What I Learnt From The Elgin Avenue Questionnaire
One of the struggles I have as a self-employed full-time blogger, is lack of specific feedback. I don’t have a boss or someone looking over my work, so I often have to gauge how ‘I feel things are going’, by doing exactly that – feeling them out.
This intuitive ‘feeling’ method is quite peaceful, I generally know when I am in a good flow with content, and if I’m feeling inspired. Luckily you guys often leave amazing feedback on the posts too, share them via social or leave me a little note on Instagram – I love hearing when you’ve enjoyed a post and it genuinely makes my heart do a little happy skip when I know that something we’ve created has connected with you.
As The Elgin Avenue entered it’s sixth year of publication, I began to feel a deep desire to go further than this ‘feeling’ method, and to learn how YOU felt about The Elgin Avenue in a more specific way.
Bam – questionnaire time!
To recap – this is what The Elgin Avenue’s questionnaire looks like. You can still take it, if you fancy it.
The answers you gave to our questionnaire were so thoughtful, constructive and kind, the information you shared is invaluable – so thank you!
Today I am sharing some of the lessons I learnt from the questionnaire, I’d love to know if you have anything else you’d like to add. Or any other feedback! If you too have a blog, are self-employed or have a small business, I hope that today’s post will also help you to learn about the value of direct reader/customer feedback.
WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF ON THE ELGIN AVENUE
Croissant Reading – a few weeks back I moved our weekly links roundup to email format. Unfortunately the move coincided with a time when our Elgin Avenue interns went on study leave, and honestly I hadn’t quite realised how much of an impact this would have on my day to day workload! Those girls are superstars! Croissant Reading took a backseat for a few weeks, and it was YOUR feedback, calling for it to come back again in regularity that made me get my a** in to gear! For those of you that mentioned it, I hope you’ll have noticed regular Croissant Reading links popping up in your inbox every Saturday morning!
If you’d like to receive the Croissant Reading newsletter – please sign up here.
Happiness & Positivity posts – The Elgin Avenue has evolved, from what was a personal style site of a twenty-something student, in to an all round wellbeing and lifestyle site with an inclination for gorgeous aesthetics! As I have grown older I am incredibly interested in what is INSIDE us – our minds in particular – as well as the beautiful objects and clothes we chose to surround ourselves with.
Turns out you guys are interested in this too, as a number of you requested more happiness and positivity-focused posts! Guys I’m with you there! Case in point.
Home posts – Interiors came up a LOT in your requests! Our home posts have taken a bit of a back seat, as I have felt frustrated with the order of our home this year. I’ve been KonMari’ing for a few months now and I have begun to see the wood through the trees! I am excited to know that you are excited about our home, and so I am committed to sharing more with you in the coming weeks . . . watch this space.
Food diaries – OK so you guys would like to know what I eat? This is a fun idea!
More about HOW to style – This was such an interesting point, which a few of our readers brought up. You would like to know HOW to put together an outfit, rather than just sharing in the end result? I too, often ponder how someone brings together their look. We’re working on it!
Interviews with other bloggers or people of interest – I adore reading interviews too! We share the occasional one on The Elgin Avenue (check out our tét a tét with Louise Roe if you haven’t already) and it is definitely something we can look in to more. If there is any particular angle, or particular people you’d like to hear from – let me know!
Fitness – guys you’ve touched on something close to my heart here! I have been on a journey with my exercise this year, and I’ll gladly share the process with you soon!
Posts from our team member or contributors – I’m with you there! We have a wonderful team of girls who work with me on The Elgin Avenue in an internship capacity – although as I said above, they’ve both been on study leave for two months. I love other sites which have incorporated new voices in to the mix (like Alina’s posts on Cupcakes & Cashmere) so I am totally on board to feel this one out. Is there anything in particular you’d like to know? Or people you’d like to hear from?
More travel & travel photo diaries – YES! Let’s do it!
Aside from what you would like to see more of on The Elgin Avenue, you guys also shared so much savvy knowledge about our site’s design, the elements you feel we can work on, and how you convey The Elgin Avenue’s message to friends you share it with.
It was such fun to learn that we have an almost 50/50 split with long term and recent readers.
Most of you follow us on Instagram.
PLUS you provided me with the most extensive list of other blogs to get in to! I’ll be sharing this list in our Thursday newsletter this week – sign up to see who your fellow TEA readers, are reading!
Thank you to every one of you who took the time to fill out our questionnaire! Your feedback is invaluable, as is helping to shape the site and message you’re reading right now.
Can I admit something? I was really nervous about asking for direct feedback. It’s easy to coast along in a little happy bubble, when you don’t have to confront potentially critical feedback. I realised that in not asking for help (which is essentially what asking for feedback is) I was blocking my own way. I needed to know how you guys were getting on with our content and site, and to genuinely learn from you!
I am so fortunate to know you! And to share in this little pocket of the internet with you!
Your feedback blew me away. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
OK, so now we are turning the reigns over to you! One last time for now . . . !
What do you guys think? Are you inclined to read the style of posts highlighted in our roundup? Are there any other comments you’d like to add?
In other news, on Instagram this week I am sharing my daily Thankful Journal. You can check in every morning to see what I am thankful for day to day. Keeping a gratitude diary has been one of the most transformative habits I’ve adopted this year, and I am excited to share more of this habit with you on Instagram. You can join in too using #ThankfulFor . . .
Love, Monica x
P.S. I just realised this post has about a hundred exclamation marks – I guess I am SUPER happy to have heard from you 😉!