Saturday, July 6, 2013

Survey Responses: How things are going around here...

Back in April I took a survey to get your feedback on how things are going around here.  It was pretty eye opening, and I want to thank all 2,664 (!!!!) of you who took the time to respond.

Today is a recap of your responses as well as what I'm planning to do as a result of your feedback...even if I'm a little slow at getting to it.  (Blame it on my full time job!  :)  )


Summary


  • AGE:  76% of you are in the 18-35 y/o range.  Not a surprise, considering that's my age range and therefore dress appropriately (hopefully) to that range.
  • STYLE BLOGS: 67% of you only read 1 to 5 style blogs on a regular basis.  That was definitely a surprise!  And in the comments, many, many, many of you said Putting Me Together was one of the only style blogs you read.  That was incredibly humbling, and I can't tell you what an honor that is!
  • FREQUENCY: 73% of you are regular readers, reading multiple times a week.  Also pretty cool.  Thank you!
  • HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN READING: 52% of you have been reading PMT for less than 3 months.  I don't know why I was surprised by that, but I was.  It was eye opening to realize that there are probably always gonna be new readers around on a regular basis.  Very glad to have ya.  :)


Your Suggestions & Questions
You guys gave some very helpful feedback that I want to put into action.  Here's what's happening with those...


Labels & Tags
The number one suggestion for improvement around here was to have my posts categorized and labeled by items.  Hundreds of you said that you would love to be able to click through a list and see all the posts where I wore specific pieces, like a cargo vest or a blue gingham shirt or printed pants, etc.  

I used to label all of my posts by color, but once Blogger switched its interface a while back the labels became out of sight and out of mind for me and I fell way behind.  Yikes!

Anyway, I definitely want to relabel everything, and not just by color but by specific pieces.  I've already slowly started to do it but your patience is appreciated since I have 2 years of posts to relabel.

Meanwhile, you can actually see all of this already on Go Chic or Go Home.  If you go to my clothing board and click on an individual piece it will show you ALL of the ensembles I've created with that item, both ones I've already worn and ones I haven't worn yet.  Yeah man, it's like the (not so) secret vault of outfits I have waiting in the wings!


Closet Posts
The second most requested thing was a tour of my closet.  Follow-up question: did you want to see closet storage, or just see my closet?  If it's the latter, you can also see all of the items in my closet through my virtual closet on Go Chic or Go Home.

(Side note: I know I talk about GCOGH a lot but it's because many things that you guys have asked for already exist there.  So helpful!)


Other Blogs
Many of you asked for a list of other style blogs.  I just wanted to point you to the menu bar at the top of this blog to the tab that says Blog Roll.  That list has been there since this blog began, so did you just not notice that it was there or were you looking for something else?


Sponsorships & Disclosure
I was surprised that only like 15 of you said you would like to see less Sponsor Love posts, and even more surprised that ~10 of you said that you really liked the sponsor posts.  Anyway, even though 25 comments out of 2600+ responses is a small percentage I wanted to fill you in on all that stuff.

Obviously, I do take sponsorships, but like I've mentioned recently I've been trying to curate those to ones that I genuinely believe in and think you'll like.  I don't solicit for sponsorships like I used to because I don't feel the need to put a lot of weight on them.  This is because I found a commission service that compensates me in other ways besides sponsorships.

I used to have just one sentence on "disclosure" at the bottom of this blog but I recently created a full page to explain everything that can be found here.  (Link is also always at the very bottom of the blog.) Basically, by clicking through shopping links provided (without even having to buy anything) you are supporting this blog.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  :D


Facebook vs. Forum
One of the huge questions for me has been how to provide a place for you to ask style questions instead of emailing me.  The vote was almost exactly split between Facebook and a Forum with good reasons for both.  I'm leaning towards a forum for the question-asking, depending on how much work that would take for me to set up.

However, in light of Google Reader shutting down (and especially since I did not tell you all about other readers you could subscribe though--oops!) I am also leaning towards Facebook to fill that kind of void...not necessarily for the question asking.  So in a nutshell...maybe both?  :)


Changes / Additions
Thanks to your great, great feedback these are things on my list to add to the blog.  I can't promise it'll be anytime soon, but know that they're on the radar:

  • labels and tags for you to look up all the ways I've worn an individual piece
  • more remixes and One Piece Different Ways posts
  • more style tips, tricks, and tutorials
  • adding a few style challenges and/or linkups--be on the lookout!
  • Facebook page (maybe)
  • forum (very much a maybe)

Thanks again for all of your feedback and for your many, many kind words!
  

19 comments:

  1. I'm excited for you and the PMT community! Can't wait to see where you go from here lady :)

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  2. Why are you reading my long blog post? Shouldn't you be out playing with Kimmie and Bri? GO FILL UP MY INSTAGRAM. #kthxbye

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  3. I'm excited for more style challenges/link-ups and all the other things you have planned! I love how easy and accessible your style is :)

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  4. Looks like you'll be keeping busy :P I didn't think of labels or tags, but that is a really good idea!

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  5. Exciting! Looking forward to seeing where we go from here! :)

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  6. @Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    Hi Audrey
    I just wanted to let you know I'm also running a fashion question website at theasksection.blogspot.com (reader questions welcome) and I'd love to guest post for you, maybe answering a question or doing a fashion challange post.
    If you ever need a hand, be sure to contact me :)


    Love the way to thread the line between casual and slightly fancy with such mastery

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  7. I like the idea of answering questions and stuff on Facebook. I know I'm on there a lot and it would be easier to keep up with stuff.

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  8. I'm a new reader (just a couple of weeks!), and I have been working on changing my wardrobe from being a younger person to being a more mature person. I'm 38 and the time seems right to move towards more streamlined clothes that can be used in multiple ways. Your blog has been thought-provoking and inspiring, and I check back every day to read more of something - even the waaaaay old stuff. THANK YOU for the hard work you put into it and the standard of excellence I can see in your posts. xo

    -Christie

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  9. Hi Audrey, I was just one of the many who would like to see your closet. I've been on your GCOGH boards but I would love a video (much like J's Everyday closet video)!

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  10. Thank you so much for doing this! I was wondering how the survey turned out! My answers have probably changed since you created the survey but for the most part, these are great responses. The idea of labeling to find specific items would be SO helpful for your blog! I've thought about doing the same thing on mine but I haven't worn anything more than 2 or 3 times yet so that may come later. I do stalk (follow) you on Go Chic and it's great to see outfits you've created end up on the blog! It's like an insider look at your fashion mind! It would be cool to see your closet, mainly out of curiosity, to see how you organize it and such. I normally don't like following bloggers on FB and usually only follow them when entering giveaways, I would 100% follow you if you got a FB page. However, I do feel a forum would be much more helpful when it comes to asking questions and seeing all the questions other people have already asked. I can see that being very useful! One Piece Different Ways and the Wardrobe From Scratch series are definitely my favorites! Link-ups like the 7X7 remix are always fun too! I found many new blogs through that!

    Your blog is the first fashion blog I found. I stayed, read your entire blog, and you helped inspire me to start my own. For that, I thank you!! I look forward to every post and you've helped me so much when it comes to looking more "put together."

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  11. Wow, some great ideas! Love your blog--it's definitely one of the only fashion blogs I read!

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  12. Thanks for the breakdown! You had an awesome response to it, and as always, I appreciate your honesty with some of the questions! Speaking of labels, I totally didn't "get it" when I started blogging, so I know I need to go back and do that. I realized (from a reader) that some of my photos were missing from older posts, but then when I went in to fix it- months and months and months were missing photos. I'm still working on it!

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  13. Alicia JuilletSunday, July 07, 2013

    I love that you're using survey responses and statistical analysis to improve your blog!

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  14. Marissa @ The Modern AustenSunday, July 07, 2013

    This is really impressive and admirable. I really like that you structure your blog for both you AND your readers. Your organization and attention to detail in addition to your content is what makes your blog so refreshing to visit again and again!

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  15. You are a GREAT blogger!

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  16. I would still really love to see a post on shoe inserts. Pretty please? I love your blog!

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  17. Working on it this month! Can you help me understand what is so confusing or mysterious about them? What stops people from just buying some and trying them? (That's all I did to "figure them out.")

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  18. I highly recommend using a forum. They are super easy and can be free. I love invisionfree.com for creating forums/message boards. I love your blog and look forward to it becoming more interactive.

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  19. I'm new to you and to fashion in general- I am a former jeans & tee *only* girl! So I thought I'd share my thoughts here for you as well. I am excited to see a forum ( I don't use FB)- I would love to be able to chat and ask other like minded readers for advice. I too would like to see your actual closet, not just the individual items in it on GCOGH- more like how you store & organize everything. I love the "one piece many ways" and the challenge posts. I enjoy relevant sponsor posts and I'm actually glad that you get some $ka-ching$ from the shopping links- you deserve it! I can use many more style tips and tricks, and while I like some of the stuff on some of the blogs linked on the sidebar, they aren't always quite in line with what I'm looking for, so I wouldn't mind seeing more recommendations there too.

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