First, allow me to apologize for being mostly absent this week. Between taking care of my car, hanging out with a one year old, and my perverse fascination with the St. Louis Cardinals, I haven’t had much time to spend on the website. That said, it seems like as good a time as any to use my readers- the bread and butter of tdylf.com- for some free market research. This is your chance to have a direct impact and help drive content that’s geared towards you, because I aim to please.
Here are several questions regarding my little corner of the film blogosphere. If you would be so kind, please answer these questions in the comment section. If you prefer anonymity, feel free to omit your name while leaving the comments. Anything goes here. I want open and honest opinions. Also, feel free to answer as few or as many questions as you’d like. In the immortal words of Jackie Gleason, “and awaaaaay we go”.
1. Which features do you enjoy most about TDYLF?
This includes reviews, lists, Don’t Watch It, Great Moments in Movie History, Charts and Infographics, photoshop posts, general essays (think the recent Knowing When to Say When With a TV Series), Iron Director, and Re-Watchterpiece Theater.
2. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving more attention at TDYLF?
Maybe you’d like to see more actor writeups. Perhaps it’s more about certain directors. Certain kinds of movies, certain themes, certain film movements, etc… Again, anything goes.
3. How do you find the interface?
Are the fonts legible enough? Too big? Too small? Are the visuals too plain? Too busy? Would you like articles to feature more or less photos? More or less videos? How is the load time on the website? Does it load quicker or slower (or the same) compared to other websites? Does it add to your enjoyment when articles have specific banners (like this one, for instance)?
4. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving less attention at TDYLF?
Anything goes here.
5. Are there specific genres that you feel should get more or less attention?
6. How do you find the writing style?
Is it easy to read? Difficult to read? Poignant? Boring? Long-winded? Too many grammatical mistakes? Too much (or not enough) AP style?
7. Is there enough content?
I typically update somewhere between four and five times per week. Would you like more? Do you prefer five?
8. About the ads…
There is a revolving ad underneath the first post of the homepage, and then a revolving ad at the bottom of every post (after the article but before the comments and tags). Do you find it helpful? Distractive? Cheap? Do you think nothing of it?
9. How would you describe the comments section?
Do you find it engaging? Is there enough discussion? Too little? Would you prefer a more or less interactive comments section?
10. Last but not least…
Is there anything else you’d like to add that’s not covered in the questions? Here’s your chance.
And there you have it. Those are the majority of my concerns when I come up with content. Thanks to everyone in advance for participating!