes. It has to do with magic: modern day magic.
(2) I forget what the other thing was.
Most of you DON’T usually get an email notification for further Comments or even for my reply if you left a comment.
The Nos (I get too much email already) tied the Sometimes at 42.1% each, leaving only 10.5% of you to click that little box all the time.
I thank the 10.5% and urge the remaining 5.2% who don’t know what I’m talking about to take a close look below this post, below the Comment area, just above the SUBMIT button. Why not practice today? See it down there? Pop us off a quick Hello, and see what happens.
My query to those who never comment contained an unanticipated but logical glitch.
Turns out, if you don’t comment on the blog, the likelihood that you are going to comment on this question is pretty low. All but one respondent said they Comment, or left the N/A or some mark, since the set up was that you HAD to say something there. Sorry ’bout that. I did get one “No free time” response, so I send an extra thank you for reading the blog (and taking the survey).
Turns out I’ve got more books to sell. That’s the lemonade.
While a bit more than a third of you said they’d read my book (and most had left a review, thank you very much) a slight majority admitted they had not (yet) read my book. Not a problem. Here’s the link directly to my website’s BOOKS page where you can read all the nice things people have said about it. (I don’t share the other ones.)
And, I’ll put the info box at the bottom of this post, just in case. Chop chop. Time’s a wastin’
I don’t think I’ve asked this question before, and I’m very glad I did. Three posts came up consistently in the responses. Do you remember these?
and my three-part series on race. Here’s the link to the final post, which will link you to the earlier ones: How Do We Talk About Race?
“Guest posts,” including Lindsay de Feliz’ recent one and even one for Sasha, got a few mentions. I’m very fortunate to have had a collection of great guests over the years, all willing to share their experiences of cultural difference.
You are an active lot, mostly over age 50 and proud of it. Most of the respondents are also bloggers, the vast majority using WordPress, though no one distinguished between dotCOM and dotORG.
The number of non-bloggers who read my posts has gone up from earlier years and I’m pleased to see this.
Why does it matter if a reader is a blogger or not, you ask? Here’s what I think.
The blogging community is supportive and generous. And connecting with fellow bloggers is one of the best ways to spread one’s blogging presence. But, it feels a tad incestuous to me to when it’s only bloggers “talking” to and following fellow bloggers. (Some blogs are geared to fellow bloggers; that’s not what I’m talking about.) My starting goal back in 2013 was to reach 500 subscribers. Imagine the life I would lead if they were all bloggers wanting (and deserving) reciprocity!
I did get one very interesting response from a WP blogger who suggested I put my blog on WordPress “so I don’t have to sign in each time.” This concerns me because I can’t imagine what they mean.
If you recognize yourself here, I hope you’ll contact me (Contact Page) and let me know if this is still happening. I use the self-hosted WP platform, which unlike it’s DOTcom cousin, has me approve each commenter ONCE: the FIRST TIME they use a browser, only. Please let me know if this is an ongoing issue, from the same browser.
Conclusion: The downside of surveys
Have you noticed everyone and their cousin is surveying us these days? From candidates and nonprofits looking more for my money than my opinion, to service personnel and online companies I buy from, everyone wants my feedback. It does get annoying.
Anne Karpf, writing in The Guardian a few years back, asked, “When did companies get so needy?” It’s an entertaining OpEd, with some good points. I recommend it.
How about you?
- Don’t forget to click under that little Sharing is Caring button, which will share my post to one of your social media platforms. Just choose one (or more) and off it goes. Of course, I understand this may not be the best post for that.
- Don’t forget to click ABOVE the SUBMIT button, that will get you listening in to the ensuing conversation that typically occurs over the next few days. (Well, you’ll get an email; your choice whether to pop back in or not.) AND, if you are a blogger, do click UNDER the SUBMIT button so we’ll get a link to your most recent blog post.
- And finally, here’s your chance to grab your copy of my first memoir, At Home on the Kazakh Steppe; A Peace Corps Memoir. Available in paperback, eBook, and audio. I’ve lowered the price for the paperback and eBook. Is it too early to stock up on holiday gifts?
Click here for the PAPERBACK, audio, and eBook versions from Amazon.
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DON’T FORGET, you can always order the print version from your local independent bookstore.
Reviews are more important to authors today than ever before. If you’ve read it and enjoyed it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Short reviews are just as valuable as long ones. [/box]