September 14, 2011

Blog Survey Results

A little over a month ago I posted my first blog survey and it's time to share the results with you. Not only was it fun to read your answers it also satisfied my curiosity about who my followers are. And if this survey showed me something then that I can pride myself with having a real diverse and loyal readership.

Now, let's have a look at the results, shall we?

My average follower is female (what's up with that anyway, don't guys read or is my blog too girly or do they just not bother filling out surveys), age wise in their 20s or 30s and mostly situated in Europe or North America.

Most of you follow me, not all that surprisingly, through GFC, but I also have a fair share of folks who follow through RSS feed. And from now on - thanks for pointing that out, Stella - you also have the option to follow my blog by e-mail.

Visits to my blog seem to be a very individual thing ranging from several times a day (you know who you are *wink*) to once a week.

Now how did ya all find out about my blog? I'd have to lie if I said I didn't suspect the outcome to that one. So what could it possibly be? Giveaway hops! Yep! They sure lure them all in, but the important part is that folks will then stick around because they like my blog. Mission accomplished.

And what about my blog design? Almost everyone thinks it's nice. Alright, I can live with that. Hugs and kisses to those who said they love it!

Now *drumroll* to the content of my blog - I asked about your favorite features and those you could do without. First of all, bless you all who find all of them great and wouldn't want to miss any of it. Secondly, this made me realize just how diverse my readership really is.
For the curious among you, the most popular features are Beyond the Shelf and Pajama Musings, closely followed by A Writer's Life and Picture Garden. Of course everyone has their own preferences and will like certain features more than others.
Quite a few of you could do without the Quote Garden. I would have thought a lot would rather want to kick out The Others, but nope, it's the quotes that seem to have the smallest group of fans. Well, I hate to break the news to you, but this feature will stick around for a little longer. Though seeing how The Others not being all that popular either coinciding with my own plan to replace it with an all new feature by the end of the year anyway, I know I'm on the right track with my little blog schedule make-over plans.

Then I asked what you'd like to see more of. Someone wise (that would be you, Phanee) said, "The thing with blogs is that we should integrate them into our lifestyle, not let them take over it. So I think you shouldn't commit to doing more reviews (because at some point you might find you won't be able to keep up with it). As for memes, you should only do as many as you feel like doing without overcrowding your blog. I do a few memes, but I try and stick to 2-3 a week (which vary depending on the week). And as for giveaways, they cost you money, so you should only do them if you feel as if you can afford them!"
Trust me, I absolutely agree with this, still I was curious about my follower's cravings. Giveaways and reviews top the list, which I kind of expected. Everyone loves giveaways, so the more the better. I won't judge anyone for that, I feel the same way *lol*. As to reviews I have to say I never intended to actually post as many as I already do. There are countless blogs out there who almost exclusively post reviews while I mostly concentrate on regular blog posts that deal with all kinds of bookish things.

Back to those giveaways. A commenter of the month giveaway didn't thrill most of you, yet a surprise giveaway that lasts only for a day or two seems to be to almost everyone's liking. Good to know!

Stuff that can be won. Books from The Book Depository have won this one hands down. Though it's also a bit of a regional thing as folks from the US seem to prefer a Amazon GC instead. Book related goodies are also quite popular and thankfully no one suggested prices like a Ferrari.

As to your burning questions ...

I saw that one of your surnames is Horvath, are you or do you have any Hungarian connection (as this is quite a common name in Hungary)?

Horvath was my maternal grandfather's last name and I used it, along with my grandma's maiden name, to create my pen name Birgit Horvath-Muck. So yes, I do have Hungarian roots.

You are not religious, in fact, I think you are atheist?, but you read Christian Lit. Why? I am a Christian, but consider myself more spiritual than religious, but when I've tried to read Christian Lit, I can't handle it. I don't like having religion crammed down my throat. I find it curious that you are so into it...

Good question there! I think agnostic describes my belief system best, which I think doesn't rule out reading Christian books. I enjoy both the non fiction and fiction kind yet I think there is quite a difference between those two and the reasons why I like both.

Let's start with the latter. First of all, fiction is fiction, and I take characters the way they are, religious or not. Secondly I have always had this thing for "religious themed" novels, be it adventurous thrillers where archaeologists find yet another eye-opening artifact, or science fiction that often puts quite a new twist to God and the universe.

Then there are all those non fiction books that deal with religious, mostly Christian, themes. I want to know about the history and the myths, the facts and the theories, and I'll read books from both sides of the aisle to get the full picture. Some may say I'm trying to find my faith, but to me it's simply trying to find answers. Ultimately this is probably the same thing.

How do you stay focused? I always feel like I have too many things going on at once.

Have a plan. Seriously. With a blog schedule things get a whole lot easier, though in the end blogging, especially on a daily basis, is hard work. Of course it is a lot of fun, but it can also be quite stressful. A lot of people don't realize how much energy goes into it, but there are countless reasons that keep me going. I love to blog. I love the blogging community. And I love the daily challenge.

Having a plan and sticking to it are two pairs of shoes though. Sometimes real life does get in the way of blogging, so it never hurts to prepare a few future blog posts that you can quickly put online on a day when you don't have time to sit down to blog. I'm also quite fond of making lists with all the ideas/themes I want to blog about one day. Sometimes you wake up and your mind remains blank, so this is of tremendous help.

That said, I'm not always focused, but that unfocused state of mind does make for interesting (or shall I say weird?) blog posts too.

And last but not least, some of your lovely personal messages ...

Just wanted to say that I love reading your posts! I might not comment much, but I certainly do read them!

You're awesome!

Great blog, keep it going! I read it more for the reviews than the features, though - sorry! You must put in a lot of work.

You make my TBR list grow!

I really like your blog! I think it's quite interesting, not to mention the wonderful giveaways!


  1. *wink* back :))
    Thanks for all the work you put in this blog. It's appreciated! :)

  2. Great results, Birgit! It was very interesting to read them. Hungarian, heh? I've got my wonderful surname which none of the English can pronounce correctly from my husband's Hungarian part of the family, so nice to have something in common :)

  3. it's curious, where are the male readers?

    greetings from spain :)