Your anxiously awaited survey results are in! Most of you know I'm a math nerd...mathematician by degree. Yes, weird for a writer. You've probably already noticed the weird part without me pointing it out...
There are lots of ways to present statistics to mislead. I shall not go into that here, because we have plenty of commercials from both sides giving us examples of that...
I'm going to give you “just the facts, ma'am”. I will probably not resist some comments along the way about what I found. I promised you MY answers, those will be in the comment section. I feel strongly about one of these questions, so you will get an earful about that one. You've been warned. That will be on Monday, though. This post is already too long...lost my brevity card.
Note to all readers, math-nerd or not: IF you bother to add up the percentages for each of the questions, the total will NOT come to a nice 100%. There are three reasons for this.
- Some people gave more than one answer to a question.
- Some people didn't answer all the questions.
- I rounded.
Question #1: AS A BLOGGER, how do you interact with your commenters?
3% : on my blog, if it's a question, by email
27.5% : visit back and comment (one person said but don't comment)
27.5% : reply in blocks in the comment chain
4% : reply in the reply box in my comments
1% : Twitter
1% : interact, um yes, that was the question, you missed the how part, but am acknowledging your answer ;-) Can't leave any stats out you know. Wouldn't be honest. We have some lovely parting gifts for you. (I'm teasing, by the way. I do that.)
1% : phone (proud to say this is one of MY readers, who answered at my blog, and he's an amazing supporter of all levels of writers and bloggers, BUT, I couldn't drag him to the A-Z, and I REALLY tried...)
Question #2: AS A COMMENTER, what is your preferred method of being noticed for taking the time to leave a comment?
23.5% : visit my blog
18.5% : I don't need to be noticed (aw...you give, without expecting anything back, what great people hang out here)
29.4% : in the comments, but I don't always go back and check
6% : direct reply (don't know what this method is...but couldn't just assume so I included it)
11.8% : email
6% : varies, but I like email
6% : comment back
6% : respond (see how hard this is?)
6% : acknowledged (as I was saying...)
Question #3: Now here's the rub: are those answers the same? Why or why not?
(Note to survey writers, don't ask why or why not...give multiple choice questions. THEN the percents will add up. And the results post won't be War and Peace...)
64.7% : The Golden Rule – I respond the way I do, because that's how I want others to respond to me. Ah...we have such nice readers, don't we?
17.6% not the same way (with LOTS of explanations – go see the comments, or I'll be writing War and Peace AND The Brothers Karamazov...in one post)
6% I'm more forgiving of others than myself – I work hard to interact, but it doesn't bother me when no one acknowledges me. (I just had to include this one. Quality blogger. Not that you're not...just sayin'...)
6% Everyone is different. I can't expect that what I do is what another does. Everyone gets to choose. (Very sensible and observant. Had to include this one too. This is a patient, caring person. Not that you're not...sheesh...gotta quit these side comments...)
6% Same but different (????)
6% I just try to visit as many people as possible, regardless of whether they comment or not (aw...I keep telling you we have great people around here!)
Question #4 :Do you tend to read blogs that are similar to yours, say a writer learning from another how to market well, or to get tips, etc?
17.6% yes, but I don't limit it to that
6% yes and no (???)
6% yes and no (???)
Question #5 : Do you read a variety of blogs, and if so why?
5% I read my blog roll
12% no, there's not enough time
Question #6 : How do you decide who goes in your blog roll in your side-bar? Is it ALL the blogs you follow?
26.3% those I've developed friendships with
5% I investigate, then decide
5% I choose 25, otherwise it would be ALL of them, and that would be ridiculous
20% the ones that I don't want to miss a post from
47% I don't have a blog roll
Question #7 : Do you return follow just based on unspoken etiquette principle, or is there more to your decision?
16% I follow if I'm interested
16% I return follow unless the blog is objectionable, or they are just fishing for followers
10% I investigate their blog, and then make a decision
5% If I wouldn't hang out with them in real life, I don't follow their blog (gotta say, this was my favorite answer...)
5% a bit of both
5% I add them to my google reader, then make a decision after a while
10% I used to, but now I use the google reader instead
Question #8: To you have link back signature? If not, why? If yes, why?
25% I don't know
This one I really want to discuss. REALLY want to discuss. So I'm going to write a separate post about it on Monday, August 20th. Come on back!
Did these results surprise you? Are you “normal”? Are you “unique”? Talk to me.