Are you at all curious about the habits of the garden blogger readers on the web? As you may have seen, I conducted a brief, completely non-scientific survey of garden bloggers’ habits, or at least some of their habits, related to blogging and reading blogs.
As promised, I'm sharing the results, which you can use as you wish. (See note above about non-scientific survey.)
69 people answered the survey questions as of Tuesday evening. I don’t know anything about who these people are other than they visited this May Dreams Gardens blog sometime between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening.
Here are the questions and results...
When you read a garden blog, what are you looking for?
(I allowed for more than one answer, so the percentages won’t add up to 100 %.)
By far, most people are looking for stories about other gardeners and gardens, a whopping 95.7% of us. Only 13% of the 69 who responded are looking for basic gardening information, and 24.7% are looking for advanced gardening information.
What else are people looking for? 8% of the respondents listed other topics including pictures; a day-by day visit with fellow gardeners; good writing, humor, personality; the philosophy of gardening; and advanced gardening info and images of other gardens, particularly ornamental gardens in cold climates and news about the gardening world.
How often do you read garden blogs?
39.1 % of us read garden blogs once a day, and 40.6% read garden blogs several times a day. 17.4% read them a few times a week, one respondent reads them once a week and one respondent reads them “other”.
What other kinds of blogs do you read?
Again, I allowed for more than one answer, so the percentages won’t add up to 100%.
41.3% read blogs about writing and blogging (to improve their own writing and blogging?)
20.6% read political blogs.
19.1% read “mom” blogs, nearly as many as read political blogs.
76.2% read many other kinds of blogs including well written blogs, no matter the subject; “place” blogs; geneaology/professional/family blogs; food blogs; artist’s blogs; design/decorating/house blogs; koi/pond blogs; travel blogs; and a blog of a specific author/geek.
What tools do you use to keep track of blogs you like to read?
19.1% use Google Reader
17.7 % use Bloglines
4.4% use Voices at Garden Web
35.5% just check blogs they like occasionally (We need to help these people with better methods if they are reading more than a few blogs a day!)
23.5% use some other method to track blogs they like to read including bookmarks (4); favorites list (3); just check the same blogs every day; Blogroll; Safari RSS.
What software do you use for your blog?
63.5% use Blogger
12.7% use WordPress
7.9% use TypePad
15.9% use something else such as LiveJournal, iBlog, iWeb or they don’t have a blog. (4 respondents did not have their own blog).
That’s it. Five easy questions. Feel free to use this information as you wish, discuss as you wish, discard as you wish. I had fun with the survey and might do another one some other time. If I do, are there any questions you think I should ask?