In January, I asked the folks who visit HalfEagle to fill out a short survey. I even offered a $25 coupon for TrailStop.com to a random survey filler-outer. I’d like to share some of the insights from that survey as well as the winner of the coupon!
For each question on the survey, I’ll share the most important insights I gleaned from the results.
My biggest insight from the first question on the survey was simply, over half of the folks who visit HalfEagle are parents of Scouts who volunteer their time as a leader with a Scouting unit. Good to know if I’m thinking about adding a new “Council Event Centennial Planning” topic. 😉
This was rather surprising to me. If you anxiously read the BSA Annual Report each year like I do, you already know that there are almost twice as many Cub Scouts as Boy Scouts. I guess I failed to notice there are more Boy Scout adult leaders than Cub Scout adult leaders, but this gap is still surprising. I think this probably reflects that more of the blogs on HalfEagle are focused on Boy Scouts than Cub Scouts, and this is probably because of my bias as a Scoutmaster toward reading those blogs. I’ll try to add some more quality Cub Scouting and Venturing blogs. If you know of one, recommend it in the comments here. 😀
This was a really cool thing to discover. With over half of our readers being members of the OA, almost half having gone through Woodbadge Training, and over 1/3 are Eagle Scouts, HalfEagle’s audience (you!) are some of the most accomplished Scouters out there! This just begs for some way to tap into the knowledge and experience of our community to help folks who are just starting out.
I’ve been itching to make HalfEagle just a lil’ bit wider. I was thinking one extra column of content would really help us all discover valuable new Scouting content. However, after asking you for your advice, it sounds like the status quo is favored. Since there was interest in a fluid layout though, that fluid layout may add a third column for folks with large windows open. I’ll definitely keep this in mind when I make changes to the layout.
This was the most “controversial” question of them all. By controversial, I mean that most of the responses were comments about the feature and most of the comments were negative. Your overall opinion of the feature could be summed up as “Yeah, that’s neat, but how does rating posts help me?” So, I’m probably going to remove this feature and replace it with something else. I want some way to know which posts are the “great” posts, but this wasn’t the best way to go about that.
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This mostly jives with my own personal opinion about the different content. The bloggers featured on HalfEagle do a phenomenal job and they’re the entire reason why the site exists in the first place. So, it’s no shock that everyone agreed the blog posts were the best content on the site.
There were a couple surprises here for me. First, that Flickr images was the least awesome content. I would put that as the second best thing! Clearly, the least awesome content shouldn’t be taking up a primo spot at the top of the page.
The second thing that surprised me was that new Scouting Resources was almost as awesome as the blog posts. If you look at where they are on the page, they don’t exactly have a prime position on the page. So, just the fact that they were rated so highly speaks volumes to how hungry we are for new skits, songs, and program ideas.
The relative ranking here will definitely influence the next version of the site design.
I want to repeat the disclaimer from the survey itself: these ideas were just some random things I came up with off the top of my head. I don’t even know if they are all possible, I just wanted to know what I should spend my time working on.
That said, I will not worry about adding a Girl Scout section to HalfEagle. 😉 I definitely need to figure out three features though: a way to announce Scouting-related contests, a way to save favorite posts, and a way to separate content focused on specific program areas. If you other ideas for features on the site, please comment below!
Oh, and the winner of the $25 TrailStop.com coupon is… ::drum roll::
Kipp W. from Tennessee! If this is you, make sure you check the email address you used when you took the survey. Congratulations!
I’d also like to add a big thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. HalfEagle cannot continue to be a success without the support and input of it’s loyal readers. Thank you.