Thank you to those of you who participated in my blog reader survey a few weeks ago. Enough of you participated that I think the results are probably a decent cross-section of the readership here. Today, the final statistics are in. While there’s probably some very sophisticated, techie method for deciphering these statistics, I’m pretty sure it involves math.
So count me out.
Instead, I just pulled out some of the stats that I found the most interesting to share with you. Because I’m sure that none of you would’ve been able to sleep tonight unless you knew precisely how many readers of Rocks In My Dryer regularly floss their teeth, right?
(Incidentally, 49% of you do. I floss regularly, too–I regularly floss 30 minutes before I go to the dentist. Heh.)
On to the statistics…
Movies and TV
The TV shows you the most of you watch regularly are Oprah, American Idol, CSI, Grey’s Anatomy, House, and What Not To Wear. You will notice that Lost was not among your most-watched shows, a fact that has injured me deeply but I’ve decided to forgive you.
80% of you rarely see movies in the theater (which made me feel much better about my own cinematic un-coolness). 55% of you prefer comedies; 22% prefer dramas. Too bad they didn’t offer "chick flicks" as a category, because we probably would’ve taken the cake on that one. I can say that with confidence, because…
…a whopping 98% of you are female. No big shocker there, that the men of America aren’t lining up to read about maxi pads and hair bows. The two most-driven brands of cars are Ford (15%) and Toyota (13.7%). Only 15% of you live in urban areas; the majority of you (52%) live in the suburbs. 46% of you have four or five family members in your household (4% of you have eight or more!) Also 46% of you are college graduates. The most-represented careers were homemaker (48%), educator (9%) and administrative assistant (6%).
72% of you have your own blogs, and 58% of you use Blogger. 38% of you read between 11 and 25 blogs daily. One percent of you read between 100 and 200! 83% of you leave comments at the blogs you visit (which means that 17% of you do not, shame, shame). A whopping 87% of you say you read blogs primarily for humor–good night, girlfriends, no pressure there (quick! Say something funny, Shannon!). Not surprisingly, the majority of you (68%) starting reading blogs of any sort in 2005 or 2006. But a very techie 1% of you have been reading blogs since 1997. What were you reading them on, stone tablets?
Here’s how things divided out:
Nearly half of you (47%) had written or called a politician within the last year. Good girls!
I was pleased to see that every religious denomination/belief system categorized was represented to at least some degree. The five most common ones were:
4% of you consider yourself either atheist or agnostic, and while you must think I’m a Sunday-school-loving cheeseball, may I just say that I’m really glad you’re here?
The Random Stuff That Didn’t Fit In Any Other Category
I was shocked–shocked–to learn that 26% of you have not been to a Wal Mart in the last month. To which I must ask, are you being held hostage in your basement? Because that is the only thing that would keep me from my Wal Mart.
Only 7% of you don’t use a cell phone, and 14% of you believe in UFOs. 80% of you eat breakfast every day, and 47% of you are tee-totalers–no alcohol ever. Nearly half of you (45%) have a current passport. Three percent of you send over 300 e-mails a week. Just over half of you (51%) shop on Ebay, and a very hip 43% of you have MySpace or Facebook pages.
My word, that was an exhausting post to write. I’m going cross-eyed from all the numbers. I’ll probably be stuck talking in "statistics" all day today: "Stop hitting your brother or I’m 94% likely to come upstairs and ground you for 37% of the rest of the summer…"
Anyway, thanks for playing along.