Reader Responses: Your Feedback

Yesterday you got a glimpse of the details behind the readers who visit this blog. I also asked you for some feedback about the content, so that I can re-focus with your input in mind.

Granted, part of the purpose of this blog is to provide a forum for me to share my journey. This means that in a way, this blog is my own version of a journal and I make no apologies for typing on my own terms.

On the other hand, as I move forward past graduation and into life as Master’s-prepared professional nurse, I want to grow this blog too. I want the content to challenge, to provoke and to inspire. Electronic journal it may be, but it is also a public forum that invites your involvement. So yes, I do want to create content that keeps you coming back.

With that in mind, here is the feedback you offered…

I was a little surprised to discover how many of you are loyal readers! Almost half of you have been returning for over a year!

Over 2/3s of you visit the blog more than once a week (a full 1/3 visit daily). That tells me that to keep your interest piqued, it’s important to keep the content coming on a regular basis!

 A newer reader commented that s/he has been reading “less than a week and I have read nearly every post, and plan to get to the most recent post before the end of the weekend.” To you, I say I am beyond flattered, and I hope the posts you have read inspire you to keep coming back!

All who responded to the survey had either been referred here by another blog and found this site through an Internet search engine.

Most of you noted that your favorite features of the blog were stories about work and/or school. For now the tales from my days as a student will be slowing down – but hopefully those are you who are students can help fill in the gaps! Guest posts about life in nursing school are always welcome!

Of the features you could do without, ¾ answered the “book club”. We’ll give the first round the ol’ college try and revisit this. If those of you who took the time to respond to a survey didn’t find the book club appealing, I wonder what that will mean for everyone else? I guess we’ll see.

Another ¼ of you didn’t find the “Brainiacs” page necessary, but that’s one of the blog features that get the most traffic. To each their own, I guess. 😉 And given the number of readers who don’t work in nursing, it makes sense that you could do without tools like that.

When asked what keeps you coming back (or what would encourage new visitors to stop by again), these were some of your responses:

“More posts about your career development & coping with the disparity between the realities of nursing (of any type) in our current healthcare system and what you feel would be the ideal way to provide nursing care (in whichever setting you are discussing).”

“The stories, they help motivate me to succeed in nursing school.”

“I’m a nursing student, so it’s nice to read survival stories!”

“Content about your life, nursing, and your work in public health.”

 Many of you are social media gurus. Check out the sites you utilize!

Make sure to “Like” my Facebook page for post updates, discussions and more! And if you haven’t already, you can always follow me on Twitter. I am not currently on Tumblr or LinkedIn (at least not with my blogger identity), so I will have to look into that.

You also branch out into reading other categories of blogs, particularly blogs about healthy living, and blogs about your personal hobbies (I do this too!).

Knowing the content you like to read, apart from nursing-related issues, will help me to network and develop ideas for new themes and series in the future. The Holistic Nurse features were partially inspired by my own interest in healthy living blogs. Trying to define how we seek and define health beyond the boundaries of the biomedical world in which we practice has become a personal and professional interest of mine.

And finally, when asked whether Nurse Teeny should reveal her personal identity, a whopping 85% of you offered a resounding NO! Many of you pointed out, “once you go public, you can’t go back”, or questioned whether I would be able to share as many stories without risking my license. I’m committed to honoring client and colleague privacy whether or not I reveal my name, but you’re right that with these details would come revelations about exactly where I practice and where I attended school. On the other hand, another person pointed out that it might be beneficial to reveal my identity now, “on my own terms” rather than being revealed because of potential concerns about blog content in the future.

Compelling thoughts on both sides. The jury is still out for now, but I’ll keep you posted. 😉

Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete the demographics and/or reader feedback surveys. I continue to welcome input, so feel free to leave a comment on this post or to contact me privately if you have something to say.

And in the spirit of moving forward, here are some ideas for upcoming content. Let me know what you think:

  • “Day in the Life” posts by nurses in different practice settings
  • Profiles of nursing students in different types of programs
  • Guest posts about difficult ethical issues in nursing
  • More stories from the ivory tower when I return to school (!)
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