2017 Reader Survey Results

The Merrythought Lifestyle Blog @themerrythoughtJust wanted to share the results of the reader survey from last month. We’re so thankful to you guys for taking the time to actually do this! It’s the first one we’ve ever done and it was a little nerve-wracking thinking about what might come in, or if anyone would even do it!
A lot of responses were what we were thinking might be the case, but there were a few surprises thrown in too! And we absolutely loved reading all of your comments/suggestions and questions!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE POSTS?

DIY Home Projects was the winner here, with DIY gifts/simple crafts following. No surprise there for us as that’s what we’ve assumed most of our readers were here for. We were a little surprised at the popularity of the room tour posts, we’ve never really had a good idea of how those go over with you guys. So it’s good to know you enjoy them, and hopefully we’ll be able to share more this year!

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE POST OF 2016?

While the answers were really varied here (as expected), those of you that also mentioned why, that was so great to read! Really sometimes ya wonder if you’re just sending these posts out into space with no one really caring, and to hear how you specifically used things or were inspired by something we did was really affirming and good to hear!

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE OF?

The top three were: DIYs, Simple Living and Room Tours. Hooray for this, because those are all things we had planned on sharing! So hopefully future posts will keep you happy! Also, good to know that we’re not alone in the quest to live simpler lives.The Merrythought Lifestyle Blog @themerrythought
WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE VIDEO CONTENT?

You guys were split pretty evenly on this topic – haa! We’ve had fun learning video, we feel like it’s good to stretch yourself and learn new things, which definitely has been the case for videos. We do plan on sharing more, as we think it’s fun, however we will always include photos and written instructions for what we do. So hopefully that appeases both sides enough – ha!

HAVE YOU EVER MADE A DIY OR RECIPE?

Guys, yes, the majority of you have – that makes our hearts happy! Glad we’re sharing things that you actually want to try and do!!

WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING PRODUCTS WE MAKE/DESIGN?

The majority of you said probably or definitely would – and that’s good news as we plan to launch a shop within a few weeks! 😱 We get quite a few emails asking if we sell the DIYs we share, so we thought we’d give it a try! More on that coming soon!!

DO YOU READ THROUGH OUR POSTS?

Most of you read most of the posts – that’s good to hear, especially for Manda as I can tend to be a little chatty in posts 😉. Glad you’re mostly enjoying it!The Merrythought Lifestyle Blog @themerrythought
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SPONSORED POSTS?

Thankfully most of you feel like our sponsored posts fit right in, with a majority not even noticing! Shew, that’s really good. While we love blogging, it is a job and a ton of time & work, and we’ve gotta pay the bills! We try hard to work with companies that we really like/use their products, and we try to work it into our posts in a natural way. Sometimes we know that doesn’t always happen, but thanks for understanding that it’s how we can keep on doing this and know that we try hard to make it work naturally! (And we’ll add in a quick note about ads as well – hopefully you’re just used to seeing ads by now as pretty much any & every site you go to nowadays has ads. We know sometimes they are annoying, we try to make sure they are out of the way of our content, but sometimes we’ve noticed they glitch a bit on different computers, and get in the way. Sorry. We do actually say no to a lot of ad placements, and videos should never play sound automatically, so know that if it does, we did not okay that, and we do inform our ad company if we notice that happening. But ads are just another way that we can keep on doing this, so while they’re not pretty, they are sticking around for now.)

BLOG NAVIGATION/IMPROVEMENTS…

Thankfully most of you think our blog is easy to navigate. A lot of you commented on it having some weird glitches recently – we’re aware of this, and we hate it too (probably even more than you – ha!). Our web developer is working on things, hopefully there’s been a slight improvement for some. Honestly it’s an issue with our server, and we’re not happy about it. We’re still in the process of getting it taken care of and also are planning some small site updates very soon! So fingers crossed that it can all happen quickly & smoothly! These kind of things definitely cause us stress!
We loved reading these responses and hope to keep working on your suggestions! And to those that just offered words of encouragement to us – thanks, we work hard on our blog and we’re so glad you’re enjoying it! ☺️

And now on to the ASK US ANY QUESTIONS…

These were so fun to read, some made us laugh out loud, some let us know our friends were definitely reading along – ha! We had a lot of questions about the business side of blog things so we’re actually going to tackle all those questions in a separate post in the near future because there was so much interest in this.
For the personal/random questions, we thought we’d get really personal and answer your questions via video! Quite a few of you wanted to see/hear more about us (😮😳), so here we are! A note of caution, this video is extremely long. We’re so sorry, haa! And really, really no offense taken if you don’t watch. Really, you don’t have to watch! 😂
If your question didn’t get answered, hopefully it will within a future post at some point. And if it’s really just eating away at you, feel free to leave an anonymous comment and we’ll get right to it!

Thanks for reading along and giving input!! We sooo appreciate you and love knowing that people are reading, and liking what we share! You guys are the best!

Photos by Rachel Liz Photography

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  • Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 4:42 pm

    Mary - It was so fun watching your Question and Answer video. I always wondered what your relationship was. It must be fun to have such an awesome Step Mom! Thank you for being so real and talking about your relationship with God and your issues with Anxiety. I love your new hair cutReplyCancel

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