As you know, last week I conducted a survey. The reason is because I have been feeling a bit lost regarding my blogging. To be honest I felt a bit stale. I have only been blogging for five months and compared to some of you out there that’s not very long. But I blog everyday, which is my choice, but I want to keep doing this as I think it keeps my blog fresh. However, with it just being me, sometimes it’s tough. I really wanted feedback from you guys about what you liked, what you didn’t like and the easiest and most straight forward way of doing this was a survey. So thank you for taking the time to complete the form, I really appreciate it.
I thought it would be fun to share the results with you:
Q1: What do you like most about Book Chick City?
Your answers were really positive and varied, but the most popular were layout/design and reviews.
What you said…
“The design with the lady banner is what attracted me initially as it yelled fun to me”
“The awesome layout and reviews”
“I love the layout and format of your blog. I love the ‘personality’ it conveys”
“I love the variety of content you post – author interviews, reviews, memes… even when you’re participating in a popular meme your content always strikes me as unique”
“Your interactions with your followers. I know that I will almost always hear back from you when I comment”
“I like that you keep your blog updated regularly and that you write with a sense of humour”
“The reviews and that I always get ideas for new books”
“The pretty design and the honest reviews. The whole professionalism of the site”
“You write about books I read! You have eclectic taste and I’ve bought several based on your reviews and loved them”
“The candid book reviews… but of course”
Q2: What do you like least about Book Chick City?
Luckily, the majority of you didn’t have much to say here, but there were a few negative comments, mostly constructive, but some not.
“The design is a bit chick-lit for my taste, which almost put me off, but then I saw what books you were reviewing”
“Guys might feel more intimidated by the girliness yet would love the content”
“Too many YA books”
“Not enough YA books”
“Contest for just UK, US and Canada”
I completely understand that the design is girlie – but I am a girl after all! I spent a lot of time thinking about my design and I did try darker colours, but I’m not a fan of light text on dark backgrounds as it strains my eyes. So I decided to keep it light and fun. As I said on my ‘About’ page: who say’s a chick can’t be girlie and love a bit of blood and gore? So, my pink haired brit chick stays – sorry boys ;-D – but I do hope you will stick around!
I have read a total of 11 YA books since I began blogging five months ago, I wouldn’t say this is excessive, unless you really dislike YA of course! YA is a ‘genre’ I am really enjoying and I know I will continue to do so. However, for those that want more, that won’t be happening either, sorry I’m not a YA blog, so I don’t want to saturate my blog with YA, but as I love a great story some YA books will definitely weave their way onto my list of books next year.
I know that some people don’t like a lot of widgets down the sidebars and may call this clutter, and I do see your point. I do like most of my widgets but there were some that were sort of pointless so they have gone already. I still have a few other ideas up my sleeve, so hopefully things will change a little more
And lastly, regarding contests. If you go back and check all the contests I have held, most are worldwide (and my wallet can vouch for that!). The only reason a contest is limited to a certain country is at the request of the publisher/author and I have no control over that. As I’ve said before, if the book is in my possession then I will send it anywhere, at my own cost. In fact, out of the 21 contests I’ve held, 15 have been worldwide – that’s roughly 71% – I’d say that’s pretty good
Okay, onto the not so constructive comments:
“That you act better than everyone else”
“Takes itself too seriously”
I’m sorry if any of my posts have come across as ‘acting like I’m better than everyone else’ as this isn’t my intention at all. Most of my posts are book related, so I must admit, I am a little baffled by this comment. But I apologise for any offense caused.
And yes, I do take my blog seriously, but that’s because I love what I do and want to do it well. Publishers and authors send their books to be reviewed and expect some level of professionalism, but I do try to keep things light and fun too. I hope I achieve this most of the time. I don’t want to be a stick in the mud..
Loves BBC: 92%
Hates BCC: 8%
Q3. Is the site user friendly?
Q4. When listing books what do you like to see?
Goodreads Link: 39%
Amazon Link: 34%
Book Depository Link: 17%
Just a link to Goodreads is fine: 13%
All of the above: 13%
None of the above: 4%
From now on I will try and make sure there is a synopsis and links to Goodreads, Amazon and Book Depository with all the books I list. Sometimes this might not be possible though, depending on the amount of time I have available.
Q5. Do you like the ‘On My Wishlist’ feature?
Love it!: 65%
Hate it!: 8.5%
Not bothered either way: 26.5%
As most of you love it – and sorry to those that don’t, but I can’t please everyone – I think that this feature will be staying for now.
Q6. Do you want to see more reviews?
Two is fine: 61%
I’m so pleased that the majority of you are happy with two reviews per week as this is as much as I can read right now. However, I would like to write more, so I will try and review more if I can.
Q7. My reviews are… ?
Just right: 92%
Well written: 87%
Too long: 4%
Too short: 0%
Q8. Do you enjoy reading my reviews?
All I have to say is.. phew *wipes brow*
Q9. Do you want to see more interviews/guest posts?
I try to have a guest once a week. I think this is about right for me, but there may be the odd one or two more every now and again.
Q10. Do you enjoy reading the interviews/guest posts?
Q11. Are there enough contests or too many?
Want more: 22%
Too many: 4%
I have, on average, one contest per week. I think I agree with the majority of you that this is enough. The only time that there will be more will be during any events I may run (eg All Hallow’s Eve). So those of you who want more… you will just have to wait
Q12. Would you like to see more personal content?
The suggestions I got from the people who did want to see more personal content was as follows:
“You could put up pictures of your TBR pile/book shelf and other misc things you feel like sharing”
“I’m a nosey git so I do like to read about people’s lives as well. Maybe at least vlogs”
“Feature type articles e.g. a personal overview of a sub-genre like urban fantasy or a personal review of a favourite author”
“Just a little personal stuff to show there is a person behind the blog *wink* even though we know you are there”
I have posted about my tbr and bookshelves a couple of months ago (HERE), so I can’t really do that again – any suggestions on keeping these kinds of posts easily available to readers other than having to search through archives? Remember, you can always search for things using the search button. I find a lot of interesting posts that way.
I’m a nosey git too, so totally relate I have thought about doing vlogs (for IMM posts) but 1. haven’t got round to it and 2. shy.
I would like to write some articles etc but can never think up any ideas/topics. I’m rubbish like that. I go around other blogs and they have thoughts all over the place – how do they do it?? As for reviews.. all my reviews are personal, I may have got the book for review but the thoughts are totally my own, good or bad.
I suppose I don’t add much personal stuff as we are book bloggers and I didn’t think that anyone would be interested. I don’t think that I will be adding much more on a regular basis, but I will add a post here and there, now I know there are a few who would actually want to read it
Just have to add – the person who thought I “acted better than everyone else” ticked ‘YES’ to seeing more personal content… go figure
Q13. Do you like the change of direction to more Speculative Fiction?
The people who do not like the change in direction left the following comments:
“Not really my sort of thing”
“Romance, but I know we don’t all like to read the same genre”
“Chick-lit, YA, but that’s not my decision to make, you’re the boss of the lovely blog ”
I’m sorry that I have lost you as readers, but I have to go with my heart and read the kind of books I love. If I didn’t then I would probably end up hating my blog and getting annoyed at having to read books I didn’t really want to. Although the majority of my content will be speculative fiction, as a reader I have quite eclectic taste, so the odd romance or crime novel will pop up. I need to shake things up once and a while too, so don’t leave forever, as I may have a great romance book for you
Someone suggested reviewing old classics by the likes of Stephen King, Poe, Agatha Christie, Michael Crichton. I would love to review more of these kinds of books, as I have a zillion books by these authors on my shelves, but I have been so obsessed with reading as many books that were sent for review as I could, I didn’t feel as though I had time. But this is a really good point, so I have decided at least one or two books per month will be of this nature and from my own shelf
Others suggested a movie review or two. As you know I *love* movies so I would be more than happy to do this. So, does this interest most of you? Would it have to be a new release or could it be a DVD? Let me know your thoughts.
So, that’s it – that was the BCC survey. It was actually a lot of fun. I love the fact that you like my reviews. Since I started blogging I’ve worried that my reviews were too short, not written well enough or not funny enough. I visit so many blogs that write reviews which are long and detailed and funny, and wanted to see if my reviews needed a drastic overhaul. So I must say that I am a *very* happy book chick to know that the majority of you like reading my reviews. Some of the things you said were really sweet, so thank you. I will definitely try my best to post more. It’s also nice to know that the majority of you are pretty much happy with the way things are, which is great. But I will think upon all suggestions made… I have a few ideas floating around my head already
Thank you so much for taking the time to give me your thoughts I really appreciate your feedback.