Sunday, December 13, 2009

Poll Results: What Readers Want to See

There is a new Poll, at the top of my blog right under the Header photo. Non-scientific, some might say nonsensical, but I'm hoping you'll find it fun to take part.
This one asks about what, why and how you blog rather than what you like or dislike on the blogs of others.

Here are the results from the first, informal poll about what we like to see on the blogs of others:
90% preferred to see  photos belonging to the blogger; nobody wanted to see pictures ‘borrowed’ from the internet.

85% would like to see pictures with captions.

Only 19% indicated that they liked mostly text with few pics and 23% liked photos alone, no text.

No one wanted to see items for sale.

Only 14 percent wanted to see pics of pets in the garden – sorry, sometimes Buffy and Ike just will sneak in there.

Humor was chosen by 66%. 19% liked pedantic posts with simple how-tos.

Almost half like Macros; about a quarter like Travelogues

Links to blogs of others was chosen by 66%

This was a very small poll with only 21 respondents, hardly a scientific poll.


If you didn't see the poll before it closed, it is now over at the very bottom of my sidebar.
Feel free to discuss it here in comments.

29 comments:

  1. Very interesting poll. I missed it, but I think I would go along with the majority in most cases. It would be interesting to have a poll with all the bloggers participating!

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  2. Neil Jean,
    I missed the poll too. Sounds very helpful. I hate seeing ads myself.

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  3. I'm not sure how I missed the poll, but am glad I am in the majority on most questions. Sorry, but my dogs get in every now and then too.

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  4. Sorry I missed the poll myself. I'll go out on a limb and say that there are a few times when "borrowing" images with proper attribution and within the grounds of fair use is the only way to properly tell some stories. Blogs that are mainly personal journals make sense to be populated with the author's photos. But there are some situations where an outside image enhances the story. There are images at the wikimedia commons, for instance, where the photographers have permitted noncommercial use with attribution.

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  5. Nell, I am one on the 21. When I started my blog, I made a promise to myself to only use photos that I had taken myself. I felt that as it was a record of my garden/house, that there was no point in other peoples photos. This has been made more difficult by the fact I have only had my digital camera since May, and no scanner, but I persevere. I have used someone elses pictures once, when Catmint and I did a post together, so I felt that was ok.

    You did not indicate what percetage preferred landscape shots. I like these over macro, you can see macro on any nursery website, I want to see a bloggers garden, warts and all.

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  6. I missed this poll, but I don’t think that my answers would be any different than results.
    I don’t see the point in taking someone else’s images from internet - especially if its a garden blog.

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  7. Well, shoot. I can't believe I missed this poll. Perhaps you should do another, only leave out the question about the pets. My pets are the subject of a post every once in a while. Well, I like them, and it is my blog, after all. LOL

    I agree with Deborah. This is my record. Sometimes I need to use a picture from the internet, like a picture of my Hawaiian Sunset vine, which is not blooming in my yard, but IS BLOOMING in the picture on the internet. You have to see the bloom on this vine to go absolutely ga-ga about it.

    I also agree about the macro/landscape shots. I would a thousand times over rather see a few weeds in a landscape shot than see a macro so macro that you can't even tell what kind of flower it represents. For insects, and other tiny things, macro is great, but not so much for flowers.

    I skip the ads.

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  8. I missed it too- but I think I agree with the results.I dont like adverts.I do like macro photography but like Deborah like to see the big picture from time to time.And I do like to see pets ;-)

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  9. Missed your poll but agree with most of the results. However, love-love pets in pics.

    Gardening is vocation & avocation. Bottom line with each of my posts, "Is it relevant to my reader?"

    Choosing the styles of Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady, Sir Roy Strong, old Smith/Hawken catalogue covers, old House & Garden magazine garden photography.

    Choosing NOT to pass along gardening thru the typical radio/newspaper style of, "What's wrong with my bush?"

    Love all you do, thanks.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  10. Polls are something I find amusing, and the widget for polls is easy.

    Don't miss Bloom Day tomorrow! If there's nothing outside, show your African Violet.

    Because everybody missed it except Deborah of KG and 20 other people not named, when Bloom Day is over, I'll have another poll, with different questions, displayed where you can't miss it.

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  11. I think I like large photos, some captions, and lots of humor :0) Your blog is on of my favorites....

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  12. Don't like borrowed photos, I think translates to, keep it personal. Your tulip, even if it is not perfect, rather than downloaded perfection. Interesting that your readers like links to lead them onwards.

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  13. PS one of my first posts was a warning. Here be cats!

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  14. I was another of the 21, Nell Jean, and agree with most of the results but not the pets. I love seeing peoples's pets, always, but especially in their gardens.

    Frances

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  15. Informative post. I just joined Blotanical and did not feel competent to respond. But, lo and behold, I agree with everything, except for the pets. There is something about pets and gardening that go together. I keep thinking of all God's animals, great and small.

    jim

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  16. Oh I am sorry that I missed this post. Dratted work, makes me miss too many things. Next time, I will be sure to respond.

    Jen

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  17. Thanks for designing a helpful poll for bloggers. I will definitely take the results to heart.

    Christine in Alaska

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  18. i also missed it but i agree with the others. I am little more inclined towards macros though.

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  19. Hi Nell~~ This is extremely interesting. I so appreciate you taking the time to do this.

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  20. Interesting. I missed the poll too but I pretty much agree with the results. I try to stop myself from writing too much but sometimes I get a little carried away. I never borrow Internet pics tho and I do post pics of my pets. Can't help myself!

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  21. Sorry I missed the poll. The thing that keeps me coming back to a blog is the individuality. I don't think we should necesarily give people what they think they want, as if all our blogs were the same format visitors would get bored very quickly. I like a blog that has a quirk or a camel in the garden. I'll return just to see it. Variety is good. Post what makes YOU happy and you'll find that it will make your visitors happy too, that's my philosophy!

    Will stop waffling now.

    RO :o)

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  22. I missed the poll too. When I visit a blog and it is a macro and one picture, And it is a Wordless Wednesday, I am right out of there. Wordless Wednesday seems overrated in my opinion.

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  23. Just goes to show people like different things. Sometimes I really don't have time to trawl through long blog posts or write long blog posts myself (like at the moment while I have a family member ill and various other commitments and stresses).

    I love the simplicity of someone being able to express something in a single picture and I thoroughly enjoy blogs such as Life in a Day and Pictures just Pictures which only post single pictures. The skill of the photographers is breathtaking and they can transport you away from the cold reality of Mid December.

    RO :o)

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  24. I am one of the 21. I feel strongly that a photo taken by the owner, no matter how blurr is always better than a borrowed one unless it is really a necessity. I want to see/read about personal experiences, therefore I do love it if pets are included. However, too many words puts a strain on me because there are so many blogs to read with limited time.

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  25. valuable information for sure! yet also predictable in the sense that people voted how you would expect them to, as in personal photos vs. borrowed photos. Now, how to nail down subject matter? I like posts about actual activities, as opposed to waxing poetic about chipmunks on haiku tuesdays, but I'm just one vote:)

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  26. We all blog differently, we all like different things. My polls are informal, meant to provoke conversation rather than to change anybody's blog style. On the other hand, there could be some bloggers who wonder what others want to see.

    I want to see your garden, the good and the bad, but mostly the good. Not everybody can present ugly in an interesting way.

    A new poll is up. Enjoy.

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  27. I just took your current poll about what we read in a blog. I would like to add that I actually joined Blotanical to FIND other gardeners and their blogs :) That's how I found you!

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  28. Ah, Nell Jean, I just can't keep up with you! Totally missed the poll.

    Though what I really like is that each blot is different, an an expression of that bloggers interest and inclination. It wouldn't be fun if all had lots of photos, little text. It's fun that some have it, others tell stories, some are funny and some very serious or educational.

    Anyway, of course I also like that some do polls! Interesting stuff.

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  29. What was it our lovely former vice-president loved saying, you can't let yourself be swayed by public opinion polls. I found the results interesting and the new poll, too, good companions to your post about what you like in a blog. Personally, I like to feel that the blog isn't just about one person's garden, that it gets outside it's particular patch.
    Interestingly, I've shown dogs only once, recently, and it didn't get a ton of comments, but two different non-blogging, non-commenting, and probably non-poll-responding people said they loved the post, the first I'd heard that they were reading the blog.

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I look forward to comments and questions and lively discussion of gardening and related ideas.



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