Readership survey contest winner and insights

It’s taken me some time to sift through everything, but The Sin City Siren Readership Survey has been well worth the effort. Thank you to all those who participated and for all the insights and comments left by a surprising number of you!

I’ve learned a surprising amount from what you’ve told me!

For instance, it’s pretty clear to me that Siren readers feel about the same way I do about Pinterest. Only one person said they used it! My apologies to that person, but thank goodness for me! I already spend waaay too much time on social media as it is!

It also looks like the majority of you hear about The Siren the old-fashioned way — word of mouth. It’s kind of refreshing to hear that in this modern age. People still talk to each other! And it’s pretty clear that for all the gadgets and social media apps, a lot of you read The Siren from the comfort of your good-ol computer. Old school.

There were some interesting thoughts and idea conveyed in the optional written question and some great feedback throughout. I was surprised by how many of you used the comments section on a great many of the questions. Sirens are not afraid to express themelves! Love it!

I do appreciate some of the comments, which I am sharing here anonymously:

I like how rational you are, despite how repressive Nevada culture is. The points you raise are balanced and easily followed.

I’m pretty sure that there are some conservatives who would argue about how rational I am! But thanks! I appreciate that.

I appreciate having a news sources that doesn’t shrink from expressing outrage at injustice, but which is also responsible and accurate. I also like that, even in the face of a seemingly endless stream of attacks on women’s rights, you also take the time to report on our progress. I read a lot that makes me angry on The Siren, which is good, but I also get to read stories that give me some hope.

This site is 50% fueled by outrage on any given day!

I also liked that even though I gave people an out with “N/A” or “Prefer not to answer” on some questions, there were still folks who left me comments like, “None of your beeswax.” I agree! It’s none of my beeswax. That’s why you could just click “prefer not to answer.”

But seriously, it was hard to craft some of the questions. I tried my best to make sure they were inclusive, while not being overly obtrusive. Of course, the survey was voluntary, so no one was forced to take it. And the information I gathered is to help me get to know my changing audience better. If I’m constantly writing about white privilege and all you want are stories about sexism in Las Vegas … I’m not giving you what you want. Of course, this is a benevolent dictatorship. I will still write some things because it’s my site and I think they need to be said. But I also don’t want to waste time writing about things that nobody wants to read.

I do take some of the comments to heart. And I apologize if I offended anyone with the survey questions or how they were worded. One question in particular — an optional question asking for race/ethnicity — generated a lot of heat.

I have always disliked this question. I am a minority enough as it is without setting my laundry in the street.

I agree. This question is frustrating. I dislike having to ask it. And it may seem obtuse to include it still, but there are some valid reasons for including it. For one, when I get emails or messages from folks who claim that feminism and feminist sites only attract white followings because they are by and for white audiences, I have some kind of data to back up what I say (that it is not always the case). While feminism does have a rather well-documented and long-history of a race problem. I like to think I do my small part in dismantling that here on The Siren. I talk about race issues, and specifically about white privilege often, because I think it is important for white people to actively engage in that discussion and to actively be a part of the solution. I am proud to say that The Siren has a diverse audience, represented by gender identities, races, ethnicities, sexualities, ages, and more. But it’s hard for me to back up that assertion without collecting actual data from time to time.

As always I’m interested to see what interests you. Rape culture, Nevada politics, reproductive rights, and LGBT issues topped the charts — which should surprise no one. I was, however, a little surprised to see gun control, Title IX, and equal pay falling toward the bottom. (Although, in the case of gun control, I’m glad. I have no desire to write about it!)

Again, I want to thank everyone for participating. And remember, you can always send me a message or leave comments here, on Facebook, on twitter, or email.

Finally, I wanted to announce that Gabrielle has won the contest! She will receive $25 worth of Teazled merchandise and a box of goodies mailed directly from yours truly! Special thanks to Teazled and to Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada for providing prizes! Congratulations to Gabrielle! (And stay tuned, I may do another give-away in the near future!)

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