Survey Results Part 3: Your Internet Habits


Congratulations to Holly S. for winning the $5 Amazon gift card! Thanks, Holly, for taking the time to take the survey.

Part 1 covered demographics, and Part 2 was all about your reading habits. Today we’ll see how you spend your time online. (Don’t worry. I won’t tell your boss.)

On which social networks do you spend the most time?
Multiple answers were allowed, so you could select all your favorites. The overwhelming majority of you prefer to hang out on Facebook, a whopping 97%. Next was Twitter at 26%, then Pinterest and Goodreads, both at 26%. I was surprised that more people didn’t select Pinterest. I guess the Pinterest enthusiasts were too busy pinning to take the survey. There are a few people on Google+, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn, Tumblr. Apparently MySpace is deserted now. Or it may just be that no one wanted to admit to still being on MySpace. This will be helpful in knowing where to allocate my time in a manner most likely to reach my readers.

Which network are you most likely to share a blog post to?
Again, Facebook is in the lead, but not by as much. Eighty-five percent prefer to share to Facebook, with Twitter coming in at 58%. Google+ and Pinterest both had decent showings, while StumbleUpon and Tumblr limped in the back door. Aside from plain old curiosity, knowing this allows me to make sure that I provide ways for you to easily share to these networks from my blog. I’m working on Pinterest. I thought I had a way to enable easy sharing, but it didn’t work so I’ll have to find something different. It’s coming, though.

Tell me about your blog-reading habits

I like reading About Me Pages 16 50%
On my first visit, I like to look through the Archives 13 41%
I prefer two-column layouts 10 31%
The first thing I look for is a way to follow 9 28%
I always read Review/Giveaway/Privacy policies 6 19%
I prefer three-column layouts 3 9%
Other 2 6%

This was another “just curious” question. It’s good to know what readers look for when they come to a blog. I see that most of you prefer two-column layouts. Sorry about that. I spent a lot of time trying to decide whether to go with two or three columns, but I don’t like the long sidebars that end up stretching for three times the length of the actual posts. I try to keep my sidebar “junk” to a minimum, but it still adds up fast. It’s clutter, but it’s necessary clutter.
“Other” answers:
“usually just the thing someone suggested and why I went to their blog”
“I look for the Giveaways section”

How often do you like your favorite blogs to post?

2-3 times weekly 12 35%
Daily 10 29%
I don’t care as long as the content is good 8 24%
Weekly 2 6%
Other 2 6%
More than once a day 0 0%

It’s safe to say that you will rarely have to worry about me posting more than once a day. It has happened on occasion. I’ve published as many as four posts in a day, but that is not typical. I do have the Review-A-Thon coming up this weekend, though, and there will be multiple posts. I’m pretty sure that the reviews will be split between my two blogs, so I don’t think it will be too bad.
“Other” answers:
“I have no preference, as my own posting is irregular”
Actually, I couldn’t find the second “other” answer…
If a blog stops posting, how long until you consider unfollowing them?

I never unfollow (for that reason, anyway) 18 53%
2 months 8 24%
Other 4 12%
1 month 3 9%
2 weeks 1 3%
1 week 0 0%

Most of you don’t unfollow even when a blogger posts sporadically, and on behalf of all bloggers everywhere, I’d like to say a huge THANK YOU! Things happen, life gets in the way, and no matter how dedicated we are or how much we love our readers, most blogs will experience some downtime. We don’t like it any more than you do, but it’s even harder when we come back to find that some of our readers are gone. So thanks for sticking around. We really do appreciate it. After all, if there is no post, it’s not taking any of your time to NOT read it, right? Most people these days wait for the post to come to them, either through Facebook, email, or RSS. So please be patient with us.
“Other” answers:
“I only have you on facebook and so far you haven’t stopped:-)”
“It depends on who the blogger is; and if I know the reason why the posting stopped. Personally, I have not been able to blog for approx 2 months, and hope people still read my posts, when I return.”
“oh a year or two…”

Okay, that’s all for today. I can either include one of the two remaining categories: My-blog questions and Review questions, and make this post really long, or I can make this one a little short and add two more later. I’m going with short and sweet. I’m not trying to put anyone to sleep.