• Survey Results*

    So, after having my survey up for a week, an amazing FIFTY-SIX people completed my survey!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!! I really appreciate your feedback!! I’m going to leave it up for a few more days, so if you haven’t submitted your answers yet, please do!

    I wanted to share the results with you, so I’m a loser and made graphs to display them. :) My first question was:

    1) Are you a regular reader of my blog?
    I loved the “other” responses through the whole survey… it allowed me to really see what people were thinking. It’s funny… even though I deliberately wanted the survey to be anonymous, I can definitely tell which answers were from some of my good (and funny) friends. haha! For this question, they were:

    *I hate it.
    *You have a blog?
    *I just found out about it
    *Well, I read it once in a while which makes me not a regular reader (=no) so pick whichever response you like best…
    *I’ve only just begun!
    *new reader

    2) Do you enjoy my blog?

    3) Of the following options, which do you best like to read about?

    The “other” responses:
    *I can’t read.
    Too much about you, not enough about others. -François
    I don’t really read blogs
    I like it all!!!!!
    I haven’t read anything yet
    none of the above

    4) Do you think I should have “themed days” for my blog? (as well as regular blogging)
    5) If I DID start themed blog days, which of the following would you enjoy reading about?
    The “other” answers:
    *How amazing [François] is –I’ll have you introduce you to François… haha
    *I don’t really read blogs, so I don’t really know what I would like a blogger to blog about, I don’t really read that much on the internet

    *[G Unit]
    –he wrote it twice for extra emphasis. haha

    6) Lastly, if you are a “secret reader” of my blog, why don’t you leave comments?
    This last question generated a LOT of “other responses” and I’ll share a few with you! It opened my eyes to things I hadn’t considered…

    *Because leaving comments is for suckers.
    *I never knew you had a blog
    *and im just fn lazy!!
    *The fact that I’m able to squeeze 5 minutes out of each day to read your blog is about the only 5 minutes I have to spare. Not sure I can find another two to comment. But I will try!
    *I’m shy!!! I do enjoy your blogs, you have a fun sense of humour!!
    *I never read your blog, Im sorry Shop Girl :)
    *i have left a comment haven’t i and if i haven’t I apologize and will leave a comment when necessary
    *I am NOT a secret reader…I tell you that I read your blog! And I ask you regularly to blog!!
    *I’m not a secret reader, but I don’t always have anything to say, or I’m too lazy to sign in. but let me take this opportunity to say I love *love** reading it. And I appreciate and enjoy how wholesome the content is. (thumbs up for making the simple things sound so appealing). (heart, tulip)
    *i love you! it’s K!
    *i comment lover!
    *I am not a secret reader, Veggie Carrie x
    *I am not a secret reader, but you’re such a nice person that I feel bad for not reading your blog.

    This last question was probably the most interesting for me. Over the past several weeks I’ve had a number of people “come out of the closet” about being long-time secret readers of my blog (hence the question) and I also had a fun mystery game of trying to figure out the identity of one of my anonymous readers! It’s not that I’m begging for comments, rather I was curious to know why people were secretly reading. I was surprised to see that a lot of people preferred to remain anonymous (which is totally okay!!) but also that a lot of people chose “I didn’t know I could leave comments!!” as their answer.

    If you would like to leave a comment, here is how: at the end of each entry you’ll see something like this at the bottom

    Scribbled by Shop Girl* at 4:23pm 3 people love me
    Labels: Learning to comment

    The text that I have bolded in red is where you would click to leave a comment / read what other people have posted. [scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll see it] You can comment anonymously–and I’ll never know it’s you! If you do decide to comment (and want me to know that it’s you), I ask that you to leave only your first name OR make a nickname for yourself as I try to remove all personal details from my blog for privacy reasons. :)

    Other than that, this question gave me some insight into options I hadn’t considered, such as a lack of time, or simply not having anything to add. Thank you so much for responding– it was great to learn what my readers were/are thinking!!

    If you haven’t completed it yet, you can take it by clicking HERE.

    Again, thank you!

    Shop Girl*

  • Memorable Words*

    On Saturday morning, I posted this:

    Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don’t blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don’t blog about, but you’d like to hear about, and I’ll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on slash, favorite type of underwear, writing techniques etc. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.

    I got some great responses, and I’ll answer them one at a time. I really liked what people suggested, so I think I’ll post this every so often and see what people are curious about. If you have a response / question for me please feel free to add it in a comment at the bottom of this post! :)

    Frankofile asked the first question:

    Memorable words: Do you have favourite poem, something you learned as a child perhaps? Or do you find the words of song or a saying particularly memorable? A jingle from a TV ad? – Tell us what it is, why you like/don’t like it, why you think it’s memorable.

    Hmmm. Sadly, I don’t know that I do have a favourite poem. I have many poems that I enjoy, but not one that touches me in a way that I would give it such a title. I would have to say that I have always loved The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service (I learned it by heart in grade 5 and have always remembered it), or Alfred Noyes’ The Highwayman. Anyone who has seen Anne of Green Gables will likely understand why. :) I have always enjoyed writing poetry though… and have posted a couple that I have written on here. I do feel like study of poetry is lacking in our school system–it has almost been wholly removed and I feel as though I really missed out on some of the finer aspects of literature.

    There are a number of sayings that I hold dear to my heart. While my grandfather was still alive he always used to say, “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” I’ve always remembered that. Also, Harold Hill’s famous words from the Music Man: “If you build up enough tomorrows you’ll have nothing but a bunch of empty yesterdays.” I know Spart will agree with me on that one. :) I remember and love the first quote because every time I hear it or say I am reminded of my Gumpo (grandpa), whom I miss with every fibre of my being. That statement was so much of who he was and what he lived by. He was and is my hero in so many ways, and I think that it is so true… if you are going to do something, then not only do it, but do it to the best of your ability. The second quote speaks to one of my weaknesses–I’m horrible for procrastinating and for putting things off because they make me nervous or uncomfortable. But I don’t ever want to end up with empty yesterdays so I try and force myself to do things. :)

    As for music… I could fill an entire book about music or lyrics that have moved me in some way. I have always felt a deep connection to music–I’m one of those people that gets goosebumps or can be moved to tears by a well-written melody or harmony. I suppose right now I’m in love with the lyrics of a song that reminds me just how quickly time passes. My mother used to sing it to me as a child:

    Turn Around (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
    Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
    Where are you goin’ my baby my own?
    Turn around and you’re two
    Turn around and you’re four
    Turn around and you’re a young girl
    Going out the door

    Turn around
    Turn around
    Turn around and you’re a young girl
    Going out of the door
    (Turn around and you’re a young wife
    With babes of your own)

    Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
    Little dirndles and petticoats, where have you gone?
    Turn around and you’re tiny
    Turn around and you’re grown
    Turn around and you’re a young wife
    With babes of your own


    Where are you goin’ my little one, little one?
    Where are you goin’ my baby my own?

    I’ve been really reminiscent lately as I prepare to potentially move on to the next phase of my life (after university) and I can’t help but wonder where on earth the last 23 years have gone. Time really is fleeting… the words just seem to speak to this indescribable feeling I have.

    So, I hope that answers your question(s)! I loved the theme… please feel free to offer another if you think of one!

    Shop Girl*

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