May 24, 2007

Blog survey.

If you have a few minutes, please take this survey about blog reading. It's for academic purposes and has no questions about commercial products (like the last one I linked to). It's mostly trying to find out why people read blogs. (Warning: I don't think it works in Safari. I had to use Firefox.)

12 comments:

Super-Electro-Magnetic Midget Launcher said...

Why do people take surveys?

George said...

Survey Author--

How can your survey be valid, considering that respondents are self-selected and not randomly picked?

I am sorry, but I can't give you 20 minutes.....

That's a long time....

Cyrus Pinkerton said...

It takes less than 10 minutes.

It's extremely uninteresting.

My favorite question asks you to rate on a scale of 0-10 the strength of your party affiliation. The lowest available rating choice is 1, not 0.

Peter Palladas said...

I did it. Told 'em what I thought on Iraq. CIA busted down my door ten minutes later. That far that quick. Cool.

Simon said...

The best question is as to how supportive is "the news media's (broadcast TV, cable TV, and newspapers) attitude towards the Iraqi War?" To which the honest answer isn't so much "not supportive at all" (the closest available option) as "actively hostile."

With these surveys, you kind of have to just take them for what they are, accepting the limitations of the medium. There's some dumb questions (how can one possibly rate the depth and fairness of all "Electronic Mailing Lists/Bulletin Boards" in any meaninful sense?), but they have to formulate this stuff somehow in order to get quantifiable data.

OTOH, I love that one of the reasons offered for why a respondent might access blogs is "to avoid conservative media bias." Really? Conservative media bias? Not until several pages later do they ask if I'm seeking to avoid liberal media bias. The authors of this survey reveal their hand, methinks...

Simon said...

Cyrus Pinkerton said...
"It's extremely uninteresting."

Yeah, this time they didn't want to know my favorite brand of vodka or anything fun like that. ;) My guess is that the thesis is how attitudes about Iraq correlate to how and how often one uses blogs. They seem rather fixated on Iraq.

Beth said...

I got to the third or fourth page of questions and was asked first on my view of the Iraq war, then the other question was "Which statement best reflects the news media's (broadcast TV, cable TV, and newspapers) attitude towards the Iraqi War?"

Not "do you believe the media has an attitude" and then follow up with options to rate that attitude, but "what is the attitude?" Gee, is this blog biased about MSM?

So much for that survey.

Maxine Weiss said...

You can't be more creative in your posts?

Ann Althouse said...

This might be my most boring post ever! Sorry.

Peter Palladas said...

This might be my most boring post ever! Sorry.

Impossible dear lady.

And that is not my being gallant, just obsessing on a mathematical puzzle - which is the lowest uninteresting number?

BTW - the CIA have fixed my door, but the lurcher's been taken in for questioning.

Schaz said...

My nit with the survey is that you're asked how likely you are to read blogs that you agree with, but not the natural follow-up of how likely you are to read blogs that you disagree with. I'm very likely to read both, but by only asking the first question, I'm afraid they're inferring that the choices are exclusionary. (More bias on their part.)

Ann Althouse said...

Schaz: I had exactly the same problem and wrote to them about that question, which is plainly defective. They say that if you're equally likely to go to blogs you agree with and blogs you disagree with, the right answer is 5 (of 10)! I, like you, read it literally, and then when I saw the lack of a second question, I suspected they didn't mean it that way. In fact, they didn't!