Monday, January 3, 2011

What you had to say.

Like my new background? It's a new year, y'all!

In other news, I just closed the survey. Thank you to everyone who took it! Honestly, I never thought I'd ever ask readers to take a survey because something about it seemed pretentious in my mind. But then I realized that it isn't so, not if I'm genuine about wanting to create meaningful conversations with all of you.

Overall your comments verified what I've long believed we all want to read because lots of you encouraged me to stay true to myself and my own voice:

"You keep being 'you!'"
 "Keep on writing from your heart."

Thank you for reminding me.

 Someone wrote:

"This blog is YOUR place, and while you are taking consideration of others into mind, I can honestly say that there is nothing that I can say I would be "least interested" in. Some days there may not be anything that hits home to me on your blog, but it doesn't make my reading it any less enjoyable. You are interesting enough to sustain it."

Great point. I agree - I think it's important for us to never forget that our blog is indeed our blog, but if we want to be meaningful members of the community we have to function as such and I believe that a large part of that is the sharing we do on our blog. Remember, too, that we all have biases so what's meaningful and interesting for you may not necessarily be that way for everyone. In other words, not everyone who comes to my blog is going to want to revisit. And that's okay.

Someone else shared constructive criticism:
"You post too many photos which usually makes me skim over your blog in my reader and not even read your post!!"

At first, I was like: "Huh." But then I realized that there is some truth to it. In general I can't imagine that my blog posts should have more than 3-4 photos, but I certainly haven't always considered that because looking over some of my posts, I've been photo happy. I think that a photo heavy post works well for specialty blog posts, but in general I want a balance between my words and my photos. Then again, like I said, we all have our biases. I don't necessarily mind photo heavy blogs. I'm a visual person. The first time I visited this well known healthy living blog, I was surprised by how many photos she will share in one post. And apparently it works for her! Thanks for you comment, whoever you are! I'm definitely keeping your comment in mind.

The other thing I've wondered about and asked you to comment on was whether daily exercise and food blog posts are something you wouldn't mind reading. I wondered if this kind of blog would help keep me accountable and whether this kind of intimacy into what exactly I do and eat would be interesting to read. Sorry, it's hard to see the results on the chart below, but I shared my concern in the form of a multiple choice question and most people advised that I do want works for me. I love that. The blue is people who thought, "Maybe on some days, but certainly not everyday." The light orange is the only person who answered, "YES!"  And the dark orange is the person who picked the option, "I don't know why I'm here. Who are you again?" Ha.

I really don't think I'll end up keeping an eating and eating journal. I think I'd get jaded real fast. I imagine it would be a pain to photograph and talk about everything I eat. Because really, it's hardly interesting.

What I found especially interesting about the survey is that y'all are least interested in hearing me speak about "health considerations + tips." Huh. Interesting. It's purple on the chart below. I suppose that could be because we are able to find that stuff anywhere on the web. Rather, you're most interested in "random musings/personal life documentation (not necessarily health related)." It's blue on the chart below. 
Light Orange - Weigh-loss chronicles
Dark Orange - Vegetarian/Jamaican Cooking/Recipes/Experiments
Green - Coming of Age (Life lessons)

Interesting. A few people expressed that they liked what one person termed as the " gumbo-potness" of my blog. Huh.

To the person whose comment was..."I like what you like:"  :))))))

To the person who wants more cat photos: Umm, cat lady? Can you be worse than me? Is that even possible? Whoa.

Thanks, everyone!



Christine said...

lol...i am cat lady!

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

hahahaha! i was actually guessing someone else! ha!

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

but you can't be worse than my mother, chris: she refers to our cats as my "brothers"!!

MizFit said...

interesting huh?
we are all different.
I love me the photos :)

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