I recently hosted a book blogger survey, where I asked bloggers a series of questions. There were three parts: about you (age, gender, etc.), about book bloggers specifically, and then about all blog readers (whether they’re bloggers themselves or not).
Today I’m sharing with you the results of part 1 and 2: general statistics about gender/age/etc., and about book bloggers and their blogs. Check back soon for the second set of results!
About the Bloggers/Readers
What is your gender?
How old are you?
Do you have a book blog?
Book Bloggers – About Your Blog
How long have you been blogging?
These results are fairly evenly distributed, but they really go down a lot after 2 years. I guess that makes sense because it gets harder to stay interested after longer periods of time. People get bored or start university and have less time, etc.
What kind of books do you review?
What blogging platform do you use?
These results REALLY surprised me. Just from the blogs I’ve visited, it always seems like there are a lot more Blogger blogs than WordPress blogs. Maybe these results prove otherwise because of all the recent migrations to WordPress? Whatever the reason, I’m absolutely THRILLED to see that the majority of bloggers who took the survey are on WordPress!
Are you happy with your blogging platform
These results are also interesting. It does show that most bloggers are happy with their chosen platform. They may have a couple issues, but they’re mostly content. However, when I broke it down according to which blogging platform people use, it shows that WordPress users are generally happier with their platform than Blogger users (or they have fewer problems). And you can see that nobody on WordPress selected “No” at all!
Blogger Users: Do you plan on moving to WordPress?
I DON’T want to move because…
- I’m lazy. It takes a lot of time and energy to move to WordPress.
- I don’t know how.
- Blogger is simpler and more straight forward.
- I don’t want to have to relearn how to manage my blog.
- WordPress costs money / I can’t afford it.
- I’m not tech-savvy enough.
- Moving to WordPress is scary. It looks complicated and overwhelming.
- I tried WordPress once and I didn’t like it.
- I don’t want to lose GFC.
- I recently paid for a new Blogger design and now it would be a waste if I moved to WordPress because I wouldn’t be able to use the design.
- It’s not worth the hassle because my blog doesn’t have enough readers/followers.
- I don’t know if I’ll be blogging in the long-term and I don’t want to spend money if I’m not sure that I’ll be blogging a few years down the road.
- I don’t want to have to reformat all of my posts.
I DO want to move to WordPress because…
- I love all the plugins that are available with WordPress.
- I want more options for customizing my blog.
- You’re less likely to lose your content on WordPress. I’m scared of all the horror stories where Blogger users have had their blogs deleted.
- I want to grow as a blogger and take the next step.
- WordPress has a stronger future than blogger. Maybe Blogger is on the decline? But WordPress receives more frequent updates and has more room for expansion.
- I’ve heard nothing but great things about WordPress.
- Blogger has a lot of annoying glitches.
- WordPress looks more professional.
- I want to use the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin.
- I enjoy coding and web design and WordPress seems like a better choice for that.
- WordPress is easier to use.
- WordPress blogs have better designs.
- I’ve had problems with Blogger not publishing my posts when it’s supposed to.