Oh My Veggies Reader Survey: The Results!

Oh My Veggies Reader Survey I debated about whether to post the results of the reader survey I did a few weeks ago because I try not to blog about blogging. Blogging is one of those “People want their sausage, but don’t want to know how it’s made” types of things. (Yes, I just used a disgusting meat analogy on my vegetarian food blog.) But since so many of you took the time to answer the survey and some of you had comments that I wanted to address, I figured I’d make an exception.

I received over 500 responses (WOW!) and apart from a few small things (which I address below), the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Yay for that! Since most blog readers don’t comment on posts, sometimes it can be hard to gauge whether I’m on the right track with Oh My Veggies. After this survey, I feel pretty confident that I am on the right track, which is good to know!

OMV Reader Survey (Thanks to my awesome web designer Shay Bocks for putting together this graphic!)

More Feedback

Sponsored Posts–Once a month is enough!

We are on the same page about this! One sponsored post a month is good for me too. As my blog has grown, so have my expenses, so doing that monthly sponsored post helps me keep Oh My Veggies up and running. And for those of you who were wondering, I’m very picky about the brands and businesses I work with because I’m picky about the food I eat–I don’t write about products I don’t (or wouldn’t) use myself. I only do sponsored work where I have full editorial control over the content (no one can tell me what to write on my blog!) and where I feel there is some kind of value in it for my readers (usually in the form of a recipe).

You love easy recipes!

Oh hey, what a coincidence! I love easy recipes too! When I asked what you’d like to see more of on Oh My Veggies, the most popular answer was 30 minute or less recipes. I do have a lot of quick recipes on OMV already, but I’m going to go back and tag them all and make them easier to find in the future. Because a lot of you said you’re looking for gluten-free recipes too, I’m also going to start tagging those.

You want a full RSS feed!

I got a few complaints about the fact that I don’t have a full RSS feed–some of you suggested it’s because I’m trying to get more clicks to my blog. The truth is, I don’t have enough RSS subscribers for clicking or not clicking to make a big difference in either my pageviews or ad revenue. The reason I switched from a full feed to a truncated feed is because it makes it harder for spammy scraper sites to steal my content, which was a huge problem for me before I made the switch.

You want to know what products I like and use!

So many of you asked me to write more about the products I buy–not just cooking tools, but snack foods, recipe ingredients, etc. I’ve never known if this was something people would be interested in, but now I know you are, so I’m going to add this to the Marketplace. I’ll be rounding up some of my favorite veg-friendly foods in a feature called Tasty Finds and I’m also going to include more product reviews and comparisons in the future too.

Changes worry you!

Maybe I shouldn’t have started my survey post by talking about big changes I’m planning for Oh My Veggies? Because some of you were excited about it, while others were worried that I’d change what you like about OMV. I guess it would be better to say I’m working on an addition to my blog, rather than a change. This fall, I’m going to be launching a new section that will help you find recipe ideas from other bloggers and from readers too. I’m really excited about it and I think you will be too, but if you’re not excited about it (why aren’t you excited about it?!), don’t worry because what I post here on Oh My Veggies will stay exactly the same.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out my survey. And thank you for reading Oh My Veggies too! My goal is to make this site a resource that makes vegetarian cooking (and eating!) a little bit easier, so if you ever have any ideas or suggestions, let me know.

Kiersten Frase

About Kiersten

Kiersten is the founder and editor of Oh My Veggies. She loves cooking, trashy reality shows, and Hello Kitty. Kiersten also blogs about blogging at kierstenfrase.com.   Read more from Kiersten →

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Comments

  1. says

    I am really glad you decided to blog about the sausage making process. Lol. Seriously though, it is really helpful. I am considering doing a reader survey too, but I almost am afraid of what I will find out. I love our plans to include a section for featuring other resources beyond your site. I think that’s brilliant. Pinning this post to my business smarts pinboard;)

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Don’t be afraid! Because really, anyone who’s taking the time to answer your survey is probably a regular reader. And if they’re a regular reader, they like your blog, right? :) I’ll admit, I was a little bit scared too though and I put off doing a survey for a while because of it!

  2. says

    I had a tab with your survey open on my computer for about 2 days and kept saying I’d fill it in and then I totally forgot and closed all the tabs – I felt super guilty when I saw this post because I really did mean to do it! Opps, but I feel a lot less guilty now that I see that my answers would have been all the same as the majority except that I’d ask for extra how-to’s like the tofu post from a few weeks back cause that was really interesting to read (even if I never do actually make my own tofu!)
    I’m excited for the changes!!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Don’t feel guilty! I had no idea when to close it, but after a week, I was hardly getting anymore responses, so I figured it was safe to assume I wouldn’t get many more. :) I definitely plan on doing more how to posts in the future–either standalone posts or as part of recipes!

  3. says

    Always interesting to see what others are interested in. I’ve been a vegetarian after reading diet for a small planet in the early 70’s that focused on the amount of land used to raise cattle vs land used to raise plants which then led me to become interested in tempeh, how to make it, etc. So now retired we are working on a tempeh incubator that could be used in restaurants and small shops making artisan tempeh for the local market.
    Feel free to write with questions/comments. Check out The tempeh girls, the new soy mavericks.
    betsy shipley

  4. Sheila says

    Thanks for the wonderful blog. I eat very little meat and have made many of your recipes. I also did not get around to fill out the survey, but my comments would have matched. The only thing I would add is recipes with less salt. (I’m on a diabetic/low sodium diet)

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Thank you for your comment! Most of my recipes have salt to taste; although I know some ingredients have more sodium to start out with, you should be able to sub those out for lower sodium ingredients in those cases. :)

  5. says

    You are awesome and I love your mission! I send your blog to all my friends who express even the tiniest interest in going vegetarian. Also, that graphic is just BOMB. Shay is so talented!

  6. says

    Just visited your blog for the first time, having stumbled on your facebook page while browsing for vegan recipes. Great post, interesting survey, cool graphic design. Revealing, trustworthy and engaging. Congratulations!

  7. says

    I found you recently and am totally guilty of not commenting even though I absolutely adore your blog! So I’m taking a moment to send you some BIG LOVE here! I usually read from my phone or iPad and it’s a pain to comment there but I happen to (surprisingly) be sitting at my desktop so it’s easy to pop on in and say HELLO THERE!! Keep up the great work with delicious, healthy, veg food! I love how you posted the survey responses. Such great design. :D I’m looking forward to the new additions to your suite! (And I don’t mind blog posts about blogging! Many of us are fellow bloggers too so it’s all helpful stuff to talk about and hear how other people go about things.)

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Thank you for your comment and for the kind words about Oh My Veggies! :) I feel the same way about leaving comments when I’m on my phone or iPad–for some reason, I just can’t leave comments unless I’m on my computer!

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