Who Reads Engaged Marriage, Anyway?

Who Reads Engaged Marriage, Anyway?

By Dustin | General

Who Reads Engaged Marriage?

I have really enjoyed seeing the results of the Help Engaged Marriage Grow Up the Right Way survey come in over the past few weeks.  To date, a total of 74 responses were received, and I really appreciate it!  Please note that the survey closes at 100 responses, so if you would like to add your thoughts there is still time.

I love writing the posts here at Engaged Marriage, and I am proud that virtually everything you read is original content.  Most posts are written by me (Dustin), while we are occasionally treated to a guest post from a like-minded person with some valuable advice to share.  By the way, if you have something you would like to share, please send me a message using the Contact form at the top of the page.

Who Reads This Stuff?

As much as I enjoy writing, it can be tough at times to know my audience and feel connected to you.  It turns out this is pretty important when you are creating posts about marriage, sex, romance, money, etc.  Everything here at Engaged Marriage is intended to reach you on a personal level and help you achieve the extraordinary in marriage and in life.  It helps to know a bit about you when trying to meet this high standard.

This is where the survey idea came into play.  I thought if I could get a few of the readers to share a little about themselves and their preferences for the site, I could make Engaged Marriage a better place for all of us.

I hope that the survey served this purpose (and continues to do so with your continued input).  I want to give you a brief summary of the results, so you can see who your fellow readers are and what they think.  Let’s see if this matches your own thoughts and preferences.

The Survey Results in a Nutshell

  • 75% of the respondents are female.  Based on the proportion of comments and the feedback I’ve received via other platforms (email, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), this was not a real shocker for me.  I am a bit disappointed that the men in cyberspace are not investing time learning to improve their marriages to the same degree that the ladies are, and I’d love to draw more guys to balance this out.  I’d love to hear your ideas on how we can get more manly-men interested in visiting the site.
  • The engineer in me loves the results of the question “How long have you been married?“.  As shown in the screen shot below, the graph is a pretty stellar bell curve (normal distribution) with the greatest number saying they’ve been married for 3-5 years.  I always figured the target audience were those married 0-5 years, and this is generally true.  I love that we have numerous single people and those married more than 21+ years actively involved here!

How long married

  • What types of posts would you like to read More of? Here’s the top 5 results in order:
  1. Communication
  2. Romance
  3. Children/Parenting
  4. Sex & Family Planning
  5. Finances & Careers
  • What types of posts would you like to read Less of? Here’s the top 5 results in order:
  1. Book & Product Reviews
  2. Marriage Preparation
  3. Individual Fulfillment
  4. Finances & Careers
  5. Links to Interesting Reads

I thought it was interesting that “Links to Interesting Reads” was chosen by 25% of respondents for a topic they wanted MORE of and also 25% for something they wanted LESS of. 🙂

  • Which topic for an e-book (short electronic book) would interest you the MOST? The results here were quite conclusive!  By a margin of nearly 3-to-1, you chose “15 Minutes to an Extraordinary Marriage: Why You Need Time Each Day to “Just Be a Couple” & How to Find It” as your top choice.  Also popular were the topics on Fitness, Natural Family Planning, Sex from the Soul, and Money & Marriage.

I would really like to start working on developing an E-book soon.  If you have specific thoughts on this topic, I would love to hear from you!

  • I only received a few requests for specific post topics.  Also, almost all of the suggestions for improvement were to write more posts!  I take this as a very nice compliment, and I am doing my best to keep the quality content coming while balancing my own marriage, family, a full-time career and a few hobbies thrown in.  Rest assured that I will do my very best to keep Engaged Marriage a place you want to visit frequently!

Let’s Build a Community

Like I mentioned above, it can be tough to write meaningful posts when your only feedback comes from reading your own words back to yourself.  In order to help all of us get the most out of this site, I’d really love to form a community at Engaged Marriage.

To do your part, I’d simply ask that you leave comments on the posts that you read, sign up for E-Mail updates or an RSS subscription, follow me and interact on Twitter, and become a “fan” of the Engaged Marriage page on Facebook.  I really see the Facebook page as a fantastic place for us all to interact.

Right now, please leave a comment to this post to say what you agree or disagree with from the survey results.  Let me know what you would like to see from Engaged Marriage in the future.  And, of course, you can still take the survey yourself until it reaches 100 respondents.

Thank you!

Photo by Marco Bellucci

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About the Author

Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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I really love your survey- how cool! I need to ask you how you set that up… that would be great for my blog too.

I love your blog. I’m a 24 year old married wife and mom and everything you write about I can relate to. You are doing a great job- keep it up!

I am surprised that 75% are female?! I don’t know why- but I guess I thought a male writer meant male readers? fun fact!
.-= Samantha @ Mama Notes´s last blog ..Thankful Week =-.

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Sarah

Okay, I have to say that I LOVE your book reviews! And also I think Marriage Prep is something that is HUGELY important. Us married folk need to be equipped and able to help guide those who are looking for a strong foundation for their marriage. It is not something that should be soley left to the clergy to do. As you stated community is important. Love your blog. Keep up the great work!

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I’m 29 and in a serious relationship. Will likely get engaged next year and married either next year or the year after. I would love to see an E-book about the things you wish you’d known when you were in my shoes!
.-= Thirtysomething Finance´s last blog ..Nouriel Roubini Profiled in GQ Magazine December 2009 Issue =-.

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Thanks Samantha! I would love to attract some more male readers, but I just think most guys don’t see “caring” about their marriage in an outward and proactive way as masculine. I obviously disagree and I’ll do my best to try to get more guys reading this site. In the meantime, thank you ladies!

P.S. I emailed you about setting up a survey. And I dig your site as well…even if it is a “mommy” zone!

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Thank you so much, Sarah! It’s great to hear that there are readers out there who enjoy the book reviews and marriage prep advice. My wife and I got into this whole world through our involvement in the Pre-Cana marriage preparation program (as presenters), so I won’t be ignoring those topics. And like you said, the same lessons needed to prepare for marriage are needed while you are married, and us “experienced” couples need to be sharing this stuff with the engaged guys and gals.

Frankly, these are two topics I haven’t delved into very deeply. Maybe when I write about more marriage-centric books and some cooler marriage prep topics, everyone will demand more! 🙂

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ThirtysomethingFinance, thanks for your great comment! That’s a great topic for an e-book and it’s more along the lines of what I thought I’d be writing about on this blog when I created it about 3 months ago. My background is as a marriage preparation presenter, so I can definitely relate to the struggles of newlyweds and do have some “sage” advice to share in this area.

Congrats on your forthcoming engagement! And you have a great new site going there. I just left you a comment and “followed” you on Twitter. I’m on there as @EngagedMarriage if you want to keep in touch.

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