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Suzlyfe Survey Results!

Curious about the Suzlyfe Survey Results? So was I! I was pleasantly surprised by what you had to say–both regarding what I am doing well and what I need to work on.

I already knew that I had fantastical magical readers, and this survey proved it.  I want you all to know that yes, this is my blog, and I will do what I want, as it were, but I also view this blog and the content that I put out as a relationship–you should have a say!

Look over the Suzlyfe Survey Results and find out what to expect from the future of Suzlyfe!

Also, I have to admit something: I put that survey together the night before. I’m looking at making changes in my life and potentially the blog, and I needed to answer some questions! I actually have some more questions for you–so know that more may be coming! But for now, here we go!

What the Suzlyfe Survey Told Me in General:

  • Majority of readers are long time, regular readers–the majority for over a year and many over 2 years! To those who are long time readers, thank you so much! To my newer readers… GET CAUGHT UP WHY DON’T YOU
  • This tells me that we truly have a community here. You like to come here, you appreciate that I take the time to personally interact with you, and that you feel comfortable here.

Comfortable like Ridley!

Preferences and Constructive Suggestions

  • You are interested in healthy eating and cooking, but not so much in my recipes. So I will continue to do what I do, which is to post them every now and then, and more in a “life hack” type of way–because you know that is how I came up with them in the first place. (Like my Microwave Baked Oatmeal hack)
  • You aren’t so into product reviews… which I pretty much knew. And I know that there have been a number of them recently–part of that is the season and part of that is me giving back to the community that is giving to me. I only review products that I feel are a natural fit for my life, and I don’t accept product review requests if they aren’t something that I would or do use myself. That is part of the reason why I then mention them often afterwards–because I am using them! But please know that I TRULY TRULY mean it when I say that “All Opinions are My Own.” Because you know I can’t keep my mouth shut.

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  • You like the fact that I offer running information (in fact, many of you are interested in those posts), but you prefer my life-centric posts and the fact that I keep it real. You are a bit conflicted as an audience with regards to the fact that I participate in link ups. On the one hand, it might be why you are here, but on the other hand, you feel like it might take away from the genuine nature of the blog. Which I totally understand, but I also think that it is very interesting–I almost NEVER write my posts more than a day (maybe two) in advance. Ask Alex. I’m not kidding. I’ve talked about this in the past–I can’t force my writing (unless it is a freelance article with a topic given to me). So rest assured: what you are getting from me is 100% of the moment and ME. That said, I will do my best to be mindful of not seeming like I am forcing something (even if I am not–but it will make me a better writer for it!). 

 

Ridley in her new dog coat!

  • That there aren’t enough pictures of the Puppster. Maybe she wrote that, though…
  • I can be a bit verbose. Nuff Said.

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What you like:

  • Me. So you are all nuts and need to see your own psychiatrist STAT.
  • You like that I pull no punches, that I lay it all out there. Which I am very happy to hear, because I really do pour my heart out to you. I know that some of my posts over the past 6+ months have been a bit… tough. I’m not going to apologize for that, but I do understand that a few of you might have felt that I was a little too “woe is me” about that. The fact that I came across in such a way is regrettable, but I don’t think that there is any other way I could have gone about it: I truly was in a major depressive and anxiety episode. (Thank you all for your support throughout, by the way)

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  • By and large, you like what I am doing. You think that I have a good mix of posts and interests, and that we share similar interests but also different enough stories to find what I have to say interesting. (OMG SO MANY INTEREST WORDS AT ONCE)
  • You guys are interested in my infertility journey! To be honest, so am I… I have no clue what is going to happen on this journey, but knowing that you all are behind me (which I knew) and that you wanted to know about the process (which I wasn’t sure about) means that can continue to treat this space as I always have: a place amongst friends.

What You Can Expect:

Nailed my fall running layer again! Scenes from my run--late fall running perfection in Chicago as the sun rises!

  • The same ol’ Suz. She ain’t going nowhere, as far as I know. That is part of the reason that I am in therapy.
  • Continuing to work on my writing and honing my skills as a writer. That will come in handy as I am working on a few ebook projects.
  • A continued mix of content: food (though you would like a bit less of that), running (with less focus on the marathon–which I will oblige as we are out of the heat of marathon season!), thinking and mental health posts, and information on infertility.
  • Keeping an eye on my reviews and recipe–perhaps being a bit more discerning, or finding a different way to go about the content. I will be more careful with the link ups (though there are a few that I always participate in, and one that I host!) so that they don’t feel like I am forcing anything.

I want to part with this: This blog isn’t that big. I don’t make much money off of it (it is essentially enough to keep the blog lights on, but not much more), I don’t have pageviews like many of the other blogs out there, I don’t command the same prices… I do this because I love it. What you find when you come to Suzlyfe is me. Nothing more, never less. (Thanks, Fage, for that great slogan, btw)

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Like I said, you guys are my family, and I (hope) will never pay my family to hang out with me! Forced family fun, maybe 😀

Speaking of Link Ups, tomorrow will be Running Coaches Corner, and it is going to be a fun one! Thursday will be a short post in light of the holiday, but make certain that you come back on Friday because it will be the Suzlyfe Blogiversary and there is going to be a GIGANTIC giveaway!

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49 Comments

  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Keep doing what your doing! Not everything is about page views and once you reach said page views if doesn’t mean anything unless you leverage it. You’re doing amazing!
    Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted…Fear Of Living Without PainMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 5:09 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Megan. I don’t really feel the need to change anything major, just maybe to give myself permission not to push so hard all the time

      November 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply jennifer

    Well, the pupster IS pretty dang cute!

    November 22, 2016 at 5:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And doesn’t she know it…

      November 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    This is why I love you. That ending paragraph about blog size…nailed it. Your content, reader engagement and HEART is why people keep coming back.
    Emily @ My Healthyish Life recently posted…Thankful + GratefulMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I’m very glad to have found your blog and I cant wait to see how the blog grows and changes with you. I’ll be sticking around 😀
    Heather @ Polyglot Jot recently posted…Navigating the Holidays with a Food IntoleranceMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is the best news 😀

      November 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    I think what makes your blog so great is how real you are and how you are willing to talk about the hard stuff. I always look forward to seeing what you put out there each day.
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…Healthier Crock Pot Pumpkin French ToastMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Julie! I’ve loved getting to know you on all levels–you have an incredible blog, and I love what you do!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    I love what you’re doing 😉 I like blogs that have a personal element to the author’s life without all the hour-by-hour details of every moment of every day. I think your blog has the perfect balance. I especially love that you keep it real. My biggest annoyance with social media is the filter people put out there….showing only the “good” and not the “real.”
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…The final countdown….My Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have to keep it real, largely because I don’t know how else to be! I’m just glad that you all can appreciate it!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    And, that’s why we keep coming back – because you are YOU! Love that you’ve recapped your survey.
    Anna @ Piper’s Run recently posted…Running Events in DecemberMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I love love love having you!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Cora

    This was interesting! Thanks for sharing the “results” you found. I think you know but I friggen love your recipes so I hope you don’t COMPLETELY stop. But it sounds like we are unanimous in saying that we love how you write personally, from you, 100% all the time, verbose or not.
    Cora recently posted…Savory Pumpkin Grilled CHEESEMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me? Talk to much? NEVAH. I will keep putting out recipes, and I won’t have my feelings hurt when they don’t get as much love–all it lets me know is what to expect!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Lindsey @ livinglovingrunner

    Keep it real, that is Suz 🙂
    Lindsey @ livinglovingrunner recently posted…fresh eats + meal prep + play time | Weekend HappeningsMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 8:13 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s all I know how to do!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    With my lack of posting on my own blog, I have since sort of taken a step back all together because I know I am not participating like a blogger should. That being said, your blog is one of the few I ALWAYS read, and will continue to do so because you are genuine and that is such a blessing in this very “fake” world these days. Also I love your recipes, so keep ’em coming! xoxo
    Michelle recently posted…It takes an ArmyMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Awwwww thank you, Michelle. I always keep an eye out for you, and I love that you are blogging at all–I think that it is a great release for you. xoxo

      November 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    Butt zits. Please.
    Suzy recently posted…Week In Review: PerspectiveMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    So interesting!!!! Congrats for the results
    Kelli @ Hungry Hobby recently posted…Pumpkin Pie Bars (Gluten Free)My Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 9:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, girl!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    I adore you, Suze. Keep it up Homegirl! And please, for the love of puppies, MORE OF THAT DANG SWEET GIRL!!! XOXOXO
    Run Colby Run recently posted…Tips for Having Your Best Race EverMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 9:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Alright alrigggghhhtt

      November 22, 2016 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Lol just realized I conducted a survey and then told zero people what it said. Oops. Anyway, HAHA about writing posts a day in advance. I might have pictures and ideas in advance, but it’s always the night before at 7pm when I’m like, “Okay, let’s talk.” And sometimes that means no post and sometimes that means the most random post, but it’s what I’m feeling and thinking, and that’s ultimately what both my blog-friends and I like – and that’s the kind of realness I ❤️ about you. Also, I wanna be you when I grow up.
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Double Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Power BitesMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 9:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh girl, no you do not. Then you will have a puppy that is (as I type) shredding paper as the cat taunts her.

      November 22, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie @ FlashFitTrainer

    Hey, I think it’s cool that you shared the results. It’s interesting to see how everyone “voted.” I love coming here because I can tell that you love it and you are very responsive to your readers. I shy away from blogs that don’t take the time to do that. Kudos!

    November 22, 2016 at 10:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Jessica. I have loved having you become a part of the community!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green

    LOVE that you don’t write posts in advance and write them in the moment. I really think that makes your blog so unique and so enjoyable to read. Keep up the great work 🙂
    Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green recently posted…Last Minute Holiday HummusMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 11:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Diana! It can mean that I write things late at night, but I hate writing too far in advance. A few days, at most!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Thank you for sharing the results with us!
    Yes, this is not a huge blog, it is more like a daily cup-of-coffee-visit with a close friend, or even friends.

    I love, LOVE that you post your readers comments. A lot of blog writers don’t and if they do, they never respond to the comments. You do.

    It takes a lot of time to repsond like you do, but those of us who read your blog daily, read the comments and we feel like we are among friends. We may never have the chance to meet each other, but we have come to know each other here.

    If you are writing on a topic that isn’t a major interest to me as a participant (running) I still enjoy what you have to say. Your coaching words can be applied to a lot of physical activities, also, your dealing with injuries is something that we all experience but often don’t know how to “work our way through.”

    You put and wear your heart on your sleeve and we love you for it–it makes us feel like we can come here and do the same and not find the criticism that seems to be given so freely everywhere else these days.

    Yay for you, Suz, and thank you!
    Mommy

    November 22, 2016 at 11:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I appreciate that you are looking at this as a reader, and not just as my mom. Because let’s be honest, you would check out anything that I put out there! But it means a lot that you think that it can truly stand up on its own.

      November 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I always enjoy my reader feedback because it helps to keep me focused and it also helps me to know what I should keep doing. I’ve even dropped some things I didn’t love so much as a result of some of the feedback I’ve received.
    As always, you have a killer community here.
    Ange // Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Weekend Recap: Disney Avengers Race WeekendMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Blogs can’t be one sided!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I LOVE THIS Suz. I love you. <3 Thankful to continually come back here and participate in this little community.
    Emily recently posted…Week In Review: Is Your Soul Weary and Heavy Laden?My Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m thankful to have you here!

      November 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Ana

    I really admire that you are putting your survey results out there… just like I was that you were putting the survey out!

    Couldn’t we always use more doggy pictures? I miss my doggy.
    Ana recently posted…Meatless (delayed) MondayMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 3:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks, Ana! I really appreciate that. I really do look at this as a relationship, and you all deserve to know! And definitely, there will be more doggy pic 😀

      November 25, 2016 at 10:22 am
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    You’re legit. Keep doing your thing.
    Helly on the Run recently posted…Touring New York CityMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    You are wonderful and so is your blog ❤️
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…EnduraPouch Fuel Pouch Review & GiveawayMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You aren’t too bad yourself!

      November 25, 2016 at 10:20 am
  • Reply San

    I think I was one of the people who just ‘liked’ everything and wanted you to keep doing what you’re doing…. so, DO THAT 🙂 So glad I found your blog.
    San recently posted…22: My official 1-year race-run-niversaryMy Profile

    November 22, 2016 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    No psychiatrist would ever take me as a client. 😉
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Tasting Protein Powder: A Love Story?My Profile

    November 23, 2016 at 12:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Lol, I dunno, you might be there thesis case

      November 25, 2016 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I love alllll the things – and your recipes… but then maybe I’m a recipe loving kinda girl.

    Ridley definitely needs more pictures though 😛 You can NEVER have too many puppy pictures!
    Kristy from Southern In Law recently posted…Recent Things: New Finds, Duct Tape and DentistsMy Profile

    November 25, 2016 at 1:42 pm
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