Technical Blogging’s First Survey Results

Last week I asked my readers to take a brief survey. It’s only fair that I share the aggregated results here. Without much ado, here they are.

Q: On a scale from 1 to 10 how would you rate’s content in terms of usefulness?

Overall your responses were quite positive. Most, in the admittedly small sample, found the content to be quite useful.

Usefulness rating

I would love to hear from the person who rated it a four. I always welcome feedback, especially if it’s constructive criticism.

Q: Do you find’s posting frequency of one post per week to be…

Frequency rating

I have come to the conclusion that posting once a week is indeed a good compromise, especially when juggling multiple blogs. Thankfully none of the survey responders found the frequency to be too low.

Q: What type of posts are you MOST interested in?

Pie charts suck when it comes to so many options, so I’m reporting the data as a list of top 5 instead.

  • 30.4% Writing and content advice
  • 21.8% Other
  • 17.4% Making money with your blog
  • 17.4% Technical how to (e.g., how to setup WordPress)
  • 13% Managing your time as a blogger

My takeaway here is to focus on how to come up with content ideas, how to monetize it, and the technical aspects of running a blog. Not surprising, but it’s nice to have confirmation.

Q: Do you currently have a blog?

Do you blog?

It’s great to see that well over 70% of respondents have a blog already, and 17.4% are looking to start one soon. I can work with that. 🙂

Q: What blogging platform do you use?

Blogging platform

WordPress was expectedly the most common option, but static generators and home-grown blogs were surprisingly popular as well.

Q: What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to blogging?

Some of the most common answers to the question are summarized below. It was an open question, so similar answers have been grouped together.

  • Finding the time to write
  • Coming up with content ideas
  • Figuring out a blogging strategy
  • Sticking to a schedule
  • Technical difficulties in setting it all up

These answers were quite useful to me. I’ll have appropriate content in response to this soon.

Q:  What’s your number one reason to blog or for wanting to blog?

The top two answers dominated the responses. 54.5% of respondents said that they want to promote themselves or their career. And 18.2% of respondents see blogging as an outlet to express themselves. The rest of the answers were quite fragmented and none stood out.

Q:  Which of these online courses that we may develop would you be most interested in buying?

  1. 26% Making a second income with blogging
  2. 21.7% Blogging to boost your career
  3. 8.7% Mastering Amazon Associates for profit
  4. 8.7% Blogging for startups

About a quarter of respondents weren’t interested in any of these courses.

I’m seriously considering creating an online course that either focuses on monetizing your blog, or using your blog to boost your career. I’ve been asked to write another book, but I might turn that down in favour of this course, which would include the best step-by-step information I have ever given on the subject. Stay tuned.

As a side note, surveys are a great way to solicit feedback. You can use professional services, or simply create a Google Forms survey like a did for this survey.

Thank you, everyone, for your feedback. I will use it to make this blog more interesting and useful.

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About Antonio Cangiano

Antonio Cangiano is a Software Developer and Technical Evangelist for IBM, as well as a web entrepreneur, serial blogger, and published author. He makes extra income blogging in his spare time about technical topics. He authored a definitive blogging book published by The Pragmatic Bookshelf.

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