Last week I posted a survey in an effort to hear from YOU, my readers. And boy did you guys rally!
Out of just under 200 email subscribers I had 42 responses. My secret [lofty] goal was to have 50 of you chime in, so I was pleasantly surprised to get close to hitting that number! A BIG thank you to all who took the time to participate. It meant so much to have your help!
So what did I ask? And what did all of you readers respond? Let’s start with the basics, in case any of you blogging friends want to get the full skinny on how I went about it.
How I Created My Survey
I used google forms to create my survey (for free) and I loved how easy it was to format and personalize. Linking a google sheet to my survey was a piece of cake and gave me the ability to read individual responses all in one place. It was also useful to see the results in pie chart form, which I loved! (Visual person, here).
When I was pulling ideas together for my questions, I knew I wanted my survey to meet the following criteria:
- Take less than 5 minutes to complete
- Consist of multiple choice answers (to give me the most clear feedback)
- Straight forward questions
- Include a response box for people to share as many of their thoughts as they wanted.
Through the survey I really wanted to get a feel for who I have following the blog. I wanted to hear how I can best connect and support you all through what I write here. But the process needed to be quick and painless for you while giving me valuable, clear insight.
So I stuck with 5 questions along with an open response box at the end for any added thoughts. Some would be fine completing the 2 minute survey without leaving any comments, but I knew others (like myself) might want to say more.
The Survey Results
This was my favorite part: hearing from you!! For starters, I know there’s a mixture of backgrounds among those who follow my blog. However difficult it is, I have accepted that I simply cannot please everyone. (Hello, I’m Kami: a glacially-recovering-people-pleaser).
But it IS important to me to do the best I can to share things that you actually want to read. So beyond general topics for the blog, I also wanted to know what would be most helpful/interesting to you whenever I create another eBook.
On to the juicy stuff! Here’s what I asked, what the survey-takers said, and some pretty, colorful pie charts to make you hungry. Grab your cup of Joe (or drink of choice) and let’s begin!
This first question was so helpful to me. It helped give me an idea of what you actually look for when you come here to the blog. I’ve been working on some new posts and series within these topics so I’m looking forward to sharing them even more now!
Obviously we have a few different camps here, but I’m glad many of you are happy to simply follow the blog. 😉 In the coming weeks I’ll be brainstorming details for a private community group as well as a “readers write in” series. So please be sure to shoot me an email if you’re interested in participating in either!
After sharing my first podcast here on the blog, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a regular thing or just a one-timer. But, several of you reached out personally to say how much that episode resonated with you, so I decide to consider. Your answers will help me as I (slowly) work on creating a more formal podcast series!
Future eBook and Content
I was pleasantly surprised to see that over half of you would purchase a future eBook written by me! Your support means the world and I don’t take your trust lightly.
The top two desired topics were neck and neck! I’ll be brainstorming which direction I’ll be going first, but I’m super excited about both.
In addition to the questionnaire, I left space at the end of the survey for you to share further thoughts, concerns, or ideas. I was surprised and thankful for the time many of you took to give your suggestions and encouragement. Here are some of the highlights (no names):
“You’re doing great work, sending lots of love and healing vibes to you!”
“I think it would be great to see guest posts and or series featuring other writers who write about these topics, too.”
“I truly enjoy your writing Kami. You have such a wonderful gift, please continue to share it with the world.“
“I think you’re doing a great job Kami, would love to see more podcasts in the future. You relate to your audience well! Keep up the great work!”
“Not a chronic sufferer, but thought questions from fellow sufferers would be helpful to others.”
Just…WOW. You guys are the absolute best. The suggestions, advice, and encouragement were all so appreciated!
As I go over the results and brainstorm in the coming weeks, I’ll be updating on what you can expect through my mailing list first. Be sure to sign up if you want to stay up to speed. Also, if you missed the survey and wish to add your thoughts I’d still love to hear from you!
Here’s to continuing the mission here with grace and adventure. I couldn’t do it without your help!
What are you most looking forward to?
Do you blog and want to know more about how to run your own survey? Check out these resources that helped inspire me with creating and running mine: