One day, several years into our marriage, my husband exclaimed in exasperation, “I never knew you were so stubborn!”
What? Half Finnish and half Irish (with a touch of English that my dad was reluctant to acknowledge – because that part of the family was “stuffy”) and the thought that I might be a wee bit stubborn had never crossed his mind? Of course I’d long since realized that his German, Irish, whatever-else-ish self was terribly stubborn.
Two stubborn people. We’ve had our ups and downs to be sure. But our stubbornness, and the Lord’s work to restore what was broken within each of us, is what keeps us walking side-by-side through whatever new thing (good and not so good) comes our way.
“What,” you may say, “does that have to do with the title, Survey Results and my IT’S STILL SUMMER Coastal Mantel?”
It’s my stubborn resistance to pulling out the Fall decor as I cling tightly to the last remnants of Summer. It is not even the middle of August yet y’all! And this is the South where our Summer is only half over!
So while I tell you about the results of my first ever survey I’ll regale you with pictures of my Coastal Summer Mantel, dedicated to my mother-in-law who loved the Sea and who’s lovely painting of a lighthouse was the inspiration.
My first survey was so enlightening. I put it together during a time of self-doubt, wondering if I should keep
struggling with writing the book I’ve been plugging away at for so long, or give up on this writing journey completely. You can read about that struggle here in The Day I Began Chasing Lions. It was quite tempting to give it all up and enjoy a quiet life at home, puttering in my garden and moving chotchkes from one place to another, while watching Hallmark movies and eating bon-bons.
Well, maybe not so tempting after all, but writing is HARD y’all!
With this survey I got a glimpse into who my audience is and what you want most from Old Things New:
- 85% of you are female – YES I have some men here 🙂
- 96% are in the 40+ age range (the younger ones are surely old souls)
- 81% have completed higher education (Whew! My own “some college” status hasn’t scared you away)
- 75% have some religious affiliation, while 2% do not (where are the other 23%?)
- The tops things you want to see here are Home Decorating Tips (57.45%) and Christian Inspiration (54.25%). This question allowed you to choose multiple categories and some of the other top categories were Decorating on a Budget, Seasonal Decorating (you’ll have to wait for Fall), Furniture painting, DIY, and Personal Stories. Mr. OTN was pleased to hear that some of you want to see us doing more projects together 🙂
- Most of you would like to see me post more often and none of you want me to post less (big sigh of relief).
In the space allowed for comments I was absolutely delighted to hear additional feedback and y’all have warmed my heart with the love you’ve poured out on me. I wasn’t asking for affirmation but I certainly received it. How can I not keep writing?
Based on the results of this survey this is what I’ve decided to do:
My current plan is to post twice a week (except for when I take blogging breaks). You can expect Tuesdays to be something home related, such as house tours, seasonal decorating, vignettes, etc., and Fridays will be inspirational types of posts (Freedom Friday, personal stories, etc.) This way I can meet the needs of those who want one or the other, and also meet the needs of those who like both.
Note: If you are here strictly for home decorating, you might still want to pop in on Fridays because I don’t think I’m all that preachy and you might find something there that you’ll find helpful (wink-wink).
Another blogger friend has put in a special request for this upcoming Tuesday’s post, so I hope you’ll come back to see what I’ve been doing in my home.
Hint: It involves a whole lotta’ paint!
Again, I want to say a HUGE thank you for taking the time to answer the questions in my survey.
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