Well, it only took me three days of non-stop reading and stat-taking to tally the totals and read through all the responses on the Bower Power Reader Survey. Don’t worry – I stayed well hydrated with Cran-Grape Juice and surprisingly, the task of breastfeeding cuts down on the number of necessary bathroom breaks. But with over 300+ responses, you really blew me away with your feedback and there is only one thing to say…
And you really kicked some serious survey bootie! I couldn’t believe that so many of you took the time out of your busy lives to share with me a glimpse into your beautiful worlds. It was a thrill to read through each comment and I got a total kick outta seeing what lovely, quirky, intelligent and funny people come virtually visit me each and every day. So thank you. Thank you so very much. Now, let’s get down to business. Using a very elaborate excel spreadsheet, I tallied all the results to see if I could nail down exactly who the basic Bower Power reader really is…and here are the results (yup, I am that nerdy that I got excited at the chance to use pie charts):
According to the responses, you are women. The majority of you are between the ages of 21 and 30 although there are some exceptions. Our youngest reader has logged 19 years here on planet earth and we even have a couple grandma’s that have stopped by to share their fabulousity with us.
The vast majority of you are happily married to the trophy husband of your dreams. And surprisingly, only two of you single ladies have asked for my help in matchmaking. Apparently they saw my boyfriend and knew that I had excellent taste in calf muscles…I mean, hot men.
Although most of you “have a ring on it”, you are not already experienced the human incubator ordeal. The vast majority of you are not parents…yet. I was very excited to read that over 30 of you gals are pregnant…Hooray! Way to do it! And CONGRATULATIONS! I really enjoyed being knocked up and I hope you do too. One very special congratulations goes out to that one special reader who is expecting all the way from China. Adopting is such a beautiful thing! To all the proud parents out there, I’m honored to be part of the club.
Speaking of babies…even with so many non-babified readers, there is one thing for sure…you love your furbabies. And I loved hearing all about your funky pet names (hello Fenway & Taco & Queso!) and the tricks you teach them (like that pony that can be a flower girl) and the way you live hand in paw (21 ducks? Really?). All those fun stories made me completely crave that boxer puppy….now only to convince the boyfriend….
So now that you know who you are…let’s talk about where you are from….EVERYWHERE! From South Africa to Sweden, from Wisconsin to Brazil, and from Australia to right around the corner, you readers are from all over the planet! Wowza. It seriously makes me feel like a superstar….just call me Bono. Seriously. Now somebody get me some funky sunglasses before my star-quality burns a hole in my own retinas.
The funnest part about reading your responses was reading the random tidbits of info that you included with each comment. They had me rollin! And since I know that you don’t want to be here all day reading every little bit…I thought, let’s combine the fears into one place and see how similar we really are. Afraid of peanut butter? Any girl watching her waistline who has looked at the calorie count on the back of a jar of the creamy nutty deliciousness has felt that shudder of horror. Fear of giving birth? If you don’t wince at the thought of pushing a HUMAN BEING out your drainpipe, you might not be normal. Scared of balloons? Well, who isn’t afraid of those fun, colorful orbs of joy?! Seriously though…I loved how diverse and unique each peep out there was…it made me proud to be able to call you friends.
So now that you know all the basics and some fun stuff about who comes here…let’s get to making ‘here’ a little bit better. The things you want were very important for me to read and after a bunch of note-taking, I put all of the ones mentioned together so that I can better improve Bower Power in the future. Many of you requested more DIY projects and crafts – well, good news, I have a bunch I can’t wait to tackle and share with you (a doorbell tutorial, a headboard slipcover, and a paper mache project to name a few). Before&After’s were a highly requested item – and I am very excited about that cause there is a yardsale farmhouse table in our garage that needs updating, a guest bedroom that is begging for a makeover and a staircase that needs overhauled…so keep your eyes peeled for those future posts. A lot of people asked for more baby stuff (and Will updates)…and I loved the idea of sharing with you how we stash all the baby gear and how we have adjusted to life as people with a newborn. Plus, since so many of you wanted more household tips (I could tell ya how we organize everything from coupons to the MANY dishes in our possession), and photography help (how bout some basics?) and entertaining ideas (I’m hosting a shower soon!), I thought, ok…basically you guys are interested in the same stuff I am interested in…which totally rocks my world (and makes it a little easier to breathe knowing I love to write what you love to read!).
All in all, I can’t wait for the next year in blogging and I am thrilled that I get to share it with you…and I am even more happy because it looks like this coming year will be the best yet. Again…thank you for taking the time to share the little tidbits of your life with me. I am honored by your presence. Please wrap your right arm around your torso. Now wrap your left arm around the opposite shoulder. Squeeze. Consider that a hug from me. A thank you hug. From one friend to another. Sincerely.