Please take our reader survey

Please take our reader survey some time today (Saturday) or tomorrow.

These surveys help us attract more and better advertisers, and while none of us like advertising, they’re (nearly) the sole thing keeping sites like this alive in a continually tough economy for media (we do get some donations, and I very much appreciate those of you who been so generous as to have helped us out, and I’ve actually started consulting again, even though I work 14 days on the blog – no choice).

We only need 100 more people to take the survey for us to reach the threshold that we can individual data for our site.  I just took the survey myself (they asked us to), and it’s not bad.  In previous years it was WAY long,  but this time it took me probably 5 minutes.

survey-2Just FYI, the survey is geared at the gay/LGBT community, because many of our sister sites using the same survey as gay/trans-focused sites.  But you don’t need to be gay to take the survey.  Just a reader :)

So please do take a minute to click through and take the survey, if you have the time.  Thanks so much, JOHN

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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36 Responses to “Please take our reader survey”

  1. Bigwar1701 says:

    Too long for my tastes. Get well into it and then saw I wasn’t even halfway done, too bad I can’t pick from where I left off. Also, not being LGBT, I didn’t feel like my input was needed that much. Nice website though.

  2. Sweetie says:

    Did it.

  3. Fifi says:

    Very much so. I felt downright greasy after taking that survey. Not at all the audience they are seeking

    And no, I’m not a ‘consumer’, thank you very much. I do not organize my life around acquisition and consumption of “stuff”, and even less so acquisition and consumption of “stereotypical high-disposable income gay stuff”. I was quite shocked by the questions. I found them quite demeaning, as a matter of fact.

    But, if it’s for John, no problem, no harm done :-)

  4. magster says:

    Despite the question that allowed me to identify as straight, the rest of the survey had many questions assuming I wasn’t, and so some answers weren’t a perfect fit. Just generally re: this blog, I read Americablog to keep updated on political issues generally, LGBT issues specifically and I enjoy John’s video links and Chris’ take on cultural issues and life in France.

  5. Jonas Grumby says:

    Done and Tweeting!

  6. Jonas Grumby says:

    Same. That was the one really bad thing about the survey. Pretty much ok otherwise.

  7. HeartlandLiberal says:

    Done. Although I self identify as straight. I left a comment at the end of the survey that the question on news media was not well designed. There was no answer to check that you read alternative / independent blogs and news sites as source of news. There should have been. I do not trust the mainstream media, and normally read them only when redirected there from an independent blog such as this. That is a critical oversight in the design of the survey.

  8. hauksdottir says:

    I’m straight. Ticked the pertinent box and moved on.

    Since a noticeable percentage of us won’t be LGBT, they should probably have a question about why we are concerned/curious/supportive enough of gay issues to even be taking their survey. ;)

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  10. Tom J says:

    Done deal John…painless to do.

  11. karmanot says:

    Did hit the AB box, but nothing else on that question.

  12. lileasy says:

    Did it, John. Painless.

  13. mwestport says:

    At least this one wasn’t all about shopping which I don’t do much of these days. Fixed income disabled. I’m happy if I can afford a pair of pants or new razors for shaving.

  14. Thanks everyone. And yeah it’s surprisingly painless this year around :-)

  15. FLL says:

    It was nice and brief.

  16. quax says:

    Thanks! Took it now, didn’t see the sexual orientation box at first as they didn’t have it until screen three. Left a comment that things would be clearer if this box showed up at the very beginning.

  17. karmanot says:


  18. Zorba says:

    I like to think that this is what the smarter people do.
    Of course, given all of the snooping nowadays by both the government and the Internet companies, it probably doesn’t matter a whole he!! of a lot.

  19. Zorba says:

    Yes. I’m straight, and I took it.

  20. Rob says:

    I id the same as well.

  21. Ninong says:

    Yes, of course, take the survey. One of the first boxes is to check your sexual orientation. Yes, there’s a box for straight people.

  22. quax says:

    The survey is addressed to the LGBT Community, now I am very outspoken on gay rights, but I am straight, so should I take the survey?

  23. nicho says:

    Yeah. Since I’m not a “consumer,” I always feel like I’m letting people down when I take these surveys. “Do you plan on buying XXX during the coming year?” No. If I have to buy something, I will, but I’m not planning onnit.

  24. Zorba says:

    Same here. Took the survey, didn’t give them the optional info, such as email and salary.

  25. kingstonbears says:

    Done, so one less for tomorrow.

  26. Steve_in_RI says:

    Took it. I am not a good candidate for their market….especially in the sports related arena….zero interest! Seemed innocuous enough.

  27. leathersmith says:

    nailed it!

  28. BeccaM says:

    Normally I don’t do these kinds of surveys, but since it’s you asking, John, I did.

    Fortunately, they didn’t demand my email address, otherwise I would’ve bailed. I’m glad they had that be just optional.

  29. Ninong says:

    Well, it’s not like John wrote the questions. It’s designed for marketing purposes. If I’m not mistaken, I think that’s how most blogs get money to keep going — advertising.

    I took the survey. I know I’m not in the ideal target audience for marketing purposes but I took it anyway. I didn’t feel offended by any of the questions. I just checked off the boxes that applied and moved on to the next page.

  30. Naja pallida says:

    Felt much the same.

  31. PeteWa says:


  32. condew says:

    The survey was a lot like saying “You’re not the audience I’m seeking.”

  33. Skeptical Cicada says:


  34. Indigo says:

    Took it, didn’t like it.

  35. pappyvet says:

    I must admit,I dont like surveys generally but that was a pretty good one,it appeared to have had some depth of thought applied

  36. pappyvet says:

    Taking it now,not a problem John

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