About a week ago I asked you all to take a quick survey. I like to do this about once a year, and hear what you all have to say. I want to make sure I'm doing what I can to make coming to this little corner of the internet worth your time.
Probably my favorite question was asking what two of your favorite daily reads were. It gave me a chance to discover some new blogs, which was really cool. I few blogs stuck out as repeats by so many of you too. Over and over again many of you said you read Because Shanna Said So, Putting Me Together, and Walking in Grace and Beauty. I love all these ladies and although I feel like they all have "bigger" blogs than I do, I feel like we all have affordable, wearable fashion in common, and I'm honored to be on your reading lists with them.
Another question I had was about how long you'd been reading my blog. Back in the fall when I starting sharing more of my personal life and faith on here I wasn't sure how all my current readers would react. The survey showed that about 30% had been reading for 1-6 months, 30% for 6-12 months and 30% for more than a year. So, it seems like my shift in focus has brought in 30% new people while it's kept 60% of you to keep on reading (yay!). 5% had been reading for less than a month and 5% since the beginning, way to go 5%, that first year wasn't very pretty....
I also wondered what made you all stick around. People could check more than one box, but 96% of you said the outfits (well, this is a fashion blog of sorts, isn't it), then 53% said my faith-centered post, and 33% also checked sharing details about my life. I definitely feel like my blog shift has made this little space so much more reflective of who I am, and I'm grateful to have you all accept me as I am. : )
I next asked what you all wanted to see more of, and while about 50% said, to keep this blog as is, I also had 50% say they'd like more "how-to wear" posts and "save vs. splurge" posts. I feel like I used to do a lot more of this, and honestly haven't done it much lately because the writing on the posts takes more time now, so I haven't spent as much time on "how-to" posts. After all, this is a fashion blog, so I'm going to work to incorporate this more often. I also asked if there were some specific topics you'd like me to cover. Here are some of the ideas you all shared:
- I had requests for more collaborations with bloggers, which I also used to do more. I'll have to think about a fresh way to do this.
- I also had a request for a "Style Challenge" like Audrey of Putting Me Together has done. What do you ladies think about that? It could be fun! I'm not sure how a link-up would work, the majority of you readers are non-bloggers. Thoughts?
- I had a request for dressing for body types. I did this last year, so I hate to repost the same things, but it's clear I have quite a few new readers. I've added a few tabs up above, including one on Dressing for Your Shape. Hopefully that'll help you need readers out : )
- I also had a request for tips on how to read the Bible, which I think could be a great post too.
The last question I asked was about how you all found my blog, and I thought this was super interesting. The majority of you said you had found me though another blog or though a link-up. In the past I feel like I'd made blogging, reading blogs, and growing my blog way too much of a focus, so I made some big adjusts. I stopped reading so many blogs and stopped doing so many link-ups. Your answers have caused me to think about the way I engage with other bloggers though, most of you didn't find me though any social media outlet, but though other blogs. I need to keep this in mind as I move forward.
Thanks again to all of you who took the time to take my survey. I really want to do my best!
I wore these boyfriend jeans on here about a week ago and love them. They were a crazy $.99 Goodwill find, here is this year's version, although my husband isn't thrilled about the fit in the back, can any other girl's relate? He thinks they're too baggy, and requested I "shrink the heck out of them." Boys....
Cardigan: Old Navy similar
Shirt: Target same
Necklace: Stella and Dot same
Shoes: Sam and Libby similar