What were people most interested in?
One factor that I think dramatically altered the results, was the fact I added “audio dramas” to the options. This was, in retrospect, a mistake. I've never posted an audio drama on my blog, and I would still make audio dramas even if no one voted for it on the survey. Ultimately, I think having this on the list ended up throwing other numbers. Still, it was encouraging to see so many people like the audio dramas I work on. Audio dramas were the second top pick at just over 20%.
Another factor that surprised me, was that the interest in my YouTube videos, was equal to that of my podcasts! They tied with “other” for third place. I didn't realize people liked my videos that much.
How did you find out about me?
“I heard about him from America's Most Wanted. The cops will find you, Chris.”
Why do you come here?
No one chose “Because Canada”, but at least one respondent humoursly chose “I admire his beard” for their reason for coming.
What do you want to hear more about?
People wanting to hear more about what's going on with me personally, came in a close second. That was encouraging to see, because as a blogger, your site is very personality driven, and I'd love to share more about myself.
What do you want to hear less of?
What describes our conversations?
Thanks for reading even if you don't want to comment, that's totally fine! Thanks for being here! :)
A few of the “other” responses also mentioned missing the Disqus comment system, but understood why I removed it, and pledged to at least keep reading, even if they don't comment. Thanks for sticking around! #IstandWithChrisGreen #PointlessHashtagClub
Guys VS. Girls
But assuming the stats are accurate, now that I know there are so many dudes in the audience, I can start talking about dude topics. Not to say I will alienate my female audience, or switch focus to just talking about topics men are more stereo-typically interested in. It just means that if I have something I want to talk about that pertains to men, every so often, I can feel more free to do so. So bring on the “Christian dude talk”. Hmm, that sounds like a corny name for a podcast.
How old are you?
The positive to come out of this, is that now that I know most of my audience is around my age, I'm freer to talk about things that young adults my age can relate to. To be clear, I'm keeping things welcoming and age appropriate for the younger audience as well, but I may take the opportunity to speak to my audience more about the trials and joys of adulthood.
I learned another survey lesson here though. SurveyMonkey, the site I used to create the survey, has typical pre-packaged questions you can choose from, such as this age question. I originally used their template, without noticing it started at 18-24. Based on prior knowledge of commentators etc, I knew some where under 18.
A respondent emailed me to let me know their age range wasn't listed. I quickly fixed this, adding 15-17 and under 15, as options. Unfortunately someone had already chosen 18-24, which was originally option 1, so when “Under 15” became option 1, their answer got changed from 18-24, to Under 15, automatically. So that being said, check to make sure all the options are what you need, before publishing your survey, and make sure that if you add new options afterwards, you add it to the end of the list, even if the order seems improper.
Where are you from?
Another lesson I learned about surveys, was to make sure you favour clear answers, over funny ones. Rather than having the options: USA, Canada, UK, and other; I had: 'Murica, The Great White North, and “Ohhh, Britannia, Britannia rules the waves!” I think this was confusing, because one respondent chose “other” and listed themselves as being from the UK, which technically was already on the list. So word to the wise, choose clear wording, not comedy.
Interesting Additional Comments
Perhaps the funniest answer to “Do you have any additional comments?” was “No”, since it's actually an additional comment.
Here's some gems:
“Well well well... Where should I start? I'd like to comment on your blue jeans but I wont I will comment on the blue sky but I wont because our dinner is getting cold!!! Haha!”
“Keep up the great work Christopher! You've got a great thing going, just keep it up as the Lord leads! :)”
“I am here because of Christopher Green, not because of any particular content made by Christopher Green. Consequently, I support Christopher Green's work regardless of what it is ... I look forward to whatever happens with Christopher Green's work ... God bless you, Christopher Green!”
As for what may be different on my blog now, here's my thoughts:
- Reviving videos, even if they're just simple webcam videos, people seem to even enjoy those. Maybe a more casual college tip video series, where I just talk to my camera. The camera's name is Bob.
- Trying to do more Canada videos, a lot of people voted to hear more about Canada.
- Blogging more about things guys think about, and deal with.
- Blogging about adult life, and learning to transition into adulthood from your teen years.
- Trying to get The Christopher Green Show, Multimedia/Art podcast, out more regularly.
These are all ideas, not rigid goals, but we'll see what happens! Thanks for taking the survey! Did any of the results surprise you? What do you think of my ideas? Let me know in the comments below; or email me; or talk to me when you see me in person, if you know me in person that is, ha ha!