4.19.2015

2015 Reader Survey


I was going to wait a few weeks to post this, but I'm just too excited! I love surveys! Last year at work I came up with and distributed a reader survey for the publication I edit, and I think my coworkers got tired of me talking their ear off about how it was going and the feedback I was getting. But seriously, surveys are so much fun. And now you know that I'm a big fat nerd.

The Lady Okie blog turns FIVE next month, and I am really interested to hear from all you wonderful people about what you do and don't like to see here on the blog. This survey is 11 questions, with 3 additional optional questions at the end. Shouldn't take more than a few minutes. Thank you in advance for filling this out!

If you can't see it embedded in the post, take the survey by clicking here
Otherwise, it should be visible below!

*If you're interested, view the results of survey 1 and survey 2.

4.17.2015

Blog Talk #8: Stop Apologizing

Welcome to blog talk! This is the eighth installment of "Blog Talk," in which I will give my opinion on different aspects of blogging and continue the discussion in the comments. Because I want to hear what you have to say! Yes, you're even allowed to disagree. Just be nice about it.
CLICK HERE to read the other posts in this series!
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Sorry this picture is so grainy. 
Sorry I posted late today.
Sorry to be so depressing right now.
Sorry these pictures aren't edited.
Sorry I didn't post yesterday.
Sorry I'm not wearing a cute outfit.

Why do we feel the need to apologize so often on our blogs? 

I think it's probably different for someone who makes their living from their blog. Not posting just because you didn't feel like it is kind of like calling in sick to work because you just don't want to go. That's not very professional. But for many of us, blogging is not our living. It's a hobby.

I don't want to say it's just a hobby, because blogging is not a "just" for me. It's an important something, but it's an important something that I fit into my regular daily life when I have the time, effort, desire, and creative energy.

Our blog and our blog posts should reflect our real lives, and that's why I don't like it when a blogger apologizes. Now, of course there's an extreme, as there always is. If your pictures are always tiny and grainy, I might not want to look at them. If you are sporadic in your posting and never let readers know when you take a two-week break, that will annoy me. Also, I might become concerned you are dead. If your posts are always depressing, I might not want to read them. 

But not posting for a few days won't kill you, and it won't kill your blog. Posting a grainy picture because that's all you had at the time won't make us gasp in horror. Showing a picture of you without makeup won't make me think you're a freak. Writing an honest post about an area in which you are struggling won't make me unfollow. (For the record, here is what will make me unfollow your blog. Spoiler: it isn't your grainy picture.)

So the next time you start your blog post with an apology, do yourself and your readers a favor and delete it. Apologizing just implies that there's a set of blogging rules you have to follow, when really it's your blog. YOU make the rules.

Sorry to have to be so blunt.
But then again, I guess I'm not.

Questions for discussion:

Do you notice when bloggers apologize? Do you apologize? If so, what kinds of things do you apologize for? When is a blogging apology okay?

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