It’s been over three years since we did a poll here on MissPres. That one asked how readers accessed MissPres–by laptop/desktop, smart phone, or tablet. Back then, desktops ruled the day with 89% of the vote. Around that time, we also debated whether we wanted to have a Facebook presence that would allow Facebook users to follow and see the newest post in their newsfeed. At the time, we decided we didn’t want that because it seemed like it would create two different conversations, one which everyone on the World Wide Web could see and the other that only Facebook users could see. Three years on, though, we’re revisiting that second topic since many people today don’t seem to use email as much as they do Facebook. Although we have more email subscribers than ever, it does seem like the number of views per new post has stayed constant in the last couple of years, so we wonder if the shift away from browsers and toward apps like Facebook is a root cause.
Please take a few seconds to play in this poll, and leave comments if you desire. You can check up to two boxes. I hope this will help us understand how our readers are finding us, and, if needed, shift to where they are. This doesn’t mean that we would stop blogging with WordPress or that the email subscription would go away, just that we would also add a Facebook page where links to our daily posts would go and to which Facebook users could subscribe. One thing I’ve noticed with a Facebook page that I administer is that Facebook doesn’t send every post out to all subscribers like WordPress does with the emails, so that’s another potential drawback if that becomes the primary way you interact with the blog.