You know you’ve arrived in the Catholic Mommy blog world when you attend a homeschool mom’s social and both new attendees recognize you.
This February marks four years since I started This Ain’t the Lyceum and this August will mark 10 years since I started my first blog that I don’t tell anyone about. I was a writer even before that, but I am the writer you read before you now because of all the stories I’ve shared online for free public consumption over the last decade. (Most of which contain long run-on sentences and poor grammar.)
When I started my current blog I knew I wanted it to be a place I could happily share with others, where online drama would be kept to a minimum, with humor the ultimate goal. I had a few other benchmarks in the back of my mind; bloggers I wanted to connect with, opportunities I hoped to score, numbers I wanted to hit, and I can honestly say I’ve met those goals and far exceeded them. I’m in no way the biggest fish in the pond; I could strive for more subscribers and page views but I can’t forget to stop and express gratitude for all this blog has become to me. And of course thank you for reading and becoming my friends.
Now, I’ll be honest, I do have some loftier goals for myself, my writing and this blog, but I don’t want to achieve them by changing every thing I’ve done around here.
I’ve already mentioned the book I’m working on; hopefully it won’t take me away from here too often. I doubt it, in fact I’ll probably need more coercion to write the book than on the blog as the immediate gratification of blogging is something that can’t be recreated while typing page after page of a long manuscript.
Like many bloggers, I’ve considered monetizing: more sponsored posts, more affiliate referrals, more ads, and selling products. But honestly, I think that would upset things around here too much. In fact, my new homepage contains no ads. I’m working on a resources page to feature some of my favorite products, recommendations and things I previously shared on my sidebar. This blog was not created as a business and I see no point in “changing my niche” or what have you to make it into one. So if you’ve ever worried about that, don’t. (But seriously, you can still buy my planner.)
I will however take the results from the reader survey to turn out more of the stuff you enjoy reading, and maybe a few things you don’t but that’s why it’s MY BLOG and not yours.
I assumed most of my readers are female. I know there are some male subscribers and fans, plus many, many more guys just “reading over their wives shoulders” but I didn’t bother with a gender question. If anyone feels discriminated against, you’re welcome.
44.1% of you are rapidly approaching middle age and seek to escape reality by reading my blog. Thank you.
My survey also indicated that the majority of you have children. Why are you neglecting your kids on my behalf? Now I feel the urge to provide more worthwhile content.
The biggest surprises were in the next two questions.
Almost half of those who took my survey don’t subscribe to my blog and half don’t follow me on any form of social media. 29% of those who filled out the survey don’t subscribe or follow. How do you people find me?? How do you know when I post?
I guess I assumed the majority of people who took the trouble to finish my survey would be readers I see in my statistics (Feedly followers, Facebook likes, etc.) but many were not. What makes a reader want to subscribe or follow? Do I need to buy you a ring?
Almost everyone who took the survey mentioned Humor as a topic they enjoyed the most, with SMA, Catholicism and Homeschooling rounding out the list. I think a handful of people did not select humor as a favorite so for them, I’m going to try to not get ridiculous with this post.
When I asked “What posts you’d like to read MORE of?” several readers suggested more practical Catholic posts (living liturgically, sharing the faith with young children, etc) and book recommendations. I can handle that! If there would’ve been an overwhelming demand for beauty tips, we’d all be in trouble!
Lastly, when it comes to cocktails, my readers prefer Vodka (18.7%), followed by Gin (15.7%), Tequila (14.2%) and Whiskey (11.9%). However, 14.9% were Puritans which means they find this blog a whole lot less funny than the rest of you.
SUMMERY: I will keep writing more of the same stuff, plus more stuff you recommended.
So there you have it. A very unfunny post NOT about SMA, Catholicism or homeschooling that everyone is sure to hate, unless you have Vodka on hand. Thank you readers and if you ever have a suggestion or question don’t hesitate to leave a comment or drop me an email! kellymantoan(at)gmail(dot)com