Thank you so much to those of you who participated in my reader survey last week! I had about 2,000 people respond, and it was so much fun going over the info and learning more about the people who read my blog. I can’t say that there were any truly shocking revelations about who you are, but there were some results that made me say, “Hmmm…that’s interesting.” 😀
So who are you? Here’s what I learned…
What is your gender?
Okay, this one actually did shock me a little. Of course, I’ve known for quite some time (since the beginning, really) that the majority of my readers are female. But there’s quite a range of possibilities between 51% and 100%. I had no idea that the actual number would fall so close to the 100% mark!! 😀
What is your relationship status?
This one didn’t shock me, but it was interesting to see that so many of you are married, and many of you had write-in answers along the lines of “long-term relationship but not married” or “living with significant other for many years.” So all of you who are married, combined with those of you in long-term relationships and living with your significant other, comprise about 85% of those who responded.
What is your age range?
The plurality of those who responded fall in the 60+ category, with the next largest group in the 50-60 age range. In all, the overwhelming majority of my readers are 41 and over.
What is your education level?
The plurality of respondents are in the same category as I am, having received a Bachelor’s degree. (I have a B.S. in psychology, which I always say seems like a fitting name. 😀 ) But I have quite a few smarty pants readers who have Master’s degrees, and a handful of overachievers with Doctorate degrees. 😀
What is your annual household income?
The thing that surprised me the most on this question wasn’t the results of this question. I knew the results would be all over the place, because people are in different places in life, have different visions for their lives, have different goals and dreams. For some, having a very lucrative career is the goal. For others, impacting the lives of children as a school teacher, or running a non-profit organization that helps others, is the vision despite the fact that financial sacrifices will have to be made in order to pursue those dreams. So the results didn’t shock me at all, but the number of people who seemed offended that I had asked and wouldn’t take the survey because of this one question did surprise me.
I explained how this question might help me in the survey post, so I won’t rehash that. But several people seemed to think I was lying about not being able to identify who answered this question in which way. So I wanted to show you that this is exactly how the results of this survey were shown to me. This is it. This is all I can see. There are no personal identifiers attached with individual answers. The survey doesn’t even collect IP addresses, much less names, locations, email addresses, or anything else. All I get is this pie chart.
What is your current housing situation?
It’s no shock to me that the majority of you own your home, with a portion of you renting but in the market to buy. But I don’t know that I expected 90% to be home owners. That’s quite a high number!
Who’s currently renovating/remodeling/redecorating?
There was certainly no surprise here. The plurality of you are renovating/remodeling/redecorating currently, and a huge portion of you are getting ready to take on a project.
What room are you renovating/remodeling/redecorating?
The bathroom seems to be the room that most of you are currently working on, followed by the kitchen. That makes perfect sense to me seeing that bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms that add the most value to a home. But there are lots of you working on so many other areas of your home as well.
Do you have any pets?
The answers to this question gave me a laugh. Obviously, dogs are the most common pets (I have one myself), followed by cats (I have two of those also). But I had a write-in spot, and I was so shocked by how many people have horses! Other interesting write-in answers included fish, chickens, tortoises, rabbits, parrots, ducks, sheep, cows, donkeys, birds (cockatiels, African Grey parrots, lovebirds, parakeets, etc.), ferrets, guinea pigs, miniature donkeys, tarantulas, pythons, bearded dragons, and more!
Which post topics most interest you?
The majority of you (82%) enjoy home improvement posts. That’s no surprise. What did shock me is that 75% of you said that you enjoy general design and decorating posts, whether or not they have anything to do with my house specifically or the project I’m working on at the moment. I hadn’t expected that! For some reason, I was under the impression that the vast majority of you ONLY want to hear about my house and my specific projects. That’s why, for the most part, I’ve gotten to where I only blog if I have progress to show you on my house or a specific project I’m working on. But I clearly miscalculated, because 75% of you are just looking for general decorating and design inspiration.
This gave me an idea. I scroll Instagram every single day with pretty much one singular focus — to find and save (for myself and for my own inspiration) beautiful and COLORFUL rooms. It’s not an easy task because the majority of my feed is filled with neutral rooms. But I do find them, and I save them, and I refer back to them when I feel that the neutral rooms are sucking the life out of me. 😀
So if you’re looking for general inspiration (which 75% of you are), and you like color (which I imagine you do since you read my blog), then I could create a weekly post showing you the fantastic COLORFUL rooms that have inspired me each week. I could probably come up with some similar ideas just to show you what I’ve been searching, reading, researching, planning, been inspired by, etc. This will give y’all more content to read (as some of you expressed disappointment that I don’t blog as often as I used to) while I’m busy working on projects but haven’t quite made enough progress to share in a blog post.
Anyway, all that to say that if 75% of you enjoy general decorating and design inspiration posts, I can certainly do better in that category.
How long have you been reading Addicted 2 Decorating?
This was one of those “Wow!” moments. Fifty percent of you have been reading A2D for four or more years, and so many of you wrote in the “other feedback” section that you’ve been following me since the condo days. That’s over six years! Wow. I mean, just…wow. That amazes me.
Let me just say that y’all blew my socks off with the feedback you gave me. I mean, it was anonymous, so you could have said anything you wanted. You could have said mean things or unloaded your frustration onto me, and I never would have known who said it.
But 99.9% of you left the most encouraging, sweet, kind, amazing, inspiring comments I’ve ever read. I mean, if I’m ever having a bad day, or have someone leave a nasty comment on the blog or Facebook page that burrows into my brain, all I have to do is go and read the feedback left by all you beautiful, amazing, encouraging, inspiring people, and it will immediately brighten my day. Seriously…amazing.
I did want to address one recurring concern, and that’s the fear that my blog will change if I start partnering with brands. I want to assure you that that won’t happen.
My blog, despite the name, has evolved into a DIY blog. I know that’s why most of you read my blog, and that will never change. I will continue to do as much DIY as I’m physically able to do. Whether or not I have a company give me a light for the bathroom, or tile for the bathroom, or anything else, I’ll be the one doing the work. And really, when it comes to light fixtures or tile, there’s just not a whole lot that one can say about those things. Either you like the style or you don’t, and obviously, I’d never put something in my house that I don’t like simply because I’m getting paid to use a product. That would be stupid on my part. I’ve gone this long without doing sponsored posts and brand partnerships, and I’d rather continue on that path rather than start filling my house with things I don’t like just for an extra payout.
And as far as big brands go, I know that there will always be people who are skeptical about partnerships. The only thing I can say is that I’m simply not the type of person who can, with a good conscience, partner with a brand that I don’t like. Heck, I’m not the kind of person who can keep my big mouth shut and my opinions to myself. I’m incredibly opinionated, and I generally don’t hold back sharing those opinions with anyone who will listen. 😀 So lying to people about how I feel about a brand or product just isn’t in my nature, and that’s not because I’m such puritan who isn’t capable of lying. It’s because I’m a super opinionated person with a loud mouth. 😀 I’m the type of person who will blab to anyone who will listen about my true feelings and thoughts about a brand or product.
Case in point: I see so many bloggers partnering with Lowe’s. They get massive projects paid for by Lowe’s for promoting Lowe’s. You will NEVER see that on my blog. Why? Because frankly, I can’t stand Lowe’s, and I have a hard time keeping that opinion to myself. Exhibit A from a text convo from just two days ago…
I’m a Home Depot girl through and through, and I’ve made no effort to keep my disdain for Lowe’s a secret over the years (which is probably why Lowe’s has never offered to partner with me 😀 ). Lowe’s could offer to pay for our entire addition, and I’d tell them to go pound sand.
Actually, there is one situation in which I would partner with Lowe’s. If someone from that store came to me and said, “Kristi, we know that we’ve lost you as a regular customer, and you choose to spend your tens of thousands of dollars each year at Home Depot instead. Can you work with us to figure out what we can do better to regain your loyalty as a customer?” Yes, I would work with them in that case. And I’d tell you all about it.
I’d tell them about the time that I went in to buy Airstone (which HD doesn’t carry in stock, unfortunately) and the guy “helping” me couldn’t answer a single question about the product and made no effort at all to find the information. So I turned to another employee who was nearby to ask if he knew about the product, to which he answered, “No, not really,” and then went about what he was doing without giving me another thought. Then when I bent down to pick up the somewhat heavy box and struggled to get it in my cart, the first young man who had been “helping” me stood there and watched me struggle with the box and made ZERO effort to help me as he stood right next to my cart. I literally had to ASK him if he would help me pick up the next box and put it in my cart for me.
I’d tell them about the lady in the paint department who didn’t know anything about adhesives, and didn’t seem to care. The instructions on the box of Airstone said to use polyurethane adhesive, so I asked her where to find that, and she said, “The polyurethanes are on this aisle.” When I said, “No I mean polyurethane adhesive,” she responded, “Oh, I don’t know what that is. But I’m sure you could just use Liquid Nails.” Wrong answer.
I’d tell them about the time I went in to get two folding sawhorses. Knowing I have two hands, I decided not to get a cart. But when I found them and saw the price, I decided to get three instead. They were kind of heavy, but I thought I could stack two under one arm and make it to the cash register. As I walked along, one of them started slipping and nearly fell to the floor, so I started walking faster, and walking in a crazy way to keep it from crashing to the floor. The whole while, an employee was standing there WATCHING me struggle, and made absolutely effort to help me.
I mean, my stories with Lowe’s go on and on and on, and I have a new poor customer service story almost every time I have to go into that store. When I think of stores with the worst customer service imaginable, Lowe’s is at the top of my list.
So, yeah. If you ever see a post from me that says, “Sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement,” y’all have every right to call me on it. I wouldn’t blame you in the least for abandoning my blog at that point for my complete lack of integrity after my years of complaining about how much I dislike Lowe’s and how I’m a Home Depot loyalist.
So I guess all I can say is that I hope by now, because so many of you have been reading my blog for so long, and because I’m not one to hide my feelings and thoughts, I’d hope you could trust my judgment on the brands I work with even if I’m getting paid. Because there are brands out there who could offer me the world, and I’d tell them to go pound sand.
Anyway, beyond that, rest assured that the blog isn’t going to change much, if at all. My main focus will always be this blog. Not YouTube. Not Instagram. Not anything else. This blog is the hub of everything I share online, and it will remain so for a very long time. 🙂