Thanks to all of you for participating the survey questions I posed last month about blogging. There were a few things revealed that I didn’t expect — one being that respondents (n=100) came from 11 countries on 5 continents.
What?? No Antarctica?
I asked a non-representative sample of bloggers (we all know this community is a cut above) questions regarding:
- the relationship between the amount of time and energy you put into the post and the amount of attention it generates
- whether you are a net giver or receiver of comments
- the tendency for bloggers to have kept a diary or journal
- which comes first, the title or the post?
So what did we learn?
1. Relationship between time and energy into creating a post and the response to that post:
- 26% reported a direct relationship (more effort = more response).
- 58% of you say there’s no relationship between the energy you put into a post and the response it garners.
- 16% reported an inverse relationship (more effort = less response and vice versa).
One respondent said: Sometimes posts that I took enormous pains over sank without trace. Sometimes posts I dashed off (usually in a temper) garnered dozens of comments. And sometimes, vice versa. I still don’t quite understand it.
And this comment is quite insightful: It seems to be more the amount of EMOTION and energy, rather than time and energy.
Bottom line for a 84% of us? Don’t try so hard!
2. Comments, giving and getting:
- 19% of you lament that you give waaay more than you get
- 34% say you give more than you get, but that it’s not outrageously out of balance
- 27% consider yourselves even-steven
- 15% of you confess you get more than you give, but that it’s not terribly imbalanced
- 5% of you admit you get waaay more than you give
So more than half of you are net givers but only 20% of you are net getters. Hmmmmm…..
This comment both helps to explain the anomaly and to dismiss it: My blog is quite small, and the number of blogs I follow is larger, so I think at times I definitely give more comments than I get, but hey, who’s counting?
Suggestion: Check out the monthly ICLW for an organized commentathon.
3. Journaling as a precursor to blogging:
- 77% say you had never faithfully journaled or kept a diary prior to blogging
- 23% say you considered yourselves a journaler or diarist before embarking on your blogs.
This result surprised me. Not that more people didn’t journal, but that so MANY more people didn’t journal. When I asked this same question back in 2008, the results were statistically even.
Because of my own experience, I thought there would be a stronger tie between a childhood habit of keeping a diary and an adult habit of writing a blog. Color me oddball.
Representative comments: I only journaled during certain periods of my life. Usually when things were more stressful and I had a lot to deal with. And I never maintained a diary or journal even though I set out to multiple times throughout my life.
4. Which comes first: title or post?
- Only 5% of you say the title comes first
- 36% of you write the post first and then title it
- And 59% say it’s 50-50; sometimes it’s the title first and sometimes it’s the post
Among the 5%: It’s the blank at the top. Therefore, I fill it in first. And Some titles are too delicious to waste.
Among the 36%: The title is the hardest thing for me to write.
Among the majority: Sometimes the title is in my head first or becomes clear as I’m writing; other times the title I had in mind doesn’t fit when I’m done. Sometimes I can’t ever think of what to title something.
Any surprises in the findings for you? In which questions might you be
somewhat freakish in the minority?