I love surveys and quizzes. Almost as much as I love lists – and you know that’s a lot! And I have to say that seeing your answers to my blog survey was just about as fun as taking a survey myself. Thank you so much to everyone who answered my questions. I appreciate your input and will absolutely take it all into consideration as I move forward.
Because I’ve found that at least some of you (you know who you are) were very proud of your responses, I thought I’d share the ones that caught my attention most. (Note to the person who said, “I wish you’d write about me more”: I will. Oh, I will!)
Does it bother you that I . . .
- The ads have become overwhelming. It’s all about the ads now, not all about Mary.
- Sorry, nothing personal, I really just don’t like Disqus.
[I hear you. And as soon as I can afford to move to WordPress, where they have fancy plug-ins and rainbows and unicorns, I will amend the situation. Until then, I think I’m going to stick with it. I am truly sorry about the inconvenience, though!]
- No actually to all, but survey monkey says I must include an answer.
[Bad Survey Monkey! Bad! Okay . . . I must confess . . . that was my fault. And I’m sorry. Perhaps you can say that is what bothers you on my next questionnaire!]
Why do you read Giving Up on Perfect?
- Because you’re my friend and that’s what friends do! :) It’s also usually pretty entertaining. :)
[Usually? Awww, you really are a true friend! Ha!]
- Because you are Mary, and there is no other. End of discussion.
- Because you have some good posts :)
[Some? Um, thanks? Are you related to my friend up above? :) ]
- b/c I met you once and really liked you!
What would you like to change about Giving Up on Perfect?
- GUOP is now much too formatted. It’s too gimicky. The realness is gone. Instead of a post about what’s on your mind today, it’s about someone else’s blog, or book, or whatever.
[I’m not going to lie. This comment – including the part I left out of this post – hurt my feelings. I’m sensitive that way. BUT it also made me think, and that is not a bad thing at all. Honesty – even when it’s not what I wanted or expected to hear – is a good thing. So thank you.]
- P.S. Please tell me how many 18- 24 year old males you get to respond. :)
[Yes, sure. That would be none. I had one male respond, and I’m guessing it was my brother.]
- I would trick you into moving next door to me.
[I like that. I don’t find it stalkerish at all. Seriously. Because there are absolutely bloggers I’d move next door to in a heartbeat! (Say it with me now, in our Jim Gaffigan whisper: “Bloggers are weird.”)]
If you haven’t taken my blog survey and want to weigh in, it’s not too late. No, there’s not a prize and I can’t hug you through my screen (plus, it’s anonymous, you know), but it will help me as I make some changes around here.
A few other insights to share with you:
One person mentioned that my sidebars “can be distracting with the buttons and ads,” while another person pointed out that the site sometimes takes a long time to load. I know. And it is annoying, isn’t it! I’m saving up for a redesign and can’t WAIT to get those things fixed.
The majority (69% and 75%) of respondents thought the new feature ideas sounded interesting, although two people will hate a series about non-profits or charities. I’m not sure what to think about that, so I’m still processing. If you have any additional feedback about my ideas – Mission Monday or Wednesdays at Work (The names are still in progress, so don’t laugh. Short copy is not my thing.), leave it in the comments!
[Unless you’re one of those who hate Disqus, and then you can always shoot me an e-mail.]
Last but not least, I found it interesting that 44% of respondents started reading my blog because someone else linked to me. With that in mind, I’d like to encourage each and every one of you to link to me today.
[Except this: Who is standing in line at the Post Office today to file taxes??]