Thank you again to those of you who took the time a few weeks ago to participate in my reader survey. There were close to 2700 responses and I appreciated the kind words, the support and the constructive criticism/suggestions/requests.
One of the big reasons I wanted to do a survey (my first one for this site) was simply to see if we were all on the same page. You guys are a great community and I liked the opportunity to connect with you in this way and get your input and feedback.
Primarily I was interested in learning what's working for you at the same time I figure out what's working for me professionally and personally. I was also interested in some pretty basic information like how long people have been reading and how you access my content.
In case you were wondering I used Survey Monkey to create this survey and have exported the results graphs to share them with you today.
Here's a look at the results (under some of the graphics I've included a bit more commentary):
So many of you have been around such a long time! Your continued support and loyalty is really humbling. Thank you for being here and contributing to this adventure and being interested in my story and telling your own.
This one was interesting to me as it's been a topic of conversation around here from time to time about how people actually read blogs these days.
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Not a huge surprise that Project Life® and traditional scrapbooking came out as the most popular forms of memory keeping.
EDITED | I want to clarify that just because the majority of you responded that Project Life® is your go-to form of memory keeping it doesn't mean that my content is going to change to be solely Project Life®. It just gives me a good indication of what many of you are interested in right now and that helps me as I plan my own content. As many of you have noticed I've been doing more traditional layouts recently and I plan to continue that trend in addition to providing inspiration for Project Life® and other memory keeping projects.
Personal stories and organization. Noted.
I'm listening and I'm making some changes and adjustments to find ways to bring you more of what you want and less of what you don't. Obviously some of what happens here has to be commercial in nature as it's one of the ways I put food on our table, but I agree that there's an opportunity for a more intentional approach.
Creating workshops is one of the things I enjoy most about my work. Thank you for the great feedback regarding workshops - this helps me as I plan what to focus on for the future.
This was defintely helpful for me for planning what I'd like to focus on next. Again, thank you.
Here's a very small sampling of responses from the other questions that didn't include specific options:
Why do you continue to visit aliedwards.com?
- "After following you for so long it has become "habit" (in a good, positive, way) I love what you write, love your insight into this crazy journey we are all on called life."
- "There's always something I can relate to or find helpful or inspirational... I like that you're not afraid to share personal stuff."
- "I discovered your blog at about the time you found out Simon was autistic. Not too long after I found out that my oldest daughter was also autistic. Your blog (in a way) helped me to find my way through the craziness that happened afterward. I felt connected to you, like I knew you and we had gone through something together. Since then I have loved how you keep your readers up on what's going on in your life but still keep it professional and with the spin of memory keeping."
- "I like your style of memory keeping..clean and not overly product driven. I like your style of blogging...real and inspiring. I admire your courage and strength. You are like a friend."
- "Because I like how you tell your stories and it helps me to remember to write things down and document everyday things, not just special ones. I also like your traditional scrapbook pages and try to follow your style in my own work. I also like to read personal stories about life with children, life after divorce etc. It gives me hope that even though that sometimes things are hard, if you work at things and keep an open mind and heart, your life can get better - it might be different to what you imagined but it will get better."
- "I randomly check in to see what is happening in the scrapbooking world."
What is your biggest Memory Keeping Challenge?
- Time was by far the number one response.
- Not knowing where to start.
- Getting started. And finishing.
NOTE | Next time I do a survey I will definitely ask this one with suggested answers like the others to be able to have a graph that would map out the responses.
I know I've said it a lot in this post but it's truly how I feel. There were an overflowing of really kind comments left throughout the survey and I'm grateful to those of you who took the time to communicate with me in this way. I'm also thankful to those of you who were honest about what you like/don't like. I'm not wrapped up in pleasing every single person - zero expectations for making that happen - but I do believe in being open to change and being able to take a good long look at the things I do/don't do on this site to make it even better for all of us.