I have results of the poll and of the prize draw. (Psst! There’s another contest starting tomorrow!)
First, the draw. The winner is Lucy! Congratulations! I shall be posting the pretty little Cath Kidston soapdish today or tomorrow.
I used the randomiser at Random.org for this draw. It allows you to enter all the names (in most cases I entered names more than once if people reTweeted or reposted elsewhere, as per the guidelines of this draw).
Now for the poll.
This was a lot easier than I expected. I might do another poll sometime. I also really appreciated the extra comments. Now hopefully I will be able to spend my blog time more effectively, and you will enjoy your reading and perusing time here even more!
I used the free version of Polldaddy.
You all left 101 votes which told me several important things.
Even though the expat tips and stories about my early expat years are popular, you see The American Resident as more than an expat blog. The main message I heard from you was to include more stories about me, my family and my pets. And my garden.
Some sponsored posts and reviews are fine so long as I don’t do too many and continue to keep them as entertaining as the rest of my posts. I’m pleased you said that as they help pay for my time here!
Keep the American snack recipes.
Not every post has to have a photo.
Keep the fresh look.
Thank you again for your time! I really appreciate you helping me with this–it was a little scary to do, but it really helped me find some sharper focus for The American Resident.
And a really big thanks to the extra comments from Katie Vyktoria, Mrs B, Stay at Home Babe, Jenn, Bod for Tea, Rhea O’Connor, Expat Mum, Tammy, Globetrotter, Smitten By Britain, Tattie Weasle, Lucy, Lisa Gusto, Penny and OK in UK.
Now one thing I’m wondering is this: has this helped any of you with your blogging or writing? Has it made you think differently about your audience? Are you curious enough to do a poll as well?