I set up a reader survey a couple weeks ago and invited readers of the blog to participate. Well, everything has been compiled I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you.
First of all, thanks to everyone who participated. I sent emails to blog subscribers and posted on my social media channels. Most of those who responded are subscribers, with a few coming from social media as well as my sister who helped me frame the survey questions.
Let’s look at the responses.
I am impressed! Over 80% of those who responded eat meat once a day or less frequently. Once a day seems to be a good amount for Rick and I although we eat eggs and cheese with greater frequency.
Most of us substitute eggs and dairy or legumes for meat in our meals. Some use tofu, tempeh and seitan which can be delicious choices (tempeh and seitan take some getting used to, I’ll admit). Fewer use “fake” meats. I’ll admit to being skeptical about vegan convenience foods, but after a lot of trial and error I’ve found a few brands that appeal to my tastebuds. The big shocker was Rick likes some of them, too, although he won’t try the veggie sausages.
The overwhelming majority feels flexitarianism is a way to improve our eating habits whether it’s by eating more plant based foods overall or finding new recipes. We’re also interested in supporting sustainable agriculture and while we’d like to reduce the amount of meat we eat, we’re not willing to commit to veganism. Based on the results of Question One, we’re doing a great job of reducing our meat consumption!
We’re getting into the “meat” of the survey with this question. Many of you want to learn how to substitute meat in your favorite recipes and how to plan meals to make cooking the flexitarian way less of a chore. Some expressed an interest in learning why it’s important to reduce our meat intake. You’ll find a few articles under the START HERE tab in the menu above and I’m working on a few more posts to address that question. For those of you who expressed their dislike of beans or eggs, I’ll keep that in mind going forward and be sure to include other ideas.
I was glad to see you all like a variety of recipes. I’m taking note of the preference for main courses and quick meals.
I asked this question for a reason. I’ve been taking a blogging course and one of the suggestions was to limit the number of categories and subcategories. There are around 500 posts on Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen and I really didn’t want to redo the system if I didn’t have to! I’m relieved by your response and think I can make things easier by making better use of tags.
For the most part the blog is organized by ingredients or particular course. Some of my tags are related to eating style and I’ll work on making the tags more useful going forward.
I asked this as a benchmark question and I’m gratified at the answer. It makes me happy to know people are cooking from recipes I’ve shared.
Again, not a big surprise…I’ve had over 100 cookbooks at one point and now Pinterest holds most of my bookmarked recipes. It’s my pleasure to cook from recipes I’ve curated for one reason or another, but I will never be able to cook all of them.
The responses to this question and the others will help me plan out my content.
I was kind of surprised by the response for this question. I’ll try to remember to take more process photos but it’s difficult to do when I’m also cooking. I have a few videos to edit and will add them to Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen’s YouTube channel (I have 4 whole subscribers, lol) but I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point where I make a video for every post.
Almost all of my traffic comes from Pinterest and Google Search and this response reflects that, sisters excepted!
I’m very grateful for those of you who like the blog well enough to follow it through email. There will be some changes starting in September. I’m going to add a weekly digest which will include the posts for the week plus some curated content I think you’ll find interesting. My plan is to continue the current list so if you prefer to be notified for each new post you will receive the daily email, but all new subscribers will get the the weekly digest. Look for an email with more details.
I asked this question because I’ve been wondering whether to invest in advertising and where would be a good place to make an investment…and it answers a question as to why I get very little traffic from Twitter, hahaha.
I share a lot of stuff on social media; old posts, other bloggers and websites that might be interesting and baby animals. Here are other places where you can find Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen online:
Many of you took the time to leave helpful comments. I’m not going to address them here but I assure you I’ve read them and appreciate them.
Thanks again to those who participated in the survey! You’ve given me a lot to act upon and think about. I’m excited to make Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen into a great resource for plant loving omnivores.