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Sometimes as a blogger its hard to know if you are connecting with people. When I publish a post I have no idea if anyone will even read it. 

Lately, I've been contemplating some questions about my blog and in a recent post I set up a survey and you all helped me gain some AMAZING feedback! 


I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who completed my survey! This was such a fun process and I learned a lot from just 8 simple questions.

Side note - My blog is not fully functional right now, but I didn't want to wait any longer to post these results. It may work fine for some of you or others it may not allow you to click any links. I'm super sorry and will continue to harass my hosting company until they fix it! :) 

Background Info About The Survey

I set up the survey so that you didn't HAVE to answer every single question if you didn't want to.
I also set up some of the questions so that you could select multiple answers.
The survey was capped to 100 participants. 

Q1. Select Your Gender (Not Ginger)

I wanted to ask this question for a reason. I wanted to know who reads my blogs more, Guys or Gals?

Turns out Girls Rule and Boys Drool! 

But really, I wanted to know if I occasionally blogged about girly things like my existence with PCOS or my love affair with Birchbox if the majority of you could relate in some way or would be completely uninterested.

Q2. How did you first land on RunGingerGunBlog.com?

I use Google Analytics to see where my blog traffic is coming from but this question was to see how you FIRST got here.
I'm not surprised that Twitter was number one, but I didn't realize it would be that far ahead!
Are you on Twitter? Are we Twitter buddies?
Here's my handle: Run_Ginger_Run

Q3. How do you keep up with blog posts?

Here's the secret behind this question.
With Facebook constantly changing their formula on who sees a Page's post and who doesn't (which is a lot of you) I've been contemplating removing my Blog's Facebook page and just focusing on my other outlets like Twitter.
BUT, thanks to this survey, I've found out that FB is my #2 platform for people keeping up with my blog. So it gets to stay around.

Q4. What do you like to read about on RGRB.com?

Bloggers are always looking for inspiration for things to blog about. Now I know a little bit more about what you like to read so I can keep doing that.

Also - 4% of you jokers said you can't read! Ha! I hope you are enjoying the color pie charts. 
I wanted to make this survey informative for me but not a drag for you all. So I tried to add in some funny survey options. Thanks for being good sports!

Q5. Which Twitter Hashtag do you follow?

I already knew that Twitter was my #1 platform for exposure for my blog. I just wasn't sure if people follow the same Hashtags I do. Now I know. I also got a few write in comments for:
#beerchat (<--- Yes! Can we be friends?!?)
#ultrachat
#halfmarathontraining

Q6. Should I change the name of RunGingerRunBlog.com?

I'll let you all in on a secret.
I've been contemplating changing the name of my blog. I don't really have any ideas as to what, but I wasn't sure how people would react.
Turns out, for the most part, you all like this name. I'll keep it for now.
Some of you commented that it's a little long or I should drop the "blog" at the end and I agree!
The first domain I tried to buy was www.RunGingerRun.com and unfortunately, it wasn't available. I looked again just now and it's still not available. Boo!

Q7. When do you read blogs?

This question was probably THE most helpful one. I wasn't sure what time of day people really get to read blogs. It turns out, it's pretty much random. Whenever people have time they read blogs. So I'm just going to keep posting the way I do!
I post to my Facebook Page once in the evening time when the blog is published.
I post to Twitter 3-4 times because things move so fast on there.
I post to Instagram, Pinterest, and Dailymile once for each blog post.

Also - I use Hootsuite to schedule a post to Twitter so it can tweet at different times for me after I've set it up. 

Q8. What could I do to make this blog better, more interesting, or more entertaining for readers?

This question was an open comment question and I had a lot of you leave some awesome feedback! Here are some of the comments:
(The comment is in BOLD and my response is in italics

I hate sponsored posts and giveaways.
Good to know. Thanks! I'll try to keep those to a minimum. 

I read the blog mainly for race recaps in case I'm doing a race you've done previously. You usually provide a nice summary of the event and how it's organized which I like to have before trying a new race.
I have good news! I have a several races coming up this month and a big announcement coming soon!

I want to know more about training. Speed training, interval training, cross training, eating habits and I want to know what worked and didn't work, I also want to hear about injuries and how to avoid them.
I'm not an expert in any of these areas but I'd be happy to share what I'm doing so you can experiment and see if anything I do works for you. Remember! I'm a Ginger, not a Doctor!

Do some races with your followers and write about the experience. More personal and memorable.
I would absolutely LOVE that! In fact, at the Mustang 50th Half Marathon, I'll get to meet a Twitter buddy of mine, George! He's Twitter Famous! :) 

Post more pictures!
Well ok! I'm certainly happy to do that. Remember, I just had to remove over 3700 photos from my iPhone, so I got pics for days y'all! I was trying to keep the pictures to a minimum because I didn't want everyone to think I was totally self absorbed, but really, I probably am! Ha!


Thanks again for taking my survey! Sorry this post was a little long but I learned a lot and had a ton of fun with this project!
 
 
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Confession. I think about my blog ALL. THE. TIME. It may be a little obsessive at times but what can you do? I have so many blog ideas and topics stored in my phone that if I ever lose it, I'll just have to shut my blog down and die. Okay, that may be a little dramatic but you get the idea.

Lately I've been thinking about several things and I wasn't sure how to find all the answers. Then I remembered that a few months back a fellow Okie and Blogger, The Lady Okie, did a survey on her blog and got some good results. So I'm taking inspiration from her and doing my own survey! 

Thanks for taking the time to fill it out!

Click here for the survey!


After a few days of collecting surveys, I'll share the results here with you all.

P.S. Before I decided to make the survey, I was nervous that NO ONE would participate so I sent out a tweet just to see if anyone would respond and holy cow! You guys rock! I got a great response from a lot of you who said you would do it so I decided to do it today!

P.S.S. I selected SurveyMonkey as my survey platform because it's 1. Free and 2. I use it at work all the time so I know it can be trusted. So I set up my own account for my blog and here we are!