Wrong and Wrong Again

I thought I knew what to expect from all of you who filled out my recent reader survey. Well, as the blog says, not exactly.

I thought most of you reading this blog are of retirement age yourselves. According to the survey, most of you are younger. The comments suggest some younger readers are turning to “Not Exactly” for ideas about their own future lives.

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Knowing how busy everyone is, I also expected most readers to say they read my posts occasionally. Wrong again: Most respondents said they read almost every post. As for the frequency of posts, a substantial majority of you said the current rate is fine.

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What are the most popular kinds of posts on this blogs?  I’d expected “videos” to top the list, mainly because they’ve done well when I’ve uploaded them to Facebook and YouTube. In fact, they were the least favorite. Respondents clearly preferred stories about life in Moldova and the Peace Corps experience, or on being “not exactly retired.”

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I also assumed most readers find out about new posts on Facebook. Wrong yet again. At least among the survey respondents, e-mail messages from the blog are more important. (As a reminder, you can sign up easily to receive these notifications.)

About the only thing I guessed correctly is that most of the survey respondents would be people who knew me before they started reading “Not Exactly.” That proved true, but only by a margin of 57 percent.

Now some caveats: There were not enough responses for the survey to be statistically robust (although there were more than I expected). The respondents, who included some family and friends, may not be representative of the readership as a whole.

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Still, the feedback was invaluable, and I am also grateful for your comments, which were uniformly helpful and, in some cases, very generous.

If you haven’t responded yet, the survey is still live, and I hope this post shows how much attention I will pay to your feedback. It takes just a moment to complete.

I’m glad so many of you are enjoying Not Exactly Retired, which recently passed 10,000 visitors and was included on this list of “best blogs to follow about Peace Corps.” I love sharing our journey with you and am glad you find it entertaining or even useful. Living here on the other side of the world from most of you, making time to update the blog while pursuing everything else I’m doing with the Peace Corps, I’ve sometimes posted stories and wondered if anyone was reading them.

If you know anyone else who might like to subscribe, please tell them about “Not Exactly” — and many thanks again for your help with the survey.

2 thoughts on “Wrong and Wrong Again”

  1. David- In Whole Foods, I struck up a conversation with a RPCV who had served in Nepal (can’t recall when, but within last 10-15 years) and referred her to your blog.

    You are knocking it out of the park with this blog. The post on how to cook the street bread made me think – “David Jarmul is going to be the next Rick Steves.”



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