Help Make TDYLF a Better Place by Taking This Painless Survey!

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!


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13 responses to “Help Make TDYLF a Better Place by Taking This Painless Survey!

  1. I think this is a great idea, John. My answers:

    1: There’s really very little I don’t enjoy at TDYLF, but I especially love the recurring features such as Don’t Watch It and especially Iron Director. The infographics are also always amazing.

    2: I’ve said this before but I’d like to see more foreign film based posts. I realise many of your readers aren’t as equipped and experienced with foreign film as you, but perhaps you could start a recurring feature involving foreign cinema, or just a few more posts now and then. Also indie movies, too.

    3: I love the way the site is laid out, I really have no nitpicks here. The banners are all great.

    4: Don’t take offense, but baseball. I must be one of your only readers who doesn’t care for it. But I’m sure if I were American, that would be different.

    5: See my answer to #2.

    6: I like the writing style. It’s very unique and noticeably you. Highly opinionated but still very accessible, which I love.

    7: Five posts would be nice, but I certainly don’t want to push you. Even if the fifth is just a quick infographic or review and nothing too time-consuming, that’s fine. I don’t want to put you out or anything.

    8: I don’t think anyone likes ads, but I can’t say they’re that bothersome.

    9: Comments are good. Sometimes it takes you a while to reply but it’s never that long. In general, a great center for discussion and feedback.

    10: No, I think I pretty much covered everything. Great work on a brilliant site, my friend! TDYLF remains in top spot!

  2. John,

    First of all, the Phillies are killing me and there’s a part of me that hopes they lose to St. Louis so that they can end the agony that is Red October in the City of Brotherly Love. I gave up on sports a long time ago, but a winning 2008 season and a spectacular ball park rekindled my interest in baseball. Alas, we’re talking Philly here. I should know better. I love my hometown, but the sports teams will break your heart every time.

    Sorry… just needed to get that off my chest. For the record, you brought up the Cardinals, so I’m not completely off base here. 🙂

    As far as your blog, keep doing what you’re doing! You have a good mix of seriousness and good old fashioned fun. Keep up the great work!

    Cheers!
    G-LO

  3. 1. Which features do you enjoy most about TDYLF?
    I usually enjoy all the features on the site. It just really depends on things like whether I have seen the movies or get the jokes 😉

    2. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving more attention at TDYLF?
    I’d like to see more material related to new releases. Not necessarily movie reviews but making TDYLF more “current” could make the site even more exciting 😉

    3. How do you find the interface?
    It’s fine. I think you should use more explicit pictures and definitely have a thumbnail for every single post.

    4. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving less attention at TDYLF?
    TV stuff but that’s just me 😉

    5. Are there specific genres that you feel should get more or less attention?

    x

    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?

    Your writing style is cool. It’s your voice, I could care less as long as it’s easy to understand.

    7. Is there enough content?
    I typically update somewhere between four and five times per week. Would you like more? Do you prefer five?
    At least one post every weekday keeps the blog from going stale

    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?

    I don’t really mind although it doesn’t look all that well-integrated with the rest of your blog but that has more to do with the template.

    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?

    The more comments, the merrier. TDYLF has a nice community going so it’s always nice to join in.

  4. 1. What I like most is that you never know what is coming up next. It’s cool that you rarely have the same stuff twice. I also like that around a third of the stuff you talk about I have never seen. It makes me want to see those because of your feature. There are few times when I skip over your post due to disinterest or boredom.
    2. Don’t care, you pick. The reason I like this so much is cuz it’s shit I don’t know about or come up with. Wish I had some ideas for you to go with, but put me in the “Extremely Satisfied” column of that checkbox.
    3. Good, next.
    4. Your stuff man, that’s what keeps it fun. Do your thing.
    5. More Nazi Zombies, Samurai, Beer, Fantasy, Roller Skating, Stoner, Muppets, Chick Flicks and porn…
    6. Dude, we’re here because of the style.
    7. Customers are greedy by nature, If I was paying for this, I would say 5 days and take off weekends. Since you are doing this out of the goodness of your heart and on your free time, you can post as much and little as you want to.
    8. ads don’t throw me off, I hope you get something out of this.
    9.it’s cool that you jump in, I actually have caught myself just checking the commments section of a post I have already read, so that must be good right?
    10. People are here because they like what you are doing, keep up the good work. You have set a hefty precedent with the IMDB Hit List and post frequency, GREAT JOB! Thanks man, you are entertaining us all.

  5. 1. Which features do you enjoy most about TDYLF?
    I particularly enjoy Re-Watchterpiece Theatre. I also like Movies We Love, because often they are movies that I really do love. Generally, I like all the stuff you do, but those are two that I really look forward to.

    2. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving more attention at TDYLF?
    I like that you write about things you’re passionate about, whether it’s Asian horror (which I really do not enjoy) or foreign-language films (which I often enjoy if I take the time to watch them) or, well, all the things. It’s your blog and I’m here to absorb it.

    3. How do you find the interface?
    I click the link to your blog and it just appears. It’s not hard to find at all. Oh. Wait. That’s not what you meant? I like it. It’s clean, uncluttered.

    4. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving less attention at TDYLF?
    See #2. If a post doesn’t grab me (say, for instance, the baseball ones), I just move on. I know you’re gonna post something I really like soon enough.

    5. Are there specific genres that you feel should get more or less attention?
    Nope. Again, your blog. You write what strikes your fancy and I either like it (most of the time) or not (rarely).

    6. How do you find the writing style?
    It’s easy. I click the link… oh, right. I like the style. It’s easy-going, conversational. Like we’re hanging out with you while you go on and on and on about movies. In a good way.

    7. Is there enough content?
    I think so, yes. You should post as often or infrequently as you need to. We’ll read what you write.

    8. About the ads…
    There are ads?

    9. How would you describe the comments section?
    I like that there’s a community here of sorts. People read your stuff and it inspires them enough to respond. It’s nice when you reply, but not required.

    10. Last but not least…
    When are you going to write about Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid? (oh god, you’re not gonna tell me you haven’t seen it, are you?) It’s a personal favorite of mine, obviously, and I would love to hear what you have to say about it.

  6. MJ

    1. Which features do you enjoy most about TDYLF?
    I love the essays, infographics, charts, and Don’t Watch It for sure. But I agree with an earlier poster that the unpredictability is one of the things that makes this blog unique. So no, I wouldn’t suggest any ‘Bergman Tuesdays’ or anything…

    2. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving more attention at TDYLF?
    I really loved the movie taglines quiz. I’d love to see some more interactive features!

    3. How do you find the interface?
    Works great. That’s all I really have to say.

    4. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving less attention at TDYLF?
    I will admit to having skipped a baseball feature, but I still think you should stick with your passions. It is YOUR blog after all.

    5. Are there specific genres that you feel should get more or less attention?
    I was going to say Nazi Zombies, but somebody beat me to it. Um….I loved the piece on Buster Keaton, being 1 of my two favorite silent film stars (Clara Bow is the other). I would love to hear about even more old films, and I do mean old. I’m in love with that era right now, so maybe its just my addiction though.

    6. How do you find the writing style?
    If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t be here.

    7. Is there enough content?
    Just being cheeky, as I check it every day, I’d never turn down more content!

    8. About the ads…
    Never even notice them. But maybe you shouldn’t tell the people who placed them that….

    9. How would you describe the comments section?
    I think it’s perfectly interactive. I assume you do have an actual life in the real world, but I think you keep up with all the comments really well.

    10. Last but not least…
    Just… thanks for giving me another blog to obsess about!

  7. rtm

    1. Which features do you enjoy most about TDYLF?

    Our movie taste is quite different but I like most of your features, John. My faces are your fun lists, charts & infographics and your whimsical Photoshop posts. Keep ’em coming!
    2. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving more attention at TDYLF?

    I like the actor write-up idea, maybe do a featured actor once a month or whatever you think is best. That’s always a fun read.
    3. How do you find the interface?

    I think what you have here is fine the way it is.
    4. Is there anything you’d like to see receiving less attention at TDYLF?

    Hmm, I dunno. Less baseball? Just kidding. I just don’t get that game, maybe ’cause I grew up in Indonesia where baseball is not a popular sport at all.
    5. Are there specific genres that you feel should get more or less attention?
    How about more musical features, ahahaha. I knew you’d like that suggestion, John 😉
    6. How do you find the writing style?

    Definitely not boring! I love your witty and whimsical writing style, man, I wish I could write as effortlessly as you. I like that your posts are always personal AND personable, too.
    7. Is there enough content?
    
I think 4-5 posts a week is perfect for a blog. I’m actually trying to reduce the amount of posts on my blog to only four a week so I actually have more time to watch movies, shah.
    8. About the ads…

    I generally don’t like ads and blogs with too many ads turn me off actually. But I think one or two is fine, I understand it’s a necessary evil for bloggers. Right now I prefer not to have ads on mine other than the standard WordPress one where I don’t get a penny!
    9. How would you describe the comments section?
    I love the fact that you try to answer every comment. It’s VERY important to me that bloggers take the time to answer most, if not EVERY comment. I have a 24-hr-rule I impose on myself in that no matter how busy I am, I try to respond within a day. I mean, it’s just common courtesy and comments keep the blogosphere go around, y’know. I find that if some blogs don’t respond to my comments too often, I lose interest.
    10. Last but not least…

    I just want to say I’m glad I found your blog, John, it’s certainly one of a kind. And thanks also for the comments you leave on my wee blog, it’s always an honor that people like you read my blog, let alone be inclined to leave a comment. So yeah, keep up the amazing work.

    Long live TDYLF! 😀

  8. Vladdy

    This is the only blog I read regularly. I check it once or twice a week. I don’t want you to change anything, I just skip what doesn’t interest me. Maybe more interesting selections for Re-Watchterpiece Theater? Something without Kevin Costner? Just kidding.

  9. Like Vladdy, this is the only blog I read because I don’t subscribe to any others. I read every single one, even if I don’t leave a comment. I like what you’re doing just fine, and that’s what keeps me reading. I learn a lot about foreign films from you, in which I had no interest before discovering TDYLF. I must say my favorite reads are ‘The Movies We Love’ and ‘Don’t Watch It, John.’ I also like the quizzes, and would like to see them more often. Otherwise, just keep on doing what you’re doing, man!

    • Ok, the one comment I WILL make (see other comment below about not commenting) is that I’m REALLY glad to see your comments, Kelly. I love all of my readers but you’ve got Gold Class standing because you’re one of the first subscribers/regular readers that I ever had.

  10. Ok. Let’s start:

    1. The ones which I enjoy the most are the infographics, but in general i realley like them all.

    3. It’s really a great interface . I enjoy watching the photos and the videos.

    5. It’s very interesting to read about asian movies, or even new european genres.

    7. I’ts great to open my e-mail and find a new post every two or three days. Most bloggers don’t post that often.

    10. This is really one of the best movie blogs I’ve found. I don’t write much in the comments section but i find the blog very funny and intersting. Thank you and Congratulations.

  11. Thanks to everyone for their feedback (and by all means, keep it coming if you’d like). I haven’t commented here mostly because I didn’t want to taint the sample, but all of your comments are appreciated!

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