The moment you’ve been waiting for…

No?

Well, for me it was.

I had wanted to do a “reader survey” ever since I started blogging, but I couldn’t ever bring myself to send a questionnaire to to the handful of people on my mailing list.

It’s been a year since LiveHacked.com officially launched, though, so I thought it was high time to get it in gear!

And here are the results!

First, let me say: thank you to everyone who filled out the form — I REALLY will take this information to heart (most of it…), and try to provide a much better blog for you!

Second, I’m amazed at the response, so thank you again! Seriously, I got close to a 5% response rate, which is MUCH higher than what the “industry” states (somewhere around 2-3%, if you’re lucky).

Before we jump in, let me give you a little disclaimer:

I’m SUPER PUMPED about any “negative” feedback — it’s how I know what to improve, what’s broken, and what you want.

However, I’m NOT super pumped about “thoughtless” feedback. You’ll see what I mean. My disclaimer is that I have NO IDEA who submitted these responses, so if I defend my blog against said feedback, and it’s yours, my bad. It’s still my blog. 

Okay, rant over. Here we go!

The “Site Visitors” Stuff: 

How do most people find the website?

  • Email – 14%
  • Another website – 64%
  • Facebook – 4%
  • Twitter – 18%

How long have most people been reading LiveHacked.com?

  • Less than a month – 13%
  • 1-3 months – 33%
  • 3-6 months – 30%
  • 6-12 months – 21%
  • Over a year – 3%

Preferred Update Method:

  • Facebook/Twitter clickthroughs – 2%
  • Visit the site – 1%
  • RSS/News reader – 10%
  • Email newsletter – 87%

How often do most people visit LiveHacked.com?

  • Occasionally (once every month or so) – 30%
  • Often (one or more times a week) – 12%
  • Rarely (once every few months) – 23%
  • Sometimes (a few times a month) – 25%
  • First time was to fill out the form – 10%

The “Demographics” Stuff:

Gender:

  • Male – 37%
  • Female – 63%

Age:

  • 18-24 – 3%
  • 25-34 – 18%
  • 35-44 – 25%
  • 45-54 – 28%
  • 55-64 – 26%

Current Country of Residence:

  • USA – 70%
  • UK – 10%
  • Canada – 6%
  • Other – 14%

The “Book” Stuff

People currently writing a book:

  • Working on it – 35%
  • Nope, but I want to! – 17%
  • Nope, and I don’t want to! – 4%
  • Yes, but it’s not published yet – 17%
  • Yes, and it’s released! – 9%
  • Yes, more than one – 18%

People who blog:

  • No, and I don’t want to – 9%
  • No, but I’d like to start – 24%
  • Eh, sort of – 21%
  • Yes, I blog consistently – 19%
  • Yes, I try to blog regularly – 14%
  • Yes, and it’s a business model for me – 13%

People who blog:

  • No, and I don’t want to – 9%
  • No, but I’d like to start – 24%
  • Eh, sort of – 21%
  • Yes, I blog consistently – 19%
  • Yes, I try to blog regularly – 14%
  • Yes, and it’s a business model for me – 13%

The rest of the information I’m still processing – I’ll use it to determine what to blog about next!

Ok, the moment you’ve really been waiting for:

Here are my two favorite responses (not really):

  1. “Have you EVER completed anything you have started? What ever happened with your “”Writers Guide to Writing Fiction,”” project? You got half way through, often using other peoples work, then dropped the ball at Day 11 of a promised 20 days.”
  2. “My only complaint was you wrote if we had questions or needed help on the subject you were writing on, to send you an email.  I did and never heard back.  That to me was like, ‘don’t tell me gonna call if you’re not.'”

So, here we go:

To the first guy, um, no.

I’ve never finished anything.

Period.

Oh, well, you caught me – that’s not entirely true: Let’s see, off the top of my head, have you been to my Amazon author page (I’m not linking it because it’s easy enough to figure out)? What about the product(s) I’ve created, collated, edited, refined, released, and continue to update here on the blog? OR what about this blog itself? How about that?

Anyway, that course you’re talking about? There was an issue with MailChimp about halfway through, so there’s a good chance your name/email didn’t get imported back in. If you’d sent me an email about it, we could have gotten it sorted out right away. Bummer.

To the second:

Try me. Seriously, send me an email. Maybe use a different account, so mine doesn’t get marked as spam, or don’t try to sound like spam when you send it to me!

Honestly, I meant it when I said “I’ll respond.” I do. Every time. The exceptions (naturally) are spam, spam-like (way off-topic irrelevant drivel), and stuff that gets into my spam box (which is automatically deleted). For the latter, my bad again. Try it from a different email address.

Okay, so now that that’s out of the way: 

Listen, I can’t thank you enough. You’ve given me insight into how you’d like to receive information from this site, as well as what information you’d like to hear.

That’s invaluable to me, and I really do appreciate your time. As always, feel free to leave a comment if you have questions, thoughts, or if you thought I was overly harsh to the two up there…