What would you like to know? Initial survey questions about blogging

An essential element of this project is to gain results from a survey looking into academic, librarian, and archival blogging practices and to find out, more widely, why people blog and what people expect to gain from reading blogs.  I am currently working on these survey questions, sketching out the type of questions I would like to ask.  Here are my initial thoughts:

The survey will be broken down into three sections totaling about 20 questions in all.  I’m expecting the survey to take no more than 5 minutes for people to complete.  It does presume that the participant uses or has used blogs related to the History discipline.

Sections are:

1)      Visiting Blogs

2)      Owning Blogs

3)      Personal Details



Part 1: Visiting blogs

  1. How often do you visit History related blogs each week?
  2. How do you access blogs? (web browser, e-reader etc.)
  3. What reasons do you visit History blogs?
  4. Which blogs do you visit regularly?
  5. What do you hope to gain from visiting these blogs?
  6. What kinds of content do you think works well for blogs?
  7. What do you think works less well?
  8. Which additional features do you think makes for a good blog?  (Twitter feeds, categories, etc.)


Part 2: Owning blogs

  1. Do you own any blogs?
  2. How many?
  3. What are the blogs called and could you give us their url’s (this question is optional)
  4. Why did you start your blog?
  5. For what reasons do you post blog posts?  What do you get out of it?
  6. Do you have any recommendations for best practice?


Part 3: Personal Details

  1. Which occupation best fits you?
  2. Which age group do you belong?
  3. Any other comments you would like to share?


Do you have any suggestions for improving these questions?  Or is there anything that I have missed out?  I would love to hear from you in the comments section below.  The survey will be posted early next month (November).


2 thoughts on “What would you like to know? Initial survey questions about blogging

  1. I think it would be useful to have a question in part 2 about whether the blogs are personal/individual or institutional/written with colleagues, as this obviously has implications for blogging practice.

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