Survey Results + Discussion!

September 3, 2015 discussion, fun, miscellaneous 19

GUYS. This is it! The post you’ve all been waiting for with bated breath, the post that’s gonna change it all, the post that… yeah, okay, I’ll stop. NO I WON’T I’M EXCITED. For my first blogoversary, I asked you to take a survey about this blog, and 15 of you participated – muchas gracias! I thought you might like to see a selection of the results, so I’m sharing them with you. To make this a little more interesting, I’ve taken it upon me to create some charts.

How often do you comment on my blog?

Thanks to y’all for commenting so often! I was especially interested whether there are people who like reading my blog, but never comment (which is totally fine by the way), because statistics don’t really make sense in my head, and I never know what so and so many hits actually means. I mostly measure how much people liked a post by how many comments it has, because that’s what I actually SEE, but obviously not everyone comments, so this was interesting. Not that the survey is representative by any means.

Do you have a blog yourself?

No surprises there. I think most people who read a certain blog (semi-)regularly have a blog themselves. I suspect that other people stop by, but probably more for one off visits like reading a review. For example my fourth most popular post (after my home page and two random stacking the shelves/cake conversation posts) is this Imitation Game movie post, but it doesn’t actually have a lot of comments. It’s not even an actual review (did I write one??), but I guess I posted it when the movie was popular and nominated for an Oscar, so people might have been Googling for it a lot? I don’t even know, maybe the stats are just off.

How did you first find my blog?

Some people couldn’t remember (trust me, I wouldn’t be able to either), and a lot of people said/suspected because I commented on their blog, which is what I was expecting! There were some other answers too though…

Inge at Bookshelf Reflections said you were cool, so I had to see for myself. And I heard about cake ;)

Guess I owe you a thanks, Inge. Here’s a gif of Ruport Graves for you, even though I still don’t get who he even is and why he’s so awesome (fun fact: I Googled Rupert Murdoch first, because apparently that’s the Rupert autocomplete in my head and was like no… that can’t be right). Also I don’t think I’ve ever been described as “cool”, so I’m assuming they were paraphrasing.

Alyssa Carlier shared your post on Twitter.

Oh well, I might just sign over my soul to you guys before I have to do it later. Thanks, Alyssa! Here’s an awkward Mulan gif for you to express my gratitude.

you told me about it

Well, aren’t you a creep actually listening to what I say and checking it out. It’s like… you’re a good friend or something. Weird.

I think via Commenters Commenting Back (Readers in Wonderland) If you’re not on that, then… who knows!

I’m on a lot of things, but not on that. Should I be??

What subjects are you interested in most?

STAHHHP, you guys. I did not expect that many people to choose the “everything you write because you’re so glorious option hahaha. GOOD CHOICE. Clearly you’re even more awesome than I thought. Also, where are my tv show people at? Am I the only one who spends entire weekends binge watching? IT’S PERFECTLY NORMAL, SHUT UP.

What do you like about Reviews and Cake?

Yes, this was purely a demand for shoulder clapping. I’m glad I asked though, because your answers really did give me some insight into what you’re liking here.

The very first post I read on Reviews and Cake was Semicolons and Superpowers. It was hilarious, and I was hooked! One of the things that keeps me coming back is your sense of humor and your voice.

I love that haha. If you haven’t read it, Superpowers and Semicolons is literally my most random post ever. So naturally I’m proud of it.

I like the discussions and the brevity that I’ve seen so far. I’m a new follower, so I don’t know much yet.

Ah, um… I CAN BE BRIEF. Just not this time. Or last time. But sometimes! Ah hell, maybe you’ll stay for the gifs or something. Lovely to have you, thanks for following!

The cake, har har. I like how you’re one of my favourite bloggers and you’re a really cool person. I like how you use a sense of humour in your blog posts, just like me. Also cake.

I’m sensing that was an ironic har har. You’re probably right though, I think you feature more cake on your blog in a random week than I ever have on mine. I mean… of course your answers didn’t gave away your identity and you remain completely anonymous. But stop saying I’m cool, it’s making me uncomfortable. Also thank you for the kind words, right back at ‘cha.

The writing style. You just shine through the writing so much, and it makes it a whole lot more fun to read. Your personality is really there and I love it :D

Thank you, I love your personality too! I promise it has nothing to do with the fact you just complimented me. Seriously, thanks. I genuinely appreciate it!

I like your blog name, I like reviews and cake, so that’s good! And I like your random posts, I think those are the ones I comment on mostly. And I apreciate you stopping by my blog as well!

I try! I love finding new awesome blogs through comments. <3 And I also love when an evil plan works out and people are drawn in by my blog name.

You have a lovely style of writing, very down to earth, your posts are a joy to read. Your font is very easily read, sometimes people have crazy fonts and dark backgrounds which makes it very hard to read. There isn’t too much stuff squashed in. Everything is easy to find.

I hear ya. Illegible fonts are probably my biggest turn off when it comes to blogs. It’s like do you WANT me to strain my eyes so much that I go blind?

The part where you give me cake.

You must be new here. I’ll give you cake if you tell me your address, social security number, and bank account code. Deal?

Reviews. And also, cake. Kidding, kind of. No, I love ALL the things, especially when you pretend to be two people in videos because it always makes me laugh. Your humor is just fabulous in general, so you could probably post about paint drying and I’d have a good chuckle :)

Funny that you mention it, I do have a post about paint drying all drafted up. It’s part of the same series that includes a post about lawn maintenance. I was thinking about posting about grass growing as well, let me know what you think in the comments.

The gif links to the video it’s from. Spoiler alert: it grows even higher. The ending is quite dramatic and involves major character death, but it’s worth it for the story. Cycle of life, my friends, cycle of life. I watched it twice.

I’m skipping the rest of the answers, because this already feels self-indulgent as it is, but THANK YOU to all of you; I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. So many people said they like my humor and my style of writing, which is AWESOME, because I honestly had no idea. I mostly just sat here thinking I was being weird. Which I am, but apparently you like it, so prepare for more.

What could be improved about Reviews and Cake

Let’s take a BRIEF look at this (see I can totally be brief).


More cake. There is ‘Cake’ in your title, where’s the cake?!

Well, there is still not any cake. And I am kind of hungry, so…

See, you ASSUME the fault lies with me, but that’s actually where you’re wrong. The cake in the title is merely an appreciation for the fluffy, floury goodness that is cake. I never said I’d provide YOU with cake. I have shown you copious pictures of ME getting or baking cake. This is all to encourage you to provide the world and yourself – but mostly yourself – with cake, not a promise to GIVE you cake. It was a simple misunderstanding, I’m sure you can appreciate that.

Okay, okay, fine. I’ll think about it.

Hmm… more regular reviews?

more book reviews maybe! and “your link-tip of the week” or something?

I KNOW. I’ve been awfully lazy with them. I have like 7 books I want to review at this moment alone. I do post reviews more often on Goodreads, so if you’re interested you can follow me there as well. I’ll try to be better about it though!

The frequency of posting.

Dude, tell me about it. I honestly thought this would come up more often haha. DO YOU NOT MISS ME WHEN I’M GONE? Kidding, I usually don’t notice these things much either, which is why I think people stress about it too much. I do however want to blog more, so I’ll give my best! :)

No se! I’m going to be stalking some more ;) JK

YES, stalking is always encouraged. Welcome!

A lot of people also said they like it the way it is, that I should blog however I want or that they can’t think of anything to improve. Thanks to everyone who answered; you’re all lovely and constructive and basically my insides are feeling all warm and fuzzy and it’s weird.

Is there anything you’d like to see more of?

Hehe, okay, I’m answering everything with “more cake” SO. I’ll try be constructive here…I like everything you do! Discussions are probably my favourite. :D (Btw, this is Cait @ Paper Fury, but I think you could probably tell.)

GASP. I HAD NO IDEA. Okay, yeah, pretty much. A lot of people said more cake, but I’ll just redirect you to my answer above. It’s all a misunderstanding, people.

Mmmm maybe more discussions would be nice. And pictures of cake.

I DID use to post a lot more discussions. What happened to that? I’ll try to think of some interesting topics in the near future!

I think it’s great! Interactive content would be nice though.

I LOVE interactive content! It’s more time consuming (though probably not more time consuming than this post), but they’re SO much fun. I’m thinking games and stuff, but if you had another idea, let me know below!

Erm. I don’t have any suggestions. I love Reviews and Cake!

Perfect. Let’s move on!

Have I ever commented on your blog?

The sometimes group is a bit stronger than the often group than I’d like, but it seems like I’ve definitely stopped by most of your blogs, so that’s good! Overall, a satisfying result I’d say.

Did you ever experience any technical difficulties?

This was an overwhelming amount of “Nope”, which is GREAT. Sometimes the site takes a bit long too load for me, but it might just be my internet, and I wouldn’t be sure how to fix that anyway to be honest. But I’d TRY.

Nope! Unless the cake thing is a technical difficulty? In that case, yes. I never got any cake.

YES! YES, it’s all a technical difficulty! There you have it, folks, it’s not my fault at all. It’s TECHNICAL, my hands are bound.

Do you know I also have a youtube channel?

I thought I was going on and on about it, but apparently I need to get better at self-promotion. Six people said they’ve seen my videos, six people said they didn’t know about it and one person said they know, but don’t particularly care (fair enough!). Two people also wanted to know if I will finally give them cake if they say yes. The answer is no of course.


I’m so glad I did this survey! I know more about what you appreciate already and about what you might like to see in the future. Reading your answers brought a smile to my face, and made me want to keep blogging even more than I already did. Thank you again to everyone who participated – I couldn’t include every answer for length reasons, but I truly appreciated every single one. And now, because you have actually made it to the end…

Can you think of any interactive post ideas you’d like to see? Were the answers interesting to you? Are you eighty now because it took you so long to read this post? Imagine how long it took me to write – I’ll go tell my grandchildren all about it now.

19 Responses to “Survey Results + Discussion!”

  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    HAH THIS WAS GREAT! I Think I’m the one who left all the “cake dammit” options. BUT YOU KNOW ME. WHAT COULD YOU EXPECT?! ;) I love surveys like this! They’re a bit of work to put together and all, but I looove the feedback and I think there’s a definite consensus here that you’re 100% awesome and should never stop blogging and also should give us more cake.
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    • Vlora


      I EXPECTED NO LESS FROM YOU. Although trust me, you weren’t the only one hahaha. In retrospect, I might have given too many silly cake reply options but then IS there such a thing as too much when it comes to cake? Me thinks not.

      I LOVE surveys. And it was such a joy reading all the answers! It definitely made me happy, and I think the suggestions are going to help me improve too. :)
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  2. Alyssa

    This was really hilarious because in my Bloglovin’ feed there was your super-excited intro paragraph and then there was the last weird gif, so I was just like, “Wha?” But this was a really interesting post!

    AWK, I’m so happy someone discovered your fabulous if cakeless blog from my Tweets. I’ve fallen out of the habit of tweeting posts, so this may just be the thing that gets my Twitter blurbing skills back alive again.

    And well, I guess that’s why we never get cake. Really, this is a sham, but your posts are too good for me to go on strike.
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    • Vlora


      Ah, bloglovin’. It’s not WEIRD. It’s inspired. :D Yeah, I should do it more often too. Apparently it actually helps! It’s not a sham. It’s more like… okay, it’s a sham. :D You know you love me. xOxO
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  3. Lola

    I always find it interesting to see the results of survey’s. I think in general there are lots of lurkers who never comment, but like you said it’s hard to get a grip on how many people do read your blog, but don’t comment as when people don’t comment you don’t notice they were there.

    Before I had a blog I read less other blogs and those I did read I didn’t comment on the posts as I didn’t realize how valuable comments are and how ncie it’s to receive them. So I think it’s logical that many people who comment have their own blog.

    Sorry I am not a tv show people and only sporadically watch movies or shows, so I can’t really talk about tv shows. I do love books though ;). Thanks for sharing the results, it was interesting to read!
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    • Vlora


      It really is! Two times friends randomly talked to me about a blog post and I was like …you read my blog!? :D I just really can’t estimate what my stats even mean, so I mostly have to rely on comments, but I’m sure you’re right and there are a lot of people who read along without commenting (which is perfectly fine and awesome as well obviously).

      Yeah, you’re right – I also only noticed how awesome comments are once I started blogging myself. Even now I don’t usually comment much on blogs when I just read one article to get some info or another. I mostly comment in the book blogging community.

      I actually knew that about you! It’s fine, I suppose I can like you anyways. :D
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  4. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    I love that several of my comments are involved in this post. LAWN CARE FTW. Where’s Inge when you need her to approve of this message? I’ll email that lady right away and tell her you’re on it. In fact, she has needs for all of the following:
    – 10 plants to brighten up your balcony
    – Looking after indoor plants
    – 5 ways to keep your lawn looking fresh

    So, get on this, and bring cake!

    These survey results cracked me up. I loved the one who didn’t care about your YouTube- hey, at least she or he is honest ;)
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    • Vlora


      Y’all suck so much at being anonymous haha. Next time I’ll just ask you to leave your accolades in the comments or something. :D You know, I feel like the 10 plants to brighten up your balcony would actually be a nice fit for her new Whimsicality blog. Tell her I’ll happily relinquish posting rights to her on that one.

      Not everyone’s into youtube! I wanted to cover all my bases. :D
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  5. Karolina @ Bookshelf Reflections

    Is it weird that I just KNEW that Cait had taken the test from the very first answer? Figures that she’d be following a blog about BOOKS AND CAKE. It’s like her life dream come true ;)

    I do love this post and I’m just banging my head against the wall for being inactive in the last three weeks and not noticing the survey. I would have loved to participate.

    Also, happy belated blogoversary! :)
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    • Vlora


      Nah, I knew her (and Inge and Shannon) by her answers right away haha. I wasn’t even really KNOW about the book blogging community before I started this blog, but apparently cake is an all round favorite (which was of course what I was counting on muahaha). I think the name was actually inspired by a book itself.

      No, stop banging your head against the wall, put your FIST through it (what up post reference). Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll do another one soon! Or at the very latest on my next blogoversary. :D And thank you! :)
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  6. Olivia Roach

    Ahaha I see where my comments are anonymously and I will not tell you which they are! :D I feel a bit evull doing this, but it is all for the best ^.^

    But the results were so interesting to read! I was curious to find out how everyone else answered as well, and I wonder if anything is going to change in response to this? I am looking forward to seeing it! I’m going to be honest here – as I was reading I thought “ooh I should mention this in a comment” and then forgot all of it.

    BUT I did remember that I wanted to say that most people don’t comment on a blog when they read it. Only the people who also have a blog really do. I know this for a fact because of my own statistic endeavors ;) Like you, I am someone who would measure the success of a blog post from the comments, but rest assured that more people are reading!
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    • Vlora


      BUT NOW I WANT TO KNOW DAMMIT. :D Kidding, it WAS actually supposed to be an anonymous survey haha. I’m glad it was interesting to you! There are some things that I WANT to change (though not too much, because let’s be real change is scary), but it all requires a little more time than I have at the moment. I’ll definitely try to post more reviews and discussions!

      Yeah, you’re probably right! I didn’t use to comment a lot either!
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  7. Romi

    Be still my heart, for you have captured it, Vlora, with a graph. Pie charts.

    I had fun with your survey, especially all those references to cake- surveys are fun, mostly, though, and yours was great! I hope you found the responses interesting! I actually saw a few of my responses quoted in your post! I was like, ahahah! That’s me! xx
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    • Vlora


      GRAPHS ARE THE BEST. I spent hours staring at this post, because of all the beautiful graphs. I love haha. It takes ages, but it really does look pretty. And I finally had a reason to use it, yay!

      I’m glad you had fun with it!! Hahaha you sneaky little thing.
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