Just as restaurants and stores sometimes ask you to fill out a feedback card, some bloggers are turning to their readers with a series of questions: how can I make my blog better? What do you like? What parts annoy you? And which directions do you wish the blog would go in the future? While this may not be necessary with a small, personal blog, some people who run blogs that have become community spaces or sources of information are seeing how incorporating reader feedback can give them an edge.
The Story Siren presented her readers with a survey, and then returned to talk about the results. She had 806 people respond to her latest survey -- more than she thought -- and she discovered some interesting things about her readers including how they defined themselves, what they like to read, and which type of posts they like.
This type of information in invaluable for someone who is looking to deliver posts that resonate with readers. For instance, her readers said they liked her review posts and giveaways but personally didn't enjoy author interviews or guest posts. In the future, she may decide to post a few additional reviews and drop an interview or two in order to appeal to readers.
Beyond checkboxes, The Story Siren also asked readers to weigh in on a variety of topics all unique to her blog. And then she took the time to respond to some of the common criticisms of her blogging style and logistics in her survey results.
Of course, in order to utilize a reader survey, you need to be prepared to hear the good and the bad; the things you are doing well and the places where you need to improve.
Do you think you'd be brave enough to solicit feedback from your readers? Have you ever posted a reader survey?
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