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