August 17, 2008

Survey Says!

In an effort to get to know the readers that are kind enough to stop by here, I devised a survey to see what makes these readers tick.  And, I was also curious to see how much I have in common with the average reader here.  I received 100 responses in a little over 30 hours.  I was very surprised by so many responses over a weekend.  Thank you to all who answered.  So, without further ado, I will now present the results of my very scientific survey (along with my preferences, as well).  Percentages are based on the number who answered each question (at least 2 responses were blank for each of the 10 questions).  I have also added my own answer after the results of each question.

Question 1: How do you like your ice?

  • Cubed: 40%
  • Crushed: 34%
  • I don’t care, as long as it’s cold: 27%

I’m a crushed ice guy. I love that feature on my refrigerator and I will happily munch on any ice left over in my cup.

Question 2: Does your toilet paper roll…

  • Hang over the top: 71%
  • Hang down against the wall: 12%
  • Don’t care, as long as it’s there to wipe my butt: 16%

This one blew me away.  I too am a “Hang over the top” kinda guy.  I was astounded that 69% of you felt the same way.  (For the record, I think Oprah prefers it down against the wall for aesthetic reasons.  Don’t ask me how I know that)

Question 3: Do you squeeze the toothpaste tube…

  • From the bottom: 42%
  • From the middle: 28%
  • I squeeze wherever I darn well feel like: 30%

I am definitely a “squeeze from the bottom” kinda guy.  It seems that I’d be cussing out 58% of you for messing up the toothpaste tube.

Question 4: If you were forced to choose between the two, it would be…

  • Food Network: 52%
  • HGTV: 37%
  • I’d commit suicide if I was forced to watch either: 11%

When I first bought my house, I was obsessed with HGTV. I love design and it was great to get ideas. But lately, I’m an HGTV guy.  I can’t go more than a few days without watching Ace of Cakes.  And those of you who would commit suicide?  I could totally design your funeral or prepare a meal for your loved ones.

Question 5: I have this to say about the Designated Hitter

  • Great for baseball. Who likes watching pitchers hit? 24%
  • Bad for baseball. It takes away from strategy. 30%
  • What’s a Designated Hitter? 46%

The 46% who asked, “What’s a Designated Hitter” didn’t surprise me. I know that most of my readers are moms who probably don’t follow baseball.  For the record, the “DH” is a rule that the American League uses that appoints a batter (the Designated Hitter) who hits for the pitcher.  I am NOT a fan of the DH.

Question 6: When given a choice, I always choose…

  • Red Wine: 21%
  • White Wine: 15%
  • I don’t care, as long as it doesn’t come in a box: 4%
  • I dont’ care, even if it does come in a box: 12%
  • I don’t drink wine:47%

For all of the drinking stories I see from the Mommy Blogger genre, this one surprised me a bit.  I occasionally drink wine and, when I do, I always choose white.  I don’t like the tannins in red wine and it often leaves me with a headache.  And I love you guys who love your wine in a box. Very classy.

Question 7: I prefer to read…

  • Fiction: 68%
  • Non-Fiction: 24%
  • Only what’s on my computer screen: 8%

I am addicted to management and leadership books.  I will buy one or two a month and read them voraciously.  The last Fiction book I read? Probably the last Harry Potter book.

Question 8: If you had to choose for dessert…

  • Ice Cream: 35%
  • Cake: 21%
  • Both. The only choice is the one I eat first: 44%

I’m so glad to see I’m not the only glutton amongst us. Although if I could only have one, it would definitely be ice cream. But, c’mon, two is better than one.  Swee’Pea and TheMonk could tell you that.

Question 9: Browser of choice…

  • Firefox: 54%
  • Internet Explorer: 41%
  • I’m to cool for either of those: 5%

This one was interesting because after 50 surveys, Firefox was leading substantially.  IE made a comeback, however, proving it’s not dead yet.  But I have to ask you IE users… Why?  You can do so much more with Firefox.  Sometimes change is good.

Question 10: How often do you visit Childsplayx2?

  • Whenever there’s a new post on my RSS feeder: 45%
  • Daily: 32%
  • Every so often just to check in: 19%
  • This is my first visit: 4%
  • Who is Childsplayx2? 0% (whew!)

This one was enlightening.  It was a “throw-in” question because I couldn’t think of a 10th question originally.  I’m glad I asked this because a third of you come daily?! Wow!  I’m going to have to write more!

Thanks again to all who answered.  If you didn’t get to answer the original survey, just leave me your thoughts (or responses for that matter) in the comments.


  1. Regarding question 6. . . I answered that I don’t drink wine. But you didn’t ask about rum, or vodka, or tequila.

    Comment by Lisa C — August 17, 2008 @ 11:09 pm

  2. Oops, I didn’t realise this was geared towards mothers :) Some clarifications: I don’t drink any alcohols at all, so I had to pick that last option; here in Europe we don’t usually get any kind of ice in our drinks, so I went with the cubed cos that way you can fish them out of your drink :) I didn’t know either of those TV channels, but could understand what they were about from their names and so I picked accordingly, but I guess I would watch neither.

    Cheers Eva

    Comment by Eva — August 17, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

  3. As a loyal Mariners fan, I have to ask – what do you have against the DH??? After all, the DH award is now named after Edgar Martinez, which makes it now infinitely cooler than it was before. :)

    Comment by Deanna — August 18, 2008 @ 1:45 am

  4. For the record, while I love FF, I am *this* close to ditching it for something else because of the initial load time on startup. (And for the record, I have no add-ons installed.) It’s great, but when it takes 2-3 times as long to load up as IE, well, you’ve got to reconsider.

    Comment by SciFi Dad — August 18, 2008 @ 4:20 am

  5. you did this way too quickly! i didn’t even get a chance to answer!

    Comment by ali — August 18, 2008 @ 8:19 am

  6. I just did my survey…yes, you were way to quick. I actually read your blog 5 days a week.. M-F only.

    I have never used another browser other than IE. At work I don’t know if it’s an option to switch since some of our work related “stuff” is on IE. I wouldn’t want to rock the boat for more efficiant blog surfing :-)

    Designated hitter sucks…(says the Cardinals fan)

    Comment by mp — August 18, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  7. I answered it for you the other day. but the toothpaste one screwed me up, since we use Mentadent and it comes in weird containers…so I had to guess on that one.

    Comment by Issa — August 18, 2008 @ 9:47 am

  8. I didn’t participate, but I’m another RSSer… interesting results. I’m confused by the IE people too, I hate when I’m at work and have to use IE.

    Comment by Breanne — August 18, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  9. The DH is where old hitters go to die. It’s like an elephant graveyard.

    Comment by Whit Honea — August 18, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  10. I’ve used IE for years and recently tried Firefox for 2 weeks. I kept hearing how great it is and how much better it is and how much awesomer it is and blah blah. At the end of 2 weeks I couldn’t wait to go back to IE. Change does not bother me at all, if it’s for the better. It took way longer for Firefox (no add-ons) to load than it did for IE (several add-ons/toolbars). Plus I use IE’s feed reader. I tried some of the add-ons for Firefox that I use for IE but they didn’t have the functionality I needed. Of course this was before the recent upgrade so I may give it a 3rd chance, eventually.

    And a big NO to the DH!

    Comment by penny — August 18, 2008 @ 10:48 pm

  11. Well, I for one am among the cubed ice crowd. It just melts too fast when it’s crushed. I dont know how you stand it. The toilet paper hangs over the top….disgusting otherwise. Toothpaste will be squeezed from the bottom at all times unless you’d like WW3 to occur in my house. It’s a tie between FoodNetwork and HGTV. Designated Hitter is a baaaad thing!
    White wine…always. I prefer to read fiction but honestly I’ll read anything. Hello…I’ve read War & Peace more than once. Ice Cream AND Cake….duh. Firefox!!! What is wrong with you IE people?!

    And last but not least, I visit Childsplayx2 every day.

    Comment by MadWomanMeg — August 19, 2008 @ 11:16 am

  12. For any of you wine in a box drinkers(EWW) out there I’ll have you know that Chuck E Cheese’s wine comes out of a box. So unless you live in a state that CEC doesn’t serve alcohol in you go nuts! Don’t worry there is a two drink max!

    Comment by Nikki — August 19, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

  13. I knew I had to have something in common with Oprah. We’re both too successful for there not to be.

    And some Chuck E. Cheese’s have wine? Seriously?

    Comment by Darren — August 19, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

  14. Yep I used to manage a Chuck E Cheese, and beer and whine make up about 4 percent of our sales. It’s pretty ridiculous actually!

    Comment by Nikki — August 20, 2008 @ 9:06 am

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