2013 SouthernGospelBlog.com Reader Survey
Every now and then, I like to step back to assess whether the coverage this site provides is the coverage you want to read. Instead of the usual click-a-poll-answer format, these topics lend themselves to open-ended questions.
1. News Coverage
To what extent do you rely on this or other Southern Gospel news websites for coverage of Southern Gospel news?
News coverage has been a central hallmark of this site’s coverage. But over the last two years or so, I suspect that many of you have started to follow your favorite artists directly on social media. I wonder if a news website still contributes value in a social media world.
I doubt that it would be worth dropping news coverage entirely. Though many of you follow your top favorites on social media, fewer of you follow every social media account of every artist you enjoy. (Besides, a fair number of holdout artists still lack a consistent social media presence.) One other nuance is that I’ve aimed to make this a one-stop resource where you can be sure you are reasonably well-informed and haven’t missed any significant news story concerning the genre’s leading groups. Yet I wonder if news coverage needs to be less emphasized.
2. CD Reviews
Do CD ratings matter?
I am not convinced that ratings, except perhaps 5-star ratings, add any substantive value; I have been seriously considering discontinuing them.
3. Daily Posts
Would it make any difference to you if there were only three or four posts per week?
Since our launch in September 2006, I have maintained a daily posting schedule. I’ve aimed to put up a post every weekday and, for most of this site’s run, every Saturday as well. I believe I’ve only missed two days in these seven years, and one of them was when the power was out for more than twenty-four hours in a snowstorm! But I’m not sure that it’s as big a deal to anyone else.
(Be honest! I am open to considering a slower schedule. This is also connected to the first question, because a reduction in news coverage would almost necessarily mean a reduction in posts per week.)
4. Favorite Column
Of all the columns on this site, which would you miss the most if it was discontinued? Are there any columns from the past that you would like to see return?
Thank you in advance for your feedback!