2014 Reader Survey Results

A couple of weeks ago, I asked you to let me know your thoughts on this space through a reader survey – what you like, what needs work, and a little bit about YOU.  Community is my favorite part of blogging, and in order for a community to thrive, I need to know a little bit about you and what makes you tick; and, at least I believe, you need to know a little bit about one another.

I’m amazed by the number of responses I received, and so so thankful that you were willing to take a few minutes to answer these questions for me!  So without further ado, I’d like to share a few things I learned with you.

Demographics   

To start, I learned a bit about who you all are.  For the most part, you’re between the ages of 19 and 30, have (or are pursuing) a Bachelors’ Degree or higher, female, and living in the Northeast United States.  And even better?  Almost all of you are bloggers!

You know what this tells me?  We have a lot in common, since I’m a 22-year-old college graduate living in Pennsylvania.  Pretty cool, right?

But better than that, there are also a ton of you with completely different experiences – living all over the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia, some of you are married, single, in a relationship; male; as young as 18 and as old as 70.  I loved learning that there’s such a wide range of us here, because it makes the conversations we’re able to have so much more dynamic and inspiring!

Interests

One of the things I was most excited to find out from this survey was what you’re interested in reading about: feminism, writing, blogging, inspiration…. What makes you tick?  And what I found out? You love reading about feminism, current events, blogging, my life, and my opinion, which is awesome – because most of these are my favorite topics to write about!
Over the past several months, I’ve worked on focusing primarily on feminism and blogging, so going forward, I’d like to incorporate more of my opinion, current events, and – as best I can without compromising what I want this blog to be – my life.

What Needs Work

Overwhelmingly, most of you pointed out the lack of my life being shared on this lifestyle blog.  This tells me a couple things: that I’ve been accomplishing what I want with this blog, but also that it’s not necessarily what you want.
I’ve always said that while She is Fierce is a lifestyle blog, it is so in the lightest form of the phrase.  I try to avoid turning this space into a diary, and instead work to share inspiring and enlightening content that will inspire you to go forward with your life differently, or to think about the world you’re living in more in-depth.
Unfortunately, that’s left a lot of you wanting for more.  So I’d like to compromise, going forward.  I want to share more of myself here because, after all, if what I want is community, that requires that we each know a bit about one another.  I’ve been thinking a lot about how best to do this without compromising what this space is and what it stands for, and I haven’t come up with a good middle ground yet.
So here’s where I need you just one more time: where do you think the middle ground is?  How can I share more of myself here, in a way that you’d enjoy reading?
  • http://bellebrita.com/ Brita Long

    I know for me, my feminism stems from personal experiences. Furthermore, when I’ve gotten people on board with feminism, it’s most often happened by sharing personal experiences and personal beliefs. I think your writing on feminism could include more of YOU! Like my latest post on feminism was largely just quotations, but I also included a little anecdote where I’m screwed up as a feminist, and then I encouraged other feminists not to make the same mistake.
    I feel like you’re so interesting, and I love reading your blog… But I also know so little about you!