Thursday, January 7, 2016

Reader Poll {Psst... there's a giveaway if you help me out!} UPDATED


{An update to this post is included at the bottom}

Hey there, friends!

If you read my January goals, you may remember me mentioning a little poll that would help me find out what keeps you sweet people reading what I write each week.

I love writing this blog and connecting with those of you who take the time to comment or email. And I have to say, the fact that you take time out of your day to read what I write, care about our family, and keep up with what we're doing on here or through Instagram means a lot to me. I so appreciate your kind words, comments, and emails! So thank you for coming back each week and creating for me a little sense of community through this space. I really love getting to know y'all, so don't be shy about saying hello!

Outside of the family-memory posts I share on here (Ryan's monthly updates, pictures from family events, etc.), I write this blog to connect with y'all.

So as we begin another year, I figured I might as well find out what you love reading about the most on here and if there's anything you'd like to see more or less of on this space.



Now I realize most of you who read these posts don't ever comment, and I also know that sharing your opinions with me will take a minute of your time (but hopefully no more than 5!), so to make this more enticing, I'm including a $25 giveaway to those of you who take the time to complete this short survey. I know it's not huge, but let's me honest, neither is this blog. ;) The winner will get to choose between Amazon, Target, or Starbucks and will be shared with the results of the survey next week!

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below with your answers to the following 5 questions. That's it! If you'd like to leave your comment anonymously, just make sure to include an email address so I know who to contact for the giveaway. And if you'd prefer to email your responses so that your comments don't show up below this post, just leave a comment saying, "see email" so that you can still be eligible for the giveaway.

Please be constructively honest. I'm asking, so I want to know your thoughts- even if they're not positive, but the more specific you are with what you love and don't love, the easier it will be for me to tweak the direction of this blog for the future.
And let's all remember, I'm a words-of-affirmation girl who's 8.5 months pregnant ;)

Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking time to do this for me!!!


1.
How did you find this blog, and what do you like most about it? 
(What keeps you reading?)

2.
What don't you like about this blog?
(What can I do a better job of as a blogger?)


3.
How do you keep up with this blog? 
(mention all that apply)
I follow on Bloglovin'
I follow on Twitter
I follow the blog's FB page
I follow on Instagram
I receive email updates when new posts are shared
found on the right side of the blog (not available in mobile view)- see below:

4.
What topics do you want to see more of?
Include specific posts you'd like to see or questions you'd like for me answer.
 ( Ex: Fashion, Deals, Personal Stories, Recipes, Confessions, Favorite Finds, Giveaways, other)

5.
What do you want to see less of? 
Choose all that apply, and please explain if relevant.
 (Ex: Fashion, Deals, Personal Stories, Recipes, Confessions, Favorite Finds, Giveaways, other)



In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you must answer all 5 questions in a comment below. Once your comment is posted, you're automatically entered in the giveaway for a $25 gift card to Target, Amazon, or Starbucks!


I'm super excited to read your responses and gift one of you with $25 to spend at one of my favorite shops. The winner of the giveaway will be chosen through random.org and will be announced in the follow-up post next week!

Thanks, friends!

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Okay, because I have the best blogging partner ever, there is another option for completing this survey that will be faster and easier and allow your responses to be anonymous. It's this fancy thing called Google Forms- have you heard of it?! hahah- Yeah, it's a wonder I write this blog- I am SO not current with my technology awareness. 

ANYWAY- if you'd rather fill out the survey through the form, you can do that here

Just remember to leave a comment saying you answered the survey so that you're still eligible for the giveaway!

Thank you, E!!!

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29 comments:

  1. Q) How did you find this blog, and what do you like most about it? A) Found thru Google; I like the book reviews and recipes.
    Q) What don't you like about this blog? A) I like everything about it
    Q) How do you keep up with this blog? A) RSS feed and email - jslbrown2009 at aol dot com
    Q) What topics do you want to see more of? A) Love recipes/crafts.
    Q) What do you want to see less of? A) I like all content.
    Thanks for the chance and happy new year :)

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  2. 1.Honestly, I don’t remember HOW I found your blog all I know is I’m glad I did (about 3-4 years ago!) What keeps me reading is your honesty and genuine nature. I love reading about your trips, adventures with a baby and now toddler, pregnancy, marriage, your house. For me, you and Matt are like my husband and I only like 2 “life” years ahead of us. You know I’ve looked to your blog for travel advice and now I’ve looked for pregnancy advice (like books etc.) and packing for the hospital.

    2.I don’t think there is anything I don’t like. I think since I’m a “daily reader” I just kind of go with your flow of blogging. I think you cover it all, from recipes, to life advice and much more.

    3.I keep up with your blog by following on Bloglovin’, directly following your blog on blogger, on Facebook and Instagram! Wow I sound like a stalker!! Every morning I go on to my Blogger account to do my own post, and check the couple of blogs I follow – yours included!

    4.Hmm – I really think you cover everything. You’re candid and share struggles. You’re funny and share all the crazy that comes with being a new mom. You share lots of recipes, the monthly confessions are fun. I personally am not in to any type of “fashion” but I think you cover that topic well especially because it’s practical, affordable items. Several of which I’ve purchased based on your recommendation alone.

    5.Less of?? Nothing! I hate to sound repetitive, but I genuinely think your blog is a good mix of everything. It’s not just fashion blogging which is redundant. It’s not just recipes all the time. It’s not just personal stories. It’s a perfect mix. I never know what to expect when I open your page and I kind of love that. I think it would be boring if it was the same thing each week day. I like that its “life as it happens”. I like that when you make a new recipe you share it soon after and let us know if Matt liked it or hated it. I like that you share your family vacations and vacations you’ve taken with just Matt and what you thought was great and wasn’t and also travel tips (like the upgrade thing that we’ve used, and love!) Just keep doing what you’re doing girl.

    You’ve got a good thing going here. I’m trying my darndest to keep up to blogging. I’m hoping that I am more steady once I am done working!

    ~Tiffany 

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  3. 1. I found this blog because of the recipes and I love those and the home stuff you post.
    2. I don't think there is anything I don't like.


    3. I receive your updates on my blogger dashboard.

    4. I am a sucker for a great recipe and great deals.

    5. I like the balance you have now.

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    1. I also just added you to my Bloglovin feed. :)

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  4. You already know I love love love your blog and you! I found your blog by stalking hahaha. And I keep up with y'all, well, by stalking some more ;) And by following along on BL, email etc. I love the funny and the real and the ugly ;). So keep on keepin' it real. xoxo :)

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  5. 1. I was actually sitting next to you while you were getting totally bored watching the Grammys...or Emmys...or one of those and started this blog! Whooop whooop!
    2. What's not to like?!? Okay, but if you want me to pick something...maybe a way to make your recipe tab a little more user friendly? I'm thinking more compact & less scrolling?
    3. I may actually follow all of those ways...but I typically just go to the blog and check for a new post in the morning.
    4. I love it all! I especially get a good laugh at your confessions post. And fashion-love those posts too...but can I just say I get a good laugh out of thinking back to sophomore year. "Boots?!?! Yes! I have boots!!" anytime you put up a post like that.
    5. Nothing!

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  6. 1. I can't even remember how I found you blog. Maybe a recipe through pinterest?

    2. I love every single thing! I literally can't think of a single thing I don't like on here. I guess it'd be awesome to read an update on your pregnancy!

    3. I keep up using bloglovin

    4. I wouldn't mind more favorite posts! And of course I love your recipes.

    5. Nothing!

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  7. 1. Sorry, can't remember how I found your blog. It's been awhile. I like your sweet disposition and your confessions posts.
    2. Nothing
    3. FB page and Instagram
    4. Deals, recipes, favorite finds and confessions.
    5. I'm not to much into fashion but I don't mind it either. I pretty much like all of your posts.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  8. 1.
    How did you find this blog, and what do you like most about it?
    I found it on bloglovin and I like the content on this blog. It keeps me interested (:

    2.
    What don't you like about this blog?
    Hmmm there is nothing that I don't like about this blog.


    3.
    How do you keep up with this blog?

    I follow on Bloglovin'
    I follow on Twitter
    I follow the blog's FB page
    I follow on Instagram
    I receive email updates when new posts are shared


    4.
    What topics do you want to see more of?
    I would love to see more fashion posts and maybe good deals about beauty and fashion.(:

    5.
    What do you want to see less of?
    Recipes

    Thank you for the chance!(: would love this!

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  9. Good for you for welcoming feedback and challenging yourself!

    1. I found this blog when E linked to it on hers. And promptly began stalking it every day.

    2. There isn't anything that I don't really like that comes to mind... Maybe a more candid look at every day rather than just in your confessions? We LOVE those bc we have all been there ��

    3. I follow the good ol fashioned way - your blog is bookmarked on my phone and I refresh whenever I have some free time to see if you've posted anything new.

    4. I'd like to see more personal stories, recipes (yum!), confessions, and favorite finds.

    5. I'm not huge on fashion posts or giveaways anywhere, not like singling you out, just not my personal preference! I'm particular with my own fashion choices, so I wouldn't expect anyone else to know what works for me. That being said, if it's something unbelievably awesome, I know you'll put it in your favorite finds and I can catch it there!

    Your blog often serves as a daily dose of positivity and that keeps me coming back!

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  10. I answered on the Google form :)

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  11. I answered on the Google form :)

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  12. I answered through the survey! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  13. Survey form completed! Good luck bringing your new blogging self to life in 2016!

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  14. 1.I found you on Google and I like the recipes.
    2. I like everything about the blog.
    3. Bloglovin follower as Amy Orvin
    4. I want to see more giveaways (Any Kind :D)
    5. There's nothing I'd like to see less of. The articles and posts all serve a purpose to each of us.

    Email: 2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  15. I filled out on the google spreadsheet, but I wanted to add that I would love to see more posts about your marriage (if Matt is into that). I know y'all have a super strong relationship and I'm always interested to hear advice, real-life stories, what you've learned over the years, etc. You know I love y'all!!

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  16. I participated via the survey. Thanks!

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  17. I answered through the survey. But just wanted to say how much I enjoy the blog...everything from the personal stories to your favorite finds and book reviews. It is easy to relate to you. Thanks.

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  18. I just filled out your survey form.

    I really enjoy your personal posts and recipes. :)

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  19. Also I can't believe I forgot, but I really enjoyed your tips on renovating and decorating. I'm sure I'll be looking at those again when we begin our downstairs renovations. :O

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  20. I filled out the survey form.
    Thanks!

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  21. I completed the survey through Google forms.

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  22. I completed the survey through Google .

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  23. I used the Google form, but I accidentally hit enter, on question 3 so I had to do it twice.

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