Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Please Help Me Out!

The nice folks at BlogAds are running their annual reader survey. Please take a few minutes (okay--about 12) to answer their questions so that I can find out more about my readers.

Please take my blog reader survey!

Update: I am moving this post to the top of the page in the hopes that a few more of you who don't mind taking surveys will participate. Thanks to those who have already filled it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are some rather personal questions, don't you think?

3:48 PM, May 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely questions in there I wasn't comfortable answering either. You might want to pass that back to the BlogAds folks - there's going to be a ton of self selection if they're asking that stuff.

3:54 PM, May 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care who knows whether I floss regularly or not.

I do! Truly, I do.

An anonymous blog commenter wouldn't lie, you know.

4:05 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

Thanks for the comments...I will pass them on to the blogads folks.

4:12 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

I decided not to take the survey. What they need is option to decline to answer for at least some of more sensitive questions.

5:49 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger mean aunt said...

Okay Helen, don't say I never did anything for you.

I didn't answer anything I thought was none of anyone's business. Though I will say no one else has ever asked how many piercings I have. . .

6:02 PM, May 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to stupid to attach to my ISP#
But we can all LIE like hell to alleviate this personal data mining effort.

7:05 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger Sissy Willis said...

Two for the price of one. I went to take the survey and was informed I'd already taken it . . . That would be via your hubby's blog. The dumbing down of survey taking?

7:37 PM, May 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your blog, Doc. And you know that. But the survey rubbed me the wrong way. Too many questions that are no one's business. I don't ask my brothers and sister how much money they make, for crying out loud. And they don't ask me. I'm gonna tell a survey? Plus, I get too much spam in my home and work e-mails as it is.

OK, I guess I made my point. Mouthy sometimes, aren't I.

8:52 PM, May 04, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

I floss twice a day, in fact my friends say I am am obsessive flosser, but it's because i still have my wisdom teeth and all of my teeth are very close together. the slightest thing between them drives me nuts. Nevertheless, every time i go to the dentist, hey ask "Do you floss?"; which is giving me a complex.

When do I get my psychological profile based upon my answers?

12:35 AM, May 05, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

Helen, you are the only person in the blogosphere for whom I would spend time on this. I hope you appreciate it because I am the most important person in the world, and it's very frustrating that no one realizes it.

12:44 AM, May 05, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

And why doesn't the survey ask why someone like me would choose to be a gun tote'n yayhoo? I've admitted to being one various times here.

12:50 AM, May 05, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

It appears to reject non-US people.

I don't mind doing surveys, but alos like a way to say "I will not answer this questions."

3:38 AM, May 05, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

To All,

From what I understand, you do not have to answer any of the questions that you find too personal and the survey will still go through without them. No one here is obligated to do the survey--it is voluntary. I do not want any reader feeling that I have asked them to do anything they do not wish to do. If you like surveys, great and want to help get some demographics etc. for this site great, if not, that's fine too. The Blogads survey has been going on for several years and it yields some interesting information. However, if it is not your cup of tea, don't participate!

6:48 AM, May 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Done, and done!

I think I might have misread some of the alcohol consumption related questions. If you start getting blogads from Seagram's and Miller, you can thank me!

12:25 PM, May 05, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...


Thanks and I welcome ads from Seagram's and Miller anytime. I just took the survey and it is a bit odd but then, so is a lot about the blogosphere.

12:36 PM, May 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how did everyone clasify this blog?

I think I said pop culture, but that is certainly not totally accurate.


10:10 PM, May 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question 12 HAD to be answered - so I lied when I did it

2:04 AM, May 06, 2007  
Blogger Serket said...

I took the survey and answered the personal questions, it didn't bother me too bad. I put health/medical for type of blog, but I was thinking it will be interesting for Helen to see what people put on that question. I did leave a few questions blank, because none of the options applied to me.

2:05 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...


Thanks for filling out the survey. I don't even know myself what to put for this blog--health/ medical, maybe but it doesn't exactly fit.

2:25 PM, May 07, 2007  
Blogger DADvocate said...

I took the survey. I'm always curious because I program similar surveys for a living. They didn't have my favorite beer, Stroh's, on the list.

Laugh, but "In the August issue of the magazine, Consumer Reports picked Stroh's as its top domestic lager" which is why I tried it. It's good and it's cheap, which is why I continue to drink it.

Guess I"m really out of touch with the latest designer beers. I hadn't heard of half the brands but said I drank some of them anyway.

7:19 AM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, OK, I filled out the survey. My wife says I hate to see women beg. She's not always right. :)

I even filled the survey out fairly truthfully; Dr. Helen, you're gonna need a canoe to keep out of the advertiser's drool. I did underestimate the income line - I'm just assuming salary.

I'll even tell some advertising CEO/COO types I've been reading your blog.

11:13 AM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chalk me up as another bemused by the flossing question. :)

Lots of alcohol-related questions too. I'm not much of a drinker, so it went quickly, but man, did they ever go into detail.

11:14 AM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AARGH!! Visited that blasted law prof's sight before I cleared cookies on my browser! I meant my demographic only for Dr. Helen.

Now I'm gonna have to take time to consult with the advertising exec's. I'll just tell 'em anytime folks start babbling about pork busters, I immediately leave the site.

Gonna take me at least 30 days to talk to all the ad exec's!!! WHAT an annoyance.

11:38 AM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:50 AM, May 09, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dr Helen, I tried to take the survey,but atthe bottom of the page, it wouldnt let me move on t othe next page ofthe survey. Said Ihadnt answered 2 questions with astericks , which Ihad clearly answered. So, even though, I had answered all the question, it wouldnt allow me to continue. Would you please as the folks running the survey to look into this screw-up?

5:24 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess working as an archaeologist, I can appreciate most of the questions. Demographics can be very telling. I just wish the survey did not take as long. And yes, I have to agree the flossing question--just seemed incredibly odd. Although, I asked a colleague about it, and he said he would throw in questions like that to see if participants are paying attention.

5:26 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that was interesting. I expected the usual online v. tv v. radio v. print questions but 'Do you floss?' Was that triggered by the health/medical category? And they must think bloggers and blog readers drink like fish! Beer, scotch, gin; they left out Ripple, but they did have cheap red wine as a choice.

Heh, as has been said before.


5:27 PM, May 09, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

Hi Sid,

Thanks for attempting the survey--not sure what's wrong. I'll let them know there is a problem.

5:27 PM, May 09, 2007  
Blogger Charity said...

(I'm sorry if someone already said this.) I think you only have to answer the questions with the asterisk. The others can be skipped.

I had one criticism of the survey. The religion question named religions by specific denominations, but did not have an option for someone who goes to a non-denominational Protestant church or, as in my case, a smaller denomination, such as Christian and Missionary Alliance. Unless I totally missed it.

6:09 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

charity, yeah they didn't have my religion either. I left it blank.

Amy K.

6:21 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took it for Bitter the other day. It added my answers to you as well it seems. I'm actually not a remarkably private person, so I answered the questions.

10:23 PM, May 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm actually not a remarkably private person, so I answered the questions."

And no thread here can long go without a strawman or other thinly-veiled verbal shot at others from someone seeking the imagined moral high ground. Remember, people, your opinions and preferences are always subject to others' approval.

12:02 AM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about your straw men...

Amy K.

2:02 AM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

Hey Helen:

I hope you are getting more participants in your survey.
and an early Happy Mother's Day to you.

This is completely off the subject, but as someone with a family history of heart disease a recent story caught my attention.

I don't even remember where I read it but the jist is that a recent study suggests that after a heart attack, cellular death does not occur until attempts at resuscitation provide oxygen to the cells that have shut down for lack of it. It is at the moment of receiving fresh oxygen that the cells actually self destruct, or something like that.

I am a businessman, not a scientist, but if the above is true there may be a lot of hope those who lost out in the heart disease gene-pool lottery.

2:43 AM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

I think I'll go floss before I go to bed. If my heart fails during my sleep, I don't want to be found with crud between my teeth. :)

2:47 AM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger Helen said...

Hi Tomcal,

I saw that study. As I recall, it was important because too much oxygen given when a person has a heart attack may cause further damage to the cells and the idea now is to give oxygen slowly so that the cells are not damaged--I had thought of posting on the story but just never did.

7:18 AM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oxy can trigger apoptosis in the cells. Another tact is to cool the patient so the chemistry is slowed.

10:04 AM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After thinking it over the past week, I have taken the blog survey.

Reading responses from others here, whom I have grown to respect greatly, I felt I was being an over-reactive prude, began feeling guilty, and bit the bullet.

I honestly answered that I do not floss daily - rather then be accused of lying through my tooth.

6:18 PM, May 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completed it . . . and lied my butt off.

Too much MYOB.

7:36 PM, May 10, 2007  
Blogger Peter Bessman said...

Done and done. Do I win the prize?

12:42 AM, May 17, 2007  
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