Happy Tuesday folks. I hope the weekend past was good for you! As I mentioned in my last post, Lynne and I were away staying at a bunk house in Glen Clova with our friends, Liam and Catherine for a bit of hillwalking. Let’s just say it was a wet! In fact very wet! I’ll post the photographs and an update on the weekend past, in my next blog update.
So, the blog survey results from this post are in. Folks, firstly thanks to you all for taking the time to complete it, and for your thoughts and kind comments on what you like and would like to see more of here. 😀
So, I’ll stop prattling on here and get straight into it.
Well that’s a bit of a relief for me isn’t it? I mean when you put yourself out there, you never know what’s going to come back! If you’d all voted that your top thing that you liked to read the most as being “photography” I might have needed to consider changing the blog name!
But seriously, I’m delighted that recipes are up there as your number 1 with 29%. Good too that next you like our holidays and trips away. I must admit whilst I love cooking and sharing my recipes with you, after that, I totally love showcasing places we’ve been to and visited. Hence I’m always
hoping going on about the weather being half decent, so I can get some good shots of the stunning scenery and places we have to visit in this country.
My exercise and healthy livings facts were written quite early on when I just started to put my blog together, so I’m aware they need to be brought up to date. That is something I’ve been meaning to do. When I have more time I’ll work on those areas.
Those of you who are long term blog followers will know that I’m studying photography and web development through attending college courses and learning online via the lynda.com site. My long term goal is to be proficient in these areas. So the fact that you weren’t too concerned reading about those things put me at ease. I’ve been paranoid that because I’d spoken about them, I’d put myself under pressure to deliver posts written about those areas NOW, rather than further down the line, when I feel more confident to do so. Phew!
Next, question 2, the lunch recipe category at 23%, being your favourite recipe category was a bit of a surprise, but not unwelcome as it’s a category I add to frequently. This was closely followed by an equal 19% of votes for snacks, dinner and breakfast. Then came pudding and home baking.
The results here tell me that you like the spread of recipe categories, with more emphasis on lunch, snacks, dinner and breakfast. I fully take on board that snacks is definitely a recipe category I need to add more to, and more frequently and that’s something you’d like to see too. This area has been lacking attention.
Generally I’ll only do one home baking recipe and one pudding recipe per month. Saying that there hasn’t been any of those since May, although I did update the recipe photographs for my chocolate chip bread and butter pudding recently. Still that’s not really the same is it?
Question 3, this says to me vegetarian curry for breakfast! Ha ha! 😉 Well I am 100% with you all there! Wouldn’t that be great (and totally healthy) for breakfast? In fact I ladled spoonful’s of spinach curry onto my plate for breakfast when we were in Kenya on honeymoon a couple of years ago, so I’m definitely happy to go with that!
However, back in reality, I see from these results, for the recipe types, that you want to see more emphasis on vegetarian, curry and cooked breakfast options. Whilst there was equal weighting on meat and poultry, casseroles and home baking.
I have to admit that Lynne and I often eat more vegetarian options now during the week. Quorn is substituted for when any recipe calls for beef. The lean white meats of chicken or turkey come next and we try and get at least two portions of fish in per week. What I refer to in our personal weekly menu as “Fish Friday”, trying to have the other recommended portion of oily fish as a lunch.
Question 4 was more for me to see where you found out about the survey or where you became a follower from.
Facebook changed their algorithm recently, so Neil’s Healthy Meals doesn’t go into quite so many people’s news feeds now, unless you pay for it to do so. I was reluctant for so long to do this, but as I look to increase the blog following, to gain more hits and hopefully at least cover the blog hosting costs, from the advertising revenue, that may be something I consider more of for future. And of course a “give-away” to gain more blog followers which I still haven’t done yet!
The other thing that I love is commenting on my blogging friends’ blogs and finding new blogging friends, those with similar interests, themes and topics. I find this works well for me to spread the word. It didn’t surprise me regarding the 4 other social media options that nobody selected. From my experience, (and this is different for other blogs I know) those media bring folks who are only interested in the recipes or pictures. (Which is totally fine with me). But that is not to say that future blog followers might find me that way.
Q5. Please tell me from my knowledge, what I could help you with more?
- Healthy eating
- Living well
- More meatless meals
- Supplements and the use of
- Recipes with no refined sugars or sweeteners other than for natural ones, like fruit
- Trips away
- New healthy ideas for breakfast other than oats and fruit every day
I’ve summarised the main requests / comments received in bullets above for question 5. There are some new topics for me to write about, like supplements and no refined sugars or sweeteners which I’m delighted to look into further. There are also topics that are already there to be added to, like healthy eating, living well and new healthy ideas for breakfast.
As my July blogging schedule is pretty much already planned (you know me and my planning) I’ll be looking to implement your feedback above from August onwards by:-
- Ensure there is at least one holiday / trip away post per month.
- Two lunch/dinner recipes per month, with more emphasis on vegetarian options.
- Two breakfast recipes per month, not always oats.
- One healthy snack recipe per month.
- Alternate between one home baking and one pudding recipe per month.
- One written article on topics requested from question 5.
So, assuming my maths is correct, the above summary gives 8 posts for Neil’s Healthy Meals per month, 2 per week. As there’s usually 4 weeks in a month, that fits rather nicely! Obviously I’ll run that as best I can. I welcome any feedback from you with regards to this proposal. 🙂
As Lynne loves to plan and sort out holidays and trips away for us, you can bet she’ll be happy with ensuring at least one holiday / trip away per month for this post happens too. So on that note I’ll leave you with this photograph below, which shows you what’s to come in the next update. See you then!