This is mostly a post for numbers’ geeks like myself. The My Repurposed Life survey was very informative and is already creating changes. There were many surprises for me in the answers, and I really enjoyed reading the open ended responses. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy day to participate.
Skip the charts, and jump to the categories of the survey:
If you are an email subscriber, I thank you! We as bloggers have very little control over social platforms, so having an email list is very important to us. I have made changes because of the comments I got on this question. Many of you like the weekly updates, but I was surprised about those who would like to get more timely updates.
You will now be able to choose which way you would like to receive the emails in your inbox. Please know that if you choose to get timely updates, they will come through an automated response. If you choose to get the weekly updates, you will continue to get an email written and composed by me including little snippets of happenings that aren’t shared anywhere else. You may choose both if you’d like, More about that later
These numbers surprised me because when I look at Google Analytics at any given time, the majority of the readers seem to be on mobile devices. I recently updated the mobile theme, so I’m hoping that those on iPads will have less trouble.
These numbers really are surprising! Over 70% of the respondents have been reading MRL 2 years or less! Y’all have missed a LOT of great projects from those early years….and many good projects, with really poor photos. If you’re interested in the old stuff, you can click the menu titled Photo Gallery-Projects by year.
You make me smile! I feel honored that over 70% only read a few blogs, and one of those is MRL.
So… it looks like I can take it easy on the complicated projects, but everything else is pretty much even.
I appreciate your honesty, but the reality is this—we bloggers work very hard, and for most of us this is our only income. We must have ads. I visit a lot of blogs and I’m aware of the annoyance of ads. I am very serious about making My Repurposed Life a good experience for you by keeping the ads as minimal as I can.
It looks like most of you are okay with my current schedule. There are projects every Tuesday and Friday. Talk of the Town is on Tuesday nights. Thrift Store Décor Challenge posts are the First Wednesday of the month, with the Power Tool Challenge posts now happening on the 4th Thursday of the month.
Have you noticed that sponsored posts rarely happen on the blog these days. That may change a little. There are bills to pay—blogging is not cheap. And… I do have a new truck to pay for. If it comes down to annoying ads, or relevant sponsored posts, I know which I would prefer.
This is a good mix, I’ll try to keep ya happy with upcoming projects and posts.
I actually took the video down for awhile. It may resurface at a later date.
I’m so sorry that nearly 60% of you hate the ads in between the images. Please know that I have very little control over this. What I mean is I say yes to the ads, but the buck stops there. My ad network takes care of the details.
Affiliate links are something I appreciate as I’m reading other blogs. It helps me learn about new products. Thanks for being “okay” with them on MRL.
Happy to know that only a few of you get lost on MRL. Please use the search function when you’re looking for something in particular. Google is also really intuitive at helping you find something, especially if you use the Google Images option.
As a blogger I read so many other blogs that this really surprised me. Nearly 90% of you are regular ole friends that may not totally understand what it’s like to be a blogger these days! As for one, I am constantly either working on a project, or working on the upkeep of the site. I love both ends of blogging.
Since I’ll be 60 in March, this demographic makes me secretly happy. I plan to keep doing this as long as I can. I feel the more I continue to do, the more I’ll be able to do in the years to come.
Here’s a big shout out to the 5% of the male population that responded to the survey!
There were many comments that let me know there is confusion about several areas of the site.
- Less repeat or old diy projects/posts
- Fewer repeats
- I love your blog, fb page & pinterest. Only thing I can say is if you are doing “future posting” things that automatically come up in posts, sometimes they repeat unnecessarily. Would be better if they are different/not repeated as often.
- More projects with before and after pics. Less reruns Perhaps this is about so many headboard benches and coatracks? I don’t republish projects on the site.
- Love your creative flips of furniture, could do without re-seeing old posts.
Facebook is a strange beast. The page has over 483,000 followers, yet sometimes facebook shows my posts to only about 1% of those people. Because of that I re-share my projects in the hopes that people who haven’t seen them may see them in their facebook feeds. I’m trying to share more projects, and repeat less often.
- I have you set on Facebook to “see it first: so I get notified every time you post. I like checking out your posts
- Sunday Share Day
Thanks to setting “see it first” on facebook! Sunday Share Day is where YOU can upload your own projects and share them with my friends.
- In the emails that are sent I would like to see a picture of the project, etc. I am a more visual person and pictures get my attention better.
- I’ve learned to put up with ads popping up all over photos and copy on blogs, but I’m not a fan of the ads that lead your emails. To me the email message is like a personal invitation to see what you’ve been up to and share some time together. I love when you share info and products with your personal endorsement, especially from those that are small business rather than big business. To me that’s what the blogging work is about – helping each other along the path.
- I miss the daily email. I have a few blogs that I look for in my email-yours was one. I get confused with the new format. I feel I am missing things.
- I get annoyed by the size of the advertisements in the email newsletter, but understand advertisers benefit your blog: and, once on your website I am more than happy.
- Not to be a bummer but I like the old email version better. It seems I was able to see more projects then. I’m not on the website very often due to time so I appreciated the links from before. Maybe I dust don’t understand how to navigate the new emails as well.
The ads are a necessary evil. With nearly 10,000 email subscribers I pay a great deal of money to send out emails. Whether I send you one or 10 doesn’t matter—it’s based on the number of subscribers. That being said, the ads help offset the cost of sending out emails. It is my intention to share more of myself during my weekly email updates that I personally send out on Wednesdays. I’ve heard from several people that the format is confusing. I suppose it’s because there are so many email providers, such as hotmail, gmail, aol, microsoft etc. I subscribe to my own newsletter in every email I have to try to stay on top of how they look when you open them.
When you open your weekly updates email, it should look something like this:
Each of the articles are clickable on the READ MORE and the little text snippet below the image. By clicking any of them, you will be taken from your email to the corresponding article that you clicked on. If your email update does not look like this, it’s because of your email provider. Sometimes you may need to click something like this: DISPLAY IMAGES BELOW
For those of you who miss the daily emails I have good news for you! I have been working with Feedblitz to give you more options for your subscription!
Click here, or the image above to subscribe to My Repurposed Life via email. You can see both boxes are checked. Leave them both checked and you will receive a new email every time I publish new content on the site as well as the weekly, more personalized email (as seen above) every Wednesday. If you are already a subscriber and you like the way things are, no need to do anything.
Please know that when you sign up, you will get a few additional emails that I have hand picked for you. I will never spam you, nor sell your information. There is an unsubscribe link at the bottom of every email you receive. I’m always available if you ever have any questions, simply hit reply on any email and it gets sent directly to MY inbox.
Issues With MRL
- I’ve reached the point where I’ll look at your photos on FB but don’t often go to your page because my iPad can’t handle all the ads on your page-FB or Safari app crashes a LOT! Of all the blogs I follow yours is the worst about crashing my apps.
- I would visit your page more often if it had less ads—they cause too much problem for me on an iPad. I’ve heard the same thing from other iPad users. I don’t have an iPad, and I’m sorry it’s an issue for you. This just in! My mobile theme has been updated, I hope that helps the iPad users.
- Less ads, pop ups. I prefer shopping lists, so I know where and what (how much) to buy all supplies needed. (Shopping lists are nearly impossible since the project I’m sharing is probably not quite like the project you will be doing.)
- Too much going on, ads, video etc. I miss when it was one project you shared about and the tidbits about you. It was personal and motivational. Now it’s like a teaser for what’s for sale. (Although I do sell some of my items, I rarely promote them on the blog, I am, and always have been about sharing the “how to” with my friends. It’s why I started, and what keeps me going—teaching you!)
- With most sites, when I click on the picture it opens a new tab and the page with the subject matter I am interested in. With MRL I have found that clicking on the photo just opens the photo in another window. Clicking on the link is not a major hassle, but will take some getting used to. Pestering me for my email address every time I go to leave a page is extremely annoying. I don’t use my email except for online order tracking. Ever. Most images are not clickable, and if they are, they should lead directly to the wanted content. As for the popup asking for your email address, that is set to only pop about every 2 weeks. Apparently it’s a cookie issue with your device. My site isn’t recognizing you as a former visitor. I apologize—I really want your online experience to be more pleasant.
- Honestly, (and not just from you, but all diy bloggers) I wish you didn’t assume which tools I have. Especially the kreg jig. I would love to build all the things but I don’t have one of those and nobody gives me tips on how to join things if I don’t. I guess I could do some googling and figure out basic ways to join things but I’m a complete novice and I wanna follow tutorials so I don’t screw up. But I can’t because as soon as you (and everyone else) says pocket holes my brain locks up and I convince myself I probably don’t have time anyway. But I do! Which is my issue, not yours. The point is not everybody has all the cool tools. And some of us need it to be dumbed down for us sometimes. Also, I apologize for the mini book here, but you asked for it. I’m so sorry-my goal is to help you, not frustrate you. I will try to remember this in future projects.
- I do not like seeing where you go junking, not all of us are able to do that. I like seeing how you make junk functional.
- I like seeing your shopping trips, your finds and thoughts on what to make with various projects. It makes me more aware when I am on my junking trips of possibilities. Thanks for your inspiration and positive spirit.) I truly try to keep a balance, that is why my “recent finds” is now cut down to once a month.
- Some of the instructions could be more detailed. I am hesitant to start one of your projects without doing more research from other places. I don’t really know what to say about this, I feel like I over-explain most projects. Please know that if you have specific questions, you can email me.
- On your blog it is harder to see the newest actual post. On the homepage, the top left image will always be the last project posted. On the archives/blog page, it will always be the first image and it goes in order chronologically.
- Don’t have things drop off the homepage as quickly (I’ve already changed this from 3 projects to 6)
- Thank you for what you do! No complaints. I do have a question for you. Is there a place on your site I can ask you about one of my finds? Ideas? Maybe feedback from your audience.
- What do you think about doing posts where someone sends in a picture of an item they are considering repurposing and you (and other readers I guess) provide comments on what could be done? The reason I thought of this is I have the headboard from my parents-in-law that is starting to fall apart, but I can’t bear to get rid of it. It’s an unusual design so I can’t easily modify a project you’ve done.
That’s a great idea! I have implemented this on MRL. It hasn’t been easy, and there still may be some kinks to work out, but until a few more projects/questions/ideas are posted it’s difficult to figure it all out.
You can click the image above, or go to this page Q &A Submit your Project. You will also find this image on the sidebar (desktop) or menu (mobile).
- I’d say the only thing I don’t like is that it seems like you’ve had multiple posts about chair benches… and I really dislike chair benches! To be honest, I only follow thru Facebook, and can’t tell you WHY I dislike chair benches so much! Seriously, I like your blog, you do a nice job, and I will continue to follow and when I have time I’ll look at your website as I wasn’t aware of the many articles you write, videos, etc. Yes, I have done several chair benches, but only a drop in the bucket of the thousands of projects I’ve done.
- I would like to see more easy projects, that look fabulous, but don’t require three weeks and a professional to complete Rarely have I ever spent 3 weeks on a project. I’d never get any blogging done if I did that. Most of my projects—the build of which can be done in one day. Preparing and painting can take several days, but only a few minutes at each session. Have you seen my category of Easy Projects?
- More of the really creative transforming furniture projects you’ve done. Less of the simple, easy, fast little projects. I’m in the business of trying to create projects for everyone. You can see the comment above asked for easy projects. Sometimes it’s a tough balancing act.
- You talk a lot about your spray paint equipment. Reviews of the equipment are pretty mixed online – devoting an episode as how to use it with latex paint and how to clean it would be helpful. I have done many posts on cleaning and maintaining the Homeright products. If ever you are curious, please use the search function to check the archives for an article that you’re looking for. Or, you can use Google.
- I’d like to know the average time frame for projects so I know how much time I have to invest. Do you offer workshops? Have you considered selling kits? Raffles for items that don’t easily sell? Affiliate links in the readers area to find these items (like ReStore, Auction Houses per geography, Salvation Army Stores) I could try to be more explanatory going forward, but as I said above, rarely does any project take me more than a day to build or transform. Generally I build something, then work on sanding, painting, patching other items at any given time-I may be working on 3-4 projects. Kits would be very difficult to ship, as would raffled projects. I prefer googling for the other items you reference because I have readers all over the world.
- I love everything about you and your works of art. I declare …I believe you could take a dog turd and transform it into something beautiful.
- What do I love best? You’re personality and honesty xx
- I really enjoy your blog and while there are some things I relish a little more than others, there’s nothing I dislike. So please continue doing whatever makes you happy and I’m sure it will make me happy too. (Just in case it didn’t come across clearly in the survey, I think you are awesome!)
- I’m in the group: It’s your to do what you want and to share with us, when you want. If it’s not our taste, that is fine because someone may like it.
- Yours is really the only furniture repurposing blog that I read. I love the way that you share the details and products for each project. I also enjoy the Talk of the Town feature. LOL . . I always leave your blog thinking about the changes I could make to my mother’s furniture.
- I absolutely love when you repurpose and/or modify something. You really have vision! Projects where something is only painted are ok..I get ideas for colors, etc., but where you are exceptionally different from many bloggers is that you seriously change stuff a lot of the time. It’s cool!
- I like what you do so keep doing it. You’ll never satisfy everyone and even the articles I think “ehhh” or “ho-hum” I still read and most of the time I’m surprised at how interesting they actually are. Keep up the great work.
- I love your blog “as is”. No repurposing needed.
- Hey Gail. Love your blog. I would love to see more non-blogger challenges. What I love the most about you and the blogs is that you do not make me feel less than. Some blogs come across as too perfect and unattainable. After reading your posts, I feel that we could be friends in real life. You convey a genuine connection and warmth. I made two easels as Christmas gifts from your instructions. (but that angle was still hard for me to figure out. but I have a hard time with angles anyway.) Keep up the good work.
- I really enjoy your website—it’s the first one I check each day. I appreciate how well you photographically document step by step the projects you do, along with the written descriptions. I understand that you realize an income from the ads, but I appreciate that there is not an overabundance of them. Nothing is more frustrating than having so many pop-ads on a blog page that I give up and leave.
- I love the cabinet door, drawer front projects. They are my speed. You are inspiring me to try more difficult projects.
- gail, there are only a few blogs where people live and work in real places, you are one of them, you keep things honest and affordable. xx
- I LOVE your furniture transformations and how you use bits and pieces to make something completely new and functional! I do some of the same things. I found you on Pinterest and then, once I started following you I realized that most of my favorite projects that I already had pinned were from you!
Thank you all from the very bottom of my wee little heart. YOU are why I do what I do. My bio says it best, “a teacher at heart”. . . . I love helping others to learn to think outside the box and do great new projects with repurposed furniture pieces. I’m so happy I did this survey, because it has shown me what I’m doing right AND what I’m doing wrong. I’ve said it many times before, I’m not sure if I blog so I can do the projects, or if I do the projects so I can blog.
Thank you for being you, and thank you for supporting My Repurposed Life!