Okay, can I just say thanks to the few hundred of you that took the time to take my reader survey? I literally sat at my computer on Sunday afternoon and read through every single response, took notes, laughed out loud, and felt so appreciative [of both the “you go, girl!” responses and the respectful constructive feedback responses.] I loved it all! I’m genuinely thankful.
After looking back at my notes, here’s the overall consensus:
Topics: More of/Less of
I was pleasantly surprised that the randomness of my post topics doesn’t annoy you. I get self-conscious because I’ve never really had a “niche.” I’m not a fashion blogger, a fitness blogger, a mommy blogger, a DIY blogger, etc. I’m just a blogger who writes about stuff. I’ve always wanted this blog to feel like a friendship. Meaning, in friendships, you don’t just talk about one topic, you talk about tons of different things. So, I appreciate that we’re on the same page with that one.
I got tons of feedback about what you’d like to see more of, and that was so fun. Penny is apparently very popular. I won’t tell her this, of course, as she’s already the biggest diva I know.
Video blogs were also a very common request. Which I find to be terrifying, by the way, as I think my videos are painful to watch. I mean, does anyone really like seeing themselves and hearing the own voice?!
Overall, the pregnancy posts have been well received, but other people said they don’t relate to them. While the majority of you left comments about being excited to follow my journey into motherhood, I did see comments voicing concern about this turning into a “mommy blog.”
As I mentioned above, I don’t ever see The Lunchbox Diaries turning into a niche blog where I write about one thing. As I do write about pregnancy now, I will most likely write about parenting at some points, but I’d gouge out my own eyes if that’s all I ever wrote about. Not gonna happen.
[I also got one comment about using “less F bombs” and I have a sneaking suspicion this was my grandmother.]
Wow. You guys are so awesome. While everyone was pretty honest about sponsored posts not being their favorite thing ever [which as a blog reader myself, I totally get] you guys really voiced your understanding that they’re a nature of the beast.
I got some “make those dolla dolla bills, girlfrand” comments, which I totally appreciated. I got some “I just skip them or don’t come read your blog that day” comments, which I appreciated just as much.
Overall, you were all extremely supportive and understanding. I can assure you that I never want The Lunchbox Diaries to seem like a running infomercial, which is why I’m selective and intentional with the sponsored posts I write.
WHY do you read this blog?
I’m not really a hugger, but I wanted to hug each and every one of you who took the time to answer this question. Like I would do in a counseling session, I asked it because I wanted to see where you are as a reader. Not that this is anything like a counseling session, but I think you know what I mean. The why is important to me. What do you want to get out of this? What are your expectations? Why are you here?
Overwhelmingly, the answer is simple: you find me relatable, funny, and unapologetically honest. Those were the three phrases that kept appearing, and I wanted to totally fist pump because that’s exactly what I’m trying to get across.
I got a lot of “I think we could be friends in real life” and I totally agree. I think we could be, too. Like I mentioned at the top of this post – I’ve always strived to make this blog feel like a friendship, so I’m glad it’s working.
I also literally laughed out loud at this person’s comment, who I think summed it up pretty well:
“Sometimes you make me laugh, and sometimes you make me realize I’m not the only paranoid nut job out there.”
Yes. That’s the point. We all need to laugh, and we all need to realize that we’re not the only paranoid nut job out there. No one’s perfect, so let’s not try to pretend that we are.
Again, I’m so thankful your time and I’m looking forward putting your feedback to good use and making 2015 a fun year on The Lunchbox Diaries. Thanks for being here!