I love polls.
I love the idea of running a poll to discover what makes people click on a piece of content, so that’s exactly what I did earlier this month on my Facebook page.
In a question aimed at both fellow bloggers and readers, I queried what is their preferred form of accessing content online. The options I gave were:
- Vlogs/ Videos
As you can see, out of the 65 people who responded, a whopping 98% admitted to reading being their most favourite form of receiving content. 39% of the ones surveyed followed it up with videos being their next best format. Only 25% admitted that they liked podcasts.
This is more than a bit gratifying, to be honest. For one thing, it’s perfect for my comfort level. I like to write,because it allows me time to think and craft my post with deliberation.
For another, it means that reading isn’t dead, as people would have us believe. True, the attention span may have dwindled from say, a full-length novel to bite-sized portions of relevant information. But, hey, we’re still reading!
Most importantly, I think it takes a certain amount of self-confidence to carry off a podcast or Vlog with aplomb and I’m in awe of those who do it with such ease; notable among them are the food bloggers and blogging gurus in my circle!
On a personal note, I’ve always loved to read, much before the advent of the Net so find myself drawn to reading, every single time. I did dabble a bit in listening to podcasts but none of them were fascinating enough for me to hold my interest. As for videos, they have to be for a very specific niche, say, recipes or DIY, if I have to check out vlogs.
Would I ever do a podcast or a Vlog? Hard to say. Plus, never say never. I’d have to eat my words and that’s an uncomfortable feeling!
So, what does this mean for you, as a blogger or a reader?
Do you find this true of your niche or your content preferences too?
I’d love to hear in the comments.